MyMemories is digital scrapbooking software (and website) for both Mac and Windows (I have a MacBook Pro) that provides the opportunity to make scrapbook items without having to physically purchase all the scissors, stickers, papers, doo-dads, brads, ribbons etc. You simply upload your pictures directly onto the site and create a scrapbook-like item. It is not 3D, but is instead a “picture” of the scrapbook that you have created (there isn’t someone at MyMemories that takes your ideas and physically glues the ribbons etc onto a page and then sends it to you!)
I love digital scrapbooking and have used different companies over the years. If you are familiar with a mouse and basic computer functions then after a bit of trial and error, you will find that digital scrapbooking is pretty easy. Warning! You can lose yourself in a single page just like as if you were physically scrapbooking! It may not save you a lot of time but it will save you money and the burden of having to go to various stores to purchase supplies. Plus, you will not have embellishments and pictures falling out of your item because you didn’t attach them strong enough.
When I first started this review it took several tries, over several days, to download the software. The download kept getting stuck at around 7%. Not sure if it was due to the 4 different networks I tried, or something else. However, once it was past the initial 7% the rest of the download went fast and smooth.
Once the software was downloaded the installation was easy. When you first start you are taken to a screen where you can choose to use a template or create your own (see below). There are several options from a Day in the Life to Christmas presents (see image below). If it is your first time I recommend using a template so you can learn how to use the tools and functions.
Once you have chosen your template you will then have the option to drag and drop the specific template pages that you want to use. In other words, even though you choose a template, you do not have to use all the created page templates. This is a nice feature in that it allows you creative freedom with some help.
After you choose your pages it is time to select your photos. There are two options, a “pick and click” where you manually place your selected photos or “fast fill” where the selected photos are automatically placed in the album. I tried both. The fast fill did a good job but remember that it is just a random computer function. For more creativity I decided to choose the photos myself and dictate their placement. Once I was able to download some pictures, it was easy to drag an drop them into place. This is the same as creating a book through the mainstream websites of Snapfish, Shutterfly etc.
PROBLEM: I was unable to upload pictures from my iPhoto Library. When I selected that folder to import from it showed that nothing was available. I was able to download pictures that were in a folder on my desktop. This would likely stop me from using this product since the majority of my pictures are in my iPhoto Library and I don’t want to take the time to copy and paste into a new folder on my desktop.
Where MyMemories differs significantly is what you can do and add to an album page. The mainstream websites do not typically offer any of these options or “embellishments.” MyMemories offers a change in background papers, text boxes with different fonts, shapes, imprints and numerous other things. Additionally, it has a nice selection of embellishments. These are the little decorations you can add to a page just like you would in physical scrapbooking, i.e. brads, ric-rac, flowers etc. You can pick them, change the size, rotate and dictate location.
Here is a screen shot of one page from the album, let me briefly describe what I did and how easy or difficult it was. Here is what it will look like when you are working on a page:
- I used a template and this was one page that was available in the template. You can see below it a horizontal line that displays the other pages in the template so you can move freely between pages by clicking on the page.
- I added several things such as the matting, the shadow effect, the purple brads in the top corner, the inset picture, the curvy lines around the inset picture and the “Rhett and Colt.” All these are available on the right hand side. These were all very easy if you are familiar with digital scrapbooking software. If you are not, don’t worry, it doesn’t take long and it is pretty user friendly.
I would recommend that MyMemories put the embellishments at the bottom so you can drag and drop the embellishments instead of having to open additional windows each time. I would also recommend that you can enlarge, miniaturize, lengthen, shorten the embellishments by clicking on the item instead of having to open additional windows to do so. It would make it more user friendly.
- In this next shot I simply changed the background paper. There were several options in regard to color and texture and you could purchase more options through the software. Easy to do.
MyMemories also offers several “Digital Scrapbooking Kits” to purchase that are not part of the initial software. These start at around $1.00 and go up from there. There appears to be a function where you can make movies and interactive albums but that is beyond the scope of this review.
Overall, MyMemories is a fun and useful digital scrapbooking software. It is user friendly and cost effective. It provides the user with a lot of options while at the same time offering an endless amount of creativity freedom. The offered items are pretty and are very popular gifts for all occasions. MyMemories is a great tool that is also fun!