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My StoryBook Lady is dedicated to helping you and your family discover, preserve and celebrate your family stories and heritage. Here you will find helpful posts about digital scrapbooking and digital storybooking that will save you time and money.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yummy Squash Casserole Recipe

My mom and dad gave me some squash fresh from the garden yesterday.  I took it home, sliced it up, steamed it and made a Baked Squash - Southern Style casserole.  Now, I've made this casserole before, but I really must have done something right because my hubby went back for seconds!  And if you know him...he's pretty picky about his food. Here's the recipe:

Baked Squash - Southern Style
2 - 10 oz packages of frozen yellow summer squash (or use fresh like I did)
1 TBS minced onion flakes
2 TBS + 2 TSP low cal margarine (I used butter)
2 egg whites (I used one egg)
1 1/2 TSP sweetener (I used sugar)
1/2 TSP salt
1/8 TSP pepper
3 TBS dry bread crumbs

Cook squash according to package instructions. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash in large bowl and mash well. Add onion flakes, 2 TBS margarine, egg whites, sugar, salt, pepper and 1/2 of the bread crumbs. Mix well. Pour mixture into a 1 qt baking dish that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs.
Dot with remaining margarine.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until set and lightly browned.

Each serving provides:
90 calories
1/4 bread serving            4 grams protein
2 veggie servings             4 grams fat
1 fat serving                    10 grams carbs
10 additional calories*    426 mg sodium
0 mg cholesterol
*Add 6 calories if sugar or fructose is used as sweetener.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

August Back 2 School Digi Crops and Classes

Greetings! We are super excited to share the latest news and announcements from our convention this past week! Hope to see you soon at one (or all) of digi crops being offered in August! Pick the date that works best for you and RSVP so we can save you a spot.

Online Class: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/479552880
Date: Monday, August 16th
Time: 8:30pm EDT
Location: Your computer and phone

Evening Digi Crop
Date: Monday, August 16th

Time: 7 - 10pm
Location: Caribou Coffee in Woodstock, GA - near Super Target on Hwy 92 at 575

Evening Digi Crop: http://yarp.com/1a2907774895
Date: Tuesday, August 17th
Time: 6 – 10pm
Location: Starbuck’s Coffee – Corner of Alpharetta Hwy & Mansell Rd, Roswell, GA
Daytime Digi Crop: http://yarp.com/f42591c5e5d1
Date: Monday, August 30th
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: ROAM – 5815 Windward Pkwy (2nd floor)
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(note: ROAM offers breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks)

Your StoryBook Coach,
Betty Miller

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Products

Breaking News! We just released some fantastic new products:
12x12 post-bound album
Deep depth gallery wrapped canvases in 3 sizes: 18x18, 18x24, and 24x18

Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

16 Years ago today I married my best friend in the whole wide world!  It seems like just yesterday. Time certainly flies when you are having fun.  Happy Anniversary to us : )
What special occasions are coming up in your life this year that you are going to celebrate?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tips For Creating Photo Jewelry Projects with Studio

Here are some helpful tips for getting the best results when designing jewelry using Studio at MyStoryBookLady.com. Be sure to order your necklace and bracelet credits before August 31st while they are on sale.  My design services are FREE with your purchase if you choose not to design it yourself. Email me your order and your photos...I'm happy to help :) ~ Betty

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Check Out My Latest Project

Finished my Family Yearbook for 2009. It's an 11.5 x 8.5 storybook. Now on to the next project!

Click here to see the entire book. Enjoy! ~ Betty

Monday, August 2, 2010

10 Tips For Taking Baby Photos

Thanks to our friends from Kodak, check out these 10 tips for taking the perfect baby photo.

1. Get down on their level. Hold your camera at the baby’s eye level to capture the power of those magnetic gazes and mesmerizing smiles.

2. Use a plain background. An uncluttered background forces attention on your baby. Place your baby against a plain background or move yourself (and the camera) a few feet.

3. Capture feelings. A smirk, a frown, a wail - capture all the emotions, not just the pretty smiles. Babies are uninhibited and uncensored, show it in your pictures.

4. Get close. Zoom in, filling the frame to emphasize what’s important, creating a more impactful photo. Capture the details, like blue eyes, a toothless smile, or tiny fingers.

5. Show scale. Take pictures of your baby with items that will show her relative size - a teddy bear or Daddy’s hands. Take a series of pictures with the same object as your baby grows.

6. Try different angles. Get down on their level, shoot from high above, shoot some sideways, some looking up at them.

7. Include other people. Capture others with the baby - Big Sister feeding the baby or Grandpa dancing with his little grandson. Make sure to include everyone who visits your baby.

8. Take some vertical pictures. Many subjects look better in a vertical picture - from the Eiffel Tower to portraits of your friends. Make a conscious effort to take some vertical pictures.

9. Use natural light. Shoot photos next to windows or outdoors, taking advantage of natural light. Cloudy, overcast days provide the best lighting for pictures of people.

10. Take lots of photos. Always keep your camera handy! Babies change so fast, capture every moment right from birth, including all firsts. Document a day in the life of your baby.

For more tips, tricks, projects and ideas on photographing babies, visit Kodak.

from blog.heritagemakers.com

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Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!
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