Friday, September 10, 2010

Scrapbooking Anyone Can Do!!

When the scrap booking craze came out, I tried it...once.  Creativity is not one of my strong points and since I could not visualize what embellishments would go with my photos, most of my session was spent un-gluing and redoing my paper layout.  Then digital scrap booking made an appearance.  I downloaded a few free kits, but again struggled with an abundance of cute little buttons and borders etc. and no clear direction on how to put it all together.

Mama Buzz offered a review of digital scrapbook software called My Memories Suite.  Deciding to give it one more try, I signed up.  I am so glad that I did as this was what I have been looking for!!

My Memories Suite begins with a  choice of a pre-designed template or the option to make your own layout, layer by layer. Included in the software are over 1500 background papers, over 1300 embellishments, and over 20 new templates.   But, like I said all those choices tend to overwhelm me, so I began with a premade layout.

Here is my first attempt featuring a summer trip to the beach.  The page is all ready, you simply click to add photos and text.  I did it!!
Summer-002
Since I was enjoying experimenting, I picked another summer template that gave some space to write or journal about the special times these photos captured:

Summer-001

By now, I was really enjoying myself, feeling my way around the software and ready to explore a bit more.  Since fall is my favorite season, I experimented a bit with the fall layouts, again, beginning with the premade fall background, just clicked and added my photos, then added a few of the conveniently located embellishments that matched my fall theme.

My Album 1-001
Then tried my hand at one more fall page:

My Album 2-001
I wanted to see if I could design a unique blog header for my blog.  Again, using the pre-made fall background along with the leaves, frames and embellishments that are all coordinated, I came up with a fall blog header:

My Album 2-003

I am officially hooked!  I actually caught on how to do this! Because of the simplicity of this software I am not overwhelmed with what goes where and wonder does it all fit together.  The categories are labeled and offer plenty of choices to begin simply or expand your creativity with buttons, flowers, decoration etc.  Trust me... if I can do this...anyone can!

You can purchase My Memories Suite for $39.97, but My Memories Suite is also offering MamaBuzz readers a 20% discount if you purchase the program, using the following code: MamaBuzz20.  My Memories Suite has a page on Facebook and @MyMemoriesSuite on Twitter. You can also keep up with new features and creations on the My Memories Suite Blog.

(Disclosure: I received a free download of My Memories Suite from My Memories Suite, for the purposes of this review.)

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Your pages look great! I am much better at reading about scrapbooking, and purchasing papers and embellishments for scrapbooking, than actually DOING the scrapbooking ... lol

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  2. Like you, the whole scrapbooking thing passed me by. But this looks fun!

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