Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Collage your Pictures

I use sketches a lot when I'm doing layouts as a way to inspire me and to give me a starting point. I don't always follow the sketch exactly and may even end up with a layout that looks completely different. A lot of times a sketch will call for using one or two pictures but I want to incorporate more on the layout. This is when I will decide to do a PICTURE COLLAGE of some sort. I define a collage as anything where the pictures are grouped together. This can be done by hand while you are arranging your layout or done digitally in several different programs. For those of you who use Photoshop, I'm sure you may already know how to do this. If not, there are great tutorials out there to show you how, such as this one by Photoshop Online Tutorials. There are also some great programs that are free such as Picasa. Here is a youtube tutorial for collaging in Picasa.

I have done collages digitally before (such as this one), but I really enjoy just trimming my pictures to make them work for me. Here are a few examples:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas

All of us here at Memorable Seasons wish that you have a blessed and joyous day with your families this Christmas. We hope you make lots of wonderful memories.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Old Memories Revived...

We all love seeing pictures from long ago and enjoying how they bring back memories. I don't have alot of pictures of myself as a child, but the ones I have, I cherish. Especially ones with my sisters and I all together in them. The only problem, other than the scarcity of said photos, is their condition. Most were placed in those old timey sticky plastic photo albums, and alot of the photos are in poor shape. I decided to scan in a bunch of the old timers and was pleased to see how my new Photoshop Elements 8 program cleaned up and improved them! If you have not dug out the oldies yet, I encourage you to get that scanner warmed up and do so... I am so happy to have these photos to scrap!!
Here are a few before and after scans:

And after:
And after:
and the Layout:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Add some green to your holiday menu

I thought I'd take my blog post in a different direction this week. I have a recipe to share. This has become a favorite at any holiday gathering my extended family has. We call it the green stuff. Its real name is Watergate Salad. I'm not sure where it got that weird name but that is what it is called. I've also heard it called Pistachio Salad. I always double this and it always gets completely eaten by the end of the day. The original recipe called for chopped walnuts. I use almonds. I like them better, personally. No one has complained, yet so I guess everyone else thinks it is okay, too.

Watergate Salad
1 package (4-serving size) Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Topping
Stir the pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows and nuts in large bowl until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve. Garnish as desired.
Makes 8 servings

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Make a Crocheted Flower

My grandmother taught me some basic crocheting steps years ago when I was a little girl. However, the only thing that I ever made was long "chains" of yarn. It wasn't until the other day when I was browsing this blog and found this tutorial, that I decided to give crocheting a try once again. I have always enjoyed making paper flowers for my layouts and thought that crocheted flowers would be so cute. This tutorial is awesome in helping you create these beautiful flowers. All you need to know is some of the most basic crochet steps. Once I got started, all that my grandmother taught me came flooding back. It took me some time and pausing the video umpteen times, but what I was doing finally started to resemble flowers. Now I just can't stop making them! If I'm not scrapping, then I'm upstairs in bed crocheting flowers.If you have never tried to crochet, here is another place with basic beginner steps. It really isn't that hard. I hope you decide to give it a try!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Using something in an unexpected way

Hello to all...this is my first official blog post here on the Memorable Seasons blog. I thought I would discuss using something in a not so obvious way. This may not be new to some..but I love to buy chip board albums (Maya road is my all time fave)not to use them for albums/minis....I have YET to EVER use one as a mini. I use them to create art pieces. They make great smaller altered art. I also use the smaller chipboard albums for tags. The sky is the limit on what to use. I like to use vintage images of any sort. This one I actually used Cosmo Crickets elements on. I have also used them for banners. It would be a great way to use up an odd piece that was not used in an album as well. It is fun to think outside the box...see things in a different way. Maybe someday I will actually use one as an album...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I am thrilled to introduce to you our two newest design team members. I am going to let them tell you about themselves in their own words.

My name is Telah Wrenn.  I am a wife and a mother among other things.  My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we live in Alabama with our 4 children.  Annessa is 10, Andrew is almost 7, Alex is 4 and Amelia is almost 2.  Most of my scrapbook pages revolve around our family of 6.  I started scrapping 10 years ago with decorative edge scissors and themed papers.  I left the hobby for nearly 5 years and then picked it back up again in 2004.  I would say that my addiction "worsened" in 2005 and I've not slowed down since!  I am so excited to be a part of the awesome Memorable Seasons design team!

