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Great Way to Make Digital Scrapbooks!
on May 25, 2010
This is a super program for quickly creating scrapbooks. I've used online services like Shutterfly, which I initially loved, but which quickly got stale as I began to resent the limited choice of backgrounds, layouts and journaling. I've also used Photoshop for scrapbook pages but the ultimate freedom in creating what you want leads to far too much time spent doing it plus every page starts from scratch and has to be created from the ground up. My Memories Suite is the perfect balance. It comes with a large selection of prearranged photo layouts and you also have the option of creating your own. It comes with a large selection of backgrounds and embellishments but you can also import your own from any source - Google "digital scrapbooking freebies" and you'll come up with a ton of free ones to add in or you can buy from a large variety of designers. It is completely easy to use with all the tools just a click away in the control panel, which gives you a basic set of tools.
I have to say, I was on the fence for such a long time deciding whether to abandon traditional scrapbooking in favor of digital and I'm so glad I did. I made the decision last August and in two months, used this software to finish entire albums for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Earlier this year, I received my 2009 album. I've never been so caught up and my family loves it. They actually get to see current pictures and my albums sit right on my coffee table for everyone to enjoy.
There were a ton of great improvements to Version 2 including the Resource Gallery which lets you really easily browse layouts, backgrounds, embellishments, etc. A huge new feature is WordArt for creating titles with all sorts of effects, including filling individual letters or whole words with your own photos. In the Text Box area, they've added the ability to wrap your text around circles or squares.
My Memories Suite can print your albums for you at a very competitive price or if you have a printing service you like, just export as high quality JPEGS and print individual pages, whole books or create photo gifts wherever you like. I love that I own and maintain possession of all my pages and unlike services like Shutterfly where I can only share entire albums once they are complete, with this software, I share my completed pages as I finish them. My family loves to see my pages show up on Facebook and Blogger.
The multimedia options for adding music and saving my book as a video are also a nice bonus. Some reviewers in the past have blasted the digital slideshow features but you have to understand the purpose of it. If you want a software strictly for creating multimedia slideshows, this may not be your best bet - get a program dedicated to that function. Don't by scrapbooking software and then complain that it doesn't function as a video creation software. However, if you want to create a beautiful album and then have an additional way to share it with friends and family, the slideshow is a great bonus feature.
I highly recommend this software.