I have always wanted to be a person who does scrapbooking. Even before I had a kid, every couple of years I would decided I was going to be the kind of person who scrapbooks. I’d go to Hobby Lobby (when it was the only choice in town) and load up on paper, stickers, whatever I thought would make me want to take pictures and put them in a book in a fancy way.
It never took. The stuff would sit unused for months or a year until the next time I did an office purge and realized, again, that I am not the kind of person who scrapbooks.
I still have a dream of getting it all together so that the girl will at least have photo books that preserve her growing up story (since she doesn’t even have a baby book, I know a lot has already been forgotten), but I don’t think I’ll ever be the photos on paper kind of scrapbooker. Everything is digital these days, shouldn’t our scrapbooks be, too?
Simple Software to Get Started
So I was really excited when Liz from My Memories asked me if I’d take a look at their digital scrapbooking software. She sent me a copy to review and I’ve played with it a little and it looks like a lot of fun for people who are into scrapbooking as well as people like me who don’t really know where to start.
What’s great about this software is that it comes loaded with tons of templates you can use to build your book, or you can start from scratch. There are holiday and seasonal themes as well as more general styles.
You can also buy more templates from MyMemories, and not just for scrapbook pages; they also sell things like pie boxes, envelopes, bookmarks, greeting cards and recipe cards. You can of course make your own from-scratch designs for these items and more, including blog/Facebook/etsy headers and graphics, which you may be seeing from me in the future!
Test-Driving the Software
I picked a template with circles and started throwing in random recent pictures of the girl doing creative things. (Because of this blog, we have lots of those sorts of pictures.) Pictures open large and you can drag them to the frame you want them in, and from there move them around and zoom in and out.
The menus are pretty easy to figure out and there are lots of options for adding things to template pages or building your pages up from blank. For example you can add word art, embellishments, shapes, background papers and more. You can also add audio, video or narration to your album (I didn’t try that).
One thing I couldn’t figure out how to do is to change the words on a template page while maintaining the same font, or figuring out what font those display headers are in so that you can create one with your own words that looks the same.
That’s why this page has a different kind of title than the others, which would be a little annoying if I weren’t just playing around.
Speaking of just playing around, I also tried to build up a page from blank. I was just trying out different things and not going for high art, but this shows you a bit of what you can do.
I added the background paper, the picture and its border, the heart shape with text on top, added the three flowers and put a bow on the Bit’s head. This isn’t a page I’d actually use for anything, but it came together pretty quickly and gives you some idea of the range of items you can add to a basic page.
Details and a Giveaway
MyMemories Suite version 4, which is what I reviewed, runs $39.97. There’s also a wedding studio, which focuses on invitations, thank you notes and other things you need for the big day, that costs $29.97 and a photo book package for the same price.
But you, my lovely readers, can get the software for $10 off. Just enter the code STMMMS3641 when you check out. In addition, one lucky reader is going to get a free copy of the software. You can enter by leaving a comment, and get extra entries by following me and/or MyMemories on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Contest is open through Jan. 31 and the winner will be chosen at random from all entries through Rafflecopter.
I think the products are well worth it if you’re into digital scrapbooking or want to get started scrapbooking without the huge investment in supplies that real-world scrapbooks require. This way you can share your creations with family and friends and add multimedia to them, which is a lot of fun and would be a really awesome way to preserve memories of your kids, vacations or anything else.
Now I just need to come up with more time in my day so I can do three years’ worth of books!
Disclosure: unless it wasn’t completely clear, MyMemories gave me a copy of the software to try and is offering a free copy to one of you as thanks for my review. They didn’t tell me what to say.