Hello my name is Cherry and I am a Northwest gal born and raised. I have been married going on 14 years and Mom to one fantastic 12 year old son. I have loved paper and scissors from a wee age...paper dolls and little villages you assemble were my first paper obsession.  THings with history..that can tell a story have always fascinated me. Anything worn and tattered...chances are I will adore it.  Old found objects often times find their way onto anything I am creating..whether it is a layout or an altered project.  I feel blessed to be able to create and document my families life.  I am thrilled to be here at Memorable Seasons and look forward to creating and being inspired by all you talented ladies! 

Monday, November 16, 2009

Guest Design Team Member for November 2009

Let me introduce Jessica Farris, our guest design team member for November. She is going to tell you about herself.

I'm Jessica from Virginia. I am a proud working mom of 4 who are the subjects of most of my scrapping. I found Jill's wonderful store from a post on Willow Traders about one of her sales on Thickers! Who can resist a Thicker sale? Once I placed my first order (for over 20 packs LOL) I have never looked back. Jill has always gotten any product I asked for and has a diverse inventory and fabulous prices. I am so honored to have been chosen to be November's Guest Designer and look forward to being a part of the MS community for many more seasons!

Design Team announcement

We have exciting news! Jill and the rest of the design team have been going over all of the applicants and talking and talking and talking. We were blown away by the talent and the wonderful designs we saw. Please understand that the decision we made was based on having some diversity in styles on our team and not on the "talent" of those who applied. All of you have talent and passion and are creating beautiful memories with your art. We would have been proud to have any of you on the team. With that said, the exciting news is that we have chosen TWO new members for our team.

They are Telah Wrenn, known to many of you as bamabuttercup


Cherry Nelson, whose MB name is cjcherry.

Please help us welcome these two ladies. I hope to have their bios up on the blog within the next couple of days.

Congratulations to them both!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Do YOU Daily?

The question comes out on ALL of the boards - do YOU Daily? Meaning, will YOU create a December Daily album? An album documenting your time this December?

I must admit, I feel A LOT of pressure to create one - who wouldn't want to have a fun keepsake of all of the holiday traditions - old or new - that took place this year? As the December Daily traidtion goes, you are supposed to create and album with one page for each day of December - and you are SUPOSED to have the album completed and ready for photos/journaling/keepsakes before December actually rolls around. That way, you are more likely to ENJOY the process of filling the album.

Filling the album is NOT my problem - my problem is creating it. No matter how simple I say I want it, I see everyone else's cute, beautiful, embellished albums online and I WANT them!

I did create one last year and kept up with it until Christmas Day - it fell t the wayside after that. I loved going through it with my oldest child and remembering all of the fun things we had done.

So ladies, share your December Dailies with us and any tips YOU might have for creating them nd keeping them simple! What was YOUR favorite part of a past December Daily you created? What would you change? What would you keep the same?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Card Sharks winner announced

The winner is


Thank you, everyone for making this such a fun contest. Keep those cards coming. I love getting ideas from you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

DT Call!

Hello all! We are a little bittersweet about this DT Call... It means that Ashley will be "retiring" from the DT. :( We appreciate all her creativity and inspiration. Ashley, you will be missed!
That brings us to the call we are having.
Applying is quite simple, the details are below. You have until November 7th, and we would love to meet you and see your creations!!

Memorable Seasons is holding a Design Team search until Nov 7. Memorable Seasons is an on-line scrapbook store, gallery and message board dedicated to documenting all the seasons in your life. We are searching for one more designer to complete our team.To apply, please email the following to memorableseasons@yahoo.com
1.links to your online gallery, blog and/or resume, if available
2. your full contact information: name, phone number, email address, and mailing address. Include your message board name if you sign up for the gallery under a name other than your given name.
3. a short paragraph or two about why you want to be one of our designers – why this concept matters to you
4. a list of your current scrapbooking commitments – other DT work, etc
5. then upload to our gallery at http://www.memorableseasons.com/ the following photos or scans of 3 total projects to include
• one layout
• one card
• one altered item or an additional layout with multiple photos.

