Monday, September 26, 2011

Review & Giveaway: My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software

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UPDATE!! Our winner is.......
Brenda Rawlings!! Congratulations to Brenda! Thank you to everyone who
participated.  If you did not win and still would like the software, at a discounted rate, We have a COUPON CODE for you to get $10 off your order! The details will be below. We'll be having a loomy giveaway very soon so stay updated on our blog here... 
Happy Crafting everyone! -Kristen     
        
For the $10 discount please use code STMMMS30231 at checkout to save 25% off! This is for My Memories Suite v2 only. Click here and then ADD to Cart, add in your promo code and pick a log-in.  You software can be digitally downloaded or shipped.  Also they have lots of FREE papers and dollar papers or premium ones.  Have fun!! 

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As a full time working mom of three, with my own passion in other crafts, its hard to make time to make a scrapbook let alone a photo album. I see scrapbooking moms who make FAB albums and I long to join the ranks. I've attempted to buy the expensive supplies and have boxes of memorabilia and photos in a "I'll do that one day" area of my home. Good intentions can make clutter! It seems so time consuming. I had this idea one day to just take digital photos of memoralibila and kids art so that one day I could make a digital album. I've now made a few digital albums which are nice but they don't express my crafty side. So I found a digital scrapbook software that let's me be really crafty but save money on all those supplies!! I love all the new papers but once it's cut you can't re-use it. I love pretty things but I also love to save money, don't you?!


My Memories Suite it turns out is really easy to use! I downloaded the software and got started. It literally took 2 minutes to make an album. I picked to make an album to autofill. Then selected the album theme. It showed me the page styles for the album and I could rearrange them or add pages. But if I have more pictures than would fit it will just add more for me, very cool! I picked my pictures and told it to go. It was super fast. The biggest part of your time is like a traditional album where you cherry pick your photos.  The trick is to start a new folder and put your best ones there, label it what you would title your own scrapbook album and then load into the software, easy peasy.

After that I took my time to move around a few items or switch a few pictures. Now I added my memory notes and captions. If i had questions the website actually has tons of VIDEO TUTORIALS, complete with a PDF that walks you through. WOW! I know many of you, like me, learn better visually. I would really recommend this software. There are so many more features that it does and I barely scratched the surface. My Memories Suite makes it easy to save the files to be printed by you or to a professional book. But what I LOVE is that I can save them as images and put in a movie file like I did below. 

PLEASE watch it for a special treat. If you regularly follow my blog you may remember our support of Avery and many ladies sent in knit or crocheted items. I've made a special album for you. Please watch and share this video. It not only showcases the quality of the My Memories Suite but your generosity in helping a very sweet baby to get the medical treatment she needed. 



So I'm very excited about digital albums to make of family memories and put them on DVD. This software will let you do that, too and also interactive albums. Be sure to check the other link below to see more. I will tell you that the software works on a Mac or PC. I am using mine on a Mac. A disclaimer. I did have some trouble on one feature but their trouble shooting team did respond quickly. It isn't a critical feature but it's to make the DVD. It did let me save the files to JPEG images and put into my movie program, which I preferred anyways. So this wasn't a big deal to me. The scrapbooking part is outstanding and easy with even options to tweak photos within the software!

Another cool feature that they have is you can download new "papers" anytime. There are several that are free and even more that are reasonably price. But they also have a low cost monthly service to get new designs to your inbox with a download code. It's called Design Club. I may do this feature soon because I get all the new stuff and I don't have to remember to do it. I don't know about you but reminders help me greatly! Oh yes and they also help you make photobooks, cards, calandars and gifts besides scrapbooks. 

I have a SUPER ANNOUNCEMENT to my loyal readers and followers. My Memories Suite, the #1 rated digital scrapbooking software from Amazon and Top Ten Reviews,  is working with me to not only give you a $10 COUPON on their software but they will be giving away a software package to one of my readers!! Cool, huh?!

I hope you are excited like me to start getting all those pictures into working albums. It's perfect for the holidays for gifts and memories. Actually I'll also be making an album out of knit items that I've sold or given to people to remember things I've made or document a special story with them, too!

To participate in the GIVEAWAY please check out the rules below for more chances to win. To enter all you need to do is go to the MyMemories Suite site and pick your favorite paper and come back here and comment. Please make sure you comment with a real working email address as this is how you will be notified of your winning! The promotion ends in two weeks on October 10th, 2011 at 11:59:59pm Central Standard time. Until then enter for as many chances as you like shown below.  I will hold the drawing within one week by midnight on October 17th and the winner will be contacted by email.

For the $10 discount please use code STMMMS30231 at checkout to save 25% off! This is for My Memories Suite v2 only.



Now for the GIVEAWAY FRENZY!!!!
Please comment in order to enter:
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY!!




• First entry: Go to the My Memories website and choose a favorite digital paper pack or layout. Then come BACK HERE to this post, and leave a comment below.

• Second entry: "Like" My Memories on Facebook, HERE. Then come back to this post, and leave a comment.

• Third entry: Follow My Memories on Twitter, HEREThen come back to this post, and leave a comment.

• Forth entry: Become a Follower right here on GoodKnitKisses. Leave a comment letting me know.

