Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Memories Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday! 


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!









16 comments:

  1. I've never gotten into digital scrapbook - I'm more of a paper gal - but I love your page, how cute!

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  2. Wow girl you are a good reviewer, that is a lot of detail there! You can enter me:)

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  3. This is super cool! Being a fulltime working mom this would make it so much easier for me to actually get scrapbooking done!! =) Please enter me! =)

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  4. I got contacted by the same company to do a review/giveaway! I was a little hesitant to get started on it, but seeing how super cute yours turned out, I may have to really check it out! SOOOO ADORABLE!!! :D

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  5. AnnaLee Grish... er, HembryAugust 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Oooo, Oooo!!! Please enter me!!! (and I love getting your Blog via e-mail!) Thanks, Kira Patt... I mean, McGee!
    :-)

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  6. Love the online production with the offline creativeness for scrapbook pages. I have only done a little scrapbooking in reality, so I'd love to add digital scrapbooking to my fun picture crafts.

    I'm an animal-loving girl so I didn't have to find the best kit for me at MyMemories: it's the A-Zoo kit.

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  7. I left out a few words from my last comment for the 2nd requirement (after to, "look far" to find..."

    Anyway, please consider this comment as my "Please enter me in your drawing." Thanks!

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  8. Okay, so you have had WAY more entries for your giveaway in just one day than I have ha din 2 weeks! I don't have readers.
    No, scratch that, I don't have readers who want to participate.
    AUGH!
    Don't enter me into your drawing, but AWESOME! Go you!

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  9. I'm back with entry # 2... I shared your blog on my FB page, darling!!!

    Next Entry, please...

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  10. And now for entry # 3...

    I actually found 2 kits that I loved and couldn't decide which one to tell you about, so I'll do both. They are both by designer Vera Lim, the first being 365 days, and the second being Life As I Know It.

    And as for how would I use it??? Ummm... every way possible! I have 4 kids, home schooling 2 right now, with 2 younger. In the past, I had bought a few scrapbook things here and there, but never found time to actually spread it all out, make something cute, and clean up before dinner... All that to say, it would make crafting a WHOLE lot easier!

    Thanks! :-)

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  11. Kira,

    As you know, I am SO EXCITED to enter this contest. Please count this as my #1 entry. I will be posting more to tell you the info on #2, and when I've posted to FB.

    Thanks girlfriend! You are AMAZING!!!!!

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  12. The kit titled "Our year of memories" literally JUMPED off the screen at me. You see, I previously scrapbooked by hand ALL THE TIME (before having my second child). I had every scrapbook supply imaginable.

    A couple years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a calendar kit that had pre-assembled monthly layouts for my pictures, with a calendar page AND journal entries. All I needed to do was print 3-5 pictures a month, cut and stick them to the pages. "What an idea," I thought and purchased everything for the kit.

    Last year, that same friend, who is very dear to me, allowed me to come to her house and assemble my own calendar kit. After spending 3 Friday nights at her house, I drove home with a very accomplished kit that I was again totally stoked to complete.

    We are now in late August. Have a completed these totally easy kits? Have I journaled or written one event on the calendar? Absolutely not!

    What I have done is use online memory books that print to a local store for memory books. They are WAY cheaper, WAY easy to assemble, yada, yada, yada. I totally use these memory books as gifts, and I've produced several in this past year.

    I've found the options at this site (online and in-store) are limited. So the idea of having access to ALL THESE TEMPLATES and KITS is MIND BOGGLING!!!! I'm so way excited!

    I hope I am the winner of this way cool giveaway, because I know I would so use it. My past history shows me that I will use it. Unlike my really cool, but not yet completed, calendars for 2010 and 2011 that I have to print and apply pictures to.

    Thanks Kira for having this give-a-way!

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  13. Oh, and I posted to FB too!! All entries, #1, #2, and #3 are now completed :)

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  14. Please count this as my entry, I'd love to win!

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  15. I checked out the page and I love the Pool Party Kit! My boys take swimming lessons and the pics turn out so cute it is hard to find great add-ons to go with them.

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  16. I want to be included! I have pretty much zero experience with digital scrapbooking, but I really want to learn!

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