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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Memories Suite 2 -Review and Free Giveaway

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to try out My Memories Suite scrapbook software. There is so much to say about this program I really don't know where to start. The first few minutes I tried the program out I was able to make this layout below. It is what I have chosen for my blog topper. I was able to make this in just a few minutes, playing around without any tutorials etc. The picture layout was taken from a collage inside the program I just chose the color of background paper I wanted and added in some embellishments (The clothes pins and brads.)

Here below is a digital album I made. This is one of the many pre-designed albums within the program. (There are many others online free, and some that you can purchase as well.)
You can choose fast fill or fill the pictures one at a time. (Which is what I did.) If you have a theme album like a vacation this is a great fast way to create an album and just add in your journaling.

Another great thing is that I could customize the colors in the album to match my theme which is Red and Navy. If you look at the last picture in the series you can see all the original colors in this album. I just changed the circles and mats to the colors of my choice.

This is what the page looked like before I changed the colors. You can move any of the circles, make them larger or smaller or delete them if there are too many on a page for your liking. You can add a text box and even additional embellishments from the program if you choose to do so.

Sharing this with you was simple. I just clicked share in the program and export as JPEG. I chose the pages I wanted to do that to and it automatically converted all these pages to jpegs so I could upload them here to view.

Another thing I really like is the collages you can make and print with this program. I still like to scrapbook traditionally and this doesn't take away from that choice, it enhances it. I can print out a page 8 1/2 x 11, and then add that to my scrapbook pages and embellish it as I wish. So after making these collages, I can print them, add them to a 12x12 page and embellish further if I wish. Being able to print them myself saves on time, and ink costs. Plus I don't have to try to position each 4x6 photo on a page. This re-sizes them for me.

In the program itself you can also edit the pictures. You can remove red eye, crop, reorient the picture, zoom the picture, change it to b&W, sepia, or another tone. There are many different options within the photo editing element of the program.

The one thing I have not yet tried that I am really anxious to try is adding in the video portion to the digital album. Lexi has some great cheers that would really be cool to be able to click on the picture and then see the actual cheer. It would also be neat to see some footage of Peyton's game within an album. So that will probably be one of the next things I attempt to do.

Just a couple other things I really felt were great about this program is the wonderful online helps. There are many Youtube tutorials, and the program has within itself a great step by step- how to section. These are things I plan to visit soon, so I can expand my knowledge of all this program can do.

Along with getting to try out the software myself, I am also excited about the opportunity I have to give away one downloadable version of My Memories Suite 2.0 to one lucky person. This is a $39.97 value that you can win for free! You can come back next Wednesday to see who won. (And if you don't win, but decide you want to purchase the program, you can come back and get a code from me that will give you $10.00 off the price of purchase.!)

Here is a great video that will tell you all about the program and the benefits it will give you.
And even for my friends that still love to traditionally scrapbook with scissors and glue-you need to see this too!

If you would like to enter to win:

1. Go to the

2. Pick out your favorite digital paper pack or layout. At the top you can choose under free kits or new kits and choose from either one.

3. Then comment on my blog telling me which one you chose. Don't forget to leave me a way to get in touch with you.

I will draw one lucky winner next Wednesday October 12.

For other information, coupons etc, you can visit these other My Memories Suite sites.