Here's a little factoid that may surprise 98% of you: I went through a big scrapbooking phase in my early teenage years. The evidence is currently sitting under my bed because most of those photos are, you know, from my early teenage years. Now that scrapbooking is big business, it can be a rather costly endeavor, especially at the get go.
But! Digital scrapbooking is not only more cost effective, it's also easy and as quick as you want it to be. (Bonus: no more weeping over cropped photos you can never uncrop.) I was emailed a few weeks ago about doing a giveaway of the MyMemories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software and have learned for myself just how easy it can be. And now here I am to tell you my thoughts and give one of you lucky ones your own free copy of this digital scrapbooking software. Free! I love free (except FAT free).
I will admit that I was a little skeptical, both of the program and digital scrapbooks. But the program is actually so easy to use and yet also so customizable and flexible that it was really fun to play around with. There are papers, colors, buttons, flowers, shapes, fonts--all kinds of things to mess with. My scrapbook style leans toward the simple side, but really, there are hundreds of things to pick and choose from. Here are a couple of randomly-themed pages I made from scratch:
|(Ah, ye old days when I could button my jeans.)|
|(Forgive my lame fonts...I was working with just the ones that come with Windows)|
Anyway, one of the other fun things is that it comes with dozens of ready-made templates and, if you want, you can pick one, select your photos and it will add them all in for you. So, in essence, you could make a complete scrapbook in a few minutes. I made an album that way with our Vegas pictures--here's one of those pages:
|I enjoy polka dots.|
Oh oh oh, hey guys, you can make non-scrapbook things too--like calendars, banners, blog buttons, invitations and what have you. Personally, I would use Photoshop for those kinds of things, but if you don't have Photoshop, I think this is a really fantastic option for a versatile, easy to use graphics program. Also, at $39.97 it is like a million dollars less than any Adobe Suite (I love you, Photoshop!). It also reminded me a bit of Blurb's program, but this program doesn't make you want to claw your eyes out in frustration. Nice, right?
On that note, let's start a giveaway shall we? All I ask of you is that you go to the MyMemories website and check out their free digital scrapbooking kits. Then leave a comment telling me which one you like the best. That's it--no blog following, Twitter following, or money sending required (PS: I don't have Twitter). On Sunday, assuming I don't forget, I will put all your names in a hat and notify the winner. Easy peasy. I'll even allow anonymous comments until then, for any interested parties without accounts.
This won't up your chances of winning, but if you're a super fan, you can also follow MyMemories on their blog, on Twitter or on Facebook.
Go forth! Comment! Scrapbook! And send me cookies....?