Buy Digital Content by clicking the image below

Panstoria Digital Content

Buy Artisan by Panstoria by clicking the image below

Panstoria Artisan

Buy Historian by Panstoria by clicking the image below

Panstoria Historian

If you do not see the images above click on this link

Capture Lifetimes (click image below)

Capture Lifetimes (click image below)
Link to print your books. Please use Cowens as your distributor code, so I receive credit.

Instructions for printing your book

Link to instructions on how to print your book with Capture Lifetimes.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Printing with Capture LifeTime!

These instructions are by Madelyn Brownell who has so wonderfully done all the leg work to find a great printer equal to CM book  Here are the instructions for you to print your books.  To Print a book.   To print a Calendar  When you set up your account with Capture LifeTimes please use Cowens as your Distributor Code.  Thank you!

Madelyn is a a very detailed person and so she has tried to write down everything she could think of in the directions.  Saving your books and calendars as images or files and learning to upload them is such a valuable skill.  Her wish is that you'd be willing to glance through the directions (written for SBC4/Artisan users) and learn how to upload and use her wonderful printing partners.  The quality is fabulous and she has worked VERY hard to have great pricing.

The Holiday Ordering Deadline for printing of all your books and calendars is: Saturday, December 14th.  To thank you for your loyalty, I'm having a 13% off 2013 Holiday Special for the printing of any size book...anything from a little mini book (3x4) to a full 12x12 Storybook.  (Enter holiday2013 at checkout). Click here to see my new digital center.  Click here to see the pricing and sizes (three categories).  The books are printed within 4 business days.  The digital center is in Murray, Utah.

If you have any questions or need help please email me at

Thank you for your support

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Printing our Books and Projects

We now have a great place to get our books and projects printed.  They are the best quality and very reasonably priced.  I have seen the books by this printer, they are stitched and not stapled.  They are the of the same quality that Creative Memories has printed for us.  Here is the link to the website to get your books printed and PLEASE use cowens when checking out so I will get credit and know who is ordering.  Website for printing books  There is a 13% discount for the Christmas 2013 season.  Get those gifts printed and into the hands of your family and friends.

You will have to save your pages as jpgs and upload them to the website to get the books printed.  If you need help please let me know and I will be more than happy to help you.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Good News from Panstoria

Good news from the Panstoria Print Shop! Many of you have been asking about a way to share books with your friends and family. Here's the word:
We have added a share feature to PPS. From the 'Add to Cart' or item details page, there is now a “Share this with Friends” icon on the right side.
When in the Shopping Cart view, click the preview image beside the item of interest. This will show the item detail page. From there, you can click the “Share this with Friends” icon on the right....
If the user has already uploaded the project, and the order is no longer in the shopping cart, do the following to get the order back into the cart view:
- Go to Order History under the My Account section
- Click on the reorder icon (the green circular arrow) for the order. This puts the order into the cart again and shows the shopping cart view. Follow previous instructions.
Hopefully we can make this a bit easier in the future, but this is a start.
So, make your books and share away!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Creative Memories digital content

Panstoria has released about 1,500 digital kits that were available on CM’s website.  These kits will only  be available to buy through March 2014.   So if there are kits that you want now is the time to buy them.  If you do plan to buy kits would you please use Internet Explorer and click this link.   Digital Kits  This way I would get credit. 

After clicking the digital kits link, look on the left side of the screen and select the type of kit you want to purchase. 

NOTE: When browsing the categories in the store for CM content, you will have to click on the lowest level category to see all the kits in that category. For example, if you want to see Predesigned Pages, you will have to select a particular size (e.g. 12x12) to see the available kits.

If you have any questions please email me at

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Panstoria Digital Content

Panstoria has digital kits, predesigned pages, frames, mats, alpha sets and calendar templates.  If you are considering buying anything from Panstoria would you please consider buying from my blog, so I get the credit.  Here is your link  Panstoria digital kits

They do have some really cute kits, notice the left side of the image all they have.  You can also click on the image to go to my site and purchase digital products.


