April 16th, 2014

Celebrate Your Mom and Save 45% off

12×12 and Classic Custom Cover Books

Enter code MOMSROCK at checkout.

Valid on 8.5×11 and 12×12 Custom Cover Photobooks only. Not valid on lay-flat books or loose pages. Not valid with any other offer. Offer expires 04-25-14.

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October 22nd, 2013

Now through October 31st, you can save 30% off any calendar we offer. Plan ahead and start on your holiday gift planning with a personalized calendar for your loved ones. Enter code PLANAHEAD13 at checkout.

Not valid with any other offer. Valid on all calendar sizes and types. Not valid with any other offer. Shipping is additional.
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October 21st, 2013

Now through October 31st, you can receive one of our biggest discounts ever on Photobooks… Save 30% off custom or standard cover books. Plan ahead and start on your holiday gift planning with a wonderful keepsake for your loved ones. Enter code FALLING30 at checkout.

Not valid with any other offer. Valid on Custom Cover and Standard Cover photobooks. Not valid on lay-flat books, loose pages or with any other offer. Shipping is additional.
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October 8th, 2013

We partnered up again this year with Shabby Miss Jenn Designs to print her calendars. We just love Shabby Miss Jenn’s gorgeous calendars. They are so easy to use.

If you have Photoshop or Elements:
Open them up in Photoshop, add your photo and trinkets. Add any important events. Save the calendars as JPGs and then pull them into our software to place them on each page as a SINGLE PAGE BACKGROUND. Remove the preformatted grid from the page. If you cannot delete it, resize it so it’s tiny and drag if off the page so you cannot see it. Upload and complete your order.

If you are using our software only:
Import the PNG files into the software and place them on the page as an overlay. Set the opacity to 100%. Drop your photo behind the overlay. Add text. Remove the preformatted grid from the page. If you cannot delete it, resize it so it’s tiny and drag if off the page so you cannot see it. Upload and complete your order.

The calendars are so pretty and make a wonderful gift. Right now, you can get the graphics at Shabby Miss Jenn’s store at a 30% off discount with the coupon code below. And, you can use the special coupon code available at Shabby Miss Jenn’s site to get 30% off printing here at MyPicTales too!
May 21st, 2013


OFFER VALID THRU JUNE 15TH!. You can save 30% off standard cover photo books in our popular 8×8, Classic 8.5×11 or 10×10 sizes. You can choose from one of our new leather colors (black, brown, dark blue, light blue, light green and red). GET STARTED
(Not valid with any other offer. Custom covers, additional pages and logo removal are available for an additional charge. Offer expires 06-15-13. Orders placed after 06-04-13 will not be delivered in time for Father’s Day. Standard turnaround time is 4-7 business days plus shipping time.)

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April 19th, 2013

Now, you can save 30% on standard cover photobooks in time for Mother’s Day! Enter coupon code: LOVE MOM at checkout.

(Valid through May 2, 2013. Not valid with any other offer. Additional pages, logo removal and custom cover available for an extra charge.)

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January 24th, 2013

Like many  scrappers, I am sometimes better as a  collector of kits  than I am of getting those memories scrapped.  I used to just get a kit, and then find a photo I liked, and play.  That worked for a bit, but then at the end of the year, I had oodles of events, funny shots or memories that NEEDed to be scrapped.  I would be overwhelmed.

I am a list maker, so I opened my PHOTOS file, and went to 2012 and hand wrote out lists on 3×5 cards:
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The date was the file and date that the camera dumped them.  I now had a paper list to select photos for to use on my pages.  Now, I could either go shopping or look on my EHD at what I already had! This really has helped me so much. I look for challenges that will give me that extra oomph to do a page.

You can see the highlighted dates are pages that are completed. I looked and say I had not done the school lunches photos, and there were a few of them.  I was busy doing some challenges over at The Lily Pad, and they had a scrap lift challenge, and I thought I could use this to do the school lunch memory.  I was challenged now to get her done! Great motivation:

Now I could cross that off my list of Memory to Scrap! I kept looking at the Porta-Potty photos.  Did I really want porta-potty in my year book? Of course I did!! So, another challenge at The Digi Chick that came with a free template also was offered.

There are so many shops that offer inspiration and challenges to help us scrap pages, they give coupons, discounts and a whole lot of love in their galleries.  I hope this helps you to get unstuck and get those pages done.  I am hoping to send my 2012 book in by Valentine’s Day!

~never lose your joy

Anne of Alamo

January 10th, 2013

This Project Life has totally blown me away, how’s about you? Becky Higgens is the name I hear as the beginning of this wild wonder.  I went and read her blog and saw her products! Wow all over again! This is just amazing! I have to admit, my palms get all sweaty at the thought of cutting photos or doing this without my handy dandy Control Z(undo power).  This is why I love the galleries, and see that there are others in the DIgi~World that do this with the power of a computer! Look at some of these inspirations:

Amyjaz has started the year off with a bang, and apparently she designs these dohickeys too! Pretty cool inspiration.  These journaling cards are what I love too:

This is one of those projects there is no wrong or right way, just do it your way! I think this is kinda cool!

I gave it a whirl, and did a page:

Now, I am not hooked, but so love looking at what others do with this phenomenon! I would love to hear how you do it, if you are in this fun fad!  I was also thinking how cool they would be printed at My Pic Tales with the Wire Bound Photo Books:

Happy Scrapping however project you use for your life!

~Never lose your joy

Anne of Alamo

December 20th, 2012

I stressed! I got a bit ugly! I lost the Christmas fun.  But! I found it again! All is good!! I was diligently taking pictures each day in December.  I love that part.  I had great plans on being super mom and once again getting the Christmas book finished.  I failed and spiraled into, I didn’t do this, and I failed…waha hahh waaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

I shook myself off, and then got some fun ideas in the galleries around DigiTown!  I laughed and giggled at the antics of the people that love to scrap as much as I do.  I also noticed that there were some really cool pages from Christmas past:

She (lkdavis) did this one from 1968! I breathed a big sigh of relief and realized I have 365 days to scrap this December.  I am not going to stress! I am gonna smile!

The biggest smile came from Traci Reed in her December Daily page for last year!! See she is doing last year this year!  Look at this page and if it doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will:

So from the bottom of my heart I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

~never lose your joy

Anne of Alamo

December 14th, 2012

If you are anything like me, you probably take a million pictures. Too many times, the photo is not quality for an advertisement, but it is a memory I want to capture and hold on too. I hope that showing you different ways to work with the blurry photo and how you can still use it, will help set you free from perfection.

My oldest boy and pcameras are not friendly, it is rare he will pose. I took a series of pictures when he was rearranging his room, and only one turned out clear. I knew I would use that one, but this one was horrible:
The blurry one had the smile that melts this mom’s heart and I wanted that to be on the page.  So I used the blending options! Using Luminosity on the photo and then with the word art “BRING IT ON”, I used overlay.  Color Burn is another fun one to use, to give it a translucent look with color.  I also play with the opacity and fill levels to get the look I want.  Not over powering, but soft and still captures the feel of the photo.  That cute smile!

I have given you a whole different reason not to delete those blurry photos! I can’t delete anything!  I want to capture every moment of our lives, and if it means working with a blurry action photo, I will do it!  I hope you are able to use this in some way!

A huge thank you to the ViVas for this beautiful kit: University Drive available now as a bundle @ ScrapBook Graphics!

~never lose your joy

anne of alamo