I am married with 3 beautiful children, ages 11, 6 and 2 and live in the Big Sky State of Montana.
I was introduced to traditional scrapbooking (Creative Memories) in my early twenties and was immediately hooked on the "ideal" of the whole hobby. Unfortunately my time didn't always allow for me to scrap like I wanted. Although, I did manage to continuously by paper, embellishments, tools, punches, pens, cutters, yada-yada-yada. I have the most unused, but hugely organized scrapbooking supply collection of anyone I know. <sigh>
Many years ago I was invited to another Creative Memories Party that was focused on Digital Scrapbooking and I thought this would be the hot ticket. So, just like Traditional, I bought the stuff....Memory Manger for Photo Management and Storybook for the Digital Layouts. It was the first releases of the software by CM. I dabbled in both for a couple years, but never really got engaged in it until about 1 year ago when Creative Memories announced they were going out of business. Suddenly I was in a panic. What to do about my investment in all these "kits" and the software. I started looking online for answers and low and behold there were THOUSANDS of websites and groups and blogs all about Scrapbooking.
Stupid me, I had been living in this Creative Memories bubble, only buying the Paper & Embellishment kits that they offered. I knew that I could import individual images into the software as Personal items, but I never in a million years stopped to look and see if there were any other sites out there selling content. So I was in Hog-Heaven when I started discovering all the amazing free and purchasable content that is available. Now its a bit of an addiction for me. I'm still struggling to produce the amount of pages I'd like, right now downloading content all the time for "future use" is the most addicting part.
I love this hobby and all the potential that comes with it. I'm now using Artisan and Historian (which replaced the Creative Memories products but are virtually the same thing).
I gathered dozens of photos (new and old) of all my grandfathers kids, their kids and their kids' kids. For FOUR Generations of Nichols. I cropped the faces down, faded out the edges and them placed them in the general shape of the letters, then used the Letter Cutter option in Artisan to cut out the name "Nichols". Took a little tweaking to get the faces positioned ever so carefully as to not cut them off too much, but what a fun time! I then cropped this down and placed into a shadow back with some antiqued metal embellishments. It turned out great and was a huge surprise to him for his 80th Birthday.
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