Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software: A Review

Hello everyone! Liz Gardner recently contacted me about doing a review for My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software as a recent promotion they've been working on (as I'm sure you've seen around the blogosphere already). I decided to give it a shot after being quite skeptical at first. Some of my favorite bloggers (Elsie, Silje, etc) have been avid scrapbookers, and I've admired their pretty projects for years. However, I've always been one to think of scrapbooking as an "elite" thing... as in, every time I go to a crafts store, I stare in wonder and amazement at the rows of pretty papers and decoration until I see the price tag and snap back to reality. So I was really excited when I heard about this, because I've always wanted to be a scrapbooker, and making templates digitally is a really smart way to do so while saving money! The transaction was really simple too, since they offer it as an instant download link instead of having it shipped to you.

Here are the results of my completely amateur scrapbooking skills... (PS. This is a great way to kill time when you're bored but still wanting to let your creative juices flow!) Don't laugh! It's my first time!

To warm up, I tried using a pre-existing template. This is good for people who don't have a lot of time on their hands. I found it difficult to resize the layer so it wouldn't get cropped, but really enjoyed the layouts that were offered (they weren't too tacky or anything).

Overall time: 30 minutes. I really found it easy to place pictures, it kind of reminds me of Powerpoint. The embellishment don't look overdone and comes in a good range of colors! I wish we could pick our own colors from a palette, but that's hardly anything to complain about, considering all of the options available. I also saw that it has an option for adding audio, transitions, and video, which is such a great touch and really shows what advancements digital scrapbooking has made!

Now, time for some scrapbooking from scratch... how daunting! However, it ended up being pretty easy; they provided photo layout ideas and I got to do all of the rest.
Overall time: 15 minutes. It turned out looking a lot worse than I had imagined, but that's because I went embellishment-happy on it. I loved how fast it was to throw together though! Definitely a good idea for anyone who is on the go and wants a simple way to scrapbook. I was able to add a link to my store in the upper corner, on the logo, so I can see how it would be useful for creating a portfolio. I also think it would make for amazing favors if you and your husband/bride-to-be make an album filled with pictures (and video and sound, which you can add using this software!) to give to family and friends after the wedding. It would make for such a creative and personal touch!

Anyway, long story short, I really enjoyed the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software, or I wouldn't have agreed to reviewing it. It's a fun creative outlet for beginners who don't know where to start in the intimidating scrapbooking world. I've been honest in my opinions and this is all just from me poking about and playing with the software. 

If you'd like to find out more about this software, you can check them out on all the usual social sites:
Facebook (They're having a lot of promos on their site right now like free software giveaways and competitions!)

If you've looked into it and are interested in getting one for yourself, click here. You can also get it for $10 dollars off plus $10 store credit if you use this code: STMMMS74375.

I only wanted to do a review this time around instead of pairing it with a giveaway, since this is a meaty post. Expect a giveaway by the end of November, though, as a last opportunity if you missed winning some of the software from other bloggers!

<3 Linda

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