Thank you so much for supporting my blog.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Panstoria Help Zone

If you have questions about Artisan or Historian here is a link for you you to get the help needed.  There is also a link for the users manual for Artisan. 

Panstoria Help Zone

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Buying Artisan and Historian from this Blog

If you like what you are finding on this blog, please consider buying Artisan and Historian from the links above.   This way I will receive credit for your purchases.

Elements to create pages in Artisan

Here are some elements you can use on your scrapbooking pages.  They are also the elements that are on the 5 new templates provided earlier.  Here is your link for the zipped file. 

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Converting PSD templates to Artisan templates

I have been asked how to convert PSD templates so they will work in Artisan and SBC.  So with a bit of work and research I have come up with a way you can convert the templates. 

There are two Word documents with instructions on how to accomplish this task. 

Video to teach about templates

Video to teach about templates  Click this link to download the file and be able to watch it full screen.

New Templates

It is the time to start posting new information and templates on this blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions or have problems downloading the file. 

Click on this link to download 5 New templates

Here is a sample of the new templates.  These are created in .page format so they will work in Artisan and SBC


Friday, September 27, 2013

Printing with Panstoria

Here is the link where you can print your project using Panstoria.

Purchasing new content for Artisan

If you are looking for new digital kits click here.  Panstoria will be selling digital kits soon, and there are some kits available right now on the website.

Panstoria and CM court approval

Come Monday October 1st our packages will work in Artisan that were purchased for SBC.  So excited that the courts have approved this and that Panstoria agreed to the change and to keep us all working on our projects.

We are THRILLED! Panstoria and Creative Memories have come to an agreement, and this has been approved by the court. You can see the information on the newsfeed of the welcome pages of SBC & MM for more details. This means that you will be able to open all your SBC projects in Artisan, and use ALL of your Creative Memories' SBC content in Artisan, making the transition seamless. This is the news we have been waiting for! When you open the updated version of Artisan, your projects, content, tags and categories will transfer automatically. To purchase Artisan click this link:  To Purchase Artisan click here

If you're currently using Storybook Creator and Memory Manager, you do not need to purchase Artisan or Historian, because Panstoria will continue the updates for these awesome programs for the next few months.  But if you have friends that want to get started or you are ready for the updated versions with Panstoria, then visit my brand new blog at

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Artisan by Panstoria

Are you wondering whether or not to invest in the Artisan software, because it is a lot like StoryBook Creator?  Well here is a video by about some tools that are NOT in Storybook.  Video Tidbit: Something Old, Something New 

The photo touch up features alone in Artisan are worth every penny of the upgrade.  I have also read that there will be some upgrades coming in 2014. 

I have purchased the Artisan software which can be installed on two computers and you hardly know the difference and the new tools are awesome.   I also have purchased Historian (Memory Manager) which can only be installed on one computer. 

We are still waiting on the courts to see if Panstoria will be able to unlock all our CM kits, which we hope to know soon.  If you have questions please email me at

Click on the links at the top of this blog to purchase your copy of the software.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Text Shapes in Storybook 4.0 or Artisan 4.0

Have you ever wanted to fill a shape with text, well you are in luck with Storybook 4.0 or Artisan 4.0.  Here is how!

1 - Make a text box and write your text.

2 - Select your text and go to the Format Text ribbon

3 - Select Text Shape

4 - Select your shape

5 - In the bottom right corner click on Select Shape and your text is now in your selected shape.

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Click on the photo to make it larger.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Please help the Pixies out!

Calling all p2P friends and fans - we need your input and your help! Please complete our survey and share this with your digi-scrapping friends! It may be a little harder to do the survey from a device other than a computer. There is a scroll bar to the right that you'll need to use to get to the next pages. If you have trouble viewing the survey from within the news post, try this link to go directly to it. Thanks! Jan

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Free Embellishments for Artisan

"Here is a free kit for all of the Artisan users out there. It won't be on the store, but you can share the link. It's the 'Shiny Objects' kit, complete with twelve shiny objects and one shiny (silver glitter) alpha set.  Enjoy, and feel free to share the link with your friends."

