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How to use QuickPages in My Memories Suite

Quite a lot of you took advantage of the Scraps of Mind discount coupon to buy My Memories Suite when I did my review a few months ago. Incidentally the discount is still available to you. Details at the end of this post.

Even though My Memories Suite is super quick and easy to learn and to use, the web site still has lots of video tutorials to help you get the hang of things.

I thought this tutorial on using QuickPages might be something you’ll find handy. The first minute is promotional blurb but the rest is full of info not only on how to use the QuickPages to create instant digital scrapbook layouts, but also stuff on how to find QuickPages on the website, how to find your downloads on your computer etc.

The demo uses a very cute freebie QuickPage so you can go and do the same layout yourself with your own photos.

And yes, in case you didn’t realise, My Memories Suite web site has loads of freebies for you to download, and not just QuickPages either. Also you can use them with other software such as Photoshop Elements.

So here’s the video tutorial and don’t forget to check the Scraps of Mind discount deal below if you want to buy your own copy of My Memories Suite.




Get your Scraps of Mind discount on My Memories Suite

All you need to do is paste my special Scraps of Mind promotion code into the Promo Code box in the shopping cart

and you’ll get a whopping $10 discount of f the price of your My Memories Suite

PLUS you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in their store.

So click here to go to My Memories Suite

And make sure you paste this code into the Promo Code box to get your Scraps of Mind Discount:


And you’ll be making digital scrapbook layouts in a fraction of the time it takes to watch this 20 minute video.

How to make a Custom Header for your Facebook Timeline

Have you made a custom header for your Facebook timeline?

It’s quite easy to do and it makes your Facebook timeline look a bit more unique than just using a photo like everyone else does.

Here’s how you do it.

Fundamentally your header is just a specialised digital scrapbook layout. You just need to remember that your Facebook photo will overlap on the bottom left hand corner so you need to design your header allowing for that.

The other thing you need to remember is that there’s not a lot of space available so I suggest you keep your design simple  and relatively uncluttered. Here’s mine so you can see what I mean.

I made this using The Garden Party Mega Kit. And you are welcome to use the kit to design your own headers (I’d appreciate it if you would give Scraps of Mind a credit on your page) as long as it’s for a personal header and not for a commercial one.

If you have a graphic editing software program such as Photoshop Elements…

  1. Create a new file 860 x 300 pixels and 72 dpi resolution
  2. Choose the digital scrapbook elements you want to use for your header and open them into your graphics editing program.
  3. Drag them onto your header file and arrange to form your design. Note: because we’re working in such a low resolution your elements will be a lot bigger than your file and you’ll need to drag them smaller to fit on your header.
  4. When you’re happy with your design save your file (choose the Save for the Web option)
  5. Note the folder where you are saving it to so that you can find it when you upload it onto your Facebook Timeline.
  6. Now open your Facebook Timeline in your browser and click on Change Cover then choose Upload Photo.
  7. Select your header file from the folder where you stored it.
  8. Your header should fit snugly into the available Facebook space.


If you don’t have a graphic editing software program…

If you don’t want to invest in a full sized graphics editing program there are a number of other more simple options available to you. I recommend the My Memories Suite as worthy of consideration.

It’s easy to use (especially if you’re not familiar with digital scrapbooking) and low cost. You can read my review of My Memories Suite here.

And when you use my special code  you get an even better bargain.

All you need to do is paste my special Scraps of Mind promotion code into the Promo Code box in the shopping cart

and you’ll get a whopping $10 discount of f the price of your My Memories Suite

PLUS you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in their store.

So click here to go to My Memories Suite

And paste this code into the Promo Code box to get your Scraps of Mind Discount:



And here’s how to create your Facebook Header with My Memories Suite


  1. Open your My Memories Suite software and  create a new album and choose design your own.
  2. Then choose the ›Custom Size tab in the middle of the screen.
  3. You can set the size by inches or pixels. For your Facebook Header choose 860 x 300 pixels.
  4. Add whatever content you want, including papers, pictures, text and embellishments.
  5. Finally, click on Share Album in far right column and select Export
  6. In the Export Wizard, make sure that the image type is jpeg and the image size is the size you chose for your header and click finish
  7. Now open your Facebook Timeline in your browser and click on Change Cover then choose Upload Photo.
  8. Select your header file from the folder where you stored it.
  9. Your header should fit snugly into the available Facebook space.

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And you can use these methods for creating your own blog headers too.

Just change the size of the file you’re creating. Usually a Blogger header is around 1000×300 pixels and a WordPress header is 904×160 pixels.

So now there’s nothing stopping you from having a beautiful custom designed header on your Facebook Timeline or your Blog. Have fun with this and let me know how you go.

And if you think this is a good idea please share it with your Facebook friends or share the link to this article on your blog.

My mojo’s gone missing

I have been having mojo issues off and on for some time now.

But it’s been a particular struggle in the last few months.

I don’t have any particular reason to offer… unless you count my addiction/obsession with Castleville on Facebook as a reason. But there is it is; creativity brick wall.

So this post is for all of you who are having similar creativity brain blocks.

Here are some articles I’ve written on ideas that might help you to get firing on all cylinders again.

When Your Mojo is No-Go

10 Top Ways to Rekindle your Scrapbooking Inspiration

How to beat Scrappers Block

10 Speedy Scrapbook Ideas

And for me?

Well I’m going to start making some Christmas cards!

Yes I realise Christmas is over half a year away but I think it’s a gentle way to try and ease back into the creative stream again. Christmas cards aren’t too demanding and I have plenty of stamps and embellishments etc. to get me started.

But most of all — I don’t feel pressured to make the perfect card.

