Treasure Chest Thursday-War Ration Book

mom and dad-002For Treasure Chest Thursday I want to share with you the WWII war ration book belonging to my dad. This find is full of fun information like his address, height and weight hair color. Looks like it was signed by my grandmother. Very cool!

I scanned all the pages and the coupons so I could assemble them all on one page. I think it is more interesting to see all the pages of the book at once. This also means I can share this page with family without worrying about handling the originals all the time. Plus, everyone can’t have an original!

The page was created using the My Memories Suite software. Check out my review here.

The background paper is from the Faded Memories 1 Combo Pack by designer Everything Erica.

Don’t forget I will be giving away a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers!

Enter to win!

  • Ways to enter:
  • Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit!
  • Comment to this post telling me if you have done digital scrapbooking in the past.

Rules

  • Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
  • One winner will be chosen at random
  • Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014

Check back to see who won!

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday- Marty & Jim Brent

Wedding Wednesday!

mom and dad-001For Wedding Wednesday I want to share a page I created of my parents

Marty & Jim Brent

Married April 5, 1969

Satsuma, Alabama

This beautiful dress was made by my Grandmother, Marie Cox. It was hand beaded by my Great Grandmother, Nettie Smith. Maw Smith also made her headpiece, as well as the headpieces for all the bridesmaids.

The background for this page is a scan of the lace from this dress.

The page was created using the My Memories Suite software. Check out my review here.

The embellishments are from the Faded Memories 1 Combo Pack by designer Everything Erica.

52 Ancestors-week #2 Frank Maxwell Brent Sr.

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Frank and Edna Brent

For my 52 ancestors in 52 weeks post this week I am highlighting my paternal grandfather, Frank Maxwell Brent Sr. While I enjoy digging into the distant past, I feel that if we don’t write the stories of our close relatives future generations will not have the benefit of knowing them.

Frank was born October 17, 1899 in Lincoln County Mississippi. He was the son of James Michael Brent and Susan Amanda Price. His mother passed away when he was 4 years old in 1904. He was the 9th out of 10 children. His younger brother Byrd Brent died very young, so he would have been raised as the youngest.As a young man he was in an accident where he fell off the back of a logging truck and crushed his leg. He always had one shorter leg from then on, and he had to have special shoes made with a lift.

He went to Mississippi State University, but stayed less than a year before he returned home to help his family.

n1448741902_138980_38He married Edna Mary Hardy August 28, 1931. They raised 4 children around southern Mississippi, much of the time in Laurel in Jones County.  He worked in dairy farming, then later he had a monument business. Before the dairy farm, he owned a monument business in Laurel. It was there all the children were born and went through the early years of school. He sold that business and bought the dairy farm. In the early fifties, he sold the farm and they moved to Hattiesburg. He then worked for Mr. Hewlett in the monument business. They moved to Denham Springs around 1958 and he started a burial vault and monument business there.

 

 

My dad holding me with my grandfather
My dad holding me with my grandfather

He passed away August 4, 1984 of cancer. I always knew him a quiet person. I was fortunate to have him in my life until I was 13 years old.

If any of my family has anything to add, I would love to hear from you!

Giveaway!-My Memories Scrapbooking Software

I am excited to announce I will be giving away a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers!

Enter to win!

  • Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit!
  • Comment to this post telling me if you have done digital scrapbooking in the past.

You can check out my review of the my memories software here.

  • Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
  • One winner will be chosen at random
  • Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014

Check back to see who won!

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Vintage Nightgown

Marie-003This beautiful vintage nightgown was made for my great grandmother Nellie Gamble Cox, by her mother Sallie Umphress Gamble. A while back I took some pictures of Miss E (my daughter) in this gown. It is hard to show the details because of the color of the gown, so I scanned the lace on the top and used it as the embellishment on these pages.

 

Marie-002This scrapbook page is Sallie Humphress Gamble in the frame, her daughter Nellie Gamble Cox, and my daughter Miss E in the gown. This would be Miss E’s third Great Grandmother! How neat for her to be able to appreciate heirlooms from so many generations back.

 

It’s a giveaway!

I am excited to announce I will be giving away a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers! There are several ways you can enter to win.

Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit!
Share this post on social media with the hashtag #misseandme for additional chances to win

Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
One winner will be chosen at random
Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014
Check back to see who won!

The pages above were created using the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software. My readers get $10 off the purchase price and $10 to use in the my memories store! ($20 value) Remember to use this coupon code when you make your purchase!

Coupon Code: STMMMS29100 

You can check out my software review here.

