Monday, September 26, 2011

My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Giveaway


A representative with My Memories, the company that offers My Memories Suite v2 Digital Scrapbooking software, recently contacted me about their product. I have been asked to review My Memories, blog my review of the software and host a giveaway of the newest version of their product. In addition to the giveaway I can also offer a discount to anyone who uses my promotion code.

Scrapbooking software...a giveaway, and a discount?? I love it and I love the software! I began traditional scrapbooking about 12 years ago and I do like the look and feel of the paper and textures in that method. However, there are times when I need something quick, different and easy to share. My Memories does just that with their ready made templates and slick user interface. You select a template, select a folder of photos from your computer and the software will drop your photos into place and you are really is that simple.

For those of you who are more "particular" about your scrapbooking pages (I am one of you) do not worry, My Memories has something (actually hundreds of somethings) for you as well.  There are options to add embellishments, shapes, text and backgrounds. The software comes with dozens of templates and design options pre-loaded. With so many choices of colors, brads, ribbons and texture the possibilities are endless.

If you can't find what you are looking for with the free templates provided, there are a multitude of digital scrapbooking kits available for purchase (Use Code STMMMS53057 to save $10 on your software order) on the My Memories site, as well as additional free downloads.

For my trial run of the software I chose to work with the kits and design options provided with the software. I love the look of photobooks to document vacations so I selected that option when I began my design. I have selected one page to illustrate for you the various options in designing your pages. You can see in the slideshow below the progression from a blank template to using the basic design option to adding a few embellishments and keepsake items.  The only limit is your imagination (and your time). Once I finish all my pages and order my book, I will be sure to post a picture of the final product!


Do you think this is something you would like to try?  I know you will like it and I want you to be able to try it for free! In addition to the $10 off your software purchase at My Memories (don't forget to use my promo code STMMMS530570) you have a chance to win a copy of the software...FREE!  It's simple, here's how:

Giveaway Rules: visit and have a look around. There are beautiful scrapbook kits, tutorials, a blog and a gallery full of inspiring ideas. Then just jump back here and leave a comment on this post letting me know which scrapbook kit you liked the most.  It's that easy!  The contest ends October 10, 2011, so get your comment in by then. Be sure I have your email address or some method to contact you, should you be the lucky winner!

If you share my contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ you will receive additional entries into the contest.  Make sure you include me on any posts so I can track your entries.  @seekingsurnames on Twitter and Jenna Mills on Facebook and Google+.

BUT WAIT...there's more!!  (Yes, I've watched too many infomercials!)

My Memories are a great group of people and they love giving away cool stuff..FREE! For more chances to win great items all you have to do is:
Follow their blog:
Like on Facebook-
Follow on Twitter-!/MyMemoriesSuite

Good luck to everyone in the contest and I hope you enjoy using your discount with my promo code!

Disclaimer: I was contacted by My Memories to review and post my opinions of their product on my blog. I was given two digital downloads of their My Memories Suite, one to use in my review and one to giveaway in this contest. I will receive a small commission each time my promo code is used for a purchase on

Monday, September 19, 2011

Musings on a Munday A Very Techy Conference

Thanks to the special offered during the FGS 2011 conference, I was able to register for RootsTech 2012 at a very discounted rate.  I have my hotel room and my roomies all set.  Looking forward to a very "techy" genealogy conference!


Sorry folks I deleted the video is was Auto Play only!  This coming from a "tech" conference??

If you want to see the video, with lots of our Geneafriends go to the Rootstech site.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blog Your Family History via Genealogy Gems

Lisa Louise Cooke is a favorite of mine in many categories. Podcasts! I'm an avid listener of all three of Lisa's podcasts. Lectures! I was fortunate enough to attend four of Lisa's lectures at the Midwest Family History Expo this summer. Author! I purchased The Genealogist's Google Toolbox and am looking forward to her next book. Videos! I knew Lisa had a YouTube channel as well, but had not watched any of the videos. I am correcting that situation starting now. The videos are informative and full of great tips for the newbie and great reminders for those more advanced users. Enjoy!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Events in Genealogy

Genealogy Calendar of Events for September 2011

       (List is a work in progress, please submit your event)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Getting Ready for the 1940 Census - Video 4

The National Archives has made available a series of videos for the 1940 census.                      This is video 4 Census of Agriculture.

Watch Video 3 here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Events in Genealogy

Genealogy Calendar of Events for September 2011

       (List is a work in progress, please submit your event)