Saturday, December 4, 2010

Subway Art with Storybook Creator Plus

I had my annual team holiday brunch this morning.  It is our tradition to do a page exchange.  Over the years it has involved to pages and or/paper craft.  Something made with CM products.

For my gift I decided to create some cute Christmas Subway Art using Storybook Creator Plus.  I saw a similar idea but it was made into a pillow but I knew it would be easy to replicate on paper using Storybook Creator Plus.

I did this with a 8 x 10 blank page using paper from the Primary Digital Power Palette.

I created individual text boxes for each of the words and then chose a fun font.

I framed it in an 8 x 10 frame - a fun and easy Christmas decoration!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Digital Sale!

Spread the word – huge savings on digital artwork downloads and StoryBooks Sept. 8-21!

Digital Artwork Downloads
Save 30 percent on digital artwork downloads*, including Predesigned Pages, Digital Power® Palettes, Kits and Additions, and Digital Embellishments.

Save on StoryBooks!













Save $20 on 12x12 Hardcover StoryBooks, and $10 on 11x8.5 StoryBooks.


So now is the perfect time to print those Storybooks you've completed but have just been sitting around in your Storybook Creator or if you don't have one waiting to be pritned but have a book waiting to be started, now is the perfect time for that too.


But don't wait too long - the sale is only through September 21st..

I've been busy and have 3 books ready to go once the sale starts on the 7th.


Be sure and use my digital center code when ordering!  My code is 46046726
Digital downloads can be purchased through my personal CM website - www.mycmsite.com/leighannewilkes

You can access the CM digital center here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Creative Memories - what's new!

I'm just back from Minneapolis and Creative Memories annual Showcase. 

So much exciting news.  First of all I am excited to tell you about Creative Memories partnership with Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell.  Nancy is an avid, avid - can I say avid - scrapbooker. The woman has 8 scrapbooks just of her 9 month pregnancy!

She has designed her own line of scrapbooking supplies just for Creative Memoires.  They are available in October and you are going to love her Hummingbird Collection.

My favorite item is her amazing scrapbooking bag - isn't it gorgeous (o.k. she is gorgeous too!)
Wouldn't you love to carry your latest scrapbooking project around in this bag!

I even got to have my picture taken with her - my friend Deb and I and our new friend Nancy O'Dell!!


Here's a great link to a video clip interview about her partnership with CM on Fox 49!
Nancy O'Dell inteview

Lots more exciting news to come!

Monday, June 14, 2010

It's a Sale!

I am so excited to let you know about a FIRST!  Creative Memories is offering a 40% off sale on some of its most popular items!  This is an amazing opportunity and is only available June 14 - 27th so don't delay and miss out.

Here's a list of all the amazing products you can get for 40% off!  Just head on over to my personal website and place your order!!  Take advantage of this great savings!  Tell your friends and family about it too so they can save!!!

If you don't own our amazing Storybook Creator Plus yet now is your chance it is one of the great products that are being offered for 40% off!!!

Please email me with any questions you might have

Leigh Anne
leighanne.wilkes@gmai.com



                             Product                                       Regular Price                          Sale Price


Simply Beautiful Power Palette System
$60.50
$36.30
642725
Black & White Power Palette System
$60.50
$36.30
643783
Primary Power Palette System
$60.50
$36.30
643784
Jewel Power Palette System
$60.50
$36.30
643785
Discover Power Palette System
$60.50
$36.30
643792
Delight Power Palette System
$60.50
$36.30
       
Organizers
640236
Power Palette Case & Folders
$47
$28.20
642762
Racking System
$15
$9
642763
Hanging Folders
$15
$9
642765
Daisy Weekender
$60
$36
642766
Daisy Tools Caddy
$37
$22.20
642767
Daisy Project Tote
$32
$19.20
642769
Daisy ID Tag
$5
$3
642770
Daisy Custom Cutting System Keeper
$30
$18
642771
Daisy Case
$15
$9
 
Software
  StoryBook Creator Plus Software (CD)
$64.95
$38.97
  StoryBook Creator Plus Software (Download)
$64.95
$38.97
 