We prefer those who are not currently on a design team affiliated with a store. Manufacturer, sketch site or kit clubs with no stores attached are okay. If chosen, DT members will receive a kit each month for free from which they will be expected to create at least 4 projects including one or more cards. Additional projects should also be added to the gallery throughout the month. You must be active on the message board and participate in on line crops. You will receive free shipping on their orders from the store. We ask for an initial six month commitment which can be extended if both parties agree. We are sorry but we can only accept applications from US residents only.

If you have any questions, just contact Detta or Jill via the Message Board! We will be announcing our new member soon!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Just the Basics

I have been thinking about this week’s blog entry for several days trying to come up with something original or funny or inspiring. Of course, my overworked and constantly tired brain came up with nothing until this past weekend. I started thinking about the basics. If I had to give up all of the supplies I owned except for the very basics, what would I keep?
I think I’d like to separate this into supplies, tools, and embellishments.

The basic supplies I would keep would be assorted colors of cardstock, adhesive, pens in assorted colors, an album and page protectors.

The basic tools I would keep would be a paper trimmer and scissors. These items would do the job if all I wanted to do is get my pictures on the page and tell the story. but I want my pages to look pretty, too.

My basic embellishments would include letter stickers, basic punches like stars and flowers, patterned paper and a circle cutter.

My add ons would be buttons, brads, flowers and journal stamps. It is really hard to narrow it down, isnt' it? With so much beautiful stuff out there, how is a girl to choose.

What about you? What do you think you could get by with? What would your add ons be?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hello Planner...

Are you ready? Is all your Christmas shopping done and the cookies baked and in the freezer? What's that you say? Too early for all that? Well.... YES it is!! BUT, it really is not too early to be thinking about and gathering your Christmas Scrapping Supplies and Needs!!

I know, we have all thought, "I am going to scrap those 25 days before Christmas this year, really I am!"... and then, we have three class parties on the same day, out of town guests, trips to the mall, and an ever growing to do list, all making us feel more than busy. Before we know it, it is October 20th of the FOLLOWING year and our Christmas Mini from LAST December is glaring up at us as we type a blog post... um, not that I know anyone currently doing that very thing.
So, what to do??? You know you want to make the mini, but will it get done???
YES!! And here is how...

PLAN AHEAD! Make that mini NOW! I mean it... get on the Memorable Seasons site and browse through all the great items Jill has stocked in the Christmas category. Fill up your cart, and get those goodies on their way to your doorstep.
Next step... actually make the book ahead of time!! I know, sometimes we like to wait to have photos, etc, but this is no time for all that preciseness. ( is preciseness technically a word? I don't know, but according to spell check, scrapbooking isn't so... we will see come spell check time.)

Seriously, pick a book to use, get your papers out, label them 1-25, and get them in there. You can take a step further and place some embellishments too. I know, it is crazy talk, pre-embellishing, but live on the edge!

If daily scrapping is simply not in the December time budget, pick a weekly day/time to devote at least on hour to the Mini Book... it won't take as long thanks to those pre-made pages!!

So... get those supplies together and go! Then upload your project to the Memorable Seasons Gallery for all to see!! We look foward to seeing your work... and hopefully before spring... or summer... or, gulp, next fall... !

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More Cards

This month we have been focusing on cards and I had to go looking for online inspration, too. One of my favorite sketch sites Got Sketch also has card sketches so I was able to find lots of good ideas there. Here is a card based on one of those sketches. I used papers from My Minds's Eye (Ooh La La collection).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Welcome Avina our GDT for October

Hi everyone! I am Avina from the sunny island country of Singapore! Scrapbooking has been my creative outlet for the last 2 – 3 years, combining my need for a form of artistic expression and documentation of my family’s life. Before the little one came along, I used to be an instructor at my local scrapbook store teaching stamping & cards and fancy mini albums. Currently, I’m on the Moments Recorded challenge blog DT and have done a number of guest designer spots too. Thank you so much for having me here!--


As promised, here are two cards I created using sketches from the PageMaps and Caardvarks websites. The embellishments from Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love collection are so perfect for creating cards! TFL and to all of you Card Sharks out there - watch for my card challenge - coming later this week! :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Card Inspiration

I have never been much of a card maker myself and was quite nervous when I found out we would be focusing on them more here at Memorable Seasons. But I have found some online inspiration and am actually making cards regularly now! The following websites have FABULOUS tips, sketches, and inspiring designers!
Check back later in the week - I will share some cards I made after persuing these fantastic sites!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Deadline for week 1 of Card Sharks has been extended

You will now have until Monday, Oct 11 to get your polka dot and scallop cards uploaded. However, all those who meet the original deadline of tonight at midnight will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the store.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Card Sharks

Be sure to get your entries in by Monday at midnight to be entered in the first round of card sharks.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Go Pink!