• Fifth entry (OMG!): Join My Memories blog via Friends Connect, HERE. Then come back to this post, and leave a comment.


• MORE?! entries (OMG!): Subscribe, Like, Follow me on my YouTube, Facebook and/or TwitterThen come back to this post, and leave a comment; and if you already do just leave me a note with your user name.


• Hey, I'll even count another entry if you Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway or make a purchase, if you purchase the software before the giveaway consider it a gift for a friend of family member!  *Be sure to include a link to your posts on these so they can be COUNTED.

*ALL COMMENTS must have an email address included in order to be counted. Thank you, and good luck, my looney loomers and crafters!

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RULES AND ENTRY Disclaimer:

We, GoodKnitKisses acknowledge that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Blogger.

This contest is open to US and Canadian* residents only as this promotion is sponsored by the My Memories Suite company for a digital download of the program or it to be shipped to you.  However if our international followers would like to participate you may still win only a digital software download.  Please note that the software support is for an English language only.

*(For our international followers: You may still use the Digital Coupon for the software.  GoodKnitKisses would personally like you to participate should you wish.  In the case that an international follower wins, digital downloadable file is our only form of delivery. Thank you for your understanding.)*



***Announcement! Part of any software purchase made with the above MyMemories Suite v2 Software COUPON code and marked to go to GoodKnitKisses.  GoodKnitKisses in return will be donating that money to the charity of our choice.  As of 09/26/2011 funds will go to Autism Speaks!  So the purchase you make will go toward helping a child, person or family with Autism and raising awareness. For more information on Autism Speaks or on Autism itself please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/dfw/kkmangus



Friday, September 16, 2011

Featured on FaveCraftsBlog in Meet & Make: Kristen Mangus

GoodKnitKisses excited to announce I'm being featured today in FaveCraftsBlog "Meet and Make".  This is a blog on Fridays that features a designer.  You learn 10 or so random facts about them and then get a FREE pattern or tutorial.  Today features my Granny Round.  BUT I have stepped it up and single crocheted the loom knit circles together to show you what a blanket would look like.  I love it!  I hope you do as well.  They have also included the video tutorial to make it super easy. Here is the link.   


I do have an exciting announcement!  GoodKnitKisses will be featuring a GIVEAWAY!! This will be in the next two weeks so keep your eyes peeled.  (Disclaimer - due to the vendor the prize will only be available to US and Canadian residents.  If our international friends want to participate I will give you a special prize.  I don't want to leave anyone out!)

Stay tuned.Happy Looming and Crafting everyone! P.S. Scroll below for more pictures of the blanket not on the FaveCraftsBlog and a video tutorial again.

Kristen

To see the granny round video visit ---->http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iJyyL-NcFFE or click the video below.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Loom Knit: Earflaps

Kristen talks you through making earflaps on the 24 peg KK or Knifty Knitter Loom. This is not a step by step shown tutorial. Please read instructions carefully and watch the video to see the result.

Using Super Bulky 6 Lion Brand Hometown USA, she starts with a two peg icord to 12". Increase by two on left and right sides on a purl row. End all purl rows with last stitch in ewrap or EW. Add an EW row. Then purl 1 row and EW another row. Now increase by two on either side on the purl row. You'll be making a triangle. Increase on every other purl row till you get 8 pegs with loops (the first stitch is always slipped or SS). Cut off your tail after 7 garter rows and add earflap on other side. When done start your baby hat. After casting off add pom pins to ends and weave in 1 earflap tail to inside of a garter ridge row.

Have fun and Happy Looming!! -Kristen

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Loom Knit K2tog YO or Knit 2 together Yarn Over

Recently a few people asked me how to loom knit the K2tog YO.  I'll have to come back and add a video when I can but for now here are written instructions HOW TO:





Ok lets visualize this.  If I am working a flat panel lets call my 1st peg, that has a Slip Stitch, our official Peg 1. The next peg (Peg 2) the pattern calls to k2tog. Take the loop off of Peg 3 and place on peg 2. Now Knit that stitch with both loops at the same time.  Do NOT simply Knit Off by lifting bottom over top!!  I mean lay your working yarn on top and create a knit stitch.  

You can do the classic knit stitch or the U knit (just a loose version of the flat) to have the same stitch look. Peg 3 will be empty so you will e-wrap it around once, with your working yarn, which makes the YO or Yarn Over.

Now continue down the row starting with peg 4 with the next stitch.



I hope that helps a bit.  Happy Looming!!
-Kristen

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My name is Kristen. I’m an Interior Designer & knitwear designer as well as a YouTube Tutorial filmmaker & Video Host for crafts, knitting and more. My Loom Knitting tutorials are great for Knitters (or any crafter) who wanna try their hand and want to know how to convert their stitches over to the loom. Many do it to ease their hands/carpel tunnel or work faster. It’s definitely a growing trend for traditional knitters to take up or people who love crafting with yarn! My site is GoodKnitKisses or YOUTUBE. I also write and sell my own loom patterns on my ETSY shop and on Vivaloom.com  I look forward to meeting new people and sharing the love of fiber arts :-) -Kristen