Monday, July 29, 2013

StoryBook and Memory Manager FAQ’s

Creative Memories has released a FAQ’s sheet about their software.  It answers questions you may have about the continued use of these programs. 

If you have any questions please contact me

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Artisan & Historian by Panstoria

I have been approved to be an affiliate for Panstoria, if you want the software please click on the banner above so I will get credit.  Thanks for following my blog.

So what are the differences between Storybook and Memory Manager, compared to Artisan and Historian?  Here are a couple of links that will help you answer those questions.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Printer Company Comparisons

Here is a comparison that I made of several different companies on how easy their software was to use, cost of the book and the quality of the finished product. 

Click here to download the Excel spreadsheet.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Creative Memories files Chapter 11

This is somewhat of a sad post.  In early spring of this year Creative Memories filed bankruptcy (Chapter 11) so they could restructure.  There have been lots of changes happening behind the scenes and different dates to remember.  

When Creative Memories, emerges as a new company in November it will have a different name and may not have the same products as we now know them.  They are simplifying their product line.  We have been told that in the future Storybook and Memory Manager will not be part of the new company. (sad face)

They are planning and working on an APP.  I do not plan to ever use an APP to scrapbook.   Having to be tied to an internet connection is not my idea of scrapbooking.  I have enjoyed the freedom and creativity of Storybook Creator and Memory Manager.  I plan to keep using these programs!   In moving forward with these two programs, please make sure you have all your important files backed up. 

Make sure you have the following backed up:

  1. Storybook projects
  2. Digital kits and their activations
  3. Your personal kits
  4. Any files you do not want to loose

Here are a couple of links for you to use for backing up your files.  4Shared has changed their download process and made it a little harder.  Click on Download under the file name, then click on FREE Download You should then be able to open the Word document.

StoryBook Creator

Memory Manager

As for dates to remember here is a list of important ones.


Please if you have digital products to order do so, as soon as possible, do not leave it till the last minute!

With all this news and the latest update, as of September 1, 2013 our consultant contracts will be cancelled and we will no longer be consultants or have a website.   If CM does not carry Storybook and Memory Manager into the new company, I will not be staying with the company.  Therefore, I will be free to start reposting all my templates I have made. 

The company who made Storybook Creator and Memory Manager have emerged with their own programs which are almost the same exact copy of CM’s.  They are called Panstoria Artisan and Historian.   Here is a link to their website  I have purchased their software and enjoy using it and we will have support!  They just announced July 25th that they are partnering with Utah Print Solutions who was the company that printed our books before CM printed in house.  I am excited for this partnership and have joined them as an affiliate and waiting for approval.  If you want to buy their software will you please buy from my link when I get approved.   It will be posted on this blog as soon as approval is given.

My plan is to still keep doing digital scrapbooking and sharing what I learn.  If you have any suggestions or input please let me know at

Happy Scrappin’

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hawaii Album and fun

What could be more fun than being offered a place to stay in Hawaii for free?  Yes my husband and I were offered a place to stay for up to two months if we could have got away for that long.  We were able to go to Oahu and learn about Pearl Harbor and soak in all the beauty this island has to offer. 

It has been ages since posting and so to start moving again I thought I would share my latest album.  The nice thing about Storybook Creator is that it can do everything you want to, simple and quick or fancy and take more time.  It is up to you.

Below is a sampling of a few pages, if you would like to view the whole book click on this link.

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Hawaii 2012

And yes with the help of Storybook Creator you can make pages, send them to Memory Manager and then export to Windows Movie maker and make a movie like this one.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Memory Manager 4.0

I am so excited about the new version of Memory Manager 4.0 that is coming out, I could just shout from the roof tops.  There are so many great new additions including, facial recognition, spell check, one click touchup, share with Facebook or make a movie with Windows Movie Maker and a whole lot more.  Here are three links for you to watch and learn about the new software update. 