Thanks to one and all for making the Think Pink Crop a great success! We had lots of great challenges, and had some new faces showing their stuff!! We are still counting up the points and getting that all set so we can announce our big Crop Winner. Think Pink was special because we not only had fun, but raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. This disease has touched many lives, and we thank all for contributing to finding a cure.

If you missed the crop, we look forward to seeing you at the next one, or just come introduce yourself on the Message Board! We are starting a new contest, "Card Sharks" next month, and we would love to have YOU play along!! Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Let's talk about cards

Let's face it. Scrapbooking is not an inexpensive hobby. I know I have a tendency to spend more than I should on pretty paper and embellishments only to not use all of them on my layouts. I have found the best way to use up those scraps is to make cards. I also have a tendency to hoard stamps that never make it onto my layouts. Those are perfect for cardmaking.

My favorite size for cards is 5.5”x4.25". That is simply an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock cut in two which will make two cards. I buy the lighter weight white or ivory cardstock from the office supply store in bulk. Those are perfect for matting photos or typing journaling as well as cardmaking. This card fits in the size A2 envelope which is also available in bulk from the office supply. Sometimes, they are called invitation envelopes. If you take an 8.5 x 11 piece and just fold it in half, the A9 envelope is the correct fit. Those are called (fittingly) greeting card envelopes.

I know many of you have commented that you hate putting all that work into cards only to have the recipient toss it aside and not appreciate the gesture. I agree there are some who don't appreciate it but there are many many more who love the idea of you making something especially for them. It is truly a gift from your heart.

Remember that there are rules about mailing cards through the USPS. Envelopes must be rectangular and no smaller than 3.5” high x 5 inches long and no larger than 6 1/8” high x 11 ½” long. They must also be no thicker than 1/4" to be mailed at regular postage rates. Anything deviating from that or an irregular shape like a square will require extra postage as they must be handled by hand. That is why I tend to make flat cards for mailing. If I am going to hand a card to someone in person, I may add more embellishments like flowers or brads or ribbons.

The design team has agreed to start adding more cards to the gallery. I hope you will join us in using up our scraps. Look for a special announcement about cards at the crop!

Here are some sources for card ideas.

Jillibean Soup's Cards on Monday


and Hero Arts Blog

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Three in a Row Challenge

This week's challenge is to get multiple pictures on our pages. Use three or more pictures and put them in a row. I printed out wallet size pictures for this page and used the new My Mind's Eye "Ooh La La" collection. So go dig through your picture stash, find some cute pictures, and line them up on your page.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lindsay's Off Season Color Challenge!

When I think of summer, I think of bright colors like lime green, sunny yellow, shocking pink, and tangerine. But when I saw this Bo Bunny paper, I immeditaely thought of a moment I captured of my parents and kids at the beach this summer.
My challenge to you this week is to create a page using off-season colors. Link your page in the DT CHALLENGES portion of the forum. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Guest Design Team Member for September, 2009

We are very excited to announce our guest design team member for September is Carla-Rae Hagen. Carla says she found Memorable Seasons through pubcalls the last time we were looking for a new DT member. Lucky for us, she decided to stay. She has added so much to our board and to our gallery with her awesome creations. I asked her to write a bio and include something interesting we might not know about her, so in her own words, here it is.

My name is Carla-Rae Hagen. I am a thirty- something mother of two boys, a 135 lb. bullmastiff and one 20 lb cat. Incidentally my dog weighs more than me...LOL, We live with my significant other Andy in this charming little town in Massachusetts . While I'm not with them you can find me working at my local high school where I work as a secretary. I have a passion for paper...If it’s pretty, cool, hip, textured, heck if it’s dirty..I have to have it.
I have been crafting with paper for about 7 years now. Even though I strayed a few times towards jewelry and painting, I have always come back to the world of scrapbooking, card making and altered art. I have entered the world of blogging too as a way to journal, even when I don't have the time to create a Layout. You can find me at http://momthememorymaker.blogspot.com/.
As for something funny or interesting about me I wish that I could have been a bomber girl....LOL, You know one of those pin up girls that were painted on the side of planes during WWII...I know random..but its something not everybody knows...I like to say I have an old soul.

