Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review and giveaway: My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Suite

In general, I do a pretty good job of keeping up with my photo albums and scrapbooks. But lately we've been really busy with family visits and traveling and with Ethan's health issues, and I've fallen quite a bit behind.  Thankfully, I recently got the chance to review a product called My Memories Suite, which solves this problem! Here's a bit about My Memories Suite, from the product's website:

My Memories Suite version 2 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

Share Your Creativity

Once you have made your scrapbook album, you want to share your creation with others, right? My Memories Suite can help you show off your scrapbook in so many different ways-and as many times as you want. Print your pages and share them as a traditional scrapbook-or use the one-click share option to turn your album into professionally-printed and hardbound book. And not just one book either; you can make 3 or 4, or even a hundred published books from your one album. Turn your scrapbooks into treasured keepsakes by giving copies to family and friends.
You're not out of options yet...Take advantage of a full suite of sharing options and turn your scrapbook into a movie to watch on a DVD-or view on an iPod. My Memories Suite allows you to share an interactive album on a disc (DVD or CD) that will automatically play on a computer (PC or Mac). Viewers can interact with your scrapbook by clicking on video, playing narration or navigating through your scrapbook like a website. You can even place in web links for them to visit or embed hidden files like Grandma's secret cookie recipe.
With My Memories Suite you can even create and share professionally printed and bound calendars, make posters or trading cards for your son's soccer team, post a movie of your scrapbook on your Facebook page-all with the click of a button. If you are serious about creating the ultimate scrapbook that preserves and shares your memories with a serious amount of "wow" factor, then My Memories Suite is the one-stop solution for you.

Before this, I'd never used digital scrapbooking software before, so I was a little intimidated when I started, but it turned out to be so easy! I haven't gotten the chance to try out everything that you can do with My Memories Suite, but what I have done with it so far has really impressed me.  In just a few minutes, using the pre-designed scrapbook option, I was able to select photos from my computer and import them into a scrapbook of my choosing. Then with some minor edits and additions of captions, I had a pretty scrapbook all ready to view! Here's one page from the fall scrapbook that I made:
In addition to being a great time-saving device, My Memories Suite is also very cost-effective.  I've been making hard copy scrapbooks since my kids were born, and this involves quite a bit of cost- printing out the photos, buying the stickers and scrapbook pages, and purchasing albums.  And, although my kids do like to look through the books occasionally, most of the time they'd rather look at pictures on the computer or my iPod. So having digital scrapbooks makes sense for many reasons. With My Memories Suite, I can email these digital scrapbooks to family and friends, or purchase hard copies if I so choose. I love all the options that this software offers, and I can't wait to make more projects!

The holidays are coming up, and this would be a great thing to have to make photo gifts for friends and family.  If you use the code: STMMMS52244, you can get a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store.  

And I have even more good news for you- one lucky reader will win the My Memories Suite (version 2) software that I received. This is a product worth $39.95.  Giveaway open to everyone, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

Disclosure: I received this product to review for myself, as well as the opportunity to give another copy away to a reader. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.