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Santa’s House finished ……again and digital scrapbooking.

Hi everyone, I have now completed Santa’s House for the second time, yay!!!!
I am so pleased at the way it is looking on this grey fabric. (more photos below)  I have just started  to stitch Poinsettia Place which is the next house in this design.
As you can see I have been playing around with the My Memories Software package to create the pictures, I am hoping to do this on all of the Santa’s Village Designs so that I can put them on a nice collage in December.  
In this post I will be giving some tips and showing you what you can do with the software, in particular I will show a nice Fry Box that has been designed by My Memories and edited into a Valentine Box by me, it is so easy to edit the templates.
Craft room update

I have just received the news that my fitter can start work on my new craft room in March ……..yay!!! 
I am so excited about this, I have wanted to get the this room sorted for a couple of years now, I can finally get all of my things neatly away. It is basically kitchen units which I think will be perfect for a craft room, I was initially going to do the room in shabby chic furniture, however the room is not very big and I thought I would get more use out of the room using fitted furniture. I have chosen white for the units and a lovely pale grey paint for the walls, there will be glass fronted cupboards with LED lighting inside and lights under the wall mounted units too.
My crafting has been on a go slow of late but once I get my new room fitted I will be crafting like crazy, I have lots of new ideas for giveaways too, it will be such fun!  
The one thing I will promise myself is that I am going to finish all of my unfinished stitchng, I never used to have half finished projects, I was basically a one project at a time girl but since I started blogging I have stuff everywhere,  it is my New Years resolution to do one thing at once from now on.   Mmmmm, lets see how long that lasts!
If you wish to know what I used to edit the photos keep reading below.
My Memories Digital software

My Memories are really good at giving lots of freebies, I am sure you will all know by now I do love a freebie! Initially I did not realize that I could edit these designs myself using the software kits I already had, so I decided because Valentines Day is nearly upon us I would make a Valentine box using the template that was provided free (only free until 25th Feb)on the My Memories Suite blog, all of the designs below are available. 
I found a tutorial that explained how to edit the template and after a very short period of time I was designing my own little Valentine box.   
This is a screen shot of the box once I uploaded the template.  
Here is another, it includes the papers and elements for you to use in another design. 
And another……………;
Here is the little Valentine Box I designed using the software, I followed the tutorial for changing the template papers and embellishments and hey presto! I would have printed this and put it together but my printer needs some more ink. It looks very pretty don’t you think? 
There are so many templates for boxes, calenders, etc that you can get from their site,  it is great fun!   
Here are a couple of links for you to check out what the software allows you to do.

Link to video showing a general overview 

Link to Fry Box instructions

How to make a custom header for your blog

If you use this code to purchase My Memories Digital software you will get $10 off the software and a $10 coupon to spend in the store, just add the code below to the promotion offer box in the add to cart on the My Memories Software page.

Code is:


Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. February 13, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    Santa's House is beautiful! I'm glad you are happy with the fabby and colors now.

    Thanks for the info on the My Memories software. I've had it for a while now and have yet to use it, lol.

  2. February 13, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    Great job on your Santa's House. I think the gray is a great choice.

  3. February 13, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    I love your Santa's house !!!

  4. February 13, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    I adore the Santa Village you are cross-stitching. I was a cross-stitch addict and underwent a rigorous detox! Since then, I have branched out and spend more time crocheting and sewing. I did cross stitch Christmas ornaments this year for an ornament swap thus falling off the wagon! My 2013 goal is to complete many of my WIP's and also use up some of my stash yarn and fabric. But I'll manage to fit some cross-stitch in too! Anyway, I LOVE your blog and can't wait to see photos of your craft/work room. Sounds terrific . . . and I am jealous!

  5. February 13, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    Santa's House looks great! I'm so jealous of your craft room. We don't have any extra space so all my crafty stuff is stuck in the closet. Can't wait to see pictures of your room when it's done.

  6. February 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Your blog is very nice!
    I will follow you … again!

  7. February 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Santa's house looks fab….that my memories kept emailing me to offer me free trial, I thought it was a scam so kept deleting it….ah well too late now lol xx

  8. February 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Santa's village is so cute, love the bright colors. Great idea of a digital scrapbook. Great way to keep track of all our works.

  9. February 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Your second time Santa looks lovely! And your craft room sounds like it's going to be absolutely heavenly!!

  10. February 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Great stitching. I agree with you, the design pops much better on the grey fabric

  11. February 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Santa's house looks great. Love whatyou have done with My Memories, it really made your photographs stand out.

  12. February 19, 2013 / 10:30 am

    Beautiful !!!

  13. March 1, 2013 / 11:36 am

    lovely finish. That grey makes it look like it's snowing.