MMS on Facebook

Speaking of Facebook join me as a fan of MMS on Facebook. They have a bunch of tips and a weekly layout contest :)

MMS Facebook page

Facebook has taken over my computer!

So I finally joined Facebook and it has taken over my computer! The games are such mindless fun after a long day and it is so easy to comment on what your friends are doing. How about you? Do you Facebook or Twitter, sorry Tweet? I joined twitter too this summer but I am never on that, just not as fun. If you tweet or facebook do you still blog? I am interested to see if anyone still reads my blog and will comment :)

Coolest use for a WII

Ok so I'm a techie and have wanted things like an interactive whiteboard for my classroom and a touchscreen laptop. I think I found a cheap way to use things I already have to make both. Check it out
Melissa Ortuno: wife, mother,teacher and more :)
Hop into scrapbooking at!

New free class on Big Picture Scrapbooking

Sorry I haven't been posting, not that I think that many people read my blog :) I have been busy with family, home and of course getting ready for school to start back up in a couple more weeks. I took a break to sign up for the annual August free class on Big Picture Scrapbooking. There are a ton of great, pretty cheap ideas.

Here is what Stacy J had on here blog about the class

The BPS August Promotion is HERE. Our theme this year is Busy Women Out of Time, On a Budget and Still Inspired. You can READ additional thoughts on the BPS blog.

Anyone relate? Grab your timer, set it for 15 minutes and come check it out. Then come back often throughout August. There are so many wonderful ideas to soak in and try. We have AMAZING teachers who are dedicated to your scrapbooking success and they've generously donated their time and talents this month, so you can get to know them better.
Here is the first project I want to try. The handout for it is under Elizabeth Dillow

Fun Quiz

Just took this test

and I'm pretty happy to say I got:

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test ...

English Genius
You scored 93% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 87% Advanced, and 80% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog:

My newest find -Bookmooch

So I have been busy with end of the school year stuff and am now having fun planning for next school year. One of my main projects is to organize and update my personal, professional and classroom libraries. To help with all 3 I have found Bookmooch, a free book trading site. You list books you no longer want, people that want those books "mooch" them fora point then you use that point to "mooch" a book you want. It is soooo easy and pretty fun.

Here are some of the books currently in my inventory, sorry some do not have photos.

Trade your books at

And here is my wishlist

Exchange your books at

So come try Bookmooch and improve your library with me this summer :)

My Memories Suite Monday

Here is Part 1 of our first video for My Memories Suite. This video goes over my favorite features of My Memories Suite in the opening screen and most of the control panel. Enjoy :)

MMS Infomercial

I found this infomercial for My Memories Suite that explains the features. Though the style and price make me laugh I thought this was a good start until I can make some videos of my own :)

New Tips from 5 minutes for Mom

One of my favorite sites now helps you take better photos! 5 minutes for mom has a new feature,
I hope that it becomes a regular feature because I love ideas on how to take better photos.

Scrapbooking Made Easy

I'm now an affiliate for My Memories Suite! Check out this great program that features designs from the amazing Ettes. I hope to get some tutorials finished in the next few weeks but this program really is soooo easy to use you can complete albums in minutes. Here is the video demo and here are the designs from Ettes and Company

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Wordless Wednesday

A rainy day at school

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

So today I am back at work after a 4 day weekend and I got a lot done, especially since I am sick :)


I have had an entertainment center from Freecycle in the truck for a few weeks. I finally got Elisa's room rearranged enough to put it in there. It will hold her tape player, tv, puppets (the bottom works great as a puppet theater) and movies.

This week I want to finish organizing her room and tackle the storage unit since some of her old stuff will be going in there.


Started LOM 2009 and found an AWESOME program, ACDSee. More posts about what I've done with that to come.

The next few months will be filled with tackles based on LOM. This week I need to continue my Lesson 1 assignments, mainly sorting photos by year and backing up digital photos.


Have been grading Reading Lions' test and have to get those inputted.

This week I have to get some emergency sub plans ready

Found great templates but a virus too

So I was playing online last night and found these 2 great sites for Project365 templates and

Both have AWESOME templates not only for Project365 but for multi photo layouts.

One problem, I ended up with the malwear XP Police Antivirus on my computer! The site used to transfer the files seems to be the issue. My hubby was able to find the fix last night here and installed Norton on my laptop since my McAfee didn't stop the program.

So all in all I am excited for the templated but reminded of the importance of up to date antivirus software and backing up your computer :)

Way cool scrapping freebies

I wanted to share some great sites that have some awesome freebie.

1. There are freebies again from the Ettes, grab them quick!

2. Found this great site on The Daily Digi and LOVE all the doodles

3. The Daily Digi and Homegrown Hospitality made this AWESOME free kit with brushes, stickers, art and templates for 14 page mini book!

Off to create with some of my goodies :) night

They were early but I'm late

Better late then never I guess. Here is the announement I made this weekend for the boys in MMS
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LOM 2009

YEA it's LOM time again!

LOM, or Library Of Memories, is the class taught by Stacy Julian. It is by far the best value in scrapbooking because I have gotten to take it not once, not twice but 3 times for one fee. I hope to get my LOM fine tuned this session and get pages completed. Want to join me in the LOM journey? Grab a copy of Stacy's latest book, Photo Freedom here and jump in :)

I Won!

The amazing ettes were giving away a few copies of My Memories Suite and I won one! I just got it downloaded and am soooo excited to play with it. It is by the same software company that licenced to TLC for LifeTimez and Lasting Impressions for Memory Mixer. Polaroid has the licensing for MMS and the Ettes are designing for them. There are many new features that Memory Mixer 2 does not have but it is missing a few things that are suppose to me a part of Memory Mixer 3 coming out this month on QVC. Hopefully there will be an update to MMS soon. For now I'm moving my files to MMS and using it with my new Ette kits and might even become an affiliate :) That would mean I could sell the software at a discount to readers of this blog and get discounts myself! Super cool.

Check out the MMS demo here