I’ll be making over 50 cards so I can try different things and different techniques or do a bunch of simple cards all the same. No pressure.

So wish me and my missing mojo luck.

And please let me know in the comments section below if you have any mojo generating ideas of your own that we can share.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial – Blending photos into the background

One of the many things I love about digital scrapbooking is blending.

You can blend several background papers together using different blending modes to give you a whole different looking paper.

And another very cool blending idea is to blend your photo into the background for a really funky look.


Blending photo into the background

Here’s how you do it I’ve used Photoshop Elements but this will work with any software program that lets you work with layers):

1. Open a new Scrapbook layout file and drag onto it the background paper of your choice.

2. Now drag your photo on and position/resize to suit your layout. Remember you’re going to remove a lot of the area around your focal subject so you may need to make the photo a bit larger than you otherwise would.

3. Select the Eraser tool from your tool bar and choose a grungy style brush from the drop down list in the top menu bar.

4. Now reduce the opacity of the brush in the menu bar. Probably 10-30% is a good range. If you don’t like it you can always back out of what you’ve done with the Undo button or Ctrl+Z keys.

5. Increase the size of the brush using the slider in the top menu bar or by pressing the ] key on your keyboard.

6. Now, with your photo layer selected, start dabbing around your photo with the Eraser brush. Start at the outside and work inwards. Don’t be too fussed on being precise, the effect you’re looking for is not one of precision. You’ll probably want to go over the outside edges several times so that you lose the hard edge of the photo. You can remove however much or little of the background as you like to give you the effect that you want.

7. Finally you can reduce the opacity of the photo a little to let it blend even more with the background. Just play with the opacity slider in your layers palette until you get the result that you like.

If you’re someone who picks things up more easily with visuals rather than text you might like to check out my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 3 which shows you step by step how to do this (as well as some other very cool techniques you may find handy)

If you think this tutorial was useful please let me know in the comments below, otherwise I don’t know if I’m just talking to myself or not.

Other related articles:

How to blend your background papers – Scrapbook video tutorial

How to Digital Scrapbook – from Soup to Nuts

How to make an Easel Card

Today is my daughter’s birthday (Happy Birthday Seona) and following our five year tradition I have hopped on the big silver bird to Sydney (Australia) to spend her birthday week with her.

And also following our five year tradition I have made a special birthday card for her and I’m sharing it with you here. I reckon you are practically one of the family by now.

I love all the different cards I’ve made for Seona’s birthday over the years and I particularly love the challenge of coming up with something fresh and new each year.

This year I took my inspiration from a card design I found in my DoCrafts Creativity magazine, which is my favourite papercraft magazine as it shows you projects that are beautiful, interesting and – most importantly – easily doable.

I’m a bit in love with these easel cards at the moment because they look complicated but they’re actually very easy to make.

How to make this Easel Card

  • Open your blank card and fold one of the sides inwards to the centre fold.
  • Cut three strips of patterned paper and stick them to three strips of cardstock that are just slightly larger than the paper. Tip: make sure your cardstock strips are no longer than the width of your card.
  • Create a background piece by layering another piece of patterned paper onto some the same card stock you used for your three strips. Tip make sure that the size of the finished background piece is wider than the size of the three strips when laid on the card front. You want to be able to see see it peeking out behind them.
  • I then made a custom background to sit immediately behind my focal image. Cut a piece of white cardstock to size. On a smooth non-porous surface (a sheet of acrylic transparency is perfect) make a couple or three swipes across with different colors of water based distress ink pads such as Tim Holtz Distressed Inks.
  • Now the fun part. Start swiping your white cardstock around the inked surface until it’s covered by the inks. You should have a lovely marbled effect. If you’re a bit timid the first time you do it, don’t worry. Just do it over again until you’re happy with the result.
  • Dry off the cardstock: either leave it to one side until it dries or speed the process along by using your heat gun. Don’t get too close with the tool and if the card curls up with the heat just turn it over and give it a burst on the back to straighten it out.
  • Apply one of the colored inks around the edge of the cardstock to give it some extra definition and voila, you’ve made your own patterned background.
  • I didn’t stop there though. I put the card through my embossing machine to add some extra texture. If you don’t have an embossing machine or hand embossing tool don’t worry. You’ve still got a great looking card without it.

I used some die cuts for the focal image of this card but you can create your own focal image by stamping onto cardsctock, coloring in the image and cutting around it.

  • Place your blank card in front of you with the fold at the top. Mount the horizontal background strip onto the front.
  • Now mount the three vertical strips on top of the background strip making sure that you only glue the bottom half so that nothing is stuck above the fold you created in the top of the card.
  • And now mount the background you made yourself on top using foam mounts or foam tape to add dimension.
  • Finally mount your focal images including a sentiment which you can stamp on a separate piece of cardstock and cut out.

For the inside.

  • Cover the inside of the back of the card with a patterned paper.
  • Stick a strip of grosgrain ribbon across the card just below the centre (remember the fold is at the top)at the point where you want your front panel to be supported.
  • Add some little flowers and some bling and you’re done. I used white paper flowers which I colored by dabbing with the inks I used for the front of the card to coordinate the elements.

You may not have all the equipment I used to make this card. But even without it you will still get a magnificent looking card and it’s really quite simple to do.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Oh and don’t forget to wish Seona a Happy Birthday.

Other related articles:

5 Tips for making a Great Mini-Album

Hybrid Scrapbooking, Perfect for Card Making

Hybrid Scrapbooking a 50th Card

And if you think this is all a bit fiddly for you, why not try digital scrapbooking? you can find out all about it by clicking the image below.

Full length Digital Scrapbook Tutorials