Monday, August 15, 2011

Give A Way Contest *Closed*: My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software


Update August 24, 2011: Announcing the Winner: Gustosa Giveaways



There were many of readers but a humble number of entries.  Even so, it was a great learning experience hosting my first giveaway.

Congratulations, I’ll be connecting you to My Memories today!

Original Post Cont..

One of my pastimes that I had to give up when ‘life happened’ was traditional scrapbooking. In the midst of advancing my career at my day job, getting married, having children and started both my businesses, scrapbooking was something I just stopped doing. 

My-Memories-SuiteSo imagine my delight when Liz from My Memories asked me to do a review and giveaway on their digital scrapbooking software and offer you $10 Promo Code off My Memories Suite Version 2.0

I was looking forward in trying it out.  I was surprised how user friendly this program is, but if you need help, there’s tutorials on their blog. 

My Memories Suite Version 2 

It comes with a great variety of predesigned templates and there’s many free kits offered on their online store.  I spent a couple of hours just looking at their add-ons, nevertheless the software itself!

Of course must dedicate a page just for my children.  The longest part of the process was selecting the photos and thinking up the caption.  Creating this layout took less than 5 minutes.  After exporting it to a JPEG, it’s ready to be emailed or print!


It’s not just for scrapbooking too.  I realized you can also use it to create layout of your products. 


After trying this program out, I absolutely can say that it’s worth buying this software.  It’s easy to learn and you can be as creative as you imagination allows.  My two examples above were just using pre-made templates.  You can make your page as simple or elaborate as you desire.

You have a chance to win your own  copy of My Memories Suite Version 2!

Rules for the Giveaway:

Leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry.  In your comments leave me a way to contact you when you win, otherwise, I may need to select another winner.

Giveaway ends Friday, August 23rd at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.  For each entry below, please leave a comment stating each entry.  When I choose the winner, I will be checking to validate the win! 
  1. Visit My Memories website.  Tell me which digital kit is your favourite!
  2. Follow my blog West Coast Origami.
  3. Visit and like my Facebook fan page.
  4. Follow me on Twitter
  5. Blog about or Tweet about this giveaway, linking to this post

Three Bonus entries:

Leave a comment on THIS blog for each bonus entries that you liked and followed me. 

Good luck everyone!  

Do you want the software now? 

BestSoftware-180x300-BLINK copyIf you don’t want to wait for this give-away or didn’t win, you can still get it for $10 off!  The regular price is $39.97.  You can get the software for $29.97.  Ensure you enter this code upon checkout:

My Memories Suite v2 PROMO CODE:


This is only good for US and Canadian customers.

Check them out:

Thank you for stopping by.  This is my first give-a-away, please help me make it a success!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy First Anniversary!

IMG_4376 copyThis was made for a special lady as a gift from her husband for their first year anniversary. 

This rose was made with delicate handmade paper.  I chose this paper because of the boldness of the red and green make the rose realistic.

It was short notice so didn’t get the time I usually get to ‘tweak’ this project.  Being my own worse critic, I wasn’t sure it was up to standards.  However, my client was pleased with it.  I hope his wife like his present to her.

What I learned from this project

IMG_4382 copyIt’s more challenging folding with handmade paper.   Working with it for a rush project was a first for me. 

Don’t doubt.  In the end, the client was happy, even though I wasn’t sure.

** UPDATE – Aug 11**

My client’s wife didn’t like it.  I’m not happy because she wasn’t.  Overall it was the price.  I listed an old rose on my Cargoh store which is much smaller @ $10 and looks like she felt ‘ripped off’.  I don’t blame her reaction.  The photo doesn’t represent how small it really is.

I had to write an explanation on how I price, materials and the fact the rose on my store I’m just trying to destash it prior to my move next year.  Even if satisfies them, it’s disheartening because this is my first unsatisfied customer.  However, what I learned is I should always explain my pricing.  Her husband was in a rush and though he had every opportunity to ask, I should have taken that step.

Origami Money Ring

dollar-bill-ring-160x160Originally my client requested an origami ring.  He wanted to re-propose to his wife.  (Isn’t that romantic?).  The rings I offered wasn’t to his liking.  He did his own internet search and brought attention a common one.

It’s a pretty simple ring so I couldn’t charge him for one without letting him know he could make her one himself.  In the end he asked me.  Since he purchased the rose, I just made him the ring no charge.  If you want to make one yourself, please click here. There’s easy step by step instructions and even a video!