Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Memories Suite...My First GIveaway!!!

I used to love to scrapbook. I used to love to go to the craft stores and buy all the latest embellishments, paper, markers, die-cuts, stickers....all the latest and greatest goodies. I used to love to sit for hours and create wonderful scrapbook pages. I used to have the time. Notice all the I used to's??? I don't have the time, money or space to scrapbook that way. I have gotten out of the habit of scrapbooking, but lately, I've really wanted to start making pages again.

I have found the perfect solution!!

My Memories is an awesome digital scrapbooking software that is so easy to use, that I can even figure things out. I sat down on a night when I actually didn't have anything to do for a few minutes and played with and was able to make a few pages and learn a few things.

My Memories Suite is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews.

Using this software, anyone can create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts without having to buy expensive and complicated software programs. (Can we say presents for the grandparents??)

My Memories has all ready made templates and then ones you can design yourself as well. I'm loving both. When I want to make some pages quickly, I use the all ready made designs. But, if I am feeling creative and daring, I can design my own.

I designed the above page in about five minutes. It's a really simple page, but it helped me learn exactly how to navigate things and what different tools do. All you have to do to add pictures is click and drag. Click and drag, baby!! Love it. (Now if only my pictures were organized...that's a whole other story for a whole other day.)

This was an all ready designed template that I just had to add my own pictures.

Fun. Cute. Simple.

Love it!

My Memories
has been nice enough to provide me a copy of their software My Memories Suite to give away. (My first giveaway!! Squeal!!) This is a $40 value and oh so awesome!! All you have to do is:

*Visit and choose your favorite digital paper pack, layout or any product and leave me a comment on my blog telling me which you one chose.

For additional entries you can also:

*Like their Facebook Page

*Follow their blog at

*or for two additional entries, follow me here at 9 inch cankles

*or blog, tweet, or Facebook about this giveaway.

**Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do**

The giveaway will close on Friday, October 14th. I will notify the winner by email.

As a special for all of you, I have my very own Share the Memories code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value! The code to use is:


So go on over and check out all their goodies and report back. :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sitting Room Redo

I'm slowly redoing different rooms in our home. Our sitting room has been the exact same since we built the house in 2003. It was definitely time to do something different.

All the frames were gold! Yikes! We put this room together before I got comfortable with what I know I like.

I always hated that couch. Marcus brought that with him when we got married. It was ugly and nasty and now it's finally gone!!

I love what the room looks like now!!

Marcus was nice enough to paint the wall while I had the kids at my family reunion one weekend. After the wall was painted, it was just a matter of finishing all the little odds and ends needed.

Sorry for the awful pictures; I took them at night with a flash...

I moved the piano and got different decorations to go on top to match the new colors of the room.
(Oops...left the lamp on.)

I have a new love for spray paint. It can make something look completely different and it is oh so cheap. I spray painted the lamp and added a corny piece of ribbon to add color to it. I also used red spray paint on the family sign to add more color as well.

Entry way:

Marcus calls this my moldy G. (excuse the vinyl saying reflection in the mirror.)
I also spray painted the mirror black. I think the G looks good there. I made it and instead of spending around $80 like Anthropology, I spent like $6.

I used more red spray paint to redo the container on the wall, and then I added new flowers that look much better.

And my favorite part:

All I did was paint canvases I got on sale at Hobby Lobby.

I love the colors and how it all came together. I also love that Marcus hung all the canvases so I didn't have to.

(Picture taken at night...sorry.)

Closer shot of the table.

The colors go with the new colors in the family room area. I'll post pictures of that someday too. (If it can stay clean longer than five seconds!)

My only problem with the room is this:

I can't find the type of curtains OR chairs I am looking for. I want two accent chairs that match my wall that aren't 200 bucks a pop. I never realized that accent chairs are so much money. I am hesitant to get curtains until I can find a chair that I like so the material will match.

I love that I did this room as affordable as I did. Most of the stuff was re-used from what I all ready had in that room and I got out of the doing the hardest part! (the painting of the wall.)

Hopefully I will have a new area to show off shortly...

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