Tools
642659
Rotary Trimmer
$30
$18

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

They're Back - original size pages


Due to Popular Demand....Original Size Pages and Page Protectors are BACK!
Special prices June 1 - July 15, 2010
Original 12x12 Scrapbook Pages..............$20.
Original 12x12 Page Protectors................$10.
Original 7x7 Scrapbook Pages..................$13.
Original 7x7 Page Protectors................$6.50

(After JULY 15, prices will increase to $23, $11.50, $15, $7.50)
 
If you missed it last time don't miss it this time!!!
This is your LAST CHANCE to get the old size pages and page protectors you might need

Visit my website at www.mycmsite.com/leighannewilkes

to place your order

Beach Retreat

Every year in May I hold a scrapbooking beach treat at our beach house in Manzanita.  It is a weekend full of fun, good food, friends and of course lots of scrapbooking!



Thanks to all my fun ladies who joined me this year.  I always enjoy spending time with you.  We had amazing weather and lots of sun.

What could be better than looking at this while scrapping away!!



An amazing view from the house.



And at night we got to look at this.


And we even found time to walk along the beach and stick our toes in the sand.
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Who wants to join me next year??

Monday, May 3, 2010

New for May - Make a Wish Products!

Look what's new at Creative Memories!!

Visit my website at www.mycmsite.com/leighannewilkes to purchase products






A wish come true
No one is better at creating life-changing moments and incredible memories for seriously ill children than the
Make-A-Wish-Foundation®. And no one is better at preserving and celebrating those moments of carefree joy than Creative Memories. So we've committed to help by raising both money and awareness.
For every one of our new Wishful products that you purchase,
a donation will be made to the
Make-A-Wish-Foundation. So take a look at these new products and start wishful thinking about the albums you can make while you're helping make a difference for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Wish upon a star card
Wishful Products
Wishful Coverset
Star Maker
Wishful Embellishments
Wishful Products
Wishful Digital Kit
Be Dazzled Be Happy
Be Dazzled Be Happy
Ltd. Ed. Wishful Pages & Cards Featured Project Create a beautifully coordinated set of five borders, five pages and five cards in just one afternoon. This featured project gives you everything you need-including a link to an easy-to-follow idea sheet! Ltd. Ed. Color Me Happy Featured Project
This featured project gives you everything you need to create a cheery, colorful photo album, including a link to an easy-to-follow idea sheet with instructions on creating an entire 24-page album in one sitting.
Let your heart speak loud and clear Vote for your favorite
Let your heart speak loud and clear Vote for your favorite
Ltd. Ed. Rugged Everyday Recordable Paper Album Kit Tell someone special how much you care when you add your own words and favorite photos to this quick little album that's meant for sharing. Visit the Creative Memories Facebook Fan Page to vote for your favorite "Celebrate Mom Photo Contest" entry. Voting runs May 1-10, and the winner will be posted on May 11.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Memories

This weekend we were reminiscing about past Easters and how we use to dress up the kids in matching and coordinating outfits! It was so fun to be able to just pull the albums off the shelf and look back at those photos.

It is an amazing blessing to have your family photos organized and in a safe place - some place you can easily grab them and enjoy them! Are your family photos safe and organized? If not - I'd love to help!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Storybook Printing

Ever wonder how Creative Memories prints your Storybooks.

Watch this fun You Tube video to see how!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Need a Boost!?

From Prevention Magazine....

Better Mood Enhancement Than Chocolate, Alcohol, or Music

The next time you need a mood boost, forget chocolate. Forget the wine and mood music, too. Because researchers have discovered something else that works even better. And best of all, it’s calorie-free, doesn’t require exercise, and can be done almost anywhere. What is it? Looking at personal photos.

Researchers at the United  Kingdom’s Open University examined how much people’s mood rose after eating chocolate, sipping an alcoholic drink, watching TV, listening to music, or looking at photos.

They found that the music and chocolate left people’s moods unchanged. Alcohol and TV gave a slight lift. But the winner by a long shot was viewing personal photos, which made people feel significantly better.

So next time you feel down in the dumps, pull out the photo albums. Or, if  you’re technologically minded, you can load your favorite photos onto a digital viewer that you can take with you anywhere you go.

Monday, February 22, 2010

How Long Will My Digital Storybooks Last?

Ever asked that question?  Let Creative Memories Director of Technology Dr. Mark Mizen answer your question!

Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

Slide1 [This posting is based on a presentation given at the Canadian Showcase in Calgary on August 22, 2008; the information is still relevent today.]
I am glad to be here in Canada. You ask such interesting questions and are always interested in my boys, Ed and Noah. 
Slide2 The album page on the screen is from a test album I recently completed. I took the first two pages of ten different templates and randomly dropped in pictures of Ed and Noah. My goal was to test the printing of the templates. The most amazing thing was that my wife actually liked the resulting album when she saw it. It proved to her how easy it could be to create a StoryBook.
Digital. Is it going away? I think we all know the answer to that question is no. Digital no longer functions as a sideline to Creative Memories traditional albums. To start with, we developed StoryBook Creator to make life easy for you and your customers.
StoryBook Creator lets you build the book that you want, as simple as you want or as elaborate as you want.  We are continually adding new products and new features.
We have improved our color management and modified the default colors in StoryBook Creator to ensure that your customers receive high quality books. We continue to monitor and adjust the production process to improve our StoryBooks.
On June 6, 2008 we sold 4,267 StoryBooks. Now, if only we could sell that many StoryBooks each day. Oh, I forgot, we can. It’s simply a matter of getting the word out that Creative Memories has the best digital products available.
Slide4 Let’s look at our Hard Cover StoryBooks. The hard cover StoryBook with a personalized cover is the highest quality book available.
We have had StoryBooks in our accelerated aging chambers for over a year and the best estimate we have is that these books will last for 100 years or longer and even then, the StoryBook will show some yellowing but the memories will be intact.
Preservation remains important to many consumers, and Creative Memories is the expert on preservation. Quality is, in fact, more important now that digital photography is no longer a novelty.
Quality is not a given. We are seeing a greater number of low-quality books as the production of these books expands into low volume retail outlets. The corner camera store may be the expert on digital cameras or on photographic prints but it is clearly not the expert on producing photo books.
A high-quality StoryBook has a stitched binding and resists fade and abrasion. Books must use acid-free, buffered, and lignin-free paper. Creative Memories also test all books in high and low humidity to ensure that they will not warp under adverse conditions.
To highlight the difference in photo books, I am working with the International Organization for Standardization or ISO project to develop a photo book standard for long-term preservation. My goal is to develop a specification, much like ISO 18902, that we can use to differentiate our products from those of other manufacturers. Look for more details in the future.
Slide5 By the way, one of the best ways to ensure that something will last is to produce multiple copies. This is the LOCKSS concept. Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe. LOCKSS was developed for libraries and institutions but the concept applies to everyone. With StoryBooks, it is as easy to create multiple copies as it is to create one.
Soft Cover Storybooks give us the ability to offer digital products at all price ranges. The printers used to produce the soft cover StoryBooks are the same printers we use for the hard cover books.  By eliminating the binding we are able to lower the price, which makes it easy to give as a gift. The low price makes them absolutely affordable.
Slide6 Creative Memories digital products consist of more than just StoryBooks – much more. Creative Memories also offers you and your customers the ability to put your files on CDs through the Creative Memories Digital Center. With this system, we are able to monitor the quality of the CD from the blank disc to the final preservation copy. Without quality control, you really don’t know how long your discs will last.
For My Memory Archive, we are offering silver and gold discs. Here is a clear summary of the differences. Both CDs are high quality and will last 100 years or more. It’s just that with the gold CDs you have a greater likelihood of being able to read your files at any given time. Think of the difference between sterling silver, which readily tarnishes, and gold jewelry, which remains brilliant. I have already told you which disc like.
Multiple CDs protect against catastrophic loss or damage. Floods and fires do not always happen to someone else. I recommend storing one copy of your photos at another location – at a friend or relative’s house or in a safety deposit box.
In the Technology Center, we also evaluate photo gifts. We test all photo gifts to ensure that they are safe and do not contain toxic metals, such as lead. This testing is particularly important since many of these products originate overseas, where safety regulations may be less stringent.
Because photo gifts are meant to be used, we also evaluate fade resistance. Even something as simple as a coffee cup represents your memories.
As you may be aware, Wall Prints are available in StoryBook Creator Plus. You have the same flexibility when designing your Wall Prints as you have with StoryBooks. You can also use the templates available on the Digital Center.
Wall Prints and Page Prints are produced on fade-resistant photographic paper. These prints will last 10-20 years before noticeable change. Think about the possibilities – one for the family room, one for the kids’ room, two for the grandparents, and one for the garage. Well maybe not the garage; but I think you get the point. The more copies you have of your photos, the more likely they are to be preserved.
Today’s quiz will be a closed book quiz, so please put away your handouts. You don’t really have to do that.
1.   StoryBooks will last…
A.    For one year.
B.    Twenty years.
C.    At least one hundred years but who’s counting.
D.    Until the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
The answer is C. Creative Memories 8 x 8, custom cover 8½ x 11, and 12 x 12 StoryBooks are designed for long-term preservation.
2.   The soft cover StoryBook is…
A.   Printed on inexpensive newsprint that will yellow over time.
B.   Designed to be discarded after looking at it
C.   An ideal, inexpensive gift.
D.   Creative Memories answer to the New York Times bestseller list
The answer is C. The soft cover StoryBook is an ideal, inexpensive gift. These books are printed on the same system as the more expensive hard cover StoryBooks.
3.   My Memory Archive Gold CDs will…
A.   Tarnish and discolor over time.
B.   Survive catastrophic loss or damage
C.   Preserve digital photos for generations
D.   Turn into silver when the clock strikes midnight.
The answer again is C. What a coincidence. Gold CDs represent one way to preserve digital photos for generations. We also recommend printed StoryBooks and traditional albums.
4.  To preserve photos, Creative Memories recommends…
A.    Multiple StoryBooks
B.    Multiple CDs
C.    Multiple Wall Prints
D.    All of the above.
And the answer of course is D. All of the above.
Thank you.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Take Beautiful Pictures of your Beautiful Like by Nick Kelsh

