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Friday, December 31, 2010

How do I make a template?


Have you ever wondered how to make a template?  Do you find some pages that you really wish you could have a copy of that page?  Well here is your simple answer on how to copy/make your own templates.  This webinar is only 8 minutes long and will teach you how to make your own templates. 


Click this page to watch the webinar.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Template for SBC 3.0+


The kit used for this page is Candy Cane Digital Kit for the background paper and the second background paper.  The embellishments are from the Cheerful Christmas Digital kit.  Fonts for the corner text boxes is Christmas Card, the text path and bottom center text is Andy

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Template

Wishing you and yours the Merriest of Christmases.  May you have a joyful season and remember to take lots of pictures and document your holidays.  Get those photos off your computers and cameras and printed and into your lives. 

I made a book for my grandson after he came for a visit.  He loves that book and it is always his goodnight story book.  When I went for a visit in October, he told me “Gamoo made for me”  he is 2 1/2 years old and loves his story book by Gamoo.  That is just one example why we must record and print those precious memories.



Merry Christmas

Quilt page

There have been a lot of requests for instructions on how this quilt page was created.  There is not a template for this one, just instructions on how you can create the page.  Click on this link to download the instructions.  Have fun creating and it would be fun to see them on facebook after you create them.



Friday, November 26, 2010


As everyone is getting ready for the Christmas season and shopping all the shops.  This page was made using the Reminisce Christmas kit.  The word art is from the Jewel Christmas Digital kit.


Card Template

Welcome to the Christmas season!  I have been busy making lots of fun cards and thought it would be fun to share with you some of the ones I have had fun with.  These are 4x6 portrait. 

For this card I used the  Reminisce Christmas & Reminisce Digital power palette for the papers, embellishment and ribbon.  The overlay is from the Digital Christmas Overlay8. 



The other card that is really a lot of fun, is the View Master Card that is on  Watch that webinar and create a whole new bunch of cards.  Click this link to take you directly to the webinar.


This is a sample of my view master cards.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving – Templates

Welcome to the busy holiday season and to celebrate 

The digital kit used for this page was the Hummingbird collections. 


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fancy frames and photo shapes

This webinar will teach you how to create shapes with your photos and also create fancy edges on your photos.  The webinar is about 10 minutes long.  The following instruction pages are provided for you to save and follow.  Please let me know if you need further help or have questions.

 Fancy Frames and photo shapes webinar, click here.

Frames and fancy edge photos - Page 006

  1. Start with your selected photo
  2. On the Format Photos ribbon in the Frames group choose Select.
  3. Select Double Mat
  4. On the Format Photos ribbon select Format.  The window will look like this one.
  5. Click first on Flat Shadow mat.  Change the color and change the shape to Ellipse and change the opacity to 0
  6. Click on the second Flat Shadow Mat and change the shape to Ellipse and change the color to match your page.  (do not adjust the opacity on this one)

Frames and fancy edge photos - Page 007

To use the shape again simply right click on the photo/frame and choose remove photo from frame. 

Frames and fancy edge photos - Page 008

  1. On the Format Photos ribbon in the Frames section choose Select.
  2. If you have purchased the fancy edges packages you can select the down arrow where it says Frames.
  3. Select the package you want and then the desired edge.

The papers used in these examples are the photo mats from the Hummingbird collection.

Sorry for the repost of this one, realized that the second page needed more instructions.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hey everyone you have to head on over to  Shelly has posted a really great webinar on how to create your own pages called start2finish workshop.  She gives you some really great ideas and techniques to create from scratch your pages.  I loved this video and you will also.  This is the page that she teaches you how to make. 

Happy scrappin’

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Template from a friend

I have been at a crop with a bunch of great women and making new friends.  One friend Debbie McBrayer made a wedding book for her daughter.  When I saw this template it had to placed on this blog to share with my friends.  Thanks Debbie for sharing.
This template is 8 1/2” x 11”

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Template for 8 photos

If you want to learn how to make the plaid paper, head on over to and you can learn how to make the plaid and a whole lot more.  Hope you enjoy this template.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Templates 12 x 12

The kit used for this page is from Cottage Garden Digital Kit.

Paper is paper14 and all the embellishments are from the same kit.  Text box font is Andy 14




With this page I selected a dark brown color and added the grass texture to the whole page.  Then I added the Cheerful Digital Overlay1, the text box it Andy 14. 

