Tuesday, 30 August 2011

My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software Review

Awhile back I was contacted by My Memories Suite a digital scrapbooking software manufacturer to test their software and write a review.

I did traditional scrapbooking for awhile several years ago, but never really got into it. But digital scrapbooking software, that sounded like something I could get into!

I downloaded my free copy and got to work. They have a cool MyMemories Youtube video showing all the advantages of digital scrapbooking. They even have several free layouts available on their website!

Oh wow! this app is SO cool - within 20 mins, I have created 4 different albums or digital scrapbooks.
This tool is amazingly easy to use and even though there are ready made templates for you to use and enjoy, they are all fully customizable. For instance, I added more snowflakes to one page and removed the label from another, switched pages layouts around and added additional elements from the software library.

It is fabulous that I am going back through old photos that have been saved on my computer for years - now I can print these off or email them to family for them to enjoy as well!

Next I am going to try incorporating one of these layouts in my art journalling! Stay tuned for a post on that!

Another great thing MyMemories.com has done is provide me with a discount code for all my viewers!

This code provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - $20 value!

Just enter the code STMMMS94944 during 
checkout to receive your discount!

Don't forget to check back here next week when I'll be having a contest for a chance to win this great scrapping software! 

This post is linked to Get your Craft on Tuesday at Today's Creative blog & Works for me Wednesday at We are THAT family, & Take A Look Tuesdays at Sugar Bee Crafts & Made By You Monday at Skip to my Lou & The Tuesday Link Party at Bowl Full of Lemons, also Making it with Allie, Hooking Up with HOH!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

And Even More Art Journal Pages

These are for CR...are you reading? :)

Been having more fun.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Book Review - Out of Control by Mary Connealy

Publisher's blurb:

Rafe Kincaid controls everything in his life... until he meets Julia.
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys studying the fossils and formations in the magnificent cave near her father's house. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to climb out.
Rafe Kincaid is a man used to being in control--of himself, his brothers, and his family's ranch. The last thing he expects is to find a woman trapped in the cavern on his land--or to be forced to kiss her!
Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known. But when their developing relationship threatens a reconciliation with his brothers, will Rafe have to choose between his family and this new love that could heal his troubled heart and secure his happiness?

 My Review: I really liked this book - it was engaging and I didn't want to put it down. The story flowed well and held my interest with all the info about the fossils and such in the cave. The characters were believable and likable. I would recommend this book to others. I fun read. It is the 1st book in a series - so I am looking forward to the next one(s).

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

On my mind

Wow this summer has just sped right by! I informed the kiddo that he only has a little more than a week before heading into grade 9, he was NOT impressed :)

I have been submitting to a few jobs per week is seems, but I guess they are getting a lot of interest because I have not gotten any interviews scheduled.

I am thinking maybe I need to change careers, but without going back to school, which I cannot afford at the moment, I am at a loss for what to do. I have submitted for local office type work, but again, I either come across as over-qualified, or not qualified enough in the skills they require.

I had a Dr appt on Tuesday as I was having some digestive issues. My Dr seemed very preoccupied. I was down 10 lbs from the last time I saw her in March, but she didn't even notice as she scribbled the number down on her hand - I hope she added it to the file later!

She is sending me for blood work and an ultrasound. She thinks I may have ulcers.

I had my nephew's girlfriend and baby over on Tuesday afternoon. Cali is 4 1/2 months old and so happy! J loved being around the baby - he was amazed at how tiny she was :)


I have already whipped up a lil tunic type dress for Cali - I just made the pattern up but it was after they left, so I have to wait until they visit again to try it on her and make adjustments before making a few actual dresses for her.

I am still working on my art journal - but the table I work on is also my cutting table, so I kind of have to choose one craft, either sewing or arting to do at any one time as I cannot fit another table or workspace in my crowded lil office/sewing/craft room :)

This post is linked up to On my mind over at Down To Earth.

Monday, 22 August 2011

More Art Journal Pages

I have been playing around with my art journal more this week.

Here are some more of the pages I have made recently. This type of loose art is very cathartic.

Magazine cutout

Post-it mask

Art over handwriting

Side pocket & tag

Marker & stamp scribbles

Thursday, 18 August 2011

My first art journal pages

 Blogger is playing around and keep adding all these large spaces - sorry.

Art journalling is very different to the art I normally do. It is far less controlled and loose. I have to work on that. I still try to balance and perfect things to much, but I am thoroughly enjoying myself.

This is my 1st 2-page spread. 
Mostly watercolours and stamping.

2nd 2-page spread.
It looked too much like a scrapbook page - wasn't happy with it.

So I modified it. Added stamps.

3rd page 
I started by creating the crackle finish with white glue.
I like how it turned out. I will use it often.
The border is a torn paper napkin.

4th page. I used a lot of different techniques on this one.
Post-it masking, stamping with found 
objects, and podgied a bit of lace

5th & 6th pages - after gessoing the pages, 
I scratched a comb through the right side and used 
the end of the comb to draw swirls - see pics below.
These pages still need to be finished.

(gesso is a medium used to prep the pages 
for all types of art - it also thickens the pages)

Hubby bought me a gallon of gesso (as well as 
a set of fine markers) as an early 
birthday present (well I did ask for it :)

I'd love to hear what you think of my art journal pages.
It is very therapeutic :)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Book Reveiw - Amish Values For Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Publisher's blurb:
"Amish Values for Your Family is charming! It will lift your spirits and bring you closer to the Amish."--Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times bestselling author of When the Soul Mends
When it comes to strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much we can learn from the Amish. Just how do they establish such strong family bonds, such deeply held values, and such wonderful family traditions? In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shares the secrets of Amish family life. In this inspiring and practical book, you will meet real Amish families that are a lot like yours. Through their stories you'll discover how to
  • slow down
  • safeguard family time
  • raise children who stand strong in their faith
  • prioritize what's truly important
Amish values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy--without selling your car or changing your wardrobe.

