I've had the luxury of playing with the My Memories software and I must say, it's awesome! Since I like lists when it comes to new things I'll just do it that way :p
-Tells you areas of your page that might be cut off when bound into books
-FULLY customizable pre loaded templates
-drag and drop photo additions
-LOTS of preloaded goodies
-Ridiculously easy to navigate
-Previews of all changes
-COLOR PICKER!!!! I don't know about y'all but that's one of my very favorite tools in photoshop, it's not as sophisticated but it works very well for matching elements on your pages.
-You can design your own page from start to finish using all your own elements.
-'Album Check' feature checks your pages for errors, including spelling!
-You name your album from the start, no naming it at the end.
-Loads all the fonts you have in your computer to the software for use
-Has a share option, you can print, export to jpeg, print professionally, or share on a variety of multimedia devices.
-Some of the elements are cartoonish
-You must still use a photo editing program to edit your photos before hand, this only gives you a red eye fix, any other issues such as brightness, contrast, b&w, must all be done in a photo editing program
-Can't change the sizes of photos to a specific dimension, it's a transform style box where you drag the corners and sides.
-I'm not finding a way to change the sizes, the only options are square, portrait, and landscape, for the create your own page.
-I'm not a fan of the export to .jpeg feature. Way too many steps and it saves a duplicate in it's own folder.
-Not really a con but you have to make sure your photos are rotated before you add them to your layout. You can rotate it on your work 'surface' but when you drop it into a a picture template it'll flip back to the original angle.
Overall this is great digital scrapbooking software and I'm happy I've been able to give it a try. This would also be a great way to get kids into scrapbooking, so super simple for them to create albums of their very own!
My Memories has a bunch of awesome stuff too. They have guestbooks, quick pages, dollar stuff, calendar elements, and not to mention FREEBIES! The page above was created using all pre loaded stuff and took me about 7 mins to do. The only thing I did was drag and drop my photos.
I realize this is mainly a quilting blog but this is a great way to showcase your completed projects. Create a page with all the details add a few photos and print! It can be as simple or as complex as you want.
Now for the awesome part!
You can enter to win a copy of My Memories Suite scrapbook software! You may enter up to 3 times, you must leave a comment telling me you have done each step, one comment = one entry so don't leave one comment telling me you've done all 3 things because then you'll only have one shot at entering!
So, to enter:
1) go to the kits page at My Memories and tell me your favorite kit!
2) blog about this giveaway and be sure to leave me a link!
3) tell me one hobby you have that you have neglected!
It's that simple! And, if you don't win, or don't want to wait around to win, or would just like the software they have a coupon code for all of you as well. It will save you $10 off the cost of My Memories Suite AND you will get $10 in store credit! Add the software to your cart and at checkout enter the coupon code STMMMS43707.
NOW OPEN UNTIL 8/24/2011 11:59pm CST