Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Memories Suite - A Software Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago, right in the middle of Hurricane Irene, I got an email from Liz Gardner at My Memories - a Digital Scrapbooking website.  She'd seen my Blog, and wanted to send me a complimentary copy of their software to review.

Always a knock-over for Free Software...

When you think about it, all Bloggers make Digital Scrap Books.  We select information bits and photos that are of interest to us, write about it, edit everything a couple of times, and publish a Blog Post.

Memory Makers does something similar for folks who don't have a Blog, or who don't have or want to use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to lay out their Scrapbooks.  Memory Makers' Digital Scrapbook templates already have it laid out...all you do is pop in the photos and text.  It's easy, and not expensive.

So, I figured I had nothing to lose - and I love new toys!  After downloading my complimentary software, I started rummaging through it to see if I should just toss it - or not.  Well.  This is a pretty amazing package for the price they are charging at full retail - about $40.00.  It's easy to install, and here's how it works:

When you open My Memories from your desktop, you're given the option to create a custom book, or you can use one of their free templates - I chose one of their templates to begin with:

This My Memories template is called "A Day in The Life", and has its own graphic design color style, and page layout.  As I quickly learned, you don't have to keep that complete can customize all their templates.

Once I had selected this template, it presented me with a "suggested" Book - with multiple pages, each one already laid out and waiting for me to just upload photos and write my text.  This is what it looked like straight out of the box:

This is the first page...obviously screaming for your own personal touch.

These are my pages after just a few minutes of messing around:

You can see that I deleted some of the pre-packaged elements, and added new ones.

I couldn't resist customizing one of their standard frames with my Coral repeat...I'll show you how to do this in the next post.  I also completely removed their Polka Dot background and put in solid color - two quick clicks!
This is a screen shot of the next can see all the options on the right-hand side of the page.

There were several more pages available in their "package", but once I had played around with these pages, I was comfortable moving on to putting the program through the hoops.  What I discovered was a pretty powerful little tool.

Even if you aren't a Scrap Booker, any Artist or Designer has tons of digital files - photos, custom designs, and things we've snipped off the internet that could use Digital Organizing. This software can lay all that out Really Fast - into one cohesive Journal - without having to build Text Boxes, Layers, and Backgrounds.  It's all already there.  Just click.

It's easy to add Video, Music, or Audio - it's all already programmed into the software  - just click the button, and off you go!

If you like, you can also upload your project to Memory Makers, have it printed and bound starting at $10.00, plus shipping.  A custom library to flip through!  Liz tells me that it takes about 5 business days to print up, and then a couple of days or so for shipping.  I'm envisioning my own shelf of books...

For previewing their software, My Memories gave me one free copy of their software to give away -  

Here's how to enter to win the free copy of Memory Makers Suite V2:

~ Leave me a comment - be sure that your email address is on whichever account you use to comment with so that I can contact you.  Be sure to visit the  My Memories Website and let me know what you think about their software.  I'll pick a winner out of the comments and announce the winner on Monday!

~ Also, My Memories gave me a coupon code for any of my readers to get $10.00 off the purchase of the My Memories Software, PLUS $10.00 off anything purchased at the My Memories Store - $20.00 total, back in your pocket!

Copy and paste this code at checkout to get the discount:  STMMMS97941.

That's it!  Next post, I'll show you how to use your own artwork to create frames and gadgets to add to your My Memories Digital Scrapbook/Journal.

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