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Capture Lifetimes (click image below)

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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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Text path shapes

12 x 12 text path - Page 036

If you are wanting to follow a specific shape such as a circle and want it to look smooth.

  • Try adding a shape and tracing around the shape.  If you are doing a circle it does take practice, patience and a steady hand.
  • Then you can hide the shape, by clicking on the eye, that is in the shape elements panel.
  • To edit the points of your circle, click on the Format Text ribbon.  Click on the text path you created and then click on Edit path.  Move the points in or out, that need to be moved.  You can also right click on a point, and select an option in the menu that will help correct your line. 
  • The font and size of font, can effect your text path, so play with different fonts and sizes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Just for Fun!!

Ok, I can not resist sharing with you some new pages that were completed using the Classic seasons digital additions.  Here is the link to see the packages and purchase They are at the bottom of the page.

These pages were a lot of fun to do and have me thinking of doing 12 x 12 books even if they don’t fit my book shelves.  I have been a die hard for 11 x 8.5 books because they fit the book shelves.


12 x 12 seasons - Page 042

12 x 12 seasons - Page 044

12 x 12 seasons - Page 045

12 x 12 seasons - Page 043

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Color Wash

Using the Color ribbon, choose Color wash to change any paper, overlay or embellishments color.  Below is a sample of our Black & White 12 x 12 page.  The color wash was used on the second page.  You can also adjust the saturation and intensity to get a deeper or lighter color.  This is a very fun tool and you should give it a try. Color Wash  - Page 036

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Creating Blog Pages

Would you like to create a blog and be able to post your StoryBook Creator pages for family and friends to see? 

The links below were created by Lisa Louise Cook a family history instructor and blogger.  However her instructions are very well done and easy to follow.  She takes you step by step and if you watch and then follow the instructions your blog will be up and going in not time at all.

Even if you have a blog, you may find this helpful in refining your blog.

Creating a Blog part 1

Creating a Blog part 2

Creating a Blog part 3

Creating a Blog part 4

After your blog is set up, open your StoryBook program and then the pages you want to post. Then follow the steps below to get your pages ready to post. 

First create an exchange folder on you desktop.  This is where you will send your finished pages.  To create the folder:

  1. right click on a blank spot on your desktop (this brings up a menu)
  2. left click on New and then Folder
  3. with the text highlighted in blue, type Exchange Folder, and hit the enter key

In Storybook, go to the page/pages you want to upload to your blog:

  1. go to the Home ribbon
  2. click the down arrow on Save
  3. click on Save page as
  4. Click the rectangle box that has … in it at the end of Save in folder line.  Locate your Exchange folder and highlight it and then click OK
  5. Output area make sure it is a JPG file and you can name your pages in the box that has Start file names with:
  6. Page range:  do you want all the pages, current page or select pages?  I usually do selected pages by clicking on the blue view selected and choose the pages desired.
  7. click Save and your pages will now go to your Exchange folder.

Uploading your photos to blogger was shown in the videos listed above, so the instructions won’t be listed here.

Happy Blogging with Storybook Creator 3.0

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adjusting Text Path Margins

Adjusting text path - Page 034 

Does your text path look like the one above?  If so you can adjust the margin to see the whole text. Here's how:

  • Click on the Format Text ribbon

  • There is a box title Margin, just under that is a down arrow that you can change the margin

  • You can also release the aspect ratio and resize your text path box by holding the shift key down and left clicking and dragging the box to desired size

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Creative Memories Blogs

Yee Haa!!!! Creative Memories is starting their own blog.  Click on the link to go to the blog.  CM BlogCM blog

This is going to be very exciting to watch the tips and helps they give us. 

Friday, September 18, 2009

Memory Manager 3.0 Webinar

Are you looking for help with Memory Manager 3.0. You have just come to the right place. Here are some fantastic webinars to help answer your questions.