Either click on the picture or Youtube video to watch, if you want full screen make sure you click on the picture not the Youtube link.

If you are interested in ordering this before it is released on my website, email me at or call 801-856-7332




Monday, June 11, 2012

Favorites in Storybook 4.0

What are my favorite new things that SBC 4.0 can do, is often the question asked.  Well here you go with a my list of favorites.

On the home ribbon there is a Coordinate colors.  You can click on a picture and coordinate the papers and embellishments to your photos.  Here is an example, I had 6 samples to choose from. This expands the use of any paper or embellishments.



On the Insert ribbon is Shape (text), you can use any font you have installed on your computer to make page titles.  I LOVE this new feature.  Select your font type, color, line width and play with the compound style and dash styles for a different look.  Once your text is on your page hold the shift key down and resize it to fit your page, or you can right click and go to properties and change the size there.



On the format photos and format text ribbons there is a place you can sample a frame or text and paste it to any page in your book.  What a time saver this is to speed up our scrapbooking.

Another favorite thing for me to do is to double click on an embellishment, text or paper and use the touchup features.  You can erase, and paint things a different color (favorite) and smudge helps to erase things also.  Adjust your brush size and pressure to speed up the process. 


Did you also know that you can copy pictures from Memory Manager and paste them into SBC photos?  This is easy, you do not have to use the share feature, just copy and paste them by right clicking on a group of photos and then select copy.  Go to SBC and click the photos tab and paste the photos. 

Making your own shapes is also a lot easier in SBC 4.0.  Go to the Insert ribbon and select shape then curved or straight lines.


Instead of creating on this window, select “Save Shape in personal art kit”  Then you can use this shape for a text box if you would like for an added look to any page.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Making 3-D letters and number

Have you ever wanted to make 3-D pictures?  Well watch this video to learn how to make some that look like this.


Making 3-D letters and numbers

Double click on video to make it go full screen.

Here is a link to a previous post with instructions to the same feature.

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This can be achieved in Word 2007 by:

· Insert > WordArt Select the style you want and type the font the largest it will go

· Click on the Shadow Effect and make the shadow black

· Click on 3-D effects and make the depth 36

· Click on the little arrow on 3-D there is a little image with a box in the middle and on each side there are arrows. Click the top one and do this several times until the number/letter is laying the direction you want

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Downtown digital kit

Using the Pixels2Pages challenge 96, Read between the lings and their instructions to create a Vignette, and used the new Downtown digital kit (released April 2012) to make this page. 

It was a lot of fun to follow their ideas and if you are not a member of the P2P site, you are really missing out on a lot of new ideas and fun. 

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

April digital kits

Just wanted to share with you three of the new kits that Creative Memories has come out with April 1, 2012. 

This is the Butterfly kisses digital kit

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This is Garden Blessings digital kit

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This is Bunny hop digital kit and alpha set.

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Here is a link to MY Creative Memories website so you can see what is new.   If you are not one of  my customers, please go to your consultants website.   There are a lot of new kits this month. 

Also new this month is the Universal Format for papers and embellishments.  This format can be used in Photoshop, and any other scrapbooking software's.   The file types are jpg and png.  When looking and purchasing the kits, please make sure you watch for the Universal Format so you purchase the correct kits.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring has arrived in Utah

On this week they challenged us to use a predesigned page, blueprint or a template you would not normally use.  Then we were to locate our favorite embellishments and make a border for our page.   Add a title and journaling.  

What I used:

  1. The Click and Fill IV page 12
  2. The background paper was from the Enchanted PP
  3. Embellishments are from the North American Road Trip CD

Here is what I started with and the finished page.



The photos are from my yard.  The apricot blossoms, crocus and daffodils.   Spring is my favorite season when everything is new and beautiful.

