Category Archives: DigiScrappingDivas

How to Use Outside Templates in MyMemories Suite v5

One of the most common complaints I hear about MyMemories Suite is that you can’t use outside templates.  That is, templates that are not included as a part of the software.  While it’s true you can’t use them in the traditional way like you would in PaintShop Pro, PhotoShop, PhotoShop Elements or other photo editing software there is a work-around.  You can use them as a sketch.  What that means is you bring the template jpg in as an embellishment then use it as a map for placement of the elements.  As with any template, you can make changes in embellishments or layout as you like.  However, you’re probably using the template because you like the way it looks so I’d be careful about making too many changes.  I’ve made a tutorial to show you how to use a template as a sketch.  You can find it here.  I hope you find it helpful and I encourage any comments and feedback.  Here’s the layout I made using the template.



You can get the template free on Digi Scrapping Freebies Facebook page here.  We encourage you to get the freebie and participate in the challenge at Digi Scrapping Divas here.  Please post your layout in the album for this challenge for all to see.

April Photo Challenge

Our April photo challenge on Digi Scrapping Divas is ready to go.  We have about 30 prompts to get you going.  The “buffet” challenge is fun and stress-free.  Simply create a layout using one or more of the words then post it to the album for all the members to see.  Pressed for time?  No problem!  You can even post a layout you’ve already done.  To make it even more fun, see how many of the prompts can apply to your layout.  Get some layouts done and most of all have fun!  Join us at Digi Scrapping Divas here.  Here’s a preview of the list.



March Photo Challenge

Wow!  I can not believe it is March already.  Time is flying by at warp speed.  A new month means a new Photo Challenge in our Digi Scrapping Divas Facebook group.

March Challenge

As you can see, this month’s challenge is about photos.  The object is to make layouts using one or more of the challenge words.  You can make as many layouts, with as many combinations, as you like.  Then post your layouts in the albums created for this month’s challenge.  After you post a layout simply make a comment on it then it will post to the page for everyone to see.  You’ll feel the love as other scrappers in the group oooohh, aaaahhh and sometimes lift your fabulous work.  If you haven’t already joined the group, what’s the hold up?  We actually have several groups, check them all out here.

Kaleidoscope Effect

Yesterday the word of the day was kaleidoscope on Digi Scrapping Divas Facebook page.  This month we’ve focused more on techniques and effects for inspiration.  I think it’s a fun twist on the daily challenges.  It is very curious how bright colors are unrecognizable once the kaleidoscope effect is applied.  In the example below, I used the bright bird picture to make the kaleidoscope background paper which turned out so different you’d never guess what the source was.


August Word Challenge List

This month our August Word Challenge List is a bit different.  Instead of random words we’ve got an A to Z list of techniques to use.  We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback already and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.  So without further ado here is the word challenge list for August.  Have fun!

August Word List

Have the Courage to Cluster

Scrappers should not fear embellies and clusters.  Done right they will take your layouts to the next level.  But there is a right way and a wrong way.  One little flower on a page just gets lost and personally I think bigger is better.  Check out this article for ideas on adding embellishments and clustering on your layouts for a whole new look.  Now even if I don’t change your mind about adding more embellishments to your layouts, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone occasionally and see what you can do.  As for me, I do have a few, a very few, layouts that are fairly minimal so I have stepped out of my zone too!

Ice Cream   Ice Cream Makes Me Silly

I think the layout on the right does a better job expressing the fun and silliness shown in the photos.  Do you agree?

Credits: Sundance kit by Laitha Designs.  Fonts: Pupcat, KC This Is Not Goodbye, Dancing Script, Taiga, and Patterns & Dots.

Sun Ray Template Challenge

I made this for the DigiScrappingDivas challenge using the template freebie from Little Kiss Creations.  The background paper is Pamela Yates/Ready for Spring.  Everything else is J W Designs/Spring Has Sprung.  If you haven’t tried any of the challenges you’re missing out.  I thought this one was particularly fun but there’s something new everyday.  Here’s my layout…

DigiScrappingDivas SunRay Challenge