Wednesday, February 29, 2012

1st Giveaway!!

(In my excitement to write this post, I inadvertently hit publish post without first changing the date.  If you received this via email, so sorry!!  You received the unedited version.  (I usually write posts, set them to publish later and then go back and edit them before the post.  This lets me follow a clearer train of thought.) Here's the more polished version!)

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Liz and asked if I would like to try My Memories digital scrapbooking software.  My Memories is computer based digital scrapbooking software.  You go to their site and purchase a copy of the software and it downloads the complete program onto your computer.  This means you can create to your heart's content without having to be "attached" to your a wireless network.  (Great for times when you travel and horrors of horrors aren't connected...)

Once you put it on your computer, a virtual workspace opens up and allows you to layer thousands of papers, backgrounds, journaling, and accents such as ribbons, buttons, screw heads, just about anything you can dream of with your digital pictures. Adding pictures couldn't be easier, either.  Simply open My Memories software and iPhoto at the same time and drag and drop.  Easy!  Once you have your creation perfected, then you can print it to a pdf, jpg, or directly to your printer. 
Now, I have a confession, I am a self proclaimed scrapbook nut who has an entire room full of scrapbooking bits and pieces.  I love to cut the paper and stick the pieces down.  I find it cathartic to take a pile of mess and make something beautiful.  So, what exactly was I going to think of digital scrapbooking software???

I can honestly say I love it!!  No more mess, sticky fingers, oops with the glue, glitter or scissors, no frustrations, nothing, just point and click!  Everything you do traditionally with scrapbooking can be done just as easily with My Memories. 

In a short, untrained afternoon, I created a nameplate for my niece's bedroom door and a cute LO for Zach-a-doo & his Tonka truck.  The software is super user friendly and makes creating something precious a breeze.

For the nameplate, I started with the basic background and added a square of burlap, two colors of ric-rac trim and a couple of flowers.  Then I chose the perfect font from all of those on my computer.  My Memories lets me use all of my fonts, not just a few preselected ones.  (Sorry, personal pet peeve when I have the perfect font in my head and I can't use it because it isn't supported on whichever platform I'm working in.  Grrrrr.) 

Tonka Boy went together just as simply with a couple of layered papers and those great screw head accents.  The color matching feature made it super simple to get the perfect shade of brown for the picture border. 

If your software package doesn't have the perfect background or accent piece, cruise their website for thousands, literally, of accents, papers and quick pages (already created pages that just require you to drop in the pics.)  While most of these have a small fee attached, lots of items can be found for free!  Both of my creations above where made using items purchased for free.  My Memories cycles through over 140 different items, ranging from quick pages to background papers and accents.  (For those looking for a deal, they often run sales as well!!  Wahoo!!)

Is anyone else out there wanting to give it a try?  I have a copy of My Memories software to give away to one lucky follower!! (I'd love it if you'd follow Giddings Lane, but it's not necessary to be a winner.)

Head over to their website My Memories and look over all of their items.  Come back and leave a comment letting me know which incredible accent piece caught your eye! 

I'll choose a winner randomly on March 5th!  Good Luck!!

Even if you don't win, but are still interested, head to My Memories and use the promotional code, STMMMS37706, to earn $10 off of the retail price!!  Awesome!! The even better part??  That's not all!!  When you purchase your software with $10 off, you will receive another $10 credit to the My Memories store!!  Score!!

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