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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: My Memories Suite Software (2 of 2)

Reported by Jenny Chesnick



So have you been pondering digital scrapbooking? Don’t know where to start? Don’t know how to use Photoshop? Look no further!

My Memories Suite will help you build beautiful pages from scratch or to make a page using one of the many professionally-designed scrapbook templates provided within the scrapbook software. A large collection of papers and embellishments are available at your fingertips to help you make each page uniquely your own. Drop in your in pictures in seconds-then crop, edit, retouch and rotate them right on the page. If this were any other scrapbooking software, you might be finished. But with My Memories Suite, the real power-and fun-of this software is just beginning.

You can make a beautiful scrapbook an interactive memory experience for anyone who sees it. Use simple one-click options to enhance your scrapbooks, with music, narration, video, and even the Internet. Go beyond pictures by showing off video of the birthday party, or record a narration to capture the memories that pictures alone cannot. With My Memories Suite you simply don’t look at a scrapbook-you experience it!

So let’s start with the basics. Run My Memories Suite, The following screen will pop up. You have 2 basic options. Create your own design or use one of their pre-designed layouts. Since I already know how to digi scrap I went with create my own.

Next name your album. Also choose which standard size layout you will create. I choose 12×12. I print online, but if you want to print at home maybe 8×11 is for you!

Next choose a page template. This by far is my favorite thing about the software. I like having my basic elements already chosen like a sketch for me. It makes placement so much easier! They have tons of templates to chose from. You can also buy more on their online site.

Below you can see my start screen and the template I chose. All of these images below are large so click on them to see the small print details. You have 3 areas in which you can chose your elements. The right-side column is the one I used, it was easier and larger. On the left you see similar tabs. I was hoping to be able to chose my elements from this side, but I could not figure out how to load my own. If you are using their elements, this menu makes it super easy to add them to your project. Double click each photo to add. You can also add an element such as paper to the block if you choose.

So as you can see I added each photo and I chose to make one of the blocks a paper block. Next up you want to set your background paper. On the right main menu chose background paper. You can choose your own, a template, color, store bought or a texture. I went again with my own. So click custom, then chose your file.

So as you can see we now have a background.


Next up is how to add elements to your page. Again in the right main menu chose the Embellishments tab. You have similar options with your embellishments as your other elements for your page. I chose to add my own. So I clicked “add” then chose the file I wished to add. One downfall I did not like as an experienced digi scrapper is that you have to add each element separately. I like opening all my elements at once to play with in case I change my mind. Also it saves time.

Once you have your element open and placed on your page you can then add your drop shadow to make it look “real” along with some other enhancements such as mirror flipping or rotating. The screen below is what you will see with adding a shadow. You can change the opacity, color & blur. There is also an options to add this shadow to all elements on your page. If you like that then that will save you a ton of time! or you can go one by one to customize.



So here is my finished layout. I added all the elements I wanted as well as some text. There are so many options to add to your finished layout. You can add music, video, voice over narration and more. You can also export your layout, share it right from the program, print it, make a movie, dvd and more. The options are truly awesome with this program.

My Memories Suite also offers tutorials on THIS blog on how to use your software. Their website is super helpful and shopping and set up was a snap! I am sure there is so much more you can do this was only the tip of the iceberg for me!

Pros:

  • Price! half the cost of most PSE software
  • Ease of use for novice digital scrapbookers
  • Awesome designs to shop from
  • You can add music, video and the like to your projects
  • You can print and export directly from the program with no issues

Cons:

  • Could not add elements that you currently own from the left side bar
  • Price of elements on their site is high compared to other digital scrapbook shops
  • If you are already running PSE or PS this program is not for you
  • I wish there were two versions of this software. Light and Advanced. If you mixed this and PSE it would be like Scrapbooking Nirvana

All in all I was very pleased with My Memories Suite. I will be taking some time to play even further to dig in to what it really can do. Do you digital scrap and use this product? I’d love to hear your stories and things you have learned to do with the software!

GIVEAWAY!
My Memories Suite is giving away a copy of their total digital scrapbook software. Just leave a comment on any of our My Memories Suite articles (this is 2 of 2) to be entered to win. One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, July 21st, or therebouts.

Disclosure

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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45 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: My Memories Suite Software (2 of 2)

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    rudie2shoes July 20, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    This is such a cool review. Thanks for sharing!

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    Bogner's July 20, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    Wow, the software looks amazing! Thanks for all the pictures, it looks so easy to use!

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    pattywagan July 20, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Since I have never tried digital scrapping I think this might just be for me!

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    Laura L July 20, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Very cute page! This software looks so easy to use!

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    Tammy J July 20, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Thanks for reviewing this software. Great layout. I’d love to win this!

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    imsewkrazy July 20, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    This is a GREAT software package! And I’ll just mention that even though you can’t access content purchased elsewhere from the left panel, you CAN easily add outside content from the Control Panel on the right hand side! They also have a VERY active FB page and do weekly online, FREE workshops to help you get going! Check it out! It’s a great tool for scrappers to get projects done QUICKLY! It’s very FUN and easily to learn – but it grows with you as your skills improve!