If you are not a member of the site, you are really missing out.  They have something new for you everyday.   There are videos, freebies, blueprints, challenges and a whole lot more.  If would like information contact your Creative Memories Independent Consultant for help and information.  I would be happy to answer any questions. 

Make these cute paper roses

Paper rose

Here are the instructions so you can make your own roses.   This website has so many ideas for making flowers, bows and more.

Link to make roses instructions 

Link to rose pattern to print and save

When I made my roses, I used the website pattern, took it into Storybook and flattened the image.  Then I used the magic wand and cut around the pattern, so I could fill it with Creative Memories papers.  The project size I used was 11x8.5 portrait and made the pattern fit the page.  Make sure you keep the original aspect ration.  So from what I learned from this website, here are my roses.   I am sure you could reduce the size of the pattern to make smaller roses.

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Have fun and happy cropping.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Frame it Up gave me the instructions for this page.  I love following them everyday and it is so worth the subscription.  So many great new ideas, blueprints and freebies. 

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Challenge 93 - Frame it up by Cathie Owens
Spring digital kit
Microsoft Sans Serif 12
Algerian for Title

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Have you wondered where you can get great new ideas and training on Storybook Creator, Memory Manager, take better pictures and a whole lot more.   Well I am here to tell you that the Pixies have all the answers.  You have to check out and see all you can learn and do.  There is a free trial section, check it out.   If you purchase a subscription, you will get freebies every week that are fantastic.

Here are a couple of links to help you learn more about the website. 

Creative Memories blog Digital 411 What is a subscription?

Facebook group Pixels2Pages

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Happy cropping

Monday, February 27, 2012

I just love  They have a lot to teach you and challenge you.  Join in the fun and join the digi love.  I would never be without my subscription.  Check this out.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cutting tools in SBC 4.0

Come and learn how to use the cutting tools and touch up tools in Storybook Creator 4.0.  There are so many neat tools to use and ways you can use them.  Find an image on google or anywhere on the internet, scan a image and then touch it up.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

If you want to save the image to use at a later date, make sure you right click and select save selection, then save to your personal art kits.  This is great for building your own embellishments.

Cutting tools in SBC 4.0

Double click on the image to view a larger version and in the bottom right corner you can make it go full screen.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Aspect Ratio in SBC 4.0

Have you wondered why in 4.0 every time you resize an element it gets distorted?  Well you can either right click on every element and lock the aspect ration.   OR you can hold your shift key down while resizing a picture, embellishment or paper and it will lock the element as you resize. 

Happy Cropping

Pixie Power

Thanks to, this pages was possible.  I loved how the background paper, the photo frame and embellishment all go together.  You to could have freebies like this if you joined

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Using Microsoft Word Art with SBC

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Do you want to learn how to make this effect in Storybook Creator 4.0?  You have to use Microsoft Word to help get this effect.  Here are your instructions:

1. Go to the Insert tab in Word and click on WordArt

2. Select your WordArt style

3. Type your text

4. Click the down arrow by Text effects and select 3-D (off axis 1 top)

5. Click the down arrow by Text effects and go to the bottom of the menu and select 3-D rotation options

6. On the next menu select 3-D Format – play with the different options to get the effect you want.

7. When you get the effect you want, right click and copy

8. Go to SBC and right click and paste.

9. Use the magic wand and erase the white background. (it is easier if your background on the page is a dark color)

10. You may have to use other cutting tools to touch up the cut. You can also double click on the image and use the eraser to touch up the image.

11. Now you can select your image and cut around the person using the cutting tools.

12. Cut the persons legs horizontally and put the top part on top of the number and the legs under the number (in the elements panel)

13. This project takes some playing and experimenting to get it right, don’t get discouraged.


Hope these instructions make sense, I will be making a video in the near future on how to make this kind of a page.

Happy cropping

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

StoryBook Creator 4.0

Want to learn how to import Storybook 3.0 projects into version 4.0?  This video will show you how to bring in the 3.0 projects and then save them to version 4.0.  It will also show how to use a new filter and how to switch between projects. 