Memory Manager
It all starts with organizing and editing your photos. Watch this webinar to see how easy it is to do more with your photos than you ever imagined.
Take a Virtual Tour of Memory Manager 3.0 - 4 minutes
Creating, Setting up and Renaming a Memory Vault in Memory Manager 3.0 - 20 minutes
Backup Options and Moving a Vault in Memory Manager 3.0 - 45 minutes
Memory Manager 3.0 Overview - 30 minutes

Memory Manager 3.0 Tour
Tour (WMV) 4:06 min.
Tour (PDF)

Setting User Options (WMV) 3:21 min.
Setting User Options (PDF)

Using Ribbons (WMV) 2:36 min.
Using Ribbons (PDF)

Creating a Memory Vault
Creating a Memory Vault (WMV) 8:14 min.
Creating a Memory Vault (PDF)

Getting Media
From a Camera (WMV) 1:15 min.
From a Camera (PDF)

From a File (WMV) 3:50 min.
From a File (PDF)

From a Phone (WMV) 2:25 min.
From a Phone (PDF)

From a Scanner (WMV) 1:41 min.
From a Scanner (PDF)Organizing

Sort Boxes (WMV) 2:16 min.
Sort Boxes (PDF)

Folders (WMV) 2:54 min.
Folders (PDF)

Simple Sorting (WMV) 2:07 min.
Simple Sorting (PDF)

Working with Time (WMV) 3:05 min.
Working with Time (PDF)

Creating an Album
Creating an Album (WMV) 6:53 min.
Creating an Album (PDF)

Protecting your Media
Protecting your Media (WMV) 3:54 min.
Protecting your Media (PDF)

Moving a Memory Vault (PDF)

Printing, Exporting and Sharing
Print (WMV) 4:00 minutes
Print (PDF)

PrintTrack (WMV) 45 seconds
Print Track (PDF)

Creating a Slideshow (WMV) 2:23 min.
Creating a Slide Show (PDF)

Sharing to StoryBook (WMV) 2:00 min.
Sharing to StoryBook (PDF)

File Export (WMV) 3:01 min.
File Export (PDF)

Email (WMV) 3:48 min.
Email (PDF)

CD/DVD (WMV) 2:53 min.

Editing and Enhancing
Cloning (WMV) 3:24 min.
Cloning (PDF)

Cropping Your Images (WMV) 1:15 min.
Cropping Your Images (PDF)

Rotating Your Images (WMV) 1:54 min
Rotating Your Images (PDF)

Selection Tool (WMV) 4:35 min.
Selection Tool (PDF)

Using the Image Assistant (WMV) 4:58 min.
Using the Image Assistant (PDF)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

StoryBook 3.0 Webinars

Are you looking for some training to learn how to better use your StoryBook Creator 3.0. Well you have come to the right place. Just click on any of the following links to get further instructions and help.

Got Photos? Executive Director Barbara Burnes 53 minutes
StoryBook 101 StoryBook 101 35 minutes
Story Book 201 StoryBook 201 40 minutes

StoryBook 3.0 fantastic webinars

Journaling and Text Enhancements
Journaling and Text Enhancements (WMV)
Journaling and Text Enhancements (PDF)

Facebook Upload
Facebook Upload (WMV) 1:09 min.
Facebook Upload (PDF)

Convert StoryBooks To Various Sizes
Convert StoryBooks (WMV) 1:51 min.
Convert StoryBooks (PDF)

Easy Upgrading From StoryBook Creator Plus 2.0
Easy Upgrading From StoryBookCreator Plus 2.0 (WMV) 3:40 min.
Easy Upgrading From StoryBookCreator Plus 2.0 (PDF)

Self installing content packages
Self installing content packages (WMV)
Self installing content packages (PDF)

Home Ribbon
Home Ribbon (WMV) 18:40 min
Home Ribbon (PDF)

How to Create a Wall Print
How to Create a Wall Print (WMV) 6:51 min
How to Create a Wall Print (PDF)

Project auto-populate
Project auto-populate (WMV) 1:21 min.
Project auto-populate (PDF)

Two Page Spread Viewing
Two Page Spread Viewing (WMV) 48 seconds
Two Page Spread Viewing (PDF)

Content Manager
Improved Content Manager (WMV) 4:13 min.
Improved Content Manager (PDF)

Cutting tools
New cutting tools (WMV) 5:29 min.
New cutting tools (PDF)

Photo matting options
New photo matting options (WMV) 3:34 min.
New photo matting options (PDF

Insert Ribbon
Insert Ribbon (WMV) 19:50 min
Insert Ribbon (PDF)

Live Webinars featuring StoryBook Creator Plus Software 3.0

Watch a recorded StoryBook 3.0 Webinar featuring the highlights of this robust software.

Backing Up and Saving Projects and Packages from StoryBook Creator Plus Recorded version 45 minutes

Inspiration and Techniques
Whether you are using our digital software and artwork or our traditional products, check out these great webinars for exciting tips and techniques.
Digital Inspiration recorded sessions
Web class for paper scrapbookers - 60 minutes

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rubber Stamp & Filters

Rubber Stamp & Filters - Page 033

Rubber Stamp

  • find the embellishment you want
  • left click on the side bar
  • choose rubber stamp this image
  • choose the style, color, coverage and you desire


  • There are 23 different filters to choose from
  • choose format ribbon
  • choose filters
  • select the filter you desire
  • click apply

Have lots of fun with the rubber stamps and filters!

