Christmas Picture Letter

By | December 14, 2015

When I send out my Christmas cards each year, I like to include a “picture” letter highlighting our past year.  It’s a fun way to share some key pictures, add a little humor, and bring friends up-to-date without getting too wordy.

This year, I created my letter with My Memories Suite, and it was surprisingly quick to pull together.  I keep all my photos on my computer sorted by date, so it’s fairly easy to browse through the past year’s photos and pick the best ones.  (Then, of course I have to get everyone’s approval!)

My Album 2-001

To decorate my page, I used a download called A Christmas Wonderland: Joyful by Kristin Cronin-Barrow that I purchased from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I love the bokeh background paper!  That paper was actually colored a dark brown, but a friend of mine from Simply My Digital Studio Facebook Group taught me a great tip on recoloring it.  First, I used the recolor tool to change the paper to Lost Lagoon.  Then, I lowered the opacity of that layer to 80% and colored the background underneath Lost Lagoon.  The bottom layer helps shade the recolored paper to a truer tone.

For those of you who are familiar with My Digital Studio and My Memories Suite, you may ask how I was able to select a Lost Lagoon color, considering that My Memories Suite doesn’t include Stampin’ Up!’s color palette.  Well simple, I had already converted all my old My Digital Studio downloads into my My Memories Suite program.  So, I was able to go to the background papers and bring in a swatch of Lost Lagoon card stock.  Then, all I had to do was color match it!  Later, I trashed the swatch.

The sparkly stars and all the other embellishments came from that same kit.

Hope this gives you an idea for sharing your family photos.

Tami Hewlett

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