The lovely Liz at My Memories Suite offered me a chance to try out this digi scrapping software, to let you all know what I thought of it, and then offer a copy of the software as a Giveaway to one of you! This was my first ever try at digi scrapping, so read on to see what I thought of it and to try and win a copy (worth $39.97) for yourself…
I was suprised how quickly I was able to get to grips with My Memories Suite and make a good page. I’m going to point out that I haven’t tried using any other programs (like Photoshop) to digi scrap, so I can’t compare, I can only say what my experience is with this software.
I found it quite easy to navigate through all the free papers (over 1500), embellishments (over 1300), and other bits and pieces which come with the package. Just using the included items it only took me an hour (after downloading and installing) to browse and then make this layout:
|Supplies include Decorative Papers New Orleans ‘Sea Foam and Mulberry’ and ‘Amethyst’, Designer Embellishments Princess Diva ‘Lace Black’, Shapes ‘Scallop Circle’ and ‘Scallop Rectangle’.|
I love how realistic the lace looks, and I had great fun playing with things like the opacity of the grey satin ribbon, it’s so easy to customise things like this to fit in with your page.
Straight from the start my favourite thing about the software is the ‘picker’ and ‘match’ tools. I love that I can find colours in my photos, background papers, or embellishments, and use them for matting, colouring fonts, and more. I like using similar colours throughout the page to bring it all together, so I know this is a tool I’ll use every time!
After finishing this page I had a look at the free downloads of extra papers and embellishments that are available on the My Memories website. I downloaded two free items, ‘worn paper’ and ‘loving you 2’ and used them, alongside the items included in the software, to create this layout:
|Supplies Include: ‘Worn Paper’ Pack and ‘Loving You 2’ Pack.|
I enjoyed being able to twist, flip, and resize elements to fit my page (like the flourish on this page), something I wouldn’t be able to do with paper scrapbooking. And the worn paper and the rose embellishments look quite textural, I like having a variety of surfaces on my layouts.
I think both these layouts still look like my style, I was worried that digi scrapping would stop them looking like mine. What do you think?
I don’t think I’d ever convert completely to digi scrapping, as I like playing with stash way too much! But I can definitely see me using it more, especially for certain projects, like ones I’d like to print out several copies of to give as gifts. I can make an album with photos of my kids, and then order copies for my mum, my mother-in-law, and even my grandparents. Plus I can sit and scrap when I’m watching the TV in the evenings without having to bring a load of stash down to the sofa.
The software can also be used for other things. You can input music and videos to create a video (something I want to have a go at sometime!) and you can use it to make cards. It would be quite easy to make a square card, but I wanted to try and make an A6 Christmas card. So I used the ‘portrait’ setting and I came up with this design using items included in the software:
|Supplies Include: Small Polka Dot Paper ‘Rose’, Designer Embellishments Holiday Snows, Scroll Flourish ‘White 4’.|