Monday, October 15, 2007

Another Place and Time: Poland!

This is the day I've been waiting for! I've been on the lookout for a Polish-themed digital scrapbook kit for a couple years now and today I finally have one to share one with you. Kyra, whose kits I've mentioned before on this blog, has honored my request and created a Polish-themed kit and is giving it away for free. Isn't she a doll? She's my new best friend! LOL!
Isn't this a great kit? I love it and have already designed a scapbook page with it.

I'm just thrilled to have a Polish-themed kit to play around with. If you'd like to grab this kit for yourself you can do so here. Be sure and say thank you to Kyra while you're there!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Ancestry Introduces Digital Scrapbooking Application

PROVO, UTAH – October 9, 2007 –, the world’s largest online resource for family history, today launched AncestryPressTM, a tool that lets users create professionally printed, custom family history books, family recipe books and more. With this new state-of-the-art publishing tool, offers users a one-stop solution to build their family tree, discover historical documents about their ancestors, collaborate with their family members and create high-quality family history books for themselves or family gifts.

AncestryPress exports profiles, historical documents and photographs from a user’s online family tree directly into automatically generated page layouts – such as illustrated family tree charts, biographical timelines and document pages. Users can easily customize the look and feel of each page by adding family photographs, changing backgrounds both plain and themed, using drag-and-drop page embellishments, writing text and more.

Beyond family history books, users can also use AncestryPress to create heirloom recipe books, complete with photos and memories of the family members who handed down the recipes, as well as photo pages, suitable for framing, that showcase important moments in their family’s history.

Once a user has finished adding personal touches to the book, they can choose from two simple printing options. Users can print individual pages immediately to a home printer. Or they can have professionally print and bind a full-color, hand-stitched, hardcover book.
This was from Ancestry's press release. I'll being checking it out and will do a review on this application in the next few days.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Digital Scrapbook Blog Carnival is Posted

The latest edition of the Digital Scrapbook Blog Carnival is posted on Lisa's blog, the Scrap Princess. Head on over and check it out and see what's new in the world of digital scrapbooking!

Halloween and Genealogy, Here's the Link

October is here and in addition to it being Family History Month, it's also the month of Halloween. In the next few weeks we'll all begin to see the Halloween decorations going up in our neighborhoods... pumpkins, witches, ghosts, etc. Those of us who are genea-historians will naturally think about our ancestors and wonder if they celebrated Halloween and if so how. Tina Sansone at BellaOnline has a wonderful article about this, Genealogy and the Origins of Halloween. It's an interesting article, check it out.

Here's an special Halloween treat for you. I've found a fabulous Vintage Halloween kit that you are just going to love! It's a mega kit with so many pieces you'll have a hard time deciding which to use. This kit was created by Winged Heart in Ohio and she was kind enough to share it with us all for FREE!

This kit has so many pieces it's got five previews! And it's so versatile you can use it for general autumn scrapbook pages too. I love to create pages with kits that reflect the age of the photos. This vintage kit will certainly reflect Halloweens in days of old but it would also give a nice "aged" flavor to more current Halloween pictures too!

You can get this kit here. Don't forget to say thank you to Winged Heart in Ohio, my neighbor to the south. She deserves a lot of thanks and appreciation for all her work and generosity. Can you imagine the hours/days she spent creating this kit? Yowza! So head on over for a visit, get yourself a fabulous Halloween kit...

And go get creative with your genealogy!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Another Place and Time: Europe, Canada

Happy Monday! Happy October! Happy Family History Month!

Today I have two ethnic kits for you. The first is called Kit Europe by LilyKay. This kit will be appreciated by those who have European ancestors from various countries. Check it out, download it for safe keeping, and don't forget to thank the designer! You can get the kit here. Isn't it great?!

The second kit I have for you this week is called Oh Canada by dear Kyra who creates the cutest kits! Check this one out. I know you'll love it. I wish I had some Canadian ancestors so I could use this kit myself! You can get the kit here.

Isn't it just darling? Have fun with it and don't forget to leave a nice note for Kyra. Thanks Kyra!