To get the soft edges, put your photos into the photo boxes, make sure they are the way you want them to be and then flatten each one.  On the Format ribbon, select Filters and choose Soften edge.  I used 57 for the number on the soft edge.  You can use the slider to adjust and make more softness if you like. 



Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Template for a full page photo

Sometimes you just want to have a full page with a beautiful photo you took.  Well, here are a couple of pages for you to get ideas from.   You might even use the photo boxes as a text box to tell your story.  These are 12x12 pages.  Enjoy!!



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Templates in Three’s

These are 12 x 12 in size.  Paper used is the What a View Digital kit P8, Title font is Fancy Alpha Set and text box font is Andy 14



This page with the deer was suppose to be the second part of a two page spread with the first one above. 

Paper was What a View P18, Text box is Andy 14


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sunset Template

What makes a beautiful sunset, one might ask.  I think it takes clouds, storms and the right timing.  Here is a two page spread for you to enjoy. 

Paper is from Explore Canada Digital kit 04

Embellishment is from What a View Digital Kit

Text is DJ Script 14


New Webinars

Here are two new webinars for you to watch. 

Madelyn covers the lunchtime webinar Sept 14, 2010.  She covers new products, folded cards and more.

Here is the link to this webinar Click Here  Webinar is 30 minutes

Cathie covers an evening webinar Sept 20, 2010.  Items covered at this webinar remove red eye, create templates and pages from scratch and more. 

Here is the link to this webinar Click Here  Webinar is 25 minutes   Or try this link if the first one does not work

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Autumn Templates

Paper Beach Vacation Digital Kit pg 12

Overlay from Cheerful Digital Overlays 6

Embellishments are from the Cheerful Autumn Digital Additions

Font on left page is AdLib BT 14.  The one on the left is from the Playful Digital Alpha Shapes


These are also 12 x 12 in size.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

ABC template

We all have little kids around us that we take photos of and often times we might look for the ABC blocks to add to our pages. 

Add variety to your blocks, fill them with photos, surfaces and filters.  Just play and have fun with the blocks and add some fun to your children’s pages. 

To create your own set of blocks, make a square and fill it with paper.  Then add a second color on top of that and cut out the letter using one of the Alpha shapes. 


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Webinar

This webinar teaches you “How to complete a page in 20 minutes or less”  Michele Kingsford teaches this 30 minute webinar.  Webinar link  The following page was created during this webinar.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Double lucky templates today

A friend of mine, sent me these templates to see what I would do with them.  So here is my pages with her templates.  Thank you Becky for sending them to me, These have lots of possibilities.

Take time to - Page 002

Take time to - Page 004


Here are two page and if you need more room for journaling, add a picture to one of the photo boxes then fill it with color.  Then you can add a text box on top of the colored box.  Remember to click on the grey template photo to download your copies.

The papers used are from the new Reminisce Digital Power Palette

Eva Salway - Page 093

Ancestry page - Page 094

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Webinar August 12, 2010

Today’s webinar covered several areas:  Recorded webinar link

  • What is a Wallpaper:  In SBC you have an option when creating a new project to make a Wallpaper.  This is simply put, a desktop image or page you create to be your desktop.  Here is a sample of one created.


  • How to take a black & white photos and color parts of the photo:  This was covered in an earlier webinar but reviewed here.  The larger size of this handout is on earlier post to this blog.  This is what the page looks like.


  • How do I remember everything I have learned?
    • 1)  Make sure you practice what you learn
    • 2)  Teach someone else what you have learned
    • 3)  Keep a notebook of printed ideas you want to remember
    • 4)  Remember the resources for training.  Your consultants website - help zone, the ? anywhere in SBC or MM, and and the facebook groups. 

                      See - Hear/Read - Do - Teach

  • Do I keep a separate folder with all my downloaded packages or once they are installed, do I need to worry about it?
    • Yes, I save all my downloads to a folder called "Downloads"  After they are downloaded they get installed into SBC. 
  • Backup, Backup, Backup is the real key here. 
    • You do not want to have to redownload these files, as it takes time. 


  • How to delete SB projects (books): 
    • FIRST Go to the folder where your storybooks are located Find the book you want to delete and high light it
    • Right click and choose delete or just push the delete button
    • This is the path to my storybooks

                       J:\Creative Memories\StoryBooks

 Webinar Aug 12 - Page 010

  • Resizing projects (books) You have to know where your storybooks are located.  Remember you can only downsize.  The sizes that can be downsizes are 11 x 8.5 which go to 7 x 5 and 12 x 12 which will go to 8 x 8.  Follow the numbered steps below.
  • Make sure to check the new smaller size for text boxes or things going off the edges. 

