Notice, I said “For YOU!”.
That’s right, I want you to do something for me.
Please, do something for YOU.
Let’s fact it, not many people have money to throw around. And if we actually do, we “splurge” on things for the house, the kids, the family, the friends… but rarely (if ever) do we splurge for US.
Well, I did.
Rewind: I love the idea of scrapbooking. LOVE IT! It appeals to me creatively, but also practically; since digital cameras came around, we don’t show off our pictures anymore. We don’t just sit down with our photo albums. And don’t tell me it’s the same to sit at a computer because face it, we keep 30 times the number of pictures a regular photo album had so they’re just not as fun.
So I scoured garage sales and clearance racks and about 8 years ago (before we had a digital camera, actually!) I started scrapbooking with paper and stickers and scissors and frames and –
Have I mentioned my ADHD? My insane perfectionism?
Can you guess where I’m going with this?
Fast forward a few years ago, where I see a digital scrapbooking program at some Big Box stationary store. I pay $10, and it’s pretty cool. You know, when it’s working at a not insanely slow speed. Which never actually happened. I can put pictures in frames and some text… it’s OK, but I never actually really DID anything.
Fast forward to July 2011. I started doing some research. A friend was a Creative Memories consultant and she swore by the program. But really? $65? I downloaded the free program but wasn’t getting into it, plus I did NOT want to have to buy a full photo book. Internet research, HO!!! (That was supposed to be like the “Thundercats” cry. Just sayin’.)
I thought about what I wanted from a scapbooking program. It had to be easy, for sure. I had to be able to print it out myself (I have 3 kids, I’ll want 3 copies, plus for me!). I wanted to be able to “add on” easily. I found a bunch of sites, with this one being the best for overall comparison.
I used that site to base my research on, and time and time again the My Memories got rave reviews. For me? I *loved* that I could put the pages on a DVD! It seemed like a great choice, but of course, I couldn’t swallow the money factor.
Fast forward to Sunday, and I take the plunge. I purchased it! Best part, I purchased it from the site with a $10 off coupon and was able to download it right away!!! (Keep reading about how YOU can get $10 off too!) Now, they had some heavy site traffic so downloading it had to wait until Monday (tech support and people on their FB page were wonderful!) but I did it! (You have the option of purchasing the actual program too, FYI.)
And guess what.
Yesterday? (And a little this morning)
I did 14 pages.
In between library time and cleaning and meals.
I did 14 pages and had a BLAST!
They’re not super fancy, I was just doing it to get the gist of how it worked, but I DID IT!!! I can’t believe it!! Don’t believe me? LOOK!
OK, OK… I’m not going to win any awards… But my kids will have their memories! What about this one?
Isn’t it great?!?!
(Now, a lot of the pages have 4-6 pictures on them, I just happened to choose those two pages. They have templates to add much more then that, or you can just do that yourself.)
I have tons more too tell you, but I’m getting quite longwinded, so let me just give you some details:
http://www.mymemories.com/ – This is the main page, to look at the basics of what they have.
http://www.mymemoriesblog.com/ – Here is a link to their blog/forums. The blog has video tutorials (so you can see it in action before you buy it!) and the forums are actually what got me to purchase it! I asked a couple of questions that got answered by the friendliest, most encouraging ladies!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MyMemories/140359372717593 – Their Facebook page… ask questions, see pages, follow what they’re about!
Now, here’s the thing; when I joined, I enrolled in a “Share The Memories” program. It gives me a special code to share, that will give YOU $10 off your purchase! Just cut and paste — STMMMS4814 — into the coupon code area when you check out!
I know, I know, I know…. you may be interested but you “just can’t”. I know. But as much as I keep saying “Do this for you!” the fact is? This really IS for your kids too. And your extended family. You’re preserving their memories in a fun and fresh way, a way they will UTILIZE a lot more then just a flashdrive full of photos. And if you want to make a book? I’m doing mine as 8X11s that I can print for 25 cents a piece at the local library to slip into some sheet protectors and snap in to a pretty binder.
Think about it, OK? If it’s something you think you might enjoy, I can’t encourage you enough to try it! Come on, those of you who have followed this blog. You know me! You know how I am!! If *I* can do this… so can you!
DISCLAIMER: I was not given anything for this review! I do receive compensation when my code is used for a program purchase, but it was totally my idea to write this post. I was planning on it anyway when I discovered the program!