Transparent photo frame

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Transparent photo frame

  • format photos ribbon
  • click on mat
  • select shape to cut photo
  • select change mat fill
  • select color
  • opacity slider needs to be all the way to the left (very important step)

When you mat a photo this way, you are able to have a shape, but still zoom and move the photo within the frame.

Fancy Frame Samples

Fancy frames - Page 031

To add frames to your photos

  • click on the format photos ribbon
  • click on select frames
  • choose your frame

To change the colors of the frame

  • click on format
  • edit current frame effect
  • you are now able to change each level of frame by clicking on change mat fill
  • select the desired frame width, relief
  • you can choose from color, gradient or paper fill 

Same frame on all the pictures on your page

  • hold the shift key down
  • select every picture, by left clicking on each photo
  • select the format photos ribbon
  • choose your frame
  • change color if desired

More cutters (cut & fill ribbon)

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Cut & Fill Ribbon Corner Cutter

  • Click on More
  • Choose corner cutter
  • Choose the cutter you want and adjust the slider for the depth of cut
  • the corner cutter window has
    • four corners with check marks, if you only want to cut two corners, uncheck the two you do not want

Cut & Fill Ribbon Grids

  • Click on More
  • Click on cut into grid
  • Select the number of grid boxes you desire
  • Use the slider for the spacing between each grid box
  • You are able to even remove some of the boxes to put photos or text

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cut & Fill Cutters

Cut & Fill Cutters - Page 029

Use the Cut & Fill Cutters

Here are just a few samples of what you can do with the Shaped Cutters.  Choose from any of the shapes you have, plus the new edge cutters, to create a new edge, book marks, tags and much more. 

Folders, User Content, Rename & Keywords

Folders, rename & keywords - Page 028

Organizing your folders in content manager

Click on Create

  • It opens up the Create Folder or Create User Content Package.
  • Use the create folder to organize commercial products.
  • Use create user content package to add a new folder for your My Stuff.

These are the folders that I have chosen to organized my folders.

Rename in content manager

Right click on your elements:

  • Choose Rename to change the name.

Keywords in content manager

  • Are specific words to identify elements or papers.
  • Example: star to all papers that have stars. 

Let your imagination go wild on this one.

Content Manager

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Commercial Packages Options

When you are in Content Manager for Commercial packages:

  • Left click on the right side of each paper or embellishment
  • Click on Preview. 

This opens up another window that you will be able to see the paper or embellishment larger. 

My Stuff Options

With the papers and embellishments that you create, you are able to:

  • Preview
  • Move to a different folder
  • Rename the items
  • You can also assign keyword for faster searching.

Content Ribbon

When you switch between papers, embellishments & shapes, the package that you have active, holds and does not change.

This makes it so you do not have to scroll when moving between the commercial papers, embellishments & shapes. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Arranging Your Packages

Here is a brand new feature for StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0.  Have you noticed your packages are not alphabetically in order?  Well there is an easy fix.  You can arrange them yourself, any old way you want them to be. 

You can just left click hold and drag a package to your desired location.  This can be done either on the Content ribbon or go to the Welcome page and click on Content Manager. 

When you purchase a new package you can now drag them into the proper alphabetical order.  YEA!!!  Thanks Creative Memories for this great new feature!  Yes, and when you download a new package, it is automatically installed, all you have to do is enter the activation code.

By the way if you have not upgraded to version 3.0 you are really missing out, because there are so many great new features.  Either go to your consultants website and get your upgrade today, or you can go to my website link right here if you do not have a consultant.  Remember that the cost to upgrade is only $9.95 for the month of September & October. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Text inside Shapes

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Write Text around a shape instructions.

  • Choose the shape you want to draw around
  • Click on Text Path (Insert Ribbon)
  • Click around your shape using short spaces between the clicks.
  • Make sure if you want your text to keep going you put a check mark in the box that says "Repeat Text to Fill"
  • Click on the element eye to hide that element.  

To create a text box using a shape instructions.

  • Insert a text box (insert ribbon)Type your text
  • Click on Format Text Ribbon
  • Click on Text Shape and choose your shape
  • Adjust the size of the text box to fit the shape. 

You can use the full align text to make it fit the shapes better.