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When I was asked to review the digital scrapbooking software My Memories Suite (with a giveaway – at the bottom), I had visions of myself whipping up album after album, organising the thousands of photos I’ve taken since my son was born. Well, as someone who’s never scrap-booked (digital or paper), I quickly got overwhelmed and perfection-induced craft paralysis set in.
After opening My Memories Suite, I selected “Design Your Own” from the new album options, and selected a custom size for the album shape. The maximum size for a Facebook wall image is 180x540 pixels, but the minimum width for My Memories is 200, so to save myself some maths, I just doubled it and used 360x1080 pixels. A larger size is also easier to play with!
Before I got started, I selected View, Canvas Zoom, Fit To Window so I could see my full picture (on my tiny EeePC screen!). Then the fun and games began!
First I added all the elements I wanted in my design:
- the clip art from my blog header as embellishments
- a photo of me (as a box so it’s easy for me to update the photo in the future)
- my blog title as text
- my blog tagline as text
I didn’t have a plan and just played around. I added a plain background, a mat on the photo, a rectangle with curved corners to put behind the tagline and some ric-rac. I played around with the colours to match my blog and moved things around until I liked the layout.
I then exported the page as a jpg, and uploaded it to Facebook.
My thoughts on the software:
- After watching this tutorial to understand what you can do with My Memories Suite, it was very intuitive. The keyboard shortcuts and functions were the same as I’ve used with other programs, and it was easy to use.
- You can add backgrounds and embellishments created elsewhere, but I couldn’t customise the existing ones. There are lots of kits available, but if you’re looking for custom colours in something other than a plain background, it seemed limited.
- I used my arrow keys to nudge objects around and it sometimes took a while for the screen to update, and I’d move things too far. This might have been because I’m using a netbook without much computer power.
- If an item extended beyond the area of the page, it was difficult to resize it or move it to fit back on the page. This was more of a problem because I was working with such a small page size (maybe I should have made it even bigger first).
- There are lots more functions that I didn’t really explore, but I’ve got lots of ideas for other uses of My Memories Suite (aside from maybe actually doing some scrap-booking). I will definitely be using it again!
If you’d like to win a copy of My Memories Suite, visit www.MyMemories.com, choose your favourite digital paper pack or layout, come back here and leave a comment with your choice. Please include your email address if it is not linked to your commenting account.
Entries close at 10am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 17th February, 2012, and is open internationally. Void where prohibited.
And if you don’t win, enter the code STMMMS18635 to get $10 off the price of My Memories Suite and also receive $10 store credit.
I was given a free copy of My Memories Suite for review purposes. All opinions are my own.