Getting back on Track with our Memories

I am over a year behind on my Family Photobooks.  I have not made it a priority and it’s starting eat away at me.  My toddler is starting to really get into pictures and I don’t want him just looking at pictures on my phone.  So it’s time to really get the books up to date.  I am through 2013 and only have a couple of pages of 2014.  I did however stay up to date enough that I could still get the 3rd edition of the “Jack Book” out to the family for Christmas, but that was the extent of what I got done.

So this week I am tasking myself with doing a page a day.  Hoping that will give me the momentum I need to get me back on track and caught up on our books so that we can all enjoy them.

I also want to make a point every month or couple of months for me and my husband to sit down and enjoy the books too.  They are for all of us not just me or just Jack.

For those that have photo albums, scrapbooks, etc. What do you do to enjoy them?  We all put some much time and effort into them that it seems like a waste to just leave them on the shelf.

Follow me on Faceboook at WarmTidings by the Crafty Organizer to see my progress and other new items coming to the Etsy site and organizing ideas!!!!!

Now it’s time to get those photos organized and ready to go.  Next post…Organizing your photos!!!!

Be back soon!!!



It’s Ahni & Zoe Week!!!!


So to continue the introduction of  Ahni & Zoe here is that start of my Kick off Event.   Stay with me the good stuff is coming after the “administrative” stuff.  🙂  I PROMISE!!!!  Be sure to read the whole post there is some exciting stuff at the bottom!!!!


We picture a world in which every woman can be the author of her own life story, additing meaning and joy to her life and the lives around her

Our Mission

We exist to insprie people to pull photos off the devices and into the lives…with products that help connect families and friend to unforgettable moments, letting them know they’re loved.  We take great joy in providing a fun a rewarding opportunity that encourages all to seize the moements that make up their beautiful lives.

Our Beliefs

We believe in Women.  Building a community of fabulous friend and strong families.  Connecting in new ways and inspring each other every day

We believe in opportunity.  Erasing boundaries.nnInstilling confidence.n  Achieving success – however you define it

We believe in giving.  Offering smiles and the change to make a difference.  Sharing the joy of photos with family and friends.

We believe in our future.  Knowing there’s limited time, but unlimited potential.  Let’s be brilliant and brave



The Catalog is available online CLICK HERE

This is what it’s all about and if you follow me on the the 7th – That’s THIS SATURDAY.  I am going to be featuring product specifics throughout the day.  But here is your sneak peak at what availble NOW when you place orders on my website. or directly through me.   So I’m going to stick with the stuff that’s available now.  there is more coming next year (that’s next month already, can you believe it?) but want to focus on what you can get NOW!!!

Fast to Fabulous albums ($49.50)

  • Preassembled
  • Predesigned
  • Winner of the 2012 DSA Most Innovative Product of the Year
  • Refill pages also available separately
  • 11 Different Designs
  • Wedding Themes/Baby Themes/General Themes
  • Interchangeable pages with Slide in Albums

Slide in Albums ($39.50)

  • 12×12
  • 4 Different Colors
  • Horizontal or vertical pages
  • Interchangeable pages with Fast to Fabulous
  • Slide in packs to dress up your slide in albums (11 Designs available)
  • Large Single pocket pages available separately

Refill Pages/Slide in Packs

  • Fast to Fabulous $29.50
  • Multi-Pocket Pages $19.50
  • Large Single Pocket Pages $19.50
  • Slide in Packs $9.50

Magnetic Displays $59.50

  • 16×16 inch frame
  • Hanger for easy mounting
  • Includes 4 magnets
  • Extra magnets available $9.50

Photo Box $9.50

  • Store up to 150 photos
  • Holds 5×7 and 4×6 prints
  • Small size promotes easy storage and portability


  • Pens (Black, Brown, Gold and Silver) $3.50 each
  • Tape Runners $9.50, (Refill $8.50)

In-a-wink (coming in 2014)

  • Picture storage online 
  • Photo Print Plans (Automatically prints)
  • Only for iPhone in the beginning (PC and Android coming very soon)

ok so do I have your attention with the FABULOUS products that Ahni and Zoe have to offer???  Want to learn how to get products for FREE!!!!

