Recently I was contacted by a woman named Liz from My Memories. (Think digital scrapbooking.) She had come across Lilly's blog and said she really liked it. She wondered if I would like a free copy of the My Memories Suite software program to try myself, and one to give away. My first thought was "LOL - I've arrived as a blogger! A stranger has contacted me for a giveaway!" Then I was a little suspicious. But I did a google search and found that Liz has done this deal with a number of other bloggers and it seemed to go very well. Then I read the reviews of the My Memories Suite software on amazon.com and found that they were all very positive. So I agreed to give it a try.
Let me first say that I love the idea of scrapbooking. And at the same time I find it completely overwhelming! Shortly after Lilly was born, my nephew's wife L.S. gave me a scrapbook for Lilly where she pre-made a bunch of pages and had them all ready for me to just add pictures. I loved it. And because I was so busy caring for Lilly, that was all I could handle. During Lilly's life, I collected scrapbook pages I liked here and there and have just saved them. Then our local scrapbook store shut down recently and I got a stack of paper and embellishments for pennies. I even bought a couple scrapbooking idea/technique books at used book sales. (Yes I like to research everything!)
So why haven't I completed my amazing Lilly scrapbook yet? Pictures! I have 1000s of pictures! And I had them developed in big batches and they came back to me all out of order. I am STILL sorting them out when I have time. (There are times I enjoy going through them and other times it's just too upsetting, so it's hard to make steady progress.) Since I have so many supplies, I am determined to finish the scrapbook, Lord willing, before our rainbow baby's birth in September. But it's still overwhelming.
However, after I downloaded the My Memories Suite I was able to crank out several experimental pages in a short amount of time. It was so easy and fun! I got to just paste in pictures, which were all on my computer already (and importantantly - IN ORDER!) No searching to find them.
On the software, when you make a page, you can select from a "designer template" or make your own from scratch. Here are two I did with the pre-designed format, adding photos, text, and embellishments:
It only took me about 15 minutes per page, and the majority of that time was in just selecting which pictures I wanted to use. The software program is truly so easy to use, I was able to figure everything out without clicking on "help."
I also made a scrapbook page where I just started from scratch. It too was very very simple.
I'm not an expert on page layout and design. But I was still pleased with how the page turned out.
So what do you do, once you create a whole scrapbook? You can upload it to the My Memories website and select a cover and have it printed. I thought the cost was very reasonable. I am by no means a scrapbook expert but I've observed just how expensive all the stickers and special papers and other embellishments can be. Making a scrapbook digital can be much much cheaper.
The My Memories Suite does more than just digital scrapbook pages. You can also create calendars. Here is one I made in minutes:
So! If you've read this far I know I must have your interest! How about it? Want to take part of a little contest to see if you can win this simple, fun, and powerful software? (Great soundbite, huh?) Here is what you need to do:
1) Visit the My Memories website at: www.MyMemories.com and pick a digital paper pack or layout that you really like. Then leave a comment on this blog, or e-mail me at LittleFirecrackerLilly (at) gmail.com, telling me what you chose. (If you choose to leave a comment rather than e-mail me, please be sure you leave a way I can contact you if you win.)
2) For a double chance at winning, also share with me a favorite memory of Lilly that you have, or a blog post you liked, or a picture of her you really like. :)
This contest will END on Friday, JUNE 8th, at 6:00 p.m. (EST). I will take everyone's names and put them in a jar for a drawing. (Remember - if you do steps one and two above - you get TWO entries!)
If you don't win, or if you would like to just buy the My Memories Suite software, you can get a $10.00 discount on your purchase, plus a $10 coupon for the www.MyMemories.com store, by using this discount code at your checkout:
Note that you can instantly download the software after purchase, or have the software shipped to you. On that same page, you can also click to download a free trial.
Feel free to share this contest with your friends, family, or anyone you feel would be interested. I look forward to hearing from you! :)
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." - James 1:17