Edit: The contest is over, but you can still use the My Memories Suite Coupon code: STMMMS58129 to save $10USD on the software AND also $10USD off any scrapbooking supplies you buy in the same order. Link: http://www.mymemories.com/digital_scrapbooking_software
Todays post will not be about my own products for a change . I was asked to host a giveaway for My Memories Suite a few weeks ago, which I accepted of course! I have wanted to test the program for a while. And I am also allowed to share this My Memories Coupon Code for those of you that want it, but don’t win.
Almost weekly I get e-mails from people asking for an alternative to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, wanting something cheaper and easier to use. My Memories Suite could be exactly what you are looking for. It does not have the same learning curve as PS/PSE. It is very easy to use, even if I’ll have to admit that I was a bit confused when I first opened the software, but I made my first layout(below) within an hour, even if I never tried My Memories suite before.
My Memories Suite is both Mac and Windows compatible
As many of you know, I am a Mac geek. My Memories suite is available for Mac users as well as Windows/PC users.
Using My Memories suite
What confused me a little when I opened the program, after a very smooth and fast install process, was the menus. You have one sidebar on each side of the work area and an icon bar above it. And at the first glance, they seem to do exactly the same. You can insert photos and elements from all three of them. But the left sidebar is more like a browser, while the control panel sidebar on the right side lets you customize everything. Like shadows, adding titles and text, adding music, create videos etc
Digital Scrapbooking Templates and My Memories Suite
The kind of templates I create and sell can not be used within My Memories Suite. The reason for using digital scrapbooking templates in software like Photoshop and PSP is to save time and to make it easier to create scrapbook pages. Will I make templates in MMS format? Nope! Simply because I don’t think it would be a time saver in My Memories Suite.
Now I’m going to say something really stupid for my own business: If you want to use my templates with My Memories Suite, just download the preview from the store and use it like a page map/sketch. You can create a page in no time, without using my kind of templates.
My Memories actually sell templates, but these are not like ordinary digital scrapbook templates. They are more like layered quick pages, where you can move the elements around and customize the look yourself.
Who needs a video scrapbook?
Sometimes I am a little narrow minded. I remember reading a review of another scrapbook software in Macworld a while ago. And the person who wrote this review listed pros and cons, and one of the cons was that he couldn’t add music to the pages. And I thought….hellooo….we make scrapbooks, we don’t expect to hear Holiday with Scorpions when we open our vacation scrapbook.
Well, creating a scrapbook album is one thing, but it actually is a pretty cool to get it on a dvd as well. Instead of sending your album around for everyone to admire after a family dinner, you could just put a dvd in your player and show the whole book on your big flatscreen tv(if you are among the lucky ones that have one) for everyone to see. With My Memories Suite you can do all this. You can have a dvd ordered with your printed scrapbook if you like AND you can also include video snippets inside the scrapbook pages, and also music. How cool is that?
Check out this video about My Memories Suite to find out more about the software
Can I use scrapbook kits I already own or do I have to buy everything from My Memories?
Let me first say that the software comes with lots of papers and elements included, and you can also go shopping in their store directly from the softwares interface.
If you already have lots of digital scrapbook kits, you can use all of them with My Memories Suite as well. There are several ways to do it. You can click the add element button and then “browse other” to find the kit you want to use. Then double click the element and it lands on your page.
You can also add your kits to My Memories Suite’s folder structure like I did with my Garden of France kit. I just created a new folder inside the Embellishment folder, called it France and….you can see the rest in the folder structure in this screenshot. It is totally up to you how you organize the content in these folders. You can put your favorite buttons in the button folder, your most beautiful flowers in the flowers folder and so on.
How would you like to get MyMemories Suite for FREE?
MyMemories has given me permission to give away one piece of MyMemories Suite for free. I’m not going to make it hard to participate in the contest either.
All you have to do is go over to www.MyMemories.com, pick your favorite kit/template/element pack, and come back here and tell me about it, by leaving a comment. I will pick a winner next Sunday, October 2nd.
I want it NOW! No problem, use this My Memories Suite Coupon to save bucks!
Don’t want to wait a week to see if you are the lucky winner of MyMemories Suite? Use My Memories Suite coupon code STMMMS58129 to get $10 USD off your purchase of the software AND in addition you will get $10 USD to spend on scrapbook stash in their store.
This coupon code is for everyone, both before and after the contest is over. Feel free to share the My Memories Suite Coupon with your family and friends too.
Tips: Copy and paste the My Memories Suite Coupon code to avoid any typos!
If you want to see more examples and tutorials before you decide if this software is for you, then check out “pinktoque’s youtube channel”.