Carla will be picking a LOTW and issuing a challenge next week. WAtch for those and for her creations using this month's design team kit.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Think Pink Crop!!

We are so excited about the upcoming crop at Memorable Seasons! We are participating in the Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend. On September 25-26th you can come to the MS site and join in on a fun filled cyber crop, that will also benefit a great cause. Jill is graciously donating $5 for each crop participant and there is even an opportunity to donate through the store. There will also be "Pink Ribbon Items" throughout the store and when you purchase them, a portion of that sale price will also be donated to Think Pink!! (what a great reason to shop!!)

The Design Team will have lots of games, tutorials, challenges, etc. and those who participate can win a GRAND PRIZE from My Mind's Eye, our Crop Sponsor! That's right, if you play along with the challenges and games, you could win a prize that includes ALL the paper and die cuts of the NEW Abbey Road Collection from My Mind's Eye!!!

We hope you can join us... a crop at Memorable Seasons is always fun, and this one is an important cause too... Think Pink!!

See you on the 25th!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Background Designs Update

I apologize for the background on the blog being off.  I'm the process of and updating all areas...blog, Message Board, Design Team, etc, so please excuse the temporary construction.  If you have a question about anything please email me.

The good news is that the new product isn't going to stop coming, so keep your eyes on the store!

Have a great week!!


Saturday, August 29, 2009

The winner is

Random number generator picked number 2 and that is Jenny! Pm me your address and I'll get your prize mailed to you.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's colors are pink and purple

Show me something purple or pink. I know pink is really a shade of red but sometimes I can't decide if something is pink or a shade of purple. You have until Saturday at 3 to post your purple or pink photos. I have really enjoyed this week. I hope you have, too.

Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple is a very rare color in nature; some people consider it to be artificial.

Light purple is a good choice for a feminine design. You can use bright purple when promoting children's products.

Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today is orange and yellow

I only have five days and way more than 5 colors that I wanted to do so I am combining two today. They coordinate well, though and sometimes, they can be mistaken for each other! Orange has always been Allison's favorite color and I really think that is a small part of why she picked UT for college. LOL So, show me something orange or yellow or both!
Another excerpt from Color Wheel Pro

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.

Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.

Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. You can choose yellow to promote children's products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, 'childish' color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes. Yellow is an unstable and spontaneous color, so avoid using yellow if you want to suggest stability and safety. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday's color is green

Green is my favorite color and has been since I was a child. I had this one green dress that I loved when I was in the fifth grade that I wore so much that kids started making fun of me and called me greenie. I quit wearing it so much but I still love the color.

Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a 'greenhorn' is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.

Use green to indicate safety when advertising drugs and medical products. Green is directly related to nature, so you can use it to promote 'green' products. Dull, darker green is commonly associated with money, the financial world, banking, and Wall Street.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today's color is blue

I know. That was pretty predictable, wasn't it?

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids, vodka), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water). As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect. Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.

Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.

Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite. When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect color scheme for a superhero.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

Monday, August 24, 2009

This week in color

My blog post for this week is going to be a little different. I am going to post something every day Monday through Friday and I am going to make it fun for you. I am personally going to give away a Rak on Saturday to someone who participates at least once this week. I have a Tinkering Ink Al Fresco Prize pack that includes papers, letters and embellishments. Here is a link to what is in it.

Every day, I will post a color. I want you to take a picture (or two or three) of something that color, post it somewhere like your blog or flickr or the MS gallery and link it to the corresponding blog post so we can all see what you found. I did this on my personal blog last year and it was a lot of fun.

Monday's color is red

Your first challenge is to show me something red. I have four here but you only need to show me one. Leave me a link and your name will be added to the list of potential prize winners. You have until Friday, August 28 at midnight.

The following is copied from the website for Color Wheel Pro

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.

Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for 'Buy Now' or 'Click Here' buttons on Internet banners and websites. In advertising, red is often used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red nails, red-light districts, 'Lady in Red', etc). Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights). This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In Stitches

Lately I have been adding something new to my layouts...stitching. I don't own a sewing machine so I have been doing it by hand. I begin by drawing a design lightly with pencil and then I use a push pin and a foam mat to poke the holes first. If I am stitching a straight line I will use a ruler and poke the holes every 1/4 of an inch. It's a very simple technique and can add something new to your layouts. Here is my example. I stitched the zig zag border at the bottom and also a straight line at the top above the row of pictures.

