Every photo tells it's own very unique story, personal to you and your family. It is so important you hold onto these memories for your future families to share. I wished I had sat down with my Nan and found out all about her very sad childhood. Her story is one very similar to the film the Little Princess starring Shirley Temple as an orphan. Sadly she was not the only one to suffer, her brothers did too and for Nan there was no happy ending as she died feeling ugly because she was tanned skinned. It is quite strange that I am so white I burn in the sun and sometimes feel ashamed to be white and English because racist people cause much pain. Thanks to the Internet I have found my Mum's cousin and other people that are helping me piece my Nan's past history together like a puzzle, so although our dear Nan is gone, she will never ever be forgotten.
Through http://www.mymemories.com/ I want to create memories for my little girl to treasure and never lose.
The exciting news is My Memories scrap booking have chosen me to give away some free things to my readers. Firstly I want to share their video with you:
SCRAPBOOK COMPETITION - FREE STUFF
I will be running a competition for best family layout with an interesting tale to tell, because every photo tells a story! And I want to learn about my readers happy or sad. It is all good!
The winner, will be getting a free digital fantasy image from me, created by using one of their photographs. I have created images for the Enchanted Manor who have been on TV four times now. And just look at this gorgeous butterfly portrait I created based on famous fairy artist Josephine Wall's painting Up and Away, in the hope to save our school butterfly meadow. Robin Stevens who has over 30 years in children's TV is on my website reading one of my stories called Colour me a fairies wish. Even actor Michael Sheen has sent our school a letter of support which ended up in the local paper as well as artists Josephine Walls card.
FREE PERSONALISED FAIRY FANTASY IMAGE WITH YOUR PHOTO
Below are some other examples of my fairy and fantasy portraits, which you can have personalised with your child's photo or even your own. The angel one is sweet, but I do love the Christmas image as I cut out the background to make it look more like a studio portrait photo and it works well.
FAMILY ALBUM TEMPLATE - (MUM IS GOING TO BE SO IMPRESSED!)
I have just had the most amazing fun creating the image below using the digital scrapbook template called family album from My Memories Family Templates and cannot wait to finish the rest for a special book for my lovely Mum's birthday.
Only recently have I received the above images of my Great Nan and Grandad, thanks to the wonders of Google and it's search engines. These are my Nan's parents that both sadly died when she was only 4 years old. The Internet helps you find people you thought you had lost forever and recover lost memories. Thank you Google and My Memories for allowing me to create this beautiful image, which I will proudly share with all my family.
MY MEMORIES SUITE SCRAPBOOK SOFTWARE
The winner, if I have read this right, gets to use the My Memories digital scrap booking software for free! Other readers and runners up will get $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - $20 value!
The thing I adore about digital scrap booking is that it is cheap and you can create anything with a little imagination and love. My friend used to teach scrap booking and I did enjoy the paper side of it, although I found the cost difficult to keep up with as we have had a lot of financial bad luck. And it took a lot of time, which as a Mum is like gold dust. You can always add things to your digital layout to give it that handmade effect. Here is one of my layouts with help from my scrapbook friend:
Whoops spelt father wrong in my layout below, it's ok I can fix it as it is digital and will create something better anyway with the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software so I can share it with all my family to treasure Nan's history forever.
My poor Nan suffered as a child and died in agony and from heartache. I have inherited her strength which has kept me strong through really bad times. I hope the family history book I create for my Mum will show her how much Nan loved her and make her see how much she resembles our Nan. Illness is a cruel thing, especially when it comes to the mind.
My Nan's sewing box is worth more than any money!
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Well I am off to create that special family history scrapbook for my Mum's birthday present, if I miss the deadline I can always send it as a Christmas present.