 Webinar Aug 12 - Page 011

  • How do I share a storybook?
    • In SBC you have to go to the home ribbon and click on “Order"  Next screen click “order book”
    • Go through the preview process checking for any errors, things too close to the edges or center of the book.  When it gets to the end of your book in the preview there are 2 boxes to check, check them and click on “Continue”
    • You will now have to sign into the CM Photo Center and your book will upload.
    • After the upload follow the numbered instructions below.

Webinar Aug 12 - Page 013

 Browse feature of Storybook

    • This feature has been here all along but might have been overlooked.  When looking for a package to use, do you find your self looking one by one.  Well instead of looking this slow way use the “Browse packages” feature.  Find the package you want to use and then select click on Select.

Webinar Aug 12 - Page 012

Have a great day and happy scrappin’ 

Friday, July 23, 2010


This Page was shown on my last webinar and I wanted to share it here on the blog.image

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Webinar, templates and more

July 22, 2010 webinar focused on many topics.  Covered were:

1) reviewing your book before printing

2) how to insert text from other sources

3) Memory Manager auto rotate of photos, and calendar find

4) shapes and changing their colors

5) create fast pages using your own design, predesigned pages

6) making templates and saving them for use later

Click here to download the recorded webinar Webinar, templates and more.





Here are some of the screen shots with instructions that were shown in the webinar.  Click on them to open in your internet explorer and then go to File> Print, to print and save.

Book for print preview - Page 003

Inserting text - Page 004

MM calendar selection - Page 006

Shape colors - Page 007

Saturday, July 17, 2010

New Webinars

Here are some new webinars to teach you some new tricks, and what is new.  Madelyn Brownell does a great job teaching and these are no exception.  Have fun watching and learning.

New Webinars

July 14, 2010 – lunch time webinar by Madelyn Brownell

June 24, 2010 - lunch time webinar by Madelyn Brownell

June 6, 2010 – lunch time webinar by Madelyn Brownell

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Celebration time is here again.

I used the new Disney Pixar Cruisin Cars kit for this page.  On the photo mat background, I used a color, 3-D, put a texture to it, and a heavy shadow.


Monday, July 5, 2010

P2P Digi love is being spread here!!!

You need to head on over to and learn all that our Pixies have to offer.  

Would  you please send your feedback to either or all of these: Go to your consultants website, and when you click on the Project Center then click on Digital, there is a "Send Us Your Feedback" link or your can copy this email address:   Also make sure you send your feedback to  Here is the home address if you want to write a letter.

Creative Memories Home Office
3001 Clearwater Road
P.O. Box 1839
St. Cloud, MN 56302-1839

Consultants go to the CMC-Network and scroll all the way to the bottom and there is “Questions/suggestions” click this link and then choose “Other” and submit your feedback.

Our Pixies would love to hear your comments and feedback, on how P2P has helped you start and finish your projects.  Any ideas you have loved, things you wish they would teach us and in general any kind of feedback you are willing to share.  Come on join in the digi love and share it with everyone you know. 


The background paper is from the new Disney Fairies Digital kit.  The text box font is Andy 16 and the font for the banner is LongIsland 48.

Happy Scrappin’

Friday, June 25, 2010


The other day my husband took me for a ride so we could take pictures of the sunsets over Salt Lake City.  The view was beautiful that night and so were the colors.  Enjoy your new template! 

The center shape has the opacity turned down to about 50%, used one of the photos as the background and sampled the sunset for the text.  The embellishment is one of the freebies from the P2P website, with the glitter added, 3-D filter and heavy shadow.


New Webinars

Well it is about time, there were more lunchtime webinars posted to this blog.  Sorry for being so slow getting around to posting them, sometimes life gets in the way of things we most want to do.  So lets play a little catch up here!  Remember the files are large and take time to download, so be patient.

Edges, Corners, Alpha Shapes and more by Cathie Owens

Lunch time webinar by Madelyn Brownell – May 13, 2010   covering click and fill pages, MM star ratings, calendars & more

Lunch time webinar by Madelyn Brownell – March 19, 2010  covering content manager, keywords and more

Remember there are a lot more webinars on the right side of this blog under the category “Webinars to learn Storybook & Memory Manager”

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Have you checked out yet?  If you have not, you are sure missing out on a lot of great helps, ideas, webinars and blueprints!  These ladies are FANTASTIC, in the ideas they have taught us.  This site has been in a beta test for 3 months and that time will be up July 15th.  Come on everyone get on over there and check out what is going on.  What are you waiting for?   Please give these Great Ladies your feedback, CM is waiting to hear how it has helped you.

