Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Memories December Designers Blog Train - Let it Snow

While you are traveling along be sure to check out the  My Memories software it is perfect for digital scrap booking.  MyMemories Suite is:
    • Easy to Use -Drag and drop photos and elements to your page(s) or use our Fast Fill feature. Create your own page(s) from scratch or from pre-made designer templates.
    • Editing Features -Recolor, Re-sized, Rip, Red-Eye, Filters, Crop, Shapes
    • Sharing -Print at home or professionally. Create custom blog or Facebook graphics. Export as jpg, svg or png.
Use my code to get $10 off the purchase of the software.  
Code - STMMMS8385
You can also use my code to get 10% off at the 
My Memories Photo Gift Store.

You will be directed to my store at My Memories  to get your kit. You will have to create an account in the My Memories store. It is free to start an account and no purchase is necessary.

While in my shop be sure to check out all the fun kits in my shop!  Christmas has definately arrived at Syrena's Scrap Art!



   Now on to the Train!  Let It Snow

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Memories

It's always fun to share memories and what an awesome time of year to share!  Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.  I grew up in the Southern Colorado where the seasons were very evident.  The beautiful fall let us know that Christmas was just around the corner.

Christmas as a child was filled with all kinds of fun activities. Trips up to the top of the Rocky Mountains to hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.  We would bundle up with layers and trample through snow up to my neck, dad and grandpa would cut the tree with a chainsaw and load it up for the trip home. Grandma's Christmas tree was a huge tumble weed!  She would spray it with fake snow and decorate it with the most amazing ornaments from her life.  It was so beautiful and delicate.

Next was the days leading up to Christmas filled with cooking and baking.  All my aunts and cousins would gather to make homemade pies, cookies, fudge, candy, and all kinds of traditional trimmings for the big feast on Christmas Day.  My Grandma cooked on an old coal stove, and everything was made from scratch and smelled amazing.

Christmas Eve we all  piled in Grandma's station wagon and drove around town to see all the Christmas lights.  Then back at home we sat and watched the Santa Tracker from Norad tell us how close Santa was, when he was close all the kids were rushed to bed in anticipation of Christmas Morning.  

Christmas Morning everyone gathered to open presents, after the flurry of wrapping paper flying Grandma would slip to the kitchen to make breakfast for everyone and start the turkey.  After breakfast it was watching the Macy's Parade, playing games, setting up the long table with Grandmas special dishes and gold silverware and the anticipation of all the yummy food we had been smelling all week long.  After the feast it was more games, football, and of course napping.  Christmas was hard work. I will never forget those wonderful Christmas' filled with love and family.

The layout I am sharing is a collage of Christmas spent with my hubby, sons, and Grandsons as all my photos from my childhood are tucked away in storage.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

I used my kit "Santa's North Pole for the graphics and layout:) 

This kit is also available in a Bundle with extra addons!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking, A Fall Layout

My scrapbooking represents a lifetime of caring for and being around kids.  From being the oldest sibling to being a grandmother.  I was a stay at home mom, the one who's house was always full of kids.  At church I was the Director of Children's ministries and the children's choir director.  When my kids both started school I went back to school and became an elementary school teacher.  My students were always asking me to draw something or show them how to draw something, my classrooms were always filled with color and art.  Then I became a grandma, it is awesome being a grandma!  Later I went away to learn to be an animator, and guess what at school I seemed to collect big kids.  Even now we always seem to have those big kids hanging out.

So you could say my designs are highly influenced by life with kids.

Now on to this layout.  I started with the picture of my oldest son and two adorable grandsons taken a few years back.  They were at a pumpkin farm in the fall which brings memories of that farm and all the brilliant colors. I choose my Digital Kit, "Fabulous Fall Owls" to create the layout.  I wanted to use all the wonderful colors in the papers so I made strips for the background, added the photo, frame, and embellishments.  The hardest thing for me with this layout was the title.  I had it all done then the title did not seem to fit anywhere.  I made several versions of the title and finally settled on this one.  In the end I love the layout!

When I design my kits I usually start with a color palette.  Then I use that palette to make papers/backgrounds.  As I am making the backgrounds the rest of the kit comes to life, my mind thinks of things like, "oh, a bear in a cute little dress would go with this" or "this will make an awesome little boy kit".  Other times I have a theme in mind for the kit, but the first thing I do is define my color palette.

You can find the "Fabulous Fall Owls" kit here.  I loved this layout so much I made a quick page of this layout you can also find it in my store here!

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