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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

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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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Rugged outdoors pages

These pages were created using the Rugged Outdoors Digital kits, overlays  and predesigned pages.  Just look at the fun you can have creating pages.

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This page layout is my own created template.  The kit is the Rugged Outdoors kit, overlay and embellishments. 

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This page is a predesigned page from the Rugged Outdoors predesigned page collections

A little about Me

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Just look at this new digital kit. It is made using using the Fabulous Outdoors digital overlay 03, Fabulous Outdoors Digital Additions. I also started with the Fabulous predesigned page that had 4 photos and changed things around and added embellishments. I also changed the ribbon color using the Adjust hue.

A friend of mine wanted me to create a page about me to put on her blog and this is the page I made.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photo panels

I love it when my customers teach me new techniques, that I did not know we could do.  There is always something new to learn when you are working with SBC & sbcStudio, and computers.  My philosophy for life is “If you have not learned something new each day, you have not lived your day to the fullest.”   

Well here is what I learned.  Did you know that CM has added photo panels to our options when we make a new project?  Well I did not realize they were there and always created my page and then went to the CM Photo Center to upload my page to create the panel.  DUHH!! I can make the panels right in StoryBook Creator. 

You can also make the 4XD Book Cards within SBC. 

So to make your panels within SBC create a new project the panel size you would like to create.  The when you are done creating, on the home ribbon click Order.  This will take you to the CM photo center and you can place your order.  Now how SIMPLE was that!!!

Thanks Bonnie for sharing this idea and technique with me.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

4XD Book Card & Metal Panels

Just wanted to share with you what the 4XD book cards and Metal Panels look like. 

The photo books are small enough to put in your purse and carry with you as a brag book.  They come with their own envelopes.  Here is a link to the page my CM website for the 4XD book.  Please order these from your consultants webpage. 


The photo panels you can make on the CM digital center or within StoryBook and then upload your page.  Here is a link to my CM website for the metal photo panels  Please order these from your consultants webpage.


And now for my little video showing off the 4XD book card and metal panel.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Templates and my blog

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am no longer able to share the templates that I make or any other freebies with you, due to the consultant agreement with CM.

As you know, I love to teach StoryBook, sbcStudio and  Memory Manager to help you learn the wonderful things you can do to get your photos into your lives.  I am still here to answer your questions and love to hear from my viewes.  My email is  I am more than willing to help anyone with questions you may have about the software.

There is a webinar that teaches you how to make your own template and it is called How to make a template (click on link).  I will still be able to provide instruction pages and webinars.  It is really easy to make the templates so give it a try.

Want to search this blog?   There is a search feature on this blog on the right side.  When you type in a word, phrase or webinar title, it will bring up the choices for you and you can then click the link and be taken directly to that topic.

Cathie Owens 

Photo boxes and Mats

Have you ever wanted to use the photo mats for other elements on your page but they are two small or you want to zoom in on them?  Thanks to Madelyn Brownell for showing me this technique.  Now I will be using the photo mats in my kits a whole lot more. 

Here is the link to watch this 2 1/2 minute webinars. or click on the image to start the video.

If you would like to download and save this video to your computer, so you can use Windows Media Player, here is a link

Happy Easter

This page was inspired by Shelley Alexander of Australia.  She posted this page on and I loved it so much that scrap lifted the page.

These pictures were taken when I went to visit the grandkids and kids this April.  I had such an enjoyable time and the kids loved me too.  Oh the life of a Gamoo it is GREAT!!!    We went to Meyer Gardens, Mc Donalds, played pillow fights, cooked and did scrapbooking projects. 

The paper and embellishments are from the Garden Tranquility Digital Kit.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Embossing with StoryBook Creator

Wow what fun you can have creating embossed pages.  All you have to do is use the corners and slide the slider all the way to the right.  The video below will teach you how to do this fun technique. 

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If you want written instructions. 

  • Select your paper and go to the Cut & Fill ribbon
  • select More in the cutters and click on Corner Cutter
  • Click on the down arrow on the Select a corner and choose your edge
  • Slide the size of corner to 100
  • Add a 3-D filter and shadow and you are done.

There are a lot of variations you can do with this technique so have fun.  The kits used for these are Winter Delight Digital Corners and Celebration Digital Corners.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

How to share a template

Do you want to learn how to share a template you have created.  Here is a webinar to teach you the basics and how to do the job.  This webinar is a repost, but it is now on YouTube and you won’t have to wait for the download. 

Here is a direct link so you can make the webinar go full screen.

How to make a template

Do you want to know how to make templates with StoryBook Creator Plus?  I have even used this with sbcStudio to make templates on my Mac.  Well this is a repost of a downloadable webinar, but was converted to YouTube.  Now you will not have to wait for the download.  Please let me know if you have any problems viewing this, as it is the first time I have tried this.

Here is your YouTube webinar. 

If you use the link you will be able to see the webinar in full screen.  The picture link does not allow you to view full screen.  So I suggest you use the link.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

February template fun

Here is a template to enjoy and have fun with.  Thanks to Bonnie for sending me the screen shot of this idea.  

Update on where this template came from:  “This was a design that was inspired by Janet from Facebook. She was at the hairdresser and saw a piece of wrought iron artwork. Took a photo of it and emailed it to me. Who would have thought of making this as a template. Her and I put our heads together and came up with this template.
It is a good lesson for all of us scrapbookers to look our around for ideas for page designs.”  This is on Brenda’s blog

The paper for this page is from the Fabulous Digital Content Collection.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Scanning photos

Do you have a lot of photos sitting around, that need to be scanned?  Well, do I have an answer for you.  I was told about this scanner from a friend, and she said it was fast and had good quality.  So I went and checked for myself.  This Pandigital PANSCN06 personal scanner scans at 300 & 600 dpi (dots per inch).  Now every time I scan a photo it is usually at 300 dpi’s unless I want to enlarge a small photo to make it bigger then I use 600 dpi’s. 

With this scanner I was able to scan 500 photos in 1 1/2 hours.  Now can you beat that with a flatbed scanner?  I don’t think so!

If you are interested, do a google search for Pandigital PANSCN06 (model number).  And check it out for yourself.  These are the prices I found in my search. price $99.84 $99.84 $99.00

Best Buy $119.99

Pandigital PANSCN06 personal Photo Scanner/ Conver Document Scanner

Easily scan photos up to 8.5x11 Scan directly to SD card and comes with five in one reader that reads SD/MS/MSPRO/MMC/XD. No PC needed. Resolution of 600dpi. Simple transfer to your digital photo frame or PC.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fun new Templates

A friend of mine gave me the idea for these two templates.  Thanks Bonnie!!   The paper used for these pages is the Rugged Baby Boy PO5, the embellishments are from Cheerful Spring Digital Additions.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

A photo a day

A lot of my friends locally are doing a photo a day, and some are doing a page a day.  The P2P team has also challenged us to do the same and post our pages on the Facebook group under the Day2Day tab. 

So I took on the challenge, and have really enjoyed taking pictures every day.  When I get to the end of the day and remember sometimes “Oh No, I have not taken a picture today” it is time to freak out and grab the camera!  I do not want to miss a day.  They always say it takes 21 days to make a habit.

So I have created a bunch of pages that I will be using 7 photos on for a complete week.  Then some are doing these full month calendars and I thought why not try it.  So here is my version.  Use the opposite page to do your journaling.


The paper used is the Winter Solstice, the embellishments are Winter Digital appreciation kit. For the title use your favorite font and make it big.  On my font I used the 3-D feature and added a heavy shadow.