Memory Mixer by Lasting Impression brings “copy and paste” to the scrapbooking “cut and paste” world. With this digital scrapbooking software you can easily add images to pages, edit images, create your own paper designs and much more. We found this program effortless and fun to use and if you’re in a hurry, you can create attractive scrapbook pages in minutes using their QuickMix tools. Nearly comparable to the higher product, Memory Mixer is our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner.
Memory Mixer supports a variety of page sizes and comes with many types of digital papers, embellishments and fonts, or you can add or create your own backgrounds. It also supports an unlimited number of colors and even has a color picker for accurate color matching. You can share your images online as a JPEG, burn a CD or DVD, create a movie and, of course, print your created pages.
Memory Mixer comes with a good collection of photo editing tools such as the ability to crop, reduce red eye, rotate, zoom, emboss, black and white, flip and much more, and it can do things you cannot do easily with paper, such as adjust the opacity with a simple slide tool.
As mentioned, Memory Mixer provides complete flexibility. You can alter images, create your own backgrounds, add your own embellishments and fonts and more. Pretty much anything you can dream up you can do, including adding custom colors. We found the paper designs attractive and easy to alter. This software is a lot of fun to use once you figure out just how much you can do with it. For a more in-depth look at Memory Mixer, be sure to read our review on the Mac Scrapbooking review site.
Although the Memory Mixer software does not support direct uploading from external devices like cell phones or cameras, it can import from any image file, so once your images are uploaded to your computer you can easily add them to your scrapbook pages through the program. You can also copy images from the Internet and directly paste them into a page, which is a great time-saving tool.
Memory Mixer provides a variety of backgrounds, papers, embellishments, fonts and shapes. In terms of backgrounds you can choose a solid color using the provided swatches, alter colors of the existing backgrounds or create your own with the color picker. Paper can be altered or created and this software includes a selection of designer packages that make beautiful rush jobs easy to accomplish. You can also choose from a selection of textures, including fabric, metal and nature textures.
Embellishments include things like corners, ribbons, flowers, leaves, stitching, buttons, letters, frames and even words and expressions. Of course you can import your own embellishments and graphics and alter them in Memory Mixer. For example, you can easily resize your objects, rotate them, change their opacity and then add them to your favorites so you can quickly find them later.
Memory Mixer allows you to easily add text and journaling to your layouts. It offers many font types and you can modify the text using any color or opacity that you desire. Select the orientation, size, bold or italic, underline and even fit the text to a shape. This scrapbooking software offers a diversity of fun shapes that you can add to your designs as well, such as squares, hearts, stars, talk bubbles and more. Of course you can change the orientation, size, color and opacity of the shapes.
Additional papers, embellishments, backgrounds, alphabet collections and QuickMix packages are available for purchase online.
With Memory Mixer you can easily share your pages or albums by burning them to a CD or DVD, by creating a movie, by printing or by converting to a JPEG for sharing on the Internet. You can also have a photobook printed through Memory Mixer for as low as $9.95.
This scrapbooking software is incredibly simple to use, it has a handy toolbar across the top of the screen and a left navigation bar that can help you easily perform all of your alterations and creations. It took us a little while to figure out a few things, but once we had it figured out, we started flying through the program and could create fun pages within minutes. And some things may not seem obvious at first, but once you experiment with the program you will discover them, like the cut and paste options for example, we did not see on the Memory Mixer website that you could copy images from the Internet, but then we tried it, we copied an image from the web and pasted it into a page easily. We were very pleased to find useful features like that by experimentation.
Memory Mixer offers a variety of contact methods; you can contact them by telephone, email or mail. Online they post helpful FAQs and the product comes with embedded support that includes useful step-by-step instructions. You can also access product updates online or sign up for their newsletter which provides tips and tricks and more.
To tell you the truth, not many of the TopTenREVIEWS writers are scrapbookers, but we had a lot of fun playing with this program. We liked the fact that it combines a traditional craft form with technology to make it easy for those of us who do not own a pair of fancy shaped scissors to create attractive and fun photo albums.
We would recommend this program to traditional scrapbookers who are looking to save money or create web friendly pages, and to non-scrapbookers for creating fun photo pages, books and images for the Internet. Memory Mixer posts many sample pages online, so go check them out to get an idea of what you can do with this digital scrapbooking software, you will be surprised.
Lots of embellishments available.
Can't import from external devices.
Fun to use and has a variety of features.