Hosting is easier than ever!! 

 Just for hosing you get ANY product HALF OFF

When your party reaches $250 (not hard to do ladies) you will earn 10% in MORE FREE PRODUCT. 

If your friends had a TON of fun at the party then you will earn even more!!!

Get those calendars out because The first lucky person to schedule their Ahni and Zoe party with me will get that

1 product for FREE!!!!!

 Hope you got at least a little bit excited by this overview.  For the rest of the week I will go more into hosting and starting your own business and on Saturday I will have more in depth overviews of the products.  Thanks for visiting today!!!!!

See you soon



31 Days of Christmas: Day 19 – The Joy of Photo Gifts

Because digital photography is huge it’s no surprise that photo gifts are on the rise.    The hardest part is not finding the picture to use it’s finding the right place to have your photo gifts printed.  In all honesty, go with the least expensive place.  However, make sure you pay attention to the shipping cost and the time it takes to produce your product.   Also, when you are going to get something printed make sure you do your research and don’t use the first website you find.  Everybody is competitive and wants your business but prices can all be very different

Like I said before, you can basically put a photo on anything.  Here are some examples.

coffee Mug


Coffee Mug

Mouse Pads

Mouse Pad



Photo Blanket

Fleece Blanket

Travel Mug


Travel Coffee Mug

Here are some websites to give you ideas for cool photo gifts

Pictures above came from Snapfish, but these are the standard items.  I personally think I have to have the notebook.  I mean come on, look at the name of my blog and well I am a sucker for any type of paper, call it a sickness I guess.

Thanks for stopping by tonight.  Stay tuned for a project tomorrow.

Happy Saturday everybody!!!




Got Summer Pictures? – Here is what you do with them

Summer time is the time of year, next to the holidays, where we take a ton of pictures.  It’s the time of the year for those of us in the mid-west that we aren’t covered from head to toe in snow gear and the picture-taker can actually see our faces.   So because you took a gazillion summer pictures, what are you going to do with them???

In this digital age there is so much you can do with pictures.  Coffee mugs, mouse pads, posters, books, you name it you can make it with pictures.

This first question to anybody that takes a picture is, “What do you do with your pictures?”

GOAL #1: Get the pictures off of your camera/phone and get them organized.

I am pretty good with getting my pics from my camera organized but am bad about my phone.  It’s important to set aside some time to get your pictures organized.  If you do a little bit at a time it will seem like less daunting of a task.

You have to decide what time of photo organizer you are.  Are you a Digital Organizer  or a Printed Organizer?

Printed Organizers

I personally recommend getting your pictures printed wherever it is the cheapest and most convenient for your needs.   Options are Shutterfly, Target, Walgreens, or any other store that has a photo department.  Have the pictures delivered to your home or pick them up in store.

If you do print invest in some good storage boxes and organize by year or occasion, whatever works best for what your goals are.

The one thing that I have to stress to no end is make sure you have an Acid Free box to store your pictures in.  DO NOT get the cheap cardboard like photo boxes.  Because they are not acid free they could harm your photos.  Therefore, they are not appropriate for long-term storage.  However, if you are printing a bunch of photos for a project weekend that is coming up and you just need to transport your prints then okay, use the cheap box.

Here is a great storage container at the Container Store that you can store up to 1,200 photos with each of the 12 cases holding 100 photos each.  Perfect for project based storage.



Digital Organizers

There are a couple of ways or organize your photos on your computer.

I use Memory Manager software from Creative Memories, but using Windows explorer is just as good.  It’s all about getting the photos in a spot or organized in a way that makes sense for what you want to accomplish.

Windows Explorer Example

windows Explorer


Organizing your photos is a very time consuming task, but it can also be the most fun.  Fun??  How can i say this is fun?  Face it you are looking at old pictures, maybe they are a year old or they are 25 years old.  The picture was taken to capture a memory and it’s fun to reminisce about that time when the picture was taken and sharing the story about that time.   It’s fun to go down memory lane and if you organize your photos a little bit at a time you get to visit that fun place more often!!!!


