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Monday, November 7, 2011

MyMemories software review + giveaway

Autumn walk digital collage
Hey! Today I've got a bit of fun to share with you. A review (and a giveaway, we'll get to that in a moment) of My Memories Suite, a digital scrapbooking software from MyMemories.com. Full disclosure: MyMemories gave me a copy of My Memories Suite to try but the following is my own opinion.

I'll happily admit that I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to digital scrapbooking (and scrapbooking in general), but this is actually quite good fun. I do like a good shuffling around with my photos from time to time! Like when I make my photo albums with Blurb.

Here are some examples of what I've made. I've been looking at some digital scrapbooking sites and my attempts can't even compare with some of the stuff more experienced peeps make. Layered and pretty and stuff. But on the other hand, I like designs to be fairly simple - it's the photos that count most to me. So I'm ok with my own attempts. Click on the images to see them larger over on Flickr if you fancy. :-)

Wales digital collage Autumn walk digital collage

Wales digital collage Fireworks digital collage

So what's the verdict on My Memories Suite? It can do a lot of stuff (but at a cost, see below), and it's really easy to figure out how to use it. I was pleasantly surprised at how many templates etc were included. And that you can customise pretty much everything. Which is definitely important for a tinkerer like me! But in some cases, if you just need to quickly put something together, you just pick a ready made template and off you go.

You can obviously use your own photos with My Memories. But I've experimented a little bit with using my own embellishments like 'masking tape' which I made myself. If you already have digital scrapbooking images (is there a 'technical' term for those?) on your computer you can use those to make your collages etc even more personal.

I can see a lot of potential for using this. Making birthday cards with embarrassing pictures! ;-) Or pretty photo collages for the blog. I have played a bit with that in the past, but with this it'll be a lot quicker when I don't have to 'invent' the layout every time.

You can also add music and video, but I haven't tried that. But I guess this could be useful for make slideshows and such. Even more to experiment with...

The only downside is that the program is a little bit slow. Undoubtedly because of all the bells and whistles! So it's a good thing that's also a bad thing. And it took quite a long time to install as well. But you know, the slowness is only a small nuisance.

If you'd like to try digital scrapbooking (because you know you need another hobby, right?!), I really recommend giving My Memories Suite a go. And at just shy of $40 it's not too expensive. Some people spend more than that on handbags, right? ;-)

Alrighty, now for the fun stuff: the giveaway. I've got another copy to give to one of you!

There are no hoops to jump through to enter, simply leave a comment saying that you'd like to throw in your lot. But please, please make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win! Please visit the My Memories website and then tell us which is your favourite of the My Memories digital scrapbooking kits. (There are loads of pretty ones!)

The giveaway ends on November 13th and I'll announce the winner on Monday the 14th. Thank you for your comments; the giveaway is now closed.

And if you're all excited about this fun program and don't want to leave it to fate and my random name-picking you can skip over to My Memories to buy it - AND save $10 off the price with this code: STMMMS12469.

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