I just returned from Creative Memories Regional Saturday that was held in Seattle this year.  I will be sharing with you some of the amazingly beautiful new product they introduced in the next few days but today I wanted to share a wonderful video they presented.  The video is by photographer Nick Kelsh.  It was put together specifically for Creative Memories.

It is excellent.  He has so many great tips for taking better photographs.  He wants to us to be able to take beautiful pictures of our beautiful life!

So please click here and take a few minutes to watch the video.  I promise you will be glad you did and you will learn lots and Nick is funny too!!

Leave me a comment after you watch and let me know what you learned!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Project Picture Update

I have been a Creative Memories Consultant for 19 and a half years! 

For the past 19 years, every year, one of my New Year's resolutions has been to get caught up on ALL my albums/scrapbooks.

I think I have done a pretty good job during the last 19 years having completed over 120 scrapbooks/digital books but I am not completely caught up.

Once again, this year, I have set the same goal.

I am going to approach it a little different this year though.  I have made a list of all the albums/years that need to be completed and I am going to share that list with you. 

I am expecting you to hold me accountable and I plan on reporting in to you on a regular basis how I am doing.  As you can see from the photo in the previous post my Project Picture has taken over my dining room - no dinner parties for us for a while!!

So here is a list of the projects I need to finish in order to be caught up.

I have divided them up into Traditional, Picfolio or Digital Projects.

Traditional Projects

Logan
2005-2009 - college years, post mission (I have given up on the fact that any of my children are going to take over their own albums!)
1984 (yes I have never done his photos from the first year of his life, don't ask me why, I don't know!)

Clark
2007 - 2009 - college years, post mission

Cali
Freshman year college
1989 (her first year isn't done either, I must have a problem with those first year photos!)

Tessa
2006-2009

Family
2007
Heritage Photos

Picfolio Projects
Family
2009

Digital Projects

Logan
China YA Trip
Australia YA Trip

Clark
Cambridge Summer

OK - so that should keep me busy for awhile.

I am starting at the top and getting Logan's album caught up first.  I will do the scrapbook part and he will have to do the journaling though!

I am using the technique I shared here to help me work quick and fast.  I have also committed to working  at least 15-30 minutes a day on my current project - so thus the mess in the dining room!!

So what's your New Year's scrapbooking goal?  I'd love to hear.  Just leave a comment and let me know.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Project Picture

Project Picture is underway!!

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!!!

Hope you had a great holiday and took lots of pictures!!!