This is our design team challenge this week. If you would like to participate visit our forum and link your layout to the Memorable Seasons gallery. Once a month a winner is chosen by a random drawing. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lindsay's August Sketch

I have just released my DT Challenge for the week and I have another sketch for you! Don't forget to include the border around the page - I used the 3 Bugs in a Rug To The Rescue stickers for mine!

Visit our Message Boards and link your take on the sketch under DT Challenges. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Time to choose Guest Design Team Member for September

It is time to choose the GDT for September. September brings Grandparent's day, so let's do a Grandparent themed layout. Load it in the regular member gallery but be sure to link it to this thread so we know whose to choose from. Deadline is Wednesday, Aug 26. We will announce by August 31. Good luck!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Scrapping without the photos...

This past week, my oldest son was so sweet and wrote the grocery list for me. He was very proud that I even used it at the store. I loved that his little hands wrote it, and that he was cute enough to draw a few pictures for me. (this was to, and I quote, "Help you out in the store Mom." He must think I am getting really forgetful!)
Since I wanted to scrap this memory rather than just throwing a random piece of paper into his memory box, I decided to do so... without any photos!

Sometimes there are things that we just need to write down, so we don't forget. Things like a random list of groceries on a Thursday afternoon...

It is this week's DT challenge to do just that. I hope that you will take the time to think about a simple memory, that may one day make your family smile... I think this list will do just that! If you decide to participate, remember to link your layout to the Memorable Seasons Gallery. We pick a random winner each month from our DT challenge participants to win a prize!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome Ashley

The first of August brings us a new design team member. Ashley Smith has joined us and today is her official first day. We've added her picture to this blog and linked that to her personal one. We are looking forward to her sharing her scrappiness with us. In her own words, here is her bio.

Hi, I’m Ashley. I am a stay at home Mom to two four year olds who always give me plenty to scrap about. My husband and I have been married for almost fifteen years and we currently live in sunny (hot, humid) Florida. Like a lot of women I started scrapbooking because I have children and they are my main source of inspiration. I’m excited to be a design team member for Memorable Seasons and look forward to sharing my scrapbook pages with you.

Please join Jill, Jude, Lindsay and me in welcoming Ashley.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Do you doodle?

It can be pretty scary to think about using a pen to purposely mark up or write all over your carefully created layout, the one that you painstakingly measured and cut each piece that you put on it. While your first thought of doodling is about hearts and flowers and curly-cues drawn all over your page, think again. There are many more subtle ways to add some fun to your page or to emphasize the elements.

You can use premade templates like the ones made by Crafter's workshop. Jill has this one in the store but you can see lots more examples plus sample layouts using them at their website. You can also do some doodling freehand. I will often do simple things like outline my letters or draw a frame around my page or simply draw some guide lines freehand before I write my journaling. Here are just a few samples of layouts I've done with just a bit of doodling.

On this one, I drew the scalloped edge around the photo and then cut around it. I also drew a pen line around each line of journaling. The pop of black draws your attention to those elements.

On this page, I drew around the inside edge of the vinyl thickers. It helped them stand out against the monochromatic background and added just a little fun.

On this one, I simply drew in some corners. It framed in the photo, the journaling and the title so that it didn't "float" against the white background. Still not sure you want to try? Watch this video on how to use a template and then give it a try.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Homespun Challenge!

I LOVE Homespun Type elements on a LO! I have never been a simple girl - details and intricacies have always been a part of my life! I find it very challenging to complete a simple LO with few embellies. I also love items made by hand. I could (and have!) spend all day browsing through ETSY!

For my challenge to you this week, you must use a combination of 4 specific elements:
1. Die Cut Paper (can be purchased or homemade - I often trace a shape on a piece of patterned paper) - this can be a bracket (traditional die cut shape), a circle, a scalloped circle, or a scalloped square/rectangle!
2. Stitching (machine or by hand) or doodling!
3. Ribbon or trim! (you KNOW they're my fave)
4. Buttons or brads - or BOTH!