FadedMemories1-1Background paper from the Faded Memories 1 Kit by Everything Erica

cottage_bouquetEmbellishments from the Cottage Bouquet Collection From Katie’s Paperie

 
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My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbook Software Review

Marie-001I am excited to share with my readers today my review of the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software. Some of my readers were asking how to get started with digital scrapbooking. I hope you will find this review helpful.

My Memories Suite Version 5

Platform: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

The easiest way to get the software on your computer is to download it from their website. CD’s are available, but downloading gets you immediate access. The software was very easy to install on my Mac.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 10.13.24 AMYou are going to love how user friendly My Memories Suite is. Everything is drag and drop so it is easy to add photos and embellishments to your designs. You  will find designing scrapbook pages or entire albums to be effortless. You can design your own pages, or use one of the installed templates. Digital scrapbooking software is perfect for those of you who always say to me “I’m just not that creative”. 

The software is a very reasonable price at $39.97. The My Memories website has so many papers,embellishments and kits from some amazing designers. When you compare it to buying traditional scrapbooking elements, digital can be a great value. The website also offers lots of free papers and quick pages to help you get started. They even have a 99¢ page! The hardest part is choosing what to start with.

After you have created your pages and albums there are several things you can do with them. Export your project and share with your family and friends as a png, jpg or svg file formats. You can print them at home if you like, or you could have your pages printed professionaly (I know my Costco prints 12×12). One of the coolest ways to share your designs is to have them printed into beautiful albums or calendars. 

The folks over at My Memories have generously offered my readers a $10 discount on the software, as well as $10 to spend in their store! ($20 value). Make sure to use this code when you order. 

Coupon Code: STMMMS29100 FadedMemories1-1

The scrapbook page above of my beautiful grandmother, Jewel Marie Smith, was created with the My Memories software. The paper and embellishments are from the Faded Memories 1 Combo Pack by designer Everything Erica.

As always if you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave me a comment or email me at amanda@misseandme.com.

Check out My Memories on social media:

Blog- http://blog.mymemories.com/
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/MyMemories/140359372717593
Twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/mymemoriessuite

It’s a giveaway!

I am excited to announce I will be giving away a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers! There are several ways you can enter to win.

  • Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit!
  • Share this post on social media with the hashtag #misseandme for additional chances to win

 

  • Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
  • One winner will be chosen at random
  • Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014

Check back to see who won!

This post may contain affiliate links which make this page possible!

She Sells Sea Shells

Ma Smith picture 009I Just wanted to do a quick post today to share with you this beautiful piece of art done by my talented great-grandmother, Maw Smith. Thank you to my cousin Randy for sharing this with me. I am so glad pieces of her work are still around for us to appreciate!

This was made out of sea shells, and it looks like other pieces of wheat and such. Truly unique work!

Creating Family History Crafts

Creating family history crafts can be a great way to bring your family together. Sometimes I know I get so caught up in making the perfect project, that I forget why I am doing it. Today I want to talk about a very fun project I did with my daughter (Miss E) that was not perfect, but meant so much to us.

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Smash book created by Miss E at 5 years old

A couple of years ago we went to a family reunion, and we got our first Smash Books to take with us. If you are not familiar with these they are small scrapbooks that are intended to be used for a little bit of everything. They already have great decorative paper in them, so there is no need to worry about getting fancy. They are great for ticket stubs, maps, stickers and any other piece of ephemera you come across.

The nice thing about taking these to the reunion was we could collect bits and pieces along the way, and talk about our family history as we went along. These books are not so much about the photos and embellishments, as much as recording what was happening at the time. More like a journal.

imageWe have purchased a couple more of these books, but my favorite one was still the one we centered on our family history. Miss E is working on another page she wants me to feature in my site 🙂 Stay tuned!

Scotch 085 ATG Acid Free Advanced Tape Glider-Review

Today I would like to review for you the Scotch 085 ATG Acid Free Advanced Tape Glider, 1/4-Inch by 36-Yard, Pink. I have been using this for a couple of years and it is the best thing I ever purchased for scrapbooking!tape gun

When I first purchased this adhesive dispenser I must say it took some getting used to. It is rather large, especially for someone with small hands. I was concerned I might have trouble using it, but it did not take long for me to get very comfortable with it. Because it is large, it does not get buried on my desk when I am working.

Because it holds 36 yards of adhesive, it lasts a long time! It is perfect when you are at a scrap and you don’t have to worry about running out. It is really easy to get the tape exactly where you want it. There is a permanent adhesive, as well as a repositionable. Be aware that once you stick the permanent adhesive, it is not moving!

It is pretty easy to reload , just follow the instructions on the gun itself. There are also some videos on Youtube if you get stuck. Hope this has been helpful, please feel free to ask any questions you might have.