Friday, January 6, 2017

Making Memories Challenge #1

Today is the very first challenge at the new 
Making Memories Crafting Challenge blog !

This is an anything goes / digital crafting blog
(please keep your projects family friendly).
The challenge runs for an entire month.
Be sure to read our simple rules first.

 This month the design team worked with images from Bugaboo Stamps
and Digistamps 4 Joy.

I chose the January word from Bugaboo 
to make a desktop computer background. 

Using Photoshop Elements 10, I filled it in with digital papers from the 
new digital scrapbook kit Winter Adventures by JMC Designs.

I don't have much know how when it comes to these sort of things,
but my daughter and I figured out something similar on another
project. Using what I learned on that project, I was able to
muddle my way through filling this image in with digi papers!

I originally colored it in to match the colors in the 
darker decorative snowflake paper. 

By filling it with papers instead,
I was able to fill the snow covered portions with glitter paper!
 The letters themselves are filled with textured card stock
and a snowflake overlay.

I saved it as a PNG so it could be imported into 

My Memories Suite 8 software as an embellishment. 

I used My Memories V8 software to complete the project.

I checked my computer screen details then set my canvas size

in My Memories 8 software to the correct pixels, width by height.

The background was created with layers of 
 papers from the Winter Adventures digi kit.

There is a neat calendar making feature in the software
that made it really easy to insert the calendar element !

I added a text box for the year.

I also added a large white drop shadow around the finished
January word art piece on top of the background papers.

Add more elements from the digital kit and a photo
to really jazz up your computer desktop background! 
Be sure to keep in mind the number of icons on your screen
and their placement in regards to the elements you want 
to add to your digitally designed, custom background. 

This is what is so much fun about digital creations:
you can change things up over and over 
without wasting actual paper crafting supplies !

Thanks for looking -
now take a few minutes to see what the
rest of the design team has come up with !

Wishing you a Happy, Crafty New Year ! 


  1. Good morning Heather! I absolutely love your desktop design.

    Crafty Hugs Sonia xx

  2. A great first page of your calender!

  3. Really like this idea Heather, looks amazing.

    Lorraine xx

  4. What a fabulous project, Heather! I've never tried anything like it! It looks great! :o)

  5. Hi Heather,
    Better late than never I'm visiting teamies blogs!!
    Love your desktop design, I would never have thought of using a digi stamp for that but this works brilliantly!
    Hugs Jacky x

  6. Fabulous project Heather!
    Hugs, Sherry x


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