Young Women in Excellence & Scrapbook Software Giveaway

For our ward’s Young Women in Excellence, they are using this recipe/cooking theme from Beehive Messages. They have a really cute invite, but there is not a downloadable version, so my YW President asked if I would come up with something similar for them to use. You know if I am going to design it I am going to share…

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It is made to print on 4×6 photo cards. Just add in your ward’s name under “from the kitchen of” and your time and place under “mix it all together on” and you have your Young Women in Excellence invite.

I made it using My Memories Suite v2 scrap book software and Everyday Mom Ideas free Li’l Monster Kit.

Speaking of My Memories Software, it was the first time I had used it. Here’s my take:

What I love:

  • Comes with ready made layouts and shapes to make placing pictures super easy.
  • There are 1500 digital papers and 1300 embellishments like ric rac, stitching, brads, etc.
  • Comes with a myriad of word art and fonts and the text is easy to edit.
  • You can add video and music for slideshows. Can’t wait to try this!
  • You can add a hot spot for a link in your album.
  • Lots of output options: jpg, photo book, ipod ready, dvd, etc.
  • It has spell check.
  • Price is SUPER reasonable especially with the code I will give you ;)

What could they improve:

  • Has a learning curve especially if you are used to Photoshop. Figuring out how to re-size to 4×6 and export to jpeg. Like instead of {file, save as, jpeg} I had to find the export options.
  • It is set up more for scrapbooking than for editing. I there were no eraser tools etc that I use when I want to use one of my existing designs and just erase something.
  • The help function would be nice to be searchable by word. I would love to type in re-size and have it find it for me.
If you are in the market for digiscrap software my friends at My Memories are totally giving you an awesome deal! Use the coupon code: STMMMS97077 and it will not only give you $10 off making it $29.97, but also a $10 code to spend in the MyMemories.com Design Shop!


But, that’s not all! They are giving away one full version of the my memories suite software download to one of my lucky readers!

To enter: {leave a separate comment on this post for each entry}

  1. Visit www.MyMemories.com and tell me the name of your favorite kit.
  2. Follow A Little Tipsy
  3. Follow the My Memories blog

Good luck! Giveaway will close Thursday, November 3rd.

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YW Lesson 8: Eternal Families


I found this amazing Celestial Airline lesson plan idea from Cher Castle via Sugardoodle. She has super cute printables for tickets and handouts and even provides a lesson outline to keep the theme going with the lesson material.

At one point she recommends having a suitcase to write What kind of things should we pack so we can enjoy eternal life?” (Examples-baptism, temple, repentance, scripture study, family etc.)

I found a perfect suitcase outline and made them to print two to a page so I figured I would share. Just click the image to make it big enough to print.




Suitcase image credit

I also decided to add in a water bottle (since that is something that can’t go with you through security) to write the things that we need to leave behind and try not to do to have an eternal family relationship. Here’s a printable page.


water bottle credit

I used to be a flight attendant so I am going to wear my flight attendant cardigan, but I was not sure where my wings were. So, I combined a couple of images to make my own Celestial Airline wings that I will wear. I’m also going to give them all wings with their handout.


Wings photo credit
Temple charm photo credit

Click the image below to print in bulk.

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YW lesson 4: Preparing to Become an Eternal Companion Handout

I know this is last minute, but, well, that’s how I roll. I came up with this idea for Young Women lesson 4 on “Preparing to Become an Eternal Companion” tonight and thought I would share. I liked the quote from the lesson that said, “There is no time to wait, only time to prepare.” I think it is a great one for my Beehives who are 12 and 13 years old.

I wanted a candy to go along with it and thought of the Everlasting Gobstoppers. So I made another little note reading “Start preparing today for an ‘everlasting’ marriage.”


I could not find small packs of Everlasting Gobstoppers, only the movie size so I bought a couple packs and put them in these little wedding favor boxes I had from Dollar Tree. It actually ended up being a lot cheaper that way too. I printed out the handouts 2 in x 2 in and glued them on.



Feel Free to Print off the handouts and use them as you like.

I used Everyday Mom Ideas free “The Dwelling Place” digital scrapbooking kit.

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2011 Mutual Theme Subway Art

I wanted something special to give our young women at our Christmas lesson. Each year we give them something that reflects the next year’s mutual theme. The 2011 mutual theme is the 13th Article of Faith so I thought it would be really cool to go with the latest craze and turn the key words in to subway art.

It was so easy to create the mutual theme subway art using wordle. I just popped in my words, listing twice the words I wanted larger. Then I played with layouts and color schemes. I stuck with black and white to keep the emphasis on the words instead of the colors. This will also make it easy to print at home without plowing through my colored ink keeping the cost minimal.

I am going to print our subway art on cardstock and put it in black dollar store frames. I may find a two sided one and put the pictures we took of our girls at the temple in the other side.

Total cost will be just over a dollar each! Yay!

If you want to download it straight from wordle, click the icon below.

Wordle: 2011 Mutual theme blk/wht

See our past mutual theme Christmas gifts:

2010 Stamped Necklaces

2009 Believe Blocks

I have always stayed up late working on them with my last YW adviser Amanda who was released a few months ago. She had her adorable baby girl on the same day I had my little guy. Miss you girl! Wanna come put subway art in frames for old times sake? ;)

Here is a slideshow I made for the 2008 lesson as my Personal Progress Faith Value Project. This was the lesson where we gave out the believe blocks. The music is “You Were Always There” from the Jenny Phillips Parables cd. I LOVE this song!

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