I have a friend Bonnie, that said she copies the pages into Memory Manager and then writes the instructions so she can remember how to make the pages at a later date.  What a GREAT idea Bonnie!  So everyone get on over there and create all the pages, save them in Memory Manager and write the instructions too.  As for me, I burn the trees and print, print, print everything.  So now I have a binder 2” thick.  Bonnie, is saving the trees.

It sure is fun the different ideas we can learn from each other.  You ladies are all so much fun, and I love hearing from all of you. 

Here is a sample of the latest blueprint on the website.  There is no link for this file, you have to visit the site to get the blueprint.


Happy Scrappin’

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Font Shapes

Font Shapes - Page 032

Have you purchased a few new fonts (some are shapes & not fonts) and can not find them?  That is because, you use them differently than the rest.  There are two at the present time that are Alpha Shapes and not the regular fonts.  They are Playful Digital Alpha Shapes and Formal Digital Alpha Shapes. To use these alpha shapes use the following instructions:

  • on the content ribbon click Shapes
  • Select Alpha shapes, and then the one you want to use (I created a folder in content manager for my Alpha Shapes), if you do not have them listed in a folder you will have to find them.
  • You will then letter by letter select the ones you need, using one of the following choices: 1) create this shape, 2) cut this shape out of a piece of paper, 3) apply this shape to text.

You will now be able to resize, move and apply filters to your font shapes. 

Have fun with these, as the possibilities are endless!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tropical page

A big thank you to Brenda DeJong.  She has some really fun templates.  Here is her blog address, if you are interested if seeing what she has

Tropical-Brenda DeJong - Page 063

The other day, I thought it would be fun to turn the macro feature on, on my camera and shoot a bunch of flowers.  These are all in my yard this time of year.  Pansies are a favorite because of their beauty and different colors.  Lilacs are a favorite because of their fragrance and forget-me-knots remind me of you youth.  When I was a teenager I asked my Dad if I could plant some flowers, and he agreed.  However, over the years, he had a hard time getting rid of the forget-me-knots.  He use to say “how can I forget you Cathie, I can not get rid of those flowers, they are like weeds.” 

Have fun and happy scrappin’

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Template tidbit

templated tidbit - Page 035

What is a template or blueprint you may ask?  Well simply put, it is a predesigned page with shades of greys or blue.  You select the element, and choose "fill the item with" and choose your background and embellishments.  Then you drag your photos on and your pages are done quickly.

When you download a free template, save it to a file on your desktop.  I like to save them in my "exchange folder."  After you have downloaded the template open StoryBook if it is not already open. 

  • click on the home ribbon
  • click on import page
  • go to the folder, where you downloaded the template to
  • click on the template and then in the bottom right corner click on get pages

This will bring the pages in at the bottom of your project.  You will then need to left click on the page and drag it into the order you want the page to be.  If you have never made a folder on your desktop, right click on top of the desktop.  Choose "New" then "Folder"  At this point name your new folder, as it should be highlighted in blue, unless you hit the enter key.  In which case you would right click again on the folder and choose rename, then you can name the folder "Exchange Folder" 

Remember that your exchange folder is for things going into or out of the folder.  Example:  you download a template and bring it into Storybook, or you save your page and want to upload it to your favorite photo center for printing.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Little tidbits

White edges - Page 034

Would you like to get rid of the white edges some of our papers have?  Well there are three ways to accomplish this task.

  • 1st - in the Elements panel unlock the background. Then click on Order, next click on Make normal (not the background)  Then you will be able to stretch the paper to eliminate the white edge. 
  • 2nd - after your paper is on the page, right click and then choose flatten.  You will then be able to stretch the paper and eliminate the white edges.
  • 3rd - choose your paper and drag it to your page instead of choosing make the background and then stretch it to eliminate the white edges. 

Another thing I have been doing, so that the paper can be used as "fill this element" option, is to cut the paper with the rectangle cuter.  Next, right click on the paper and choose "Save as Content"  Save it in Your stuff as paper and you can name the paper at this point.  Now you will be able to use the papers without the white edges.