Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Memories {a giveaway}

I've been scrapbooking since 2004 after I returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece and Rome and knew I wanted to do something with these beautiful photos I had on my camera. My friend Katy inspired me to move forward with this hobby I had been considering. And I haven't stopped since -- although, admittedly, the time spent sitting and focusing at my craft table has been significantly reduced in this season of mothering two small children. Even so, documenting our ordinary moments and trips, preserving memories and keeping myself from forgetting is still important to me.

This blog serves some of the documenting, preserving and remembering purposes, but I still like having tangible albums with photos and stories. Cutting and pasting and layering is therapeutic for me. Even though I like messing around with the computer and digital photos, I've never scrapped digitally. I know people do. I could see myself becoming one of those people who creates hybrid albums -- traditional scrapping mixed with digital elements.

All of this to say, I was intrigued when I got a giveaway offer from My Memories. And I think you will be too. Given the chance to have this software for free in exchange for a review, I dove in to My Memories Suite Scrapbook software, which is easy to use.

I am learning as I go, but I liked the way all the page elements {paper, embellishments, shapes, text, photo} were just to the right of the page I was working on. I also liked how you could choose colors from the photos or paper to use as text or shape colors. The program has photo layout templates or you can start from scratch and let the creativity flow.

I started from scratch and this is what I made:

I am sure I haven't maximized the software's full potential, but I like my start. And I'm looking forward to playing with it more.

Now I'm anxious to see what they'll look like printed out. And I'm thinking about if I'd like to make an entirely digital album, print it out and have a bound album. Or I could just print layouts and add them to my ongoing life books. But I don't have to decide those things today.

Today I have something for you. One of you will win your own copy of My Memories Suite Scrapbook software (a $40 value). To enter, leave a comment sharing your thoughts on digital vs. traditional scrapbooking. Be sure to include your e-mail address, unless you know with absolute certainty I have yours.

You can earn additional entries the following ways:
  • Go to and browse the digital kits available to supplement the software. Leave a comment on my blog telling me which one you'd love to have.
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment here telling me you've done so.
  • Tweet about this giveaway. This can be done daily for an additional entry each time. Be sure to link the tweet in the comments here.
The winner of the digital scrapbooking software will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail. You have until Wednesday, Aug. 24 to enter.

But, wait, that's not all! Anyone can go to My Memories and use the code STMMMS33896 for $10 off the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store -- a $20 value! This offer is for U.S. and Canadian customers. And, while you're there, check out the free kits.

My Memories is a new-to-me company that I just learned about last week when I received an e-mail about this product review and giveaway opportunity. The review is based on my initial experience with the software, which My Memories provided to me for free. I received no other compensation for this review.

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  1. I'd really like the "Another Day with You" kit. I love red and turquoise together!

  2. I already follow you on twitter.

  3. I like the idea of digital scrapbooking for some things...less mess, etc. :) But, I really like scrapbooking myself, too...I like doing something with my hands..the cutting, pasting, and seeing the finished product that I created. I also like the company when we scrap together with friends. I really like the "A Touch of Fall" kit.

  4. I think the two pages you posted look great! I decided to do Caedmon's first year album completely digital. It was easier and much less time and space consuming. I think I will digitally make Liam's album too. The MyMemories site was neat. Lots of cute designs. I liked "A Touch Of Fall."