For this LO, I hand stitched a zigzag pattern on the circle, created my own BLING flourishes with Kaiser Pearls (my new FAVE BLING!), tied a knot with ribbon, used ribbons and brads, and used a store bought traditional die cut and cut my own circle out of patterned paper.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Guest Design Team Member for July, 2009

We are very excited to have Telah Wrenn as our guest design team member for July. She was the winner of our recent Last Scrapper Standing Contest. Watch the message board this week as she will be issuing a scrap challenge and choosing her own LOTW. We are anxiously awaiting our kits from Jill right now. She always sends us such great product to play with.

I am so excited to be the guest designer and can't wait to see the kit I'll be working with! My name is Telah Wrenn. I live in Alabama with my husband of 14 years and our 4 children--Annessa-age 9, Andrew-age 6, Alex-age 4, and Amelia-age 1. I am a SAHM and spend the day trying to keep the 4 from destroying our house. After bedtime, I come to my basement to relax and unwind at my scrap table! I love to scrap and have been doing so for 9+ years! My favorite scrapbooking products right now are pretty patterned papers, any font of Thickers (and other cute alphas too!), punches, and pleating ribbon! I also LOVE challenges and sketches! They give me so much inspiration and help get me going. All of these things are why I am so glad I found Memorable Seasons last Fall through blog hopping. You can find awesome products in their store and great challenges from the Design Team. I am honored to be July's guest designer!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


How was your 4th of July weekend? Mine was filled with food and family and fun. For the last 25 years or so, my brothers and sisters and our cousins have gotten together on the 4th of July. We eat lots of yummy food, swim in the pool (this year it was the lake) and take lots of pictures. It has become a tradition that I look forward to. Most of us have traditions that are linked to major holidays and I know I always get a scrapbook page or two from the many pictures I take. However, have you thought to document the little traditions in your family that no one else may know about?

Several things come to mind as I sit here and think about it. Do you have a special bedtime ritual with your children? Do you always say grace before meals, even at restaurants? Do you meet up with your college room mate every June for margaritas? My family has lunch at my mother's house on the last Sunday of every month. When my kids were young enough to go to day care, we would go for a sno-cone every Friday afternoon when I picked them up during the summer. They still ask if I want to go with them today even though they are all grown up. My husband and I eat go out to dinner every Sunday night after church. It is our special date night.

I bet you can think of lots of things you do on a regular basis that you haven't documented, yet. Write them down. Take pictures. Make a special page or mini book so you can look back some day and remember those things that make your family unique. Share them with us in the gallery. I look forward to seeing what your traditions are.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Design Team Call

Memorable Seasons, an on line scrapbook store and message board, has one opening for a design team member. We will be accepting applications until July 15. The decision will be made by July 22 with the term starting August 1. We are looking for someone who is not currently on another store design team and ask that you do not join another one during your commitment. Kit clubs( as long as there is no store attached), sketch sites or challenge blogs are okay. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of shipping, this call is open to United States residents only.

Requirements include active participation on the message board (starting and replying to threads) and leaving praise in the gallery. You should also post at least 4 projects from the DT kit in addition to at least 3 other projects per month. Each DT member is required to do a blog post, pick a LOTW, and post a challenge on a 4 week rotating basis. You will also be asked to participate in occasional on-line crops and contests.

Benefits are free design team kits once a month and free shipping with all orders if you let them ship with your monthly kit.

Please join the board and upload the following to the DT entry gallery.
• Three of your favorite layouts with at least one containing 3 or more pictures.
• An additional project which could be a mini book, an altered object, a card, etc
• Start getting to know the other members on the board while you wait for the results

In addition, please email the following to memorableseasons@yahoo.com.
• A short bio that includes your full name, why you think you would be a good fit for Memorable Seasons and where you saw this call.
• Links to your blog and any galleries you have work in
• A list of any other design teams you’ve been on or message boards you are active on.

A Little Lazy Days of Summer Help

If you're anything like me, you love the laziness of summer but always find yourself on the go or wrapped up in having fun outside. I still love to scrap in the summer but have less time to spend on my hobby. So I turn to sketches to help me get through the creative process. My challenge to you this week is a sketch challenge! This is the first sketch I ever created and I kept it simple.

There are so MANY great sites that provide amazing sketches out there! Here are just a few:
52 Sketches 52 Weeks

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

School is out for the Summer...

Now that school is out for the summer, you may have more extra hands around than usual. This may also mean that your scrap time, if during the day, has been halted.
Don't let the extra little ones keep you from scrapping!! I know, we have all read an article here or there about keeping a stash in our scrap area for the kiddos, but really...
Getting them involved is a win-win situation!

