Scrap booking has long been a popular creative outlet for many people. It's such a fun and creative way to preserve precious family memories. About 11 years ago I found myself wanting to create beautiful books to document my own families special moments. I bought the books, papers, elements, tools, everything you can think of. To date, I've yet to complete a traditional scrap book. Not one. Ever. In 11 years.
Why? I guess one reason is that I'm not that creative or skilled. Another reason is that it's a lot of set up and clean up if you don't have a dedicated scrapping space. I don't. I also didn't find it very forgiving if I made a mistake. It's hard to unstick the glue once you've stuck something on. This made the expense even greater.
About a year ago I discovered the world of digital scrap booking. I was intrigued. I tried it out. It has a pretty steep learning curve. But I liked it. I'll take the learning curve over the mess any day. Plus, if I made a mistake I could fix it. I could reuse my supplies as many times as I wanted. The benefits are tremendous. After a lot of tutorials, I've actually completed several books. A scrap miracle!
Recently I was asked to review a scrapbooking software program called My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software. They had me at "digital scrapping" so I decided to give it a whirl.
What I discovered was a way to scrap digitally that greatly lowered that dreaded learning curve. This software is really simple to use. Creating and customizing your album is no more difficult than dropping and dragging or a couple of clicks. It was so simple that I might even let my 10 year old try her hand at it.
And while it is pretty simple, it still gave me total control over the design. It has pre-made templates where all I had to do was drop in my photos and add journaling. Photo layout templates where I could add the pictures but choose my own background and elements. Or you could build the entire page from scratch.
program comes loaded with some great digital scrap supplies already plus they offer tons of other kits for purchase. I was most excited to see that I could easily use scrap supplies from other sources, as I already own a ton. It was no harder than any other upload. The layout to the right was made entirely from a kit that I already owned.
You can also convert their kits into files that are able to be used in other programs, such as photoshop or elements.
You can print the pages from your own printer or upload the pages to an outside printer and have them bound into a book. I was able to upload mine onto Shutterfly, which is my choose for printing my digital albums.
And making albums isn't all that you can do with this program. You can take your albums and convert them into movie that you can watch on your dvd player or on your iPod. How cool is that? You can also create an interactive digital album and email it to family and friends. You can even post it on Facebook with just one click. You can also create cards, posters, trading cards, and calendars.
My Memories has generously offered to give one of my readers the entire program for FREE. It's normally $39.97, so score!!!
1) Visit the My Memories website and take a look around. Leave me a comment sharing your favorite kit.
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2) Like My Memories on FB. If you do they'll give you a promo code for money off. Woot!
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