Tuesday, March 30, 2021


I have big news to share! I've decided to discontinue using Facebook soon, and to send out a newsletter instead. How fun is that? Of course, I'll include at least one exclusive freebie per month. 😉 The first issue will be sent out on Monday, April 5, and will include this alpha set gift:

Sample page:

(Don't worry if you see this post after that date. I'll send it out at least one more time during April.)

How do you sign up, you ask? By clicking on this link. Please share this news with any of your friends who might like my designs (or perhaps this freebie in particular). Thanks!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

No Greater Love Layouts

Hi there, I thought I would just post these few additional layouts that I made using No Greater Love in case you haven't seen them yet on Facebook or the MyMemories blog. 

If you saw this first one, then you probably already know the story behind it: My husband hid behind the rocking chair under a baby blanket so that he could hold on to our daughter's outfit to keep her safe while I quickly snapped the picture. LOL Such a great guy! And it was during the days of regular film cameras, so we had to wait a bit for the photos to be developed and printed to find out if we even got the shot we had hoped for. I suppose everyone feels this way, but when our kids are so tiny and dependent upon us we documented every milestone. But then after they had grown up, we wished they could have stayed little longer. Does that sound about right for you, too?

Thanks for looking! Can you believe we're almost to another weekend? Where does to time go?!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

MyMemories March 2021 Blog Train

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the March MyMemories blog train! In honor of Easter being less than 3 weeks away, I have chosen that theme for my mini. Please bear with me for a few moments while I briefly share with you some very good news.

In case you don't already know this, almost 2,000 years ago Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, laid down His life for us to pay the penalty for OUR sins. (A sin is anything we do that is contrary to God's instructions to us, which instructions can be summarized as loving Him first and loving our neighbor as ourselves - Matthew 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-14.) Ironically, I never doubted that Jesus was the Son of God who died on a cross and rose from the dead on the third day. But I didn't connect it to myself - I thought that evil men did that awful thing, and I felt sorry for Him. I didn't realize that He suffered willingly, even for me. (John 10:17-18)

Before I was saved (from bearing the penalty for my sins myself, i.e. before I believed on Jesus for salvation), I used to think that being part of the Christian community was nice enough for other people, but not me. I didn't feel included, nor even the need to be. But that was sad - God loves everyone (John 3:16-18), and we all need to be right with Him before our time comes. (2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2) If you haven't placed your faith and trust in Jesus yet, I would encourage you not to put it off another day. It's really THE most important thing. 

Just one more thought: For those searching for the meaning of life, we can readily find it in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:  The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. See above and also John 4:23-24, John 13:34-35 and 2 Corinthians 3:6 for more about the commandments we believers are to obey this side of the resurrection - the New Covenant - Hebrews 8:13, 12:22-24, Romans 7:6). Also see 1 Corinthians 5:10, 14-15 and Hebrews 4:12-13. And we know that those who are IN Christ Jesus will not be condemned for their sins - He has already paid the penalty for them. (Romans 8:1) That's very good news indeed!

Now, shall we take a look at this month's gift? It includes 4 papers, a floral wreath, a cross with lamb, a flower basket and a brush accent. (The elements are all actually quite large, so they are not shown to scale.)

Here are some sample pages using only the free mini:

I have also designed some extras for you again this month! (Seriously, I LOVE giving stuff away!! It's so much fun!) 😀 Click on the previews below to add these coordinating items to your cart for free through March 31 as well. If you happen to see these after that date, I'll have them available at a discount for a while. Quick update on March 31: If you tried to get the quickpages and they were not free, I have repaired the sale that had somehow gotten reset to regular price. So sorry about that, no idea how that happened!

Here are a few pages made with the above clusters and the kit:

Your next stop after mine will be Marie H Designs. If you get lost, just go to the My Memories blog here and you'll find your way again in no time! Here are the rest of the stops in case you arrive here before the links are posted on the blog at MyMemories:

Before you go on to the next stop, have you tried the easy-to-use, award-winning My Memories Suite software yet? If you'd like to, you can get a free trial. If you do like it, you can save $10 on your purchase by using my code: STMMMS39100 And new this month, you can also get 10% off your print orders by using this code! Woohoo!!

I hope you have a wonderful time on your blog train trip today! Be sure to check back next month around this time for April's train!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Designer Tip & Other News

Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop in to give you some breaking news (and some reminders) so that you can stay up to date on all of the happenings!

First, it has been my great privilege to post a new Designer Tip on the MyMemories blog today. I go through some different methods of cropping photos and papers into shapes, and even how you can crop part of an embellishment out if you only want to use part of it.

Second, there is a brand new 10% off discount on print orders when you use my code! Talk about exciting! I love saving money, and I bet you do, too! (You can also still use this code if you want to save $10 off your purchase of MyMemories Suite Software.) Just type this in the promo code box (or cut and paste) to get your discount:


Third, this is the last day of my 25% off sale on my new No Greater Love collection.

Fourth, remember that if you participate in my forum challenge this month, you can choose which one of five packs in that collection you would like for your reward.