    <3 MMS!

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    Jane July 20, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Great review, thanks!

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    Lesley July 20, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Hmmm…it looks like they have a great selection of layouts (always my issue when doing a page). Thanks for the review!

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    Janet July 20, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for the review. I’m definitely interested in digi scrapping.

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    TanySol July 20, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    WOW!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    AM July 20, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    so much information in a clear concise manner..thank u for giving me hope i can master this!!

    AMS

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    LadyDoc July 20, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    I use MMSV2 and really love it!! I am thinking about buying it for Christmas gifts for some friends. It is so easy to learn that I know anyone can do it. I have done some wonderful pages with it. The tutorials online and all the help from the Facebook group and the blog really make it special. HIGHLY recommend!!

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    Carrie July 20, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Thanks for the review. Looks like a great product.

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    Anary July 20, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Okay I t think just have might made my head agree with scrapbooking! Seems so cool and easy.

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    Ladybug July 20, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks so much for critiquing this software. I’m very intimidated w/ Photoshop so winning this awesome blog candy would be the answer to my prayers. 🙂

    And….it would make a great belated birthday present. (BD on the 13th) 😉

    Thanks for the chance to win this! 🙂

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    karenz July 20, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    looks like the perfect way to get an intro to digital. Good description, good info Thanks

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    groovyvirgochick July 20, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Looks great best of all it seems user friendly.

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    Jan Castle July 20, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Thanks for the information…it appears to be easy to use…I’m all for easy!!! LOL
    Jan Castle

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    Colleen Hoffman July 20, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Looks like an easy to use program – and THAT is what I am all about!!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    Mary July 20, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    If Day 1 didn’t hook me….Day 2 sure did. I’m excited to give it a try. Thanks for the great review.

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    RAK July 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Looks like awesome software! Would love to win.

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    gobarb26 July 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Looks like it would be lots of fun to use this program. I can think of many ways to play with it! Hope I win it!

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    Btrflywmn July 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I would love to win this, thanks for the chance.

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    Sherry @ Delightful Hands July 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I have wanted to try digital for quite some time! Thank you for the review!

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    Sally July 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Your page turned out WAY cute!!!

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    Works From The Attic July 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Thank you for the review! The software looks great and your pages look terrific!

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    Amy July 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    My mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary is coming up. I would like to do a digi scrapbook to share with my brothers and sisters, with a hard copy for my parents. Thanks so much for the tutorial–I haven’t decided on software yet, so this was very helpful!

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    rush8888 July 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    this digital scrapbooking is looking easier and easier. thank you for this and every review.

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    Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    This really is FUN program to use and easy to learn! Even if you don’t win it – it is only $29.97 on Amazon right now, and it is the perfect way to get into digital. I got it a few months ago and I will NEVER go back! I am almost caught up on my scrapbooking and I have never been able to say that! Find their facebook page (Polaroid My Memories Suite) they are super nice and very helpful there!

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    Renee July 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Usually digital scrapbooking looks confusing to me. Too many choices! This looks like it’s easy to handle. I think I’d like to give it a try.

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    Sarah July 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I have been using this product for two years and LOVE it. It can do much more than you think it can!! You can add shapes to cut with and can add embellishments that you have to the program. You can see all your pieces through the resource gallery, which eliminates the need for programs like ACDSee. This with a basic photo editor program (like photoscape–freeware!) gives you a lot of the functionality of PSE with drag and drop ease. I love MMS!!

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    Angel July 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    I would love to give this a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Bonnie in SC July 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    looks like fun

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    Kelly July 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Looks Like a lot of fun!! Something easy for the digitally impaired, like me! lol

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    Just this... Alice July 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    You make it sound so easy that a GMaw like me could use it. Sounds interesting and I love the idea of it being simple to use. I would love to win something like this for all the pictures just sitting around waiting for me to do something with them on the computer.

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    Janette July 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    This looks fun, and possibly easy enough for me to use! Thanks for the great and honest review!

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    d'Dragon July 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    My experience with digital “stuff” so far has been just stamps, which I love! I would like to take this to the next level & do some digital scrapbooking!

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    Juanita July 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I would love to try this software. Have been wanting to get into digital scrapbooking but haven’t found the right tool.

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    lenainwonderland July 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    looks super easy even for a newbie! Would love to try it!

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    The Paper Princess July 21, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Thanks for the fab review – this would be a great product to win!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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    txbluiz July 21, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about starting some digital scrapbooking and this might have just sold me on it!

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    Scrapycandy July 21, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    This was fascinating! My son uses a wiacom tablet all the time. This is a great invention!

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    Mary July 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful product. Thank you for making the tutorial of how you made your page. It certainly looks very easy.

    Mary

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    NUTHINBUTDABUG July 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    THIS IS AWESOME THANKS FOR SHARING! LADBUG1376@HOTMAIL.COM

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    JannaB July 25, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Looks Simple and easy and great fun for those of us that have technical struggles…lol