Monday, November 21, 2011

My Memories (a review + giveaway)


I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Liz at My Memories asking me if I’d review her digital scrapbooking software and host a giveaway.  I was quite intrigued by this because I had heard of digital scrapbooking, but didn’t really know what it was.  I’ve been a traditional scrapbook kind of person.  Tucker has a pretty comprehensive scrapbook and I started Izzy’s, but honestly I haven’t touched either one of them in the past 2 years.  Maybe My Memories is exactly what I needed. 

My Memories Suite is the #1 rated scrapbooking software out there.  Not only do you create a digital scrapbook, but you can also:


My Memories Suite will help you build beautiful pages from scratch or make a page using one of the many professionally-designed scrapbook templates provided within the scrapbook software.  A large collection of papers and embellishments are available at your fingertips to help you make each page uniquely on your own.  Drop in your pictures in seconds – then crop, edit, retouch and rotate them right on the page.  If this were any other scrapbooking software, you might be finished.  But with My Memories Suite, the real power-and fun-of this software is just beginning.”


Why go with digital scrapbooking? 
#1 Reason: Time.  Honestly, with working full time and then coming home to 2 kids, a husband, 2 dogs, a cat and 8 chickens to take care of and getting my run in, I don’t have time to sit down and scrapbook.  If I do get time to scrapbook (like once a year), I usually have Izzy and Tucker going through my scrapbooking supplies thinking that it is family arts and crafts time.  While I am all for family bonding time, I find my creative juices don’t really flow all too well when I have 2 “helpers”.  Then, I usually get about ¾’s of the way into creating a page and I realize I need something else from the store or find myself wishing I had something else.  By going digital, I take the time of driving to the store out of the equation and making page really only takes minutes. 

#2 Reason:  Saves $$.  I have spent $100’s on the scrapbooking supplies and I often find myself buying something because I “think” it will work and then it I never really find a use for it.  Plus, with the digital software, I can reuse papers over and over again.  With regular paper, I cut it once and I’m done.  My Memories Suite 2 is $39.97 and comes with plenty to start with in order to build some quick, effortless scrapbook pages.  My Memories also has free kits you can add to your program. 

And if you are stuck or not sure what to do, My Memories has quite the gallery to get ideas and an informative blog/forum where you can go to become inspired. 

In 10 minutes, I was able to whip up the following pages:



























In 10 minutes, I would have only made a mess and laid out a few pictures if I were taking the paper scrapbooking method.  

Just imagine what I can do with a little more time?  I like how each page has a journaling area as well.  I don’t know about you, but I find that I don’t journal a whole lot in my paper scrapbook because my handwriting isn’t what I want it to look like.  With the digital scrapbooking, you can choose from the long list of fonts and sizes for a more professional appearance. 


My Memories has generously offered to give my readers a $10 off discount plus a $10 credit to the My Memories store (where you can purchase templates and other scrapbook design elements.)

My Memories retails for $39.97 but if you use my coupon code, you will be able to purchase it for $29.97!  If you would like to learn more about My Memories, or purchase the program, go here and remember to use this coupon code with purchasing to get your $10 off discount and your $10 credit:  STMMMS70694


Or if you want a chance to WIN My Memories, here's how to enter:  

Leave one comment for each of the below entry methods that you complete



Mandatory entry
Become a follower of Running With The Girls (Google Friends Connect) then visit My Memories and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then comment on this blog post telling me which is your favorite! = 1 entry 

Additional entries
“Like”  My Memories' Facebook page.  You can also leave them a comment telling them that you want to win their program from Jen @Running With The Girls!  Come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did that.  = 1 entry

Follow My Memories on Twitter and leave me a comment here saying that you are a new or existing Twitter follower. = 1 entry 

“Like” Running With The Girls on Facebook and leave me a comment here saying that you are a new or existing FB follower. = 1 entry

Follow Running With The Girls on Twitter and leave me a comment here saying that you are a new or existing Twitter follower. = 1 entry

Blog, Facebook or Tweet about this awesome giveaway.  Leave one comment per method of sharing here telling me how you spread the word about this giveaway!  = up to 3 entries here!



You can enter a total of up to 8 times, that means you will leave up to 8 comments on this blog post!  8 easy and fabulous ways to win!  

The giveaway will end November 26th, 2011 at midnight EST.  I will pick and announce the winner on November 27th so be sure to stop by and see if you've won! 

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