I love SBC 4.0 and it’s clean new look.  There are so many new things you can do with the software.  More videos will be coming in the near future.

Here is a direct link to the video

Friday, September 9, 2011

StoryBook Creator 4.0 is coming

There is a new version of the BEST digital scrapbooking software coming out real soon.  Here is a link so you can see the top 10 new things added.  I can not wait for this new software to come out.  Watch for training videos on this blog as I learn how to use the new changes.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Consultant websites and ordering

Listed here are the changes to your consultants website when ordering.  The changes are good and I personally like how it adds your total as you go.  The other thing I like is that if you leave your computer for a while and come back you do not loose all you have selected.  You will have to sign back in but your selections are still there.

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1.  Click on Shop on line then Digital scrapbooking and then new products.

2.  Click on Select under each package to buy.   There is a small version of the package under more views. 

3.  Click on Add to Bag to order.  Watch the top right corner for your cumulative total.  Even if you leave for a while it will save your order.  You will have to log back in but the selections will still be there.  After you add the item to your shopping cart and you want to order more products, click on "Keep Shopping"  If you are ready to check out, click on "My Bag (with the list of items and total $) 

4.  Then click the green Continue to Checkout and fill out your name and address information.  Fill out the Payment method.  Go to Rewards and Discounts and enter any information there.  Then click Order now on the right side. 

5.  Shows your order with the links to see your downloads and print your order.

6 & 7.  click Download to start your download and install your package.


Friday, August 19, 2011

New Products for Fall 2011

Take a look at this video and see all the new products that are coming your way.  Also Storybook Creator 4.0 is coming.


We will have a new tape runner coming out.

You will now be able to design your own traditional covers take a look at this video.


Updates for Storybook will include:

StoryBook Creator Plus 4.0 Upgrade

Over $60 of free content, including:

Serene Digital Kit

Serene Digital Overlays

Serene Digital Alpha Set

Just Fun Digital Kit

Just Fun Digital Overlays

Just Fun Digital Alpha Set

2012 Calendar 12x18 Digital Predesigned Pages

2012 Calendar 8x12 Digital Predesigned Pages

$24.95 U.S./$26.95 CAN

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Overlays – make your own

 12x12 My Picture a day for 2011 - Page 073

Take your special picture and turn it into an overlay.  Here is how you do it.

Under the Format Tab, select the Filter option. Within these filters, you will find the Threshold Filter. I set the threshold to 128. The colors I chose were black for the low color and white for the high color.

I then lowered the opacity to 40% in the Format tab. 

The paper I used under the overlay photo was from the Classic Nativity Digital Additions paper 2.  For the frame I used the same paper as the background and cut the center out.  Added a 3-D filter, then added my photos and text.  One simple quick and fun page to make.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 2011 new products

Hey look at some of the new doodling digital shapes and basic stitching embellishments. 

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This page is just creating the shapes and embellishments

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This page has filters and surfaces added to the shapes and embellishments.  You can also use color, gradients and papers.

There are also new sports additions to add to your collections.  There are golf, gymnastics, ice skating, martial arts, swimming and track and field. 

August new

Storybook 3.0 and sbcStudio downloads are 50% off.  All digital downloads are 30% off.  It is a great time to go shopping on your consultants website.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Create your own page

Here is a technique to try out with your Storybook Creator plus.  This YouTube will teach you how to make this page.  Remember that if it does not look like you want to, try a different picture or font.  I had a sunset picture that I thought would look super great.  Only it did not look good at all.  12x12 My Picture a day for 2011 - Page 069

This is the version for Storybook Creator Plus for the PC

This version is for sbcStudio for the Mac  click on link

Memory Manager Tip

Have you ever wanted to copy a picture into your Memory Manager from Facebook or google?  We there are two way to do this. 

1.  Right click and select Save As and add it to a folder on your computer.  I save mine to a folder called Exchange folder.

