So, I am always really careful about doing reviews - especially product reviews - on my blog, but when I was approached to do a review on the software My Memories Suite, I couldn't help giving it a try. I am a strong believer that writers should have an alternative creative outlet that doesn't have the same type of pressure and expectation as writing and I think this software could be your outlet.
Not to mention I have my own connection to scrapbooking and couldn't resist the idea of a software making it easier for me. In the 7th Grade, I started my own "Memory Box" and since then I have kept treasures over the years that represents memories from the simple to the great. But I can't stand the idea of spending a large amount of money on scrapbooking. It's weird, I know.
Okay, now onto the review...
What is My Memories Suite Software?
Simply put - it's a scrapbooking software. They provide you with the pages, embellishments, ribbons, words, word art, adorable flowers and all sorts of ways to decorate your work, and not to mention opportunities to professionally bind your scrapbook or make it into a calendar.
What can you do with it?
The obvious - use it as a scrapbook software. But, really, it can do a lot for you depending on what you need. You can use it to create videos and also create interactive presentations. You can add music. Just everything.
Here's something I made:
And not to mention...I love thea bility to make cards. Here's one I made for St. Patrick's Day:
Ideally, I would be printing this page and purchasing a white card stock to paste this page onto there all professional like. (Reminder to self: BUY INK).
As you can see, there is a lot you can do with this software and this is just the beginning.
My Review (The Good)
I would have enjoyed this 100 times more if my iPhone updated hadn't erased ALL OF MY PHOTOS AND VIDEOS. I am beginning to regret my overall discomfort with sharing photos and videos on Facebook, because I sincerely lost almost everything. I think I would have had a whole lot more fun with this software had I actually had photos I could use.
The reason I really enjoyed the software is the large, large amount of free stuff included with the software. After purchasing the software, you really don't have to worry about buying anything else (unless you take advantage of their binding options). Not only do you have what is downloaded with your software, you also have a ton of free stuff you can access online.
Another good side- it's fun and creative to use. I absolutely loved creating stuff with this program and I can totally see myself continuing to use this for projects (especially when I...you know...have photos that I can use). And if you are not usually the creatively inclined when it comes to stuff like this, there are also some great templates for you to use where you just add photos. Or if you hate restriction on creativity, you can easily start with a fresh new page and just go for it.
Not to mention they will actually print and create calendar pages for you. How cool is that? This is something I definitely plan on doing for 2013, especially because I'm never entirely satisfied with the calendars I buy. It will be a whole lot more fun doing this myself.
My Review (The Bad)
So, there isn't really anything "bad" about this software. Just a couple of downsides...when I finished installing the program and launched it, I had the opportunity to either choose a template (not my first instinct) or choose what size of album I wanted to use. I went for the "make my own" route and after choosing that I am introduced to the software itself. The only bad thing that came up is that it takes a little getting used to where everything is on the program (and to be honest, I hate reading manuals).
But, once I got beyond the fact that everything had to be just right the first time around and just checked out what everything did and finally got used to everything. This took all of 20 minutes at the most.
The only other downside for me is the card making feature. On their website, I was under the impression that you could have them print cards for you, but I still can't figure out how to do that. I found instructions on how to do it, but even then I couldn't access that feature. But, I did find some really cool instructions online on how to make your own (and isn't that always more fun, anyways?). You can access those here.
I think I write the longest reviews on the planet. So, last few words: this software definitely is worth the purchase if you enjoy scrapbooking and just want to put together memories in a creative, fun, engaging way. The software itself isn't really that expensive, either (only $39.97).
Plus, I have a $10.00 coupon for the software and a $10.00 coupon for the store itself which will save you even more money. Use this code to access the coupon: STMMMS96714 when you go to the online store.
And last but not least, I am also hosting a giveaway! All you have to do is comment on the post and let me know which scrapbooking kit you would enjoy (and let me know what your favorite holiday is!) You can check out the scrapbooking kits by clicking this link! (This giveaway will remain active until this Friday at 5:00 PM PST!) Giveaway open to US residents only to ages 18+. Void where prohibited. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond
This giveaway is no longer active. A winner has been announced already. Coupon is still available for use.
Disclosure: The My Memories Suite was provided to me free of charge for review and one giveaway.