Scrapbooking made easy

As most of you know I am a digital scrapper.  I love having awesome layouts and really cool pages to display my pictures.  However, living in an apartment it’s very difficult to stay organized.  On top of that, finding a good chunk of time to work on it so that I get something done is difficult when there is a toddler running around.  So, almost 10 years ago I turned to digital scrapbooking.  I created my pages with my digital photos and printed them and put them in a binder.  Many many books later I am still at it.  I am little more behind on my projects than I would like to be at this point, but it’s a lot easier to get caught up this way.

In an effort to get caught up I took some time to work on my 2012 book and I thought I would share some layouts that help bring out the best in what I am trying to say.

Telling a story with your page

Baby and his puppy


Sometimes the pictures that you take at a particular time lend themselves to tell a story, not from your point of view but of whomever is in the picture.   I have many books where they are written from the perspective of my son, our dog, or our cat.  🙂

Telling a Story

Story Page


Similar to the other layout.  This one tells a story in order of what happened over the course of about 2 minutes.  Babies are crazy and thank goodness for digital cameras.

Themed Layouts

Theme Page


Creating a themed layout is as easy as incorporating color.  Adding the Italian Flag behind these pictures makes it super easy to figure out that we were at some kind of Italian festival.

No words at all

No words Scrapbook Page


And sometimes the pictures just speak for themselves and you don’t need words or embellishments.    I find myself using layouts like this a lot more mainly because I take a lot of pictures.  But also there isn’t a particular story, it’s just candid shots of my family and having those is what I love about scrapbooking and having pictures to look at.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Be back soon with more layout ideas!!


What’s on Sale and New in April from Creative Memories

Hi All –

As Mother’s day gets closer it’s time to start thinking about what to get those ever important women in your life.  Most women love a gift with meaning, so wouldn’t it be awesome to give her a gift with pictures of her and the kids???  I can help and here is what is going on in April from Creative Memories

  • Host a party in April and you could get the Meaningful Moments Party Project for just $30.  The Meaningful Moments party project includes an 8×8 album, 12 pages and page protectors, the Vintage Chic Mat Pack, ABC Titles, a Tape Runner and a Cinnamon Dual Tip Pen
  • 15% SALE: Photo Panels, Wall Print Posters, Mugs, Mouse Pad and T-Shirts.  Not finished with your project?  No Problem, product Credit are available!!!!!
  • 20% SALE:  Save on cards including the 5×7 Flat and Folded Cards, Luxe Cards, 4×4 and 4xD Accordion Cards, and Corresponding Product Credits.  NOW is a great time
  • 20% SALE:  All Storybook and page print Product Credits . All orders must be placed through me to get credit call me at 262-989-4498 or email me at to place your orders.  Product Credits are good for 6 months!!!!!

April Party Flier


Digital products can be created on the Creative Memories Digital Center at

Product Credits can be found on my Business Website at

All Products can be customized using Storybook Creator 4.0.  Don’t have Storybook check out the free 30 trial at my website.

So going a long with the digital world and the fact that I know I am always attached to my phone I am so excited to announce that on April 15th Creative Memories is introduce Customize-able iPhone Covers!!!!!  Get an iPhone cover that NOBODY Else has with easy interchangeable metal plates so that you can change it up whenever you want to.

iPhone Cases


Use the designs already available to you on  the Creative Memories Digital Center or Create your own using the Storybook Creator 4.0 software.  I am so excited about this I have so many ideas of covers for both me and my husband!!!!!

Want to get some of this stuff for free and don’t live close to me???  No worries start a book party I can mail you a catalog and you can share all of the awesome products with your friends at work or around the neighborhood.  I just don’t want anybody to miss out on all of the cool things Creative Memories has to offer.

Thinking about starting your own business and getting to know great people and saving a little $ on your own hobby???  Start a Creative Memories business today.  Get started with our Consultant Kit $199 packed with over $500 worth of product.  Sell $500 worth of product in your first 30 days and get $100 Product certificates to redeem for products for yourself!!!!

