Monday, August 29, 2011

My Memories Software Giveaway

Recently I was given a wonderful opportunity to review some digital scrapbooking software as well as host a give away on my blog. This is so exciting for me, I have always wanted to try out digital scrapbooking, but, admittedly, was a little intimidated. I know it seems silly, I'm studying Graphic Design and I'm a Photoshop user, so how hard could it be? It isn't difficult at all, in fact, the most difficult thing for me has been not over-doing it because it is so easy to keep adding to a page!
My first page was pretty simple, I really was just trying to learn where everything was located in the scrapbooking software. I got the hang of it with the first page, and then I went back to to download some extras. The software did come with a lot of papers and embellishments preloaded, but also offers a lot of free downloads. There are also sample "Quick Pages" of certain kits that you can down load for free. Most of the kits I like were only between $2.99-$4.99, so purchasing kits is also very affordable.

Morning on the Beach
First Digital Page

All embellishments and papers used on this first page were available in the software. After downloading some freebies, and purchasing some extras I created these pages:

The Right Match
The Right Match

1st Time Camping
1st Time Camping

For these two pages I have used some elements from the purchased kit Fish Out of Water, Simple Sherbet and Art Brush Vol 1.
All other page elements are available as part of the My Memories Suite v2 software, or as a free download on . There is also a Dollar Store on the site, where elements can be purchased for one dollar. This is a good option if you do not want all elements in a kit, but just one or two.
I find it really fun, quick and simple to put together these layouts. Plus, when I'm finished creating, I just shut down my computer with no mess to clean up. Am I done paper scrapping? No. I love paper scrapping, and it has always been a goal of mine to do some hybrid layouts, as well as digital. There are some great effects that can be created digitally that you either cannot get by paper scrapping, or it is too difficult to produce. I am happy with what I can do in this software, and I think it is going to bring my scrap pages in a wonderful direction, whether they're digital, paper or a hybrid. So now I want my lovely blog readers to have a try.
If you'd like to purchase My Memories Suite v2, I have a fabulous coupon code for you. Simply enter


at check out to receive $10 off the My Memories Suite V2 software and $10 off additional products. Please feel free to share the code with friends and family!
Or try your hand at the give away.
To enter the give away:
1. Go to and leave a comment telling me which kit is your favorite.
2. Become a fan of MyMemories on Facebook, leave me a comment.
3. Follow @mymemories on Twitter, leave me a comment.
4. Follow the MyMemories blog, leave a comment telling me your a follower.
5. Become a follower of Mooninmygarden, leave me a comment telling me so.
6. Become a follower on Twitter (@miss__kristine), I don't tweet much, but hey it's another entry in the give away! Be sure to leave a comment.
7. Become my friend on Facebook, leave me a comment
8. Become a fan of Mooninmygarden on Facebook, leave me a comment

So that's eight ways to enter the give away, just be sure to leave a comment to make sure all your entries count! 

This give away will close Friday September 2nd and the winner will be announced over the weekend. Thanks for playing and good luck!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Birthday Night Out

birthday dinner
I've never taken Celeste to a restaurant for her birthday, so this year, her seventh birthday, I thought it would be fun to take her to a nice dinner. I also wanted to see the look on her face when they sang happy birthday to her. So I asked her what her favorite restaurant is, and she replied "the mac and cheese grill". I thought this would be really fun, since I have been in the restaurant when they sang happy birthday to other patrons, it was like an opera! Well, there must not have been a singer there that night, because no happy birthday song was to be had. She still felt ultra special, being wished happy birthday by the staff, and there was a little boy turning eight who was there for his birthday too.
Since her birthday fell on Monday, but her party wasn't until Friday, I decided to let her open all her presents from Nana and I on Monday. She was back from her dad's house over the weekend, and ultra cranky, she actually threw a fit about it. So we went to eat, her mood lightened, and we returned home to open presents.

birthday dinner
Pouty Face

birthday dinner

birthday dinner
Eww, the cake had chocolate liqueur, why would they pick that as the free cake?

birthday dinner

birthday dinner

opening presents

opening presents

opening presents

opening presents
She loved all her outfits from Nana

opening presents

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lemonade Stand- Before an After

Celeste's lemonade party all started with a lemonade stand. She wanted to have a lemonade stand and sell glasses of lemonade for $5. Such a little entrepreneur. Well, I thought it would be cute to build it for her birthday party. Ta da, here is what we came up with....
Lemonade Stand, after

We had been holding onto some of these extra wine crates from our kitchen shelving project, and I also picked up a couple broken ones from work that were going to be thrown away.  I painted it with some home interior paint, flat, of course, my favorite! Then, I had Celeste paint the letters and the price, she also added her own touch with little hearts.
Lemonade Stand, before

I will be sharing some pictures from her birthday soon, but I don't have many, I spaced taking pictures pretty much the entire party. Darn being a hostess!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Project Monday- Paint your Nails a Favorite Color

Purple and Turquoise nails

Yesterday I visited Pinterest for some Lemonade inspiration for Celeste upcoming birthday party. And I ran across this pretty photo of a nail-painting DIY technique.

I really like how this looks like a foggy sky. Since project Monday this week was to paint your nails your favorite colors, I decided to translate this technique into my colors, purple and turquoise.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lemonade Party

So, this year we have decided to have a lemonade party for Celeste's birthday. Earlier in the summer my little entrepreneur decided she wanted to have a lemonade stand. She wanted to sell glasses of lemonade for $5. Silly little girl. So, a couple weeks later I thought we could build a lemonade stand for her birthday. When I told her about it, her response was "but, who are we going to sell it to?". The people at your party of course!  Oh well, I think it will be cute, and I think the kids will have a lot of fun with it.
It is also going to be her first ever slumber party. I cannot believe my little bug is going to be seven in a little more than a week! Eep. I feel kind of old. My life, my pace, right? Too bad my pace has been more like molasses lately. I am totally blaming the heat. No really. I have been suffering horrible headaches on nearly a daily basis, so I really haven't been my normal self this past month. Usually I have Celeste's birthday party planned to the T a month in advance. Not so this year. I am taking a crash course in procrastination 101 with this party. Hope I pull it off. Let the list making begin!
Lemonade Party Invites

Lemonade Party Invites

Lemonade Party Invites

For the invitations, I made a "cup" of lemonade by gluing to pieces of scrapbook paper back to back, with a slit cut at the top for the "lemonade" invite to slip in and out of. Simply pull up on the straw to reveal your invitation!

Sources- DCWV, Basic Grey, Colorbok, Studio G, Sharpie


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