                                       or you can 

2.  Right click on the picture and select copy.  Then go to your memory vault and on some white space, right click and select paste.  And it will add the picture to your vault. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Book of 10’s


At a crop the other day with a bunch of Creative Memories consultants.  We were all to make a two page spread, using the Fabulous Digital power palette.  Then we shared the pages with each other.  While they did their pages the traditional way, I took the ideas and turned them into a digital version.  Some pages were more challenging than others to make, but it was a fun project. 

Here is a link for you to view the pages.  Hope you like the ideas given here.  My Book of 10’s link 

This book does not have pictures or writings yet, it was made generic so others could fill in their favorite 10’s.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Storybook 3.0 training

Just wanted to share with you a book I made on how to use the features of Storybook 3.0. 


Click on the image to view the book.  If you are interested in ordering one let me know and I can send you a link where you can order the book.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Proud to be American

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I am so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in this country and am very proud to be an American.  Thank you to all our service personnel for protecting our freedoms.  May you all be safe this holiday weekend. 

This page was made using the new Cheerful Stars and Strips kit.  

My new album

Click the image below to see my new album.  This book was created using the 12 x 12 Fabulous Outdoors predesigned pages.  At the back of the book are some other pages that were created using Storybook Creator Plus. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Click & Fill V

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This page was made using Creative Memories new Click & Fill V predesigned page.  The kit used was the Fabulous Outdoors Digital Additions. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Text wrap #2

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Well a teacher is always learning.  Thank you Leslie for teaching me this really easy way to text wrap. 


  • Right click on your photo and select from the menu Properties. 
  • This box will come up and you select Text Wrap
  • Then click the down arrow on “Space around element” and adjust the size of space you want around the element.

This is my new preferred way to text wrap, because it is so quick and easy.

Text wrapping

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First make sure that in your elements panel your text box is BELOW the picture. 

Right click on photo and choose Text wrapping and then bounding box.   This puts the text very close to the photo and sometimes hard to read.  You can adjust the margins some by using the paragraph settings on Format Text ribbon.

My preferred way is to keep the text away from the photo and make it look a little neater.  You do this by adding a second photo box.  Fill it with color and put it behind the picture, adjust it so it is a little larger than the photo.  We will get rid of the color shortly.

To align the two photo boxes, select them both and go to the Arrange ribbon and select the two alignments that are circled in red.

To work with the back photo box:

  • Select the back photo of the two in the element panel
  • On the Cut & Fill ribbon select color fill. and change the color to any color, Then click OK
  • Go to the Format Ribbon and select Opacity, Slide the opacity all the way to zero and click Accept.
  • Right click on the back photo box and select Text wrapping and then Bounding Box.
  • Make the back photo box slightly larger than the front photo box, this will push the text away from the photo.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Circle photo mats

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  1. From the insert ribbon add a photo box (empty frame)
  2. From the Format Photos ribbon we will be using the Select and choose a double mat frame (the first choice)
  3. From the Format Photos ribbon click on  Format.  Or, if you click the down arrow there are two choices, select "edit current frame effects"
  4. Select the first flat shadow mat. In the cutout, select an ellipse.  Then change mat fill.  Select a color it does not matter the color because you need to slide the opacity to zero (all the way to the left)  Click OK     If your circle looks a little off it will be fixed in the next step
  5. Select the second flat shadow mat.  Change the cutout to the ellipse.  Then click on Change mat fill.  At this point you can choose either color or paper whatever suites your page design.  For this sample I selected a width of the mat at 3.After you mat the photo you can make it circle or oval just by holding your shift key and dragging the edges to the desired shape.

Kit used is the fabulous outdoors digital kit.  The frame around the outer edge was made watching a webinar by Mary Browder on @ The title font used was the Fabulous Outdoors alpha set

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fabulous Outdoors Digital kit

This template was one I made.  Used the Fabulous Outdoors digital kit and overlays.  I love these new kits.

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