I was recently offered the opportunity to review some digital scrapbooking software from My Memories, and I've spent some time over the last couple weeks learning how to use it.
I'm a pretty die-hard Photoshop user and I like all the bells and whistles that come with that program, but I'm also aware that Photoshop can be crazy overwhelming for new users and has a pretty steep learning curve.
My Memories can be a nice bridge between the world of paper and digi scrapping because it allows you to create lovely pages without feeling overwhelmed, but it still has some nice advanced features that you can grow into and use as you become more familiar and comfortable with the program.
I've used Shutterfly in the past, and while I really liked their album creator, I didn't like that it all had to be done online. My Memories allows you to build your book offline, on your own time, and then you can either print your book on their website (they have some gorgeous albums and their books appear to be very high quality) OR you can export your pages as JPEG images and print them wherever you want (individual pages at Costco or entire books with another web publisher.)
It has a lot of templates built right into the program that are finished with paper and embellishments, so all you have to do is plug in your photos. I really liked this one because it would be perfect to scrap an entire year in a short amount of time. The pages are completely done, and they are clean and simple. All I would have to do is choose photos and add titles and journaling.
If you're feeling creative, it also has a large selection of 'blank' templates that can be customized.
I've always been a multi-picture scrapper and I love me a nice collage, so I was pleased with how many different styles they offered.
One of my favorite features of the program is that it gives me the option to use my own digital supplies, so you are not limited to just what comes with the program. You can buy more from their website, or you can use stuff you already have on hand. I love to download stuff from free sites, such as Shabby Princess or Pixel Scrapper, so I really like that this software will allow me to use those as well.
I created this page in less than a half hour using their template and a Cosmo Cricket kit that I purchased from Jessica Sprague a while ago.
This software has some very nice features and was easy to use. I'm a Mac user so the Windows-like interface was a little confusing at first, but I watched their intro video (one of dozens they offer on their website) and then I was good to go.
Besides making digital scrapbook pages, you can also use it to create cards, calendars, videos, and interactive albums that include hyperlinks and embedded videos. There are a lot of features I haven't even touched yet.
If you would like a chance to try this software out for yourself, I have some good news. My Memories has generously offered to give one of my lucky readers their very own copy!
You can do any or all of the the following things to enter the drawing, which would potentially give you three chances to win (did that make any sense? I'm confused):
- Leave me a comment telling me to enter you in the drawing ~ that's your first entry
- Visit MyMemories and look around. Leave me another comment telling me either which digital kit you liked best, OR what you would most likely use the software for (second entry)
- Share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook, and then leave me another comment telling me you did so (that's your third entry)
Easy peasy! I'm going to announce the winner one week from today, so you have until Monday night, September 5th, to enter. Good luck!