Since I began digital scrapbooking in 2005, people have asked me various questions about creating their own digital scrapbook pages – how do I do it? What software do I use and how much does it cost? Is it easy to learn? Until recently I was never able to give a very helpful answer.
In 2011, I was given a copy My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software to review and also create content specially designed for its users. Here is my honest opinion on this program, which is available worldwide for Mac (OS X v10.4.11 or later) or PC (Windows 7, XP, Vista).
PriceThe software retails for $39.97, which is a great deal! As a former paper scrapbooker for 13 years, I can tell you this is an extremely minimal investment. I have a paper cutter that only cuts straight lines that cost twice that. Plus as a designer at MyMemories.com, I am able to offer you a coupon code for $10 off that so you can get started for just under $30. (See end of post for code). With your software purchase, you also receive a coupon for $10 off digital scrapbooking kits and embellishments in the MyMemories store.
The average paper scrapbooker owns nearly $2,000 in tools and supplies. Source: lovetoknow.com
Made For Digital ScrapbookingSome people use image editing software such as Photoshop Elements to create digital layouts but My Memories Suite was made specifically for digital scrapbooking.. Everything about it was created to help you create albums and individual pages. You simply start by placing a background on your page, then move to the photos tab and then to the embellishments tab. All of these tools are all one the right of the work area, not hidden in menus.
I am new to digital scrapbooking and researched a lot of programs. Most were tossed within minutes of use. MyMemories Suite 3 was purchased within minutes of use for it's ease of use and affordability. It made an artist out of a non-artistic person. Rhonda Heafy, Digital Scrapbook Tips & Tricks
Easy NavigationThe menu options and navigation are clear and easy to understand. The user interface is easy to use and provides ample workspace to create layouts. For each photo or embellishment you add, there are quick and easy-to-understand options like mats, shadows and shapes.
Open Content PlatformThe program comes preloaded with tons of content - over 1000 papers and embellishments plus 30 album templates. You can shop for more digital scrapbook kits, embellishments, word art, monograms and templates from right inside the program. Additionally, you can import content that has been purchased or download from other digital scrapbooking sites. Some other digital scrapbooking programs will not let you use papers, embellishments or other products not purchased from the company that makes the software.
Create Whole Albums QuicklyThis is great for projects where you have a whole series of pictures like a vacation because it keeps all your related pages together. This feature is great because if you are working on a set of pictures in an album you can make changes, duplicate pages, copy embellishments across the project and basically mess around with it as much as you want without having to open and close individual pages. I am planning on creating my 20th wedding anniversary vacation album in this program rather than in Photoshop so I don’t have to wrestle with the individual pages and importing some of the same embellishments to every single page. When I am finished, I can order a bound photo books for my album from right inside the software.
The increased popularity of photo books is a trend that will continue to explode! Once a set of scrapbook pages is created, it is relatively inexpensive and quick to duplicate those pages. In addition to duplicating books for both sets of grandparents, look for these new ideas: small paper-bound books for all members of a sports team, books for all participants of a group trip, etc. The possibilities are endless! Source: Future of Scrapbooking Top Trends in Digital Scrapbooking for 2011
Photo ConversionsMy Memories Suite lets you convert color photos to black & white or sepia with one click without altering your original photo
Multiple Viewing and Output OptionsYou can view finished albums or sets of digital scrapbook pages in a slideshow with different viewing options. It is very easy to export images for printing or sharing on the web in online galleries, blogs or your Facebook page. You can also export everything in an album to .jpg at once. In Photoshop or Elements, you have to do this page by page. You can add narration and music to your albums – a great option if you want to create something like a graduation or anniversary display album that runs on a laptop at your event. I’ve seen this done for a few parties and it was a really neat idea – this software includes the option to do that! You could also burn DVDs to send an entire album or collection of photos to someone else.
Quick and Easy Design OptionsAll of these steps are quicker and easier in My Memories Suite than in Photoshop:Mat photos. (Putting a colored border around them) Just click on the photo and choose the mat option. Choose the color and the size and optionally copy to ALL photos in one click. There’s a color picker so you can grab a color from the layout to do your mat, too.
Crop (digitally “cut”) photos with rounded corners or other shapes - this is also one click in the photo menu. You can also choose square, oval or circular.
Create paper shapes easily. Want a square or strip of paper? It’s very easily create or change s shape of paper in a solid color or patterned paper from the included content or something else in your collection.
Drop Shadows. I LOVE how the shadows work in this program. You can carry a shadow style across all the embellishments or photos in fewer clicks than Photoshop and I think they look nice and realistic. You can see how the shadow will look as you adjust it on the fly. You can choose the color, the pixel offset, the opacity and the blur. It’s really well done.
Text Editing and Word Art. View fonts as they look in the drop down menu. Use the color picker to match your page, drag and resize the text box, which has auto text wrap. There’s even a spell check for your journaling – definitely not an option in Photoshop. You can also create Word Art for page titles (works like it does in PowerPoint or Word)
Tutorials, Support and Help. There are many tutorials available on the My Memories blog. Of course, a user’s manual is included too. There is also a forum on the site and an active Facebook community where you can share layouts and ask questions.
I was able to use their software with pre-designed templates to put together a great Baby's First Christmas Software a few hours one afternoon. Drag, drop, point, click, type in text, and I was done. I wanted no-fuss scrapbooking, and I got it. The pages looked great, and I was very pleased with the results. - Jennifer White, About.com Guide
Sample pageMyMemories store. You can see more pages that My Memories Suite users have created in the site's gallery.
Have I convinced you? If you are ready to get started in digital scrapbooking with My Memories Suite I am pleased to offer you a special coupon code to get $10 off your purchase. And don’t forget, with your purchase, you will also receive a coupon for $10 off anything in the store to start building up more content for the pages and projects you’re working. I encourage you to also subscribe to my newsletter to receive special offers and freebies as well!
Click the banner below to go to the site to order a downloadable version of the software and get started right away. At checkout, just use code STMMMS30070 in the box provided after you click on the Add to Cart button.