Creative Memories has a very generous

Want to learn more about starting a business?  Call me at 262-989-4498, Email me at, or check out my website at




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Have a WONDERFUL Weekend


Photo Editing with Creative Memories Memory Manager

Happy Easter Everybody,

I know I don’t take perfect pictures every time and some times pieces of one picture are better than others.  There are a lot of photo editing software out there.  Most people have heard of Photoshop.  I had photo shop and while it is really awesome it was really hard to figure out and there were a lot more features in it than I would ever need.

So, for all of my editing needs I use Memory Manager by Creative Memories.   Organize your photos, adjust colors, sharpen, soften, and of course crop.  But, one of my favorite features is the Cloning feature.  Where you can take something from the picture you are working in and get rid of it or take something from another picture and bring it into the picture you want to edit.

Here is an example of cloning that I did with two pictures of my son and dog.    One picture the dog was looking at me but my son was blurry and the other my son was looking at me and the dog was looking away.

Blurry Baby

photo (3)

Dog looking away

photo (4)

Combine the two together and there you have it


Another feature that I use all of the time is making the picture black and white but leaving one thing colored.  This can also be done with Memory Manager

Unedited Picture


Everything made black and white but the lighthouse


Interested in learning more about Memory Manager?  Check out my website to learn everything you need to know, or just send me an email at with any questions you have!!!

Memory Manager Page:  Click here!


Facbook Page:  Stef Lorello – Independent Creative Memories Consultant

Projects and bundles for March 2013

March Projects

Sometimes it’s easier to get started when its all ready to go for you. There is no guess work or figuring out what all goes together. Creative Memories has embraced the “project bundle” and makes it so easy to get projects completed. Whether you are a seasoned crafter or just starting out, the opportunities are endless and I want to help you find fresh ways to get those photos off the computer or out of the box.

Love You, Mom


Oh Happy Day


Memorable Moments


Interested in any of these products? Send me an email and I can order it for you.
Below is the link to my website:
My Creative Memories Site

Construction Birthday Party

Ok I know baby Jack’s birthday party was a month and a half ago but I finally have pictures of all the decorations.

I didn’t want to break the bank on a first birthday mainly because Jack won’t remember it and really it’s all about getting together and stuff.  So, I made the cake and the decorations and bought what I could for cheap.  We did a construction theme because well he’s a little boy and he has already shown his fondness for all things messy and dirty.  He also was glued to the window while they were doing road construction outside of our apartment.  It also helps that he loves baths so YAY for that one.

Here is what we had

  • Cake
  • Happy Birthday Jack banner
  • Photo Collage

The Cake

Found this on Pinterest and one of my friends has actually already sent it to her sister to re-create it.  Super easy the main cake, which was Jack’s, was a double layer chocolate cake, and the we had cup cakes of various flavors with sprinkles





All of the little construction vehicals we bought at Toys R Us in a set for $15 and then that way Jack has a ton of toys that he can play with as well.  Win Win Situation.

Happy Birthday Banner

In keeping with the construction theme I made a road sign Banner


Photo Collage

My husband picked out his 13 (one from birth) favorite pictures from each month of Jack’s life and then I added little phrases and what month it was to keep it interesting.  It was a group effort.  It was amazing to see how much he changed in the first year.  Can only imagine what the next year will bring


And of course I can’t talk about Jack’s first birthday without sharing a picture of him covered in Chocolate cake


Thanks for visiting.

If you haven’t already be sure to check out my facebook page Stef’s Creative Corner for all of my other projects I have going on.

Be Back soon!


31 Days of Christmas: Day 31 – Power Sort Boxes into Gifts

It’s the FINAL post of the 31 days of Christmas.  This has been so much fun sharing these great projects and Creative Memories with you!!!!

It’s still Weeknight Wednesday and for all my card makers out there this is a great gift for somebody, especially the person who loves to GIVE cards.

Tonight’s project is using a Mini Power Sort Box, decorating the outside and including on the inside great home made cards.

This could be just for holiday cards or cards for any occasion so that someone special doesn’t have to ever go out and buy a card for whatever reason.

Click on the picture below to go to the Creative Memories Project Center for instructions on how to make this project


I hope you liked some of the ideas from the last 31 days.   It’s been awesome sharing all of these projects with you!!!!

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Thanks for visiting as always!!!!