And that's it from me for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you soon for the March blog train.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

No Greater Love Layouts & Freebie Alert

Breaking news! I have a quickpage freebie in today's MyMemories newsletter! It was made using No Greater Love and my ALFTL free template (modified to fit one more picture). I also added a metallic style to the wordart. You can go to the online version of the newsletter by clicking on the preview below, but as always, you will want to be sure to subscribe to the MyMemories newsletter (the signup form is towards the top of the left column of the main page of the store) so that you don't miss any future freebies.

Also, I think I neglected to tell you that my No Greater Love collection is 25% off through March 13!

And finally, I have a couple more layouts using the No Greater Love collection. This first one uses half of the wordart border, two journal cards, an extra paper and the kit:

This next sample page uses the kit, two journal cards and the extra papers:

Both of the above pages use old freebie templates from the Template Fusion challenge of the now closed Ninth & Bloom store. They might be easy enough to "scrap-lift," though. I generally use samples for inspiration while making it my own with additions, modifications, etc. Anyway, that's all I have for today. Thanks for looking! 

Friday, March 5, 2021

A Love for Layout Templates Blog and Facebook Train (MAR2021)

Welcome to the March 2021 A Love for the Layout Blog and Facebook Train! You can download my template by clicking on the preview below:

Here is a sample layout using it and my new collection, No Greater Love:

Here is a preview of all of the templates you'll be getting by the time you complete the route:

And here is the complete list of the stops:

  1. Promethean Concepts https://prometheanconcepts.blogspot.com/
  2. Kakleidesigns https://www.facebook.com/groups/KakleidesignsFanClub/
  3. Kim's Creative World https://www.facebook.com/groups/kimscreativeworld
  4. Le Scrap De Gaelle https://scrapdegal.wordpress.com/?p=15624
  5. The Cherry On Top http://bit.ly/tcotblog
  6. The Nifty Pixel https://www.theniftypixel.com.au
  7. Throwing Some Scraps Around https://www.digitaldesignsbyjodi.com/blog
  8. MDD Designs https://mdddesigns.blogspot.com/
  9. A Giving Heart Studio https://www.agivingheartstudio.com/ <<YOU ARE HERE>>
  10. AnnieCDigitals https://www.facebook.com/anniecdigitals
  11. Craft-tastrophic Designs https://www.facebook.com/Craftastrophic
  12. Meg Scott Studio https://megscottstudio.com/ 
  13. Bits N Pieces https://www.facebook.com/groups/bitsNpieces2018
We'd love it if you share your layout(s) with us here if you make any using these goodies! And before you go on to the next stop, please feel free to check out my freebies page to see if there's anything offered there that you haven't gotten yet!

No Greater Love Layouts & Drawing Winners!

Doesn't time fly? It seems like a few minutes ago that I posted the pre-release preview on Monday and offered the chance to win. Now here it is Friday already, and I'm announcing the winners!

The winner of the random blog drawing is Linda:

After taking out the blog winner from the Facebook drawing before spinning, the random winner is :

Thank you to everyone who entered. I wish each of you could win, but since that's not the case, I made this border as a sort of a consolation prize. You can download it by clicking on the preview below by March 31. I hope you enjoy it! If you didn't win this time, please don't give up. I'll hold more drawings in the future!

And now here are the sample layouts that I promised you. :) These beautiful pages were made by our very own, talented Lidia! (My CT, for those who aren't familiar with her work yet.) For this first one, she used a blog train template of mine that is still available in the freebie section here. She also used the main kit.

Using the kit and extra papers:

Using the kit, border from the wordart and extra papers:

Using the kit:

And I made this next page myself using the kit and wordart. The flower basket is from the upcoming blogtrain mini-kit - wait for it! ;) 

I will make more pages when I have time, but for now that's all I have to show! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, March 1, 2021

"I ♥ This" Digital Scrap Forum Challenge (MAR2021)

Oh boy, we're getting closer to Spring (in the Northern hemisphere) bit by bit! From what I've heard in the news, it seems like most people had a "real" Winter this year. I'm so glad we've almost made it through!

The theme for this month's "I Heart This" challenge in the MyMemories forum will be your favorite Easter traditions (if you celebrate it), or some sort of favorite family tradition (if you don't). I'm trying something different this month regarding the reward for participating. I have decided to give those who join us their choice of any part of the collection (including the kit). It's going to be a somewhat smaller collection than many have been, but it's always nice to have options. ;)

Also, I'll be holding a drawing from among the Facebook group members and blog entries to win the kit (one per location). (And not to worry - I'll hold the drawing before you have to decide what you want for your reward if you participate in the challenge.) If you would like to be entered to win the kit, please comment below (on this post). My Facebook group is here if you want to get a second chance.

And now here is my March collection, No Greater Love. This is in reference to Jesus' sacrifice of Himself to save us from paying the eternal penalty for our sins. The name comes from: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:12-14 Since Easter is the first Sunday in April this year, I decided to make this my March theme.

I'll show you a pre-release preview of this collection today, and it will be available in the store in the next few days.  In other words, there's no "sneak" to this "peek." LOL Update on evening of Mar. 1: It has now gone live, but even if you already purchased the kit you can still enter and if you happen to win, you can just let me know you already purchased it and I will substitute something else for your prize.


Elements only:

Papers only:


Extra papers:

I'll be back in the next few days with some sample layouts and to pick the winners. Thanks for reading, and good luck if you enter!