Now, some may get a whole kid friendly set up going ,but you can also try some of these tricks to get some time to scrap, or at least get some ideas going, some papers pulled together, photos printed... I think, short of hiring a nanny, there is no true way to have uninterrupted scrap time... :)

**Keep your scraps... simply hand them over to a younger one to pull apart, or if age allows, cut up with scissors. The mess on the floor will be huge, realize this going in, and know your vacuum cleaners capabilities.
**Give them some stickers, some paper and stand back... watch the allure of adhesive.
**Tell them the story behind the photos you are giving them to play with. "Son, gramma's hair was not always blue..." "Once upon a time, mommy used to shower daily, and wear things other than sweats..." ;)
**Let them work FREELY. Do not step in. *note:this is a hard one for me... "Don't you want a sticker there? Oh, why don't we paste the picture in the middle? Um, boys, let's not marker over the people in the photo!"
Truth be told, if you can allow some freedom, the kids will enjoy it more. I am not saying you should never sit down and instruct the kids, but this is a "trying to get a few free minutes" kind of kid scrapping... let it go. Stickers over Nana's face will not be the fall of the industry!

These are some things I do to grab a few minutes to scrap... I have also pulled things out and tried to teach the boys HOW to scrap, not write on people, tell what the picture is about, etc. That is a totally different process.
The bottom line is, kids love being involved in what you are doing, and some little tricks can make this easy for both of you!

Monday, June 22, 2009

And the winner is!

Congratulations to Telah, otherwise known as bamabuttercup. She is the Last Scrapper Standing in our contest. Here is a link to her winning layout. We wish to thank every person who entered. You all did an amazing job. It was so much fun to go through the gallery every day to see how you interpreted each challenge.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I love to take pictures

I have loved taking pictures since I got my first camera for Christmas when I was 12 or 13 years old. It was a Kodak 110 and it used disposable flash cubes that could be used 4 times as it twirled around with each shot.

That camera went everywhere with me. I have owned several cameras over the years but when I got my DSLR last year, I knew I had found my true love. Some of you may already know that I am currently taking a photography class at the local university. I have learned about apertures and depth of field. I have learned about shutter speed and metering and white balance. I have learned to take night shots and to do time lapse photography. This week, I took my very first sunset photos. I don’t think I’ll ever use the auto function on my camera again. I’m hooked.

However, before I found the class I am taking now, I scoured the internet looking for tutorials and tips on how to take better pictures. I have found some really great advice and I have found some really great photo ideas. Here are just a few resources I have found.

Pioneer Woman photography
These women are not only brilliant and talented photographers, they are also hilarious. You will learn photography techniques and photo editing, too

Shutter Sisters
This is a wonderfule place to get inspiration and ideas and to share your stuff, too.

This is another place to share your photos and to see photos from people all over the world. There are lots of different sub groups, too.

I like this group which all about creative depth of field. It is called Extreme Bokeh.

Digital Photography School.
I get a daily email from this site with ideas and tips. Just search the site and you can find the answers to just about any questions you might have. They also have challenges each week.

Do you have any sites you go to for photography ideas and tips? Share them with us in this thread.

One of the things I have learned over the past year is that the only way to get any better at this hobby is to practice. I participated in project 365 last year but by the end of the year, it became a burden. This year, I have just concentrated on taking better photos when I do take them. The beauty of digital is that you can take dozens and dozens of shots of the same subject and just delete the ones you don’t want.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

mini books

When do you go for a mini album vs. traditional pages? With the birth of baby #3, I'm being overtaken by pictures lately. After my last trip to the camera store, I came home with another 180 images. My picture basket is FULL.
I am not a chronological scrapper. I used to be, but it felt too structured for me. That said, I feel a bit overwhelmed when I see pictures from last year in my "to scrap" basket. To make some progress, I've been turning to mini books lately. What a great way to use up lots of pictures from one occassion that will never get scrapped individually.
Here are some of my favorite mini albums in the store:

this one, by 7Gypsies

this one, by Maya Road. I like this one because you can take it apart and use it on regular pages if you don't want to use it as a mini.

this one, also by Maya Road

and this one, by Jenni Bowlin

Stop by and share some of your mini album goodness with us in the GALLERY!