Scrapbooking enthusiasts everywhere are clamoring about digital scrapbooking. We believe it’s becoming so popular because no matter your age, experience level or budget, digital scrapbooking software can be enjoyed by anyone. MyMemories Suite is our favorite in the category, offering affordable, mess-free digital scrapbooking software that is easy to use. We’ve wadded through quite a few digital scrapbooking applications and MyMemories Suite is, hands down, the best. It has earned our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for its user-friendly workspace, customizable templates and affordable extras.
From start to finish, this software helps you create a project that is truly your own – even if you use a template. Because all of MyMemories’ templates are adjustable and customizable, you can easily change the canvas size, rotate items, add extra embellishments and adjust layer order to fit your project. MyMemories Suite includes hundreds of papers, embellishments and templates, but you can also download additional items from their online design shop.
To find out if MyMemories Suite is the best digital scrapbooking software, we tested every aspect of the application. The funny part is that while we created albums, imported images, delved into help and support options and exported completed projects, we forgot we were testing software. We were enjoying ourselves so much, we got swept up in the creative process and made some killer scrapbook pages. When we finally snapped back to reality, we knew MyMemories was the clear winner.
It’s no secret we had a lot of fun with this software. All elements can easily be modified, and you can add customized text and purchased (or free) new designs pretty effortlessly. We like that this digital scrapbooking software goes beyond just static photo pages to include multimedia elements like video, audio tracks or loops, as well as link options to other pages, websites or other files. It can also create QuickTime MP4 video files that can be viewed with any Apple product, including the popular iPhone.
The biggest appeal of this type of software is that those that do not have the time, resources or patience for traditional scrapbooking can enjoy scrapbooking without purchasing fancy scissors and acid-free glue. Not to mention that this type of scrapbooking is fast and your images can be shared in a wide variety of ways, including in online albums, as JPEGs or even in professionally printed and bound photobooks.
A huge improvement over the previous version of MyMemories Suite is their custom canvas feature. You no longer have to fit your project to one of the templates offered. Now you can completely customize your project’s size in pixels or inches. The options are endless: create a blog header, design a Facebook timeline image or even make an Instagram frame.
Adding images to MyMemories Suite is simple. You can import entire album files and have them automatically populate your template pages, or you can just as easily drag and drop individual images right where you want them. We also were able to grab images from the internet and drop them into albums. This ability makes it simple for you to add images from image hosting sites like Flickr, Photobucket or even Facebook.
Using MyMemories Suite digital scrapbooking software, you can easily create attractive pages in minutes by using their free or purchased templates. Everything on the page can be altered; you can copy and replicate design elements like boxes or flourishes, then move them around, rotate and resize them. You can even change the color of template elements to create a whole new look. You can also add paper designs or textures to template items.
This digital scrapbooking software can add text boxes as well as create text art with its Word Art Designer – an interesting tool that will let you create and save unique text styles. The text tool includes many fonts, from the popular Arial and Lucinda Sans to the more obscure Vrinda symbols. The word art tool utilizes the fonts available, but you can also rotate the text, select fill types and opacity, and adjust stroke width. Shadowing and beveling effects can be added and text can be arranged to display in ways other than a straight line, such as in a downward or upward arc shape.
This scrapbooking software includes numerous embellishments that can be altered, as well as over 30 album templates, 1,500 paper types and 1,300 page embellishments. One of our favorite features of this software is the color editing tool. Not only can you simply just pick a color, but you can also adjust HSB and RGB values or use the Color Picker. The Color Picker will display a preview image of your page and you simply select the color you want to match. The gradient tool was especially fun to play with; after you pick your color, you can use it to create customized gradient color swatches, and you can even adjust the point at which the color starts and in which direction the color will fade.
This digital scrapbooking software does include some basic photo editing tools as well. With MyMemories Suite you can resize images, crop images, zoom in and out, and reduce red eye. You can also add image effects such as black and white, sepia, mirroring and embossing. The photo editing tools included with this software are suitable for most basic editing; however, for advanced editing you might want to use a professional photo editing application.
The design shop is where the design fun really begins. The free pages and templates that come with the software really are just a teaser compared to what you can get online. And MyMemories Suite even offers numerous free downloads. You can also purchase templates, papers and full packages. They offer over 350 templates and over 500 packs that include emblems, frames and paper packs, each for under $10. They feature 15 designers that all have a distinctive style to help create a varied collection for you to choose from. Even if you do not own a copy of MyMemories Suite, you can still download and utilize the designs they offer.
MyMemories Suite includes quite a few sharing options. Of course you can print your creations with your printer, but you can also export them as JPEGs or as an iPod- or iPhone-ready movie. You can also create photo albums, greeting cards, trading cards and calendars. This digital scrapbooking software can also create videos and burn them to a DVD. MyMemories Suite also provides a printing service that can assemble professionally printed and bound photo albums in a variety of sizes. You can choose from hard cover, soft cover, leather bound and wire-o bound books. A new feature is the ability to export embellishments in an SVG format. You can then import the SVG image into your electronic cutting machine’s library to cut the shape out of your favorite scrapbooking paper. This feature blends the digital and physical scrapbooking world nicely.
As with most software, there is a bit of a learning curve involved when first using this digital scrapbooking software. When testing a few of the features, we had to experiment to find out how to do things like utilize the Word Art Designer or add a link and have the mouseover text appear. The help pages were extremely helpful, easing the learning curve. Search for any topic and a list of helpful suggestions will greet you. For example, we searched for help with word art and several articles like “Adding Word Art” and “Editing Word Art” popped up. The help article then breaks down the process into steps, sometimes including images to assist in comprehension.
Basic functions like adding images, changing colors, or importing and exporting images are simple and do not require a visit to the help pages. One of the things we liked