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Thursday, September 15, 2011

My First Giveaway

Anyone who has followed my blog for any period of time knows that I like to take photos... and I have lots of them!
Another thing my loyal followers know is that I'm not here to blow smoke and give praise to a product I don't fully believe in - I agreed to give my honest review of My Memories Suite and, while I may have received this product for free, I intend to do just that.

Have you ever used a digital scrapbooking software?  I've barely scrapbooked... but the few times I have, I enjoyed it.  I think the concept of this - especially for a blogger - is pretty cool; why not present my readers with pretty looking scrapbook pages rather than just a picture here and there?

Off the bat I noticed that their products (kits, themes, albums) are relativity inexpensive, kits as low as $.99 and some things for free!  I couldn't find anything more expensive than $9.99 - with a lot costing just a few dollars!  You can make photobooks, calendars, and so much more!

Upon installing the software, I opened it and felt VERY overwhelmed... and then I got my bearings.  So I decided, since we just got back from Milwaukee, that I'd create a page about it - to give the software a fair run and be able to show you how {un}creative I am.  I even downloaded some of the free paper backgrounds to use (just to test how easy it was).  I will tell you I had some major issues finding the paper I downloaded and had to use the sites FAQ to figure it out.  Once I found them, I was kind of on a roll.  
I tend to have a problem thinking outside the box - and that's why I like scrapbooking, it forces me to do just that.  So I'm not sure if you like the look of cluttered pages or if you like things a bit more simple... but here is the first page I came up with - which I created very easily and was able to turn it into a .jpg in about 10 seconds.
Not too bad, eh?  I think it turned out cute!
So then... I just had to do a Hawaii page - because we have no plans for travel this winter and I'm already sad about it.

You can start with a blank canvas (I began both of my pages with a blank canvas) or you can pick from a zillion layouts and insert your own pictures.  You can even say 'use these pictures' and the software will place them for you!  In my ... hour or so of playing with the software, I felt pretty comfortable with it.  I don't know much about scrapbooking but I guess that's one of the perks - you don't need to know anything, you just do what you think looks good!
They have paper/backgrounds, embellishments, shapes, wordart, you can even add music!  All of the things are customizable as well - like you can adjust the opacity of the paper backgrounds, you can make the wordart any font and any size, and you can rotate anything!

If you have kids, or if you don't, maybe you just like to take photos?  Maybe you want to renew your passion for scrapbooking or maybe you want to give digital scrap-booking a shot?  Regardless of your story; this product is for anyone!  I'd recommend it!

The giveaway is for a copy of My Memories Suite - a digital scrapbooking software.

Rules for entry:
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry)
1. (Mandatory): you must be a follower of Football, Sushi, and The Pursuit of Happiness - comment and tell me your favorite item in the "dollar store" on My Memories.
2. Tweet about this giveaway, please include your Twitter handle.
3. Follow MyMemories on Twitter; leave a comment telling me you're following them.
4. "Like" MyMemories on Facebook, leave a comment telling me you've done so.
5.  Blog about this giveaway; leave the link to your post in the comments.

The winner will be decided using and will be announced the morning of Monday, September 26th (because winning something on a Monday is an awesome start to anyone's week!).

Can't wait for the giveaway to end?
Get yourself $10 off My Memories Suite (which will get you the software for under $30!!) AND a $10 coupon to the Store (that's a $20 value!) just use code: STMMMS57536 on this link and get started now (I will post this code again after the winner is announced). 

**I received a copy of this software in exchange for my honest feedback; all opinions and feedback are my own.  I did, however, lose many hours of productivity while playing with this softare - which is okay in my book!**


Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Well duh I follow you. I like the Bright and Beautiful pack from the Dollar Store.

Anonymous said...

I follow you!

I like the Spring Splash because it's beachy :)

KimBerly said...

I'm a loyal follower. I love this idea. I will have to try it.

Kristi said...

I used to be a bigtime scrapper but always with paper. A few years back I subscribed to a ton of free digital paper sites and downloaded a ton of really cute digital kits that I used to make banners for my blog. I still use them from time to time but never actually did the digital scrapping. I think it is awesome way to display photos though!

Dana said...

Of course I follow you. WTH, I might as well enter, right? My fave is the Tranquil Quick Pages. The pages you did look great!


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