Some time last month I had a note on my calendar that it was 100 days until Christmas. That reminder was supposed to encourage me to start working on my gift ideas sooner rather than later this year. I'm normally rushing in December to get my calendar and photo books finished so that I won't be late for Christmas. All too often, the gifts get finished, but I know that I could do a better (or fancier) job if I took more time with them. I now know that it might not even take me more time -- I just needed better tools.
My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software makes photo projects so fun and easy that I might just finish all of my gifts before December.
Here's the first page that I tried. It will go into the calendars we make for members of our extended families. I downloaded the program, picked my favorite pictures from last February, and then slid them into a predesigned template. I originally put a simple solid color background on the page, but later I went back and downloaded a free shabby paper back to add a bit of color and texture to the page.
Once I figured out how to download all sorts of extras, I really started having fun. I'm really happy with the way this page turned out, and it probably didn't take more than 15 minutes from start to finish (including deciding which photos were my favorites).
I think this next page would make an awesome gift for my daughter. I'll probably print it out in an 8x8 inch size and frame it so that she can remember her camp days last summer. Or, maybe I'll pull together some of the other camp pictures and make a big collage of all the great pictures. If I did that, I could include all the great snapshots we have of her hanging out with her old friends from DC.
Be sure to spend some time poking around the My Memories website. Not only does it have great online tutorials here, I could spend hours looking at the inspiration section of the website. In fact, if I spent as much time creating my own digital pages as I do looking at all the really cool things other people have done, most of my Christmas projects would be done by now.
I better get working....
If you'd like to use My Memories Suite software to create Christmas gifts for your family, you can order it here. If you use the discount code STMMMS49512, you'll get a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software (regularly $39.97) and a $10 credit in the MyMemories store.
Or, if you're willing to wait a few weeks to find out if you won, you can enter my giveaway to win a copy for free!
I'm going to make this giveaway easy to enter so that you can spend extra time looking at the digital photos you've already taken and thinking about how awesome they'd look scrapbooked into either a photobook or calendar. Simply visit MyMemories and leave me a comment telling me what product you'd most like to use -- either an album template, digital kit, a cute embellishment, or whatever. You could even look at the MyMemories gallery and tell me the cutest page you found.
Contest ends Sunday 10/30/11 at 11:59 pm (CST). The winner will be randomly chosen and will receive a free download of the MyMemories software (a $39.97 value) and a $10 credit in the MyMemories store.
Disclaimer: I received a free download of the MyMemories Suite and a $10 credit in their store so that I could write this digital scrapbooking review. All opinions are my own, and I received no other compensation for this review. I do, however, receive a small monetary compensation for any reader that uses my discount code to purchase their own software.