My review: I enjoyed reading this informative and often funny book about the Amish lifestyle and what your family can do to mimic some of their values.

The way this book is organized lends well to reading bits and pieces when you have time or even during commercial breaks - kind of ironic, to read a book on the Amish while watching TV!

The simplicity of Amish life is both fascinating and appealing to me. I think I would really enough the Amish lifestyle for maybe a month or so. A way to get back to basics and enjoy life's simple pleasures and also to appreciate modern conveniences in comparison.

I would recommend this book.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Works For Me Wednesday - YouTube Videos!

See my lovely new ART journal?

I MADE it!
Completely...I didn't just cover a book I bought
I made it entirely from scratch.

Yup, and it wasn't all that difficult, a bit time consuming and if I had had more patience, it wouldn't be as wonky.

 Inside front cover
 Inside pages
 Here you can see the stitching
 Back inside cover - the glue soaked through the 
scrapbook paper, need to use thicker paper next time.

 My edges are not as neat as they should be

Hopefully, my second attempt will look better.

I got all the instructions from Baronessnz on YouTube.com
There are 4 videos, so make sure you click the next one when the first is finished.

For more Works For Me Wednesday tips, head over to We are THAT family

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Book Review - A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson

History Brought to Life through a Surprising Romance
Miss Fannie Rousseau is a young woman of privilege traveling west to uncover the truth behind a family secret.
Mr. Samuel Beck is on a mission to atone for past failures that still haunt him.
Their meeting aboard a steamboat to Montana sparks an unlikely attraction. They are opposites in every way... except in how neither one can stop thinking about the other.
Will the end of the journey bring the end of their relationship, or is it just the beginning?

My review:  I sat down and read this book in one afternoon/evening. It was that good. I loved the complexity of the characters and the different storylines. I liked noticing how different things were in that era, but at the same time how similar they are to today. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Friday, 12 August 2011

Simple Ideas That I LIke

Again, while Stumbing (stumbleupon.com) I came accros some neat ideas.

Click on the photo to be taken to the original blog.

Awesome photo family tree

Twiggy Candle Holder

I love all things Turquiose and I LOVE this!

I think this is such a cool idea!

Have to search Value Village for doillies now :)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

My low carb breakfast

On the low carb board I frequent, there is something called a MIM (muffin in a minute).

It is a bread substitute. Yesterday I made a MIM and after toasting it, topped each slice with 1/2 a fried egg (yolk broken), then some tomato slices, another 1/2 fried egg (2 eggs total) and then some marble cheese. I broiled it for a min to melt the cheese. It was pretty good!

Muffin in a Minute
Serving Size: 1

1/4 cup flax meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg 
1 teaspoon butter
shake or 2 of garlic powder
shake or 2 of seasoning salt

Put the dry ingredients in a coffee mug ( I use a wider raminkin).
Then add the egg and the butter. Mix well
Microwave 1 minute (or so). I usually do 1 min 15 secs.

You can simply eat them as is, or cut and butter and eat. I slice mine into 2 rounds and toast in the toaster oven. They come out more like toast that way in my opinion.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Book Review - The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz

Publisher's blurb:
Can love survive the secrets kept buried within a tormented heart?
Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign.
Penniless and out of options, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort is abuzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is--and what he's done?

Immerse yourself in this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness set in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.

My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is steeped with history and detail. The characters were well developed and likable. And the traitor in the midst, was not obvious. Overall a good read, would recommend it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Kid is home from camp.

This post is a few days late - I was hoping to include photos. We bought a DVD filmed during the week of camp, but I cannot figure out how to get snapshots from it to post here.
 Kid is home from an adventure filled week at Extreme camp where he got to ride horses for the first time (and perform in the rodeo on pick-up day), sleep in a HUGE treehouse (sleeps 10), build his own shelter in the woods and then sleep in it (good thing it didn't rain :)), go water tubing, go wakeboarding, jump off a ledge 40 ft in the air to grab an acrobat bar, sleep in the upper level of a barn and watch a 3 hour movie before bed, get sprayed with a firetruck hose, go canoeing, go kayaking, walk a tight rope high in the air (blindfolded!) and jump off the back of a speeding boat! And most of it was caught on film!
And I had to convince him to go in the first place...he already has plans to book for next year!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Week in review

We are heading out bright and early tomorrow (Saturday) morning to drive the 2.5 hours to pick J up. It has been pretty quiet all week and I *suppose* I miss him :)

Peanut is going crazy looking for him. She usually sleeps with him each night, we let her sleep with us twice but no more, she wiggles around too much and kept me awake. Every day she runs upstairs to his room to check if he is there.

Remember my weird bee sting sensation - once I booked that Dr appt, it stopped altogether. I ended up cancelling the Dr appt anyhow.

I recently read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is a really good read. It is the 1st in a trilogly. I am waiting on the 2nd form the library.

This is the publishers blurb:In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

It is also being made into a movie in 2012.

The friends we went to Cuba with last year, left today for another vacation in Cuba, a different resort thought - I so wish we could have gone with them too. Maybe next year.