Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Product Review and Awesome Giveaway!

Hey there friends and readers. If you've been reading my blog you know that I am a new mommy. Could it be more obvious? ;)

As a new mommy, I love documenting every second of my little one's life! I constantly have a camera in her face and I love sharing her pictures with others. I can be creative, but I am far from crafty. I am not a scrapbooker. In fact, I kinda hate it. I hate the mess. I hate the time it takes to put together one single page. It's not for me.

But I love working on the computer; I'm a fan of InDesign, Quark, iStudio...all of that wonderful electronic "stuff".  And I love taking pictures and I love being able to show them off. 

Well, last week I was asked to do my first product review. I was both excited and nervous. I mean, what if I hated the product? Well, I didn't! I love it! This product is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY!

Have you heard of My Memories ?  To be honest with you, I hadn't. But girl I went to college with always posted digital scrapbooks of her and her kiddos and I always wondered how she could create such cuteness.

So, last weekend I downloaded a version of the program and got to work. 

The program is a BREEZE to figure out. I am used to more complex programs like InDesign and such but this program would work for anyone who is a beginner to a more advanced digital design fan. A big perk for me is that I didn't have to read a lot of instructions to figure it out. I hate instructions. :)

I love that there a really cute, free downloads to create a scrapbook. Like I said, I am not typically a fan of scrapbooking and all of the work that goes into it but this makes it so much easier and quicker. There are also templates you can purchase but I appreciate, as someone trying to watch her budget, that they are extremely reasonably priced. I've seen some ranging from .99 to $2.99. 

You can also add video and music to your pages and the program is compatible with Mac or PC computers. Big time bonus for this Mac girl!

There are several themes to choose from and I love that you can use it to create other things like invitations.
I blurred our last name and church location for privacy.
I could have printed this page out on square card stock for at Office Max. Seriously. The last baby shower I threw, I spent $56 on invitations! This would have been a great cost saver...And the best part? It took me about 15 minutes to put this together. 

I also created a little starter scrapbook of Lainey.

I love that there are so many templates to choose from! You can also add music and video to your pages.


Really the only things I disliked were
1) The program took forever to download. Like, so long I thought it would be one of those programs that freezes often. Rest assured, I've spent about 7-8 hours playing on the program and it has yet to freeze. The program is rather large so, if you purchase or win it, be sure you are in the best area of your house for internet connection and be sure to have your screensaver disabled. That tripped me up.

2) I could not figure out how to upload images from iPhoto. However, on the website there are "classes" you can take to get to know the program a little better...So, I'm signing up!

So...here's the good news for you! My Memories is offering one of my readers a free download of the full program! I am so excited to share this with you all because I know you will love it. No matter if you use it to document your kids, travels, college days, wedding, Christmas...it is an easy way to get professional-quality scrapbooking done by your own hands in reasonable amount of time. I am honestly so happy I was asked to do this because I can see it being used for lots of invitations in my future, not just scrapbooks!

If you would like to purchase this program...My Memories is offering my readers a discount. Just click the banner below and enter in my promotion code for $10 off!

If you would like to win your own copy of My Memories you must do the following:
1) Become a follower of my blog
2) Link this post to your blog
3) Visit My Memories and tell me in a comment that you have done #1 and 2 as well as what your favorite layout or paper pack is

For additional entries:
(doing each of the following will get you one extra entry for a possibility of 4 total entries.)
1) For one extra entry, follow me on twitter at stevycurbow

I will draw the winner next Tuesday, December 27. 

If this isn't enough...check out this awesome giveaway from a fellow blogger!


Haygirl16 said...

Who is the girl that post digital scrapbooks of her kids?? ;) Love the program! And I love Lainey's name.

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

awww what a great thing

gonna have to enter

Kristen said...

I am a follower duh!

Emily.Duncan said...

I follow your blog!

Emily.Duncan said...

I blogged about this tonight http://emilytheduncan.blogspot.com/2011/12/surprise-happy-50th-dad.html

Emily.Duncan said...

I follow my memories on Twitter

Emily.Duncan said...

I liked my memories on facebook :)

Emily.Duncan said...

It is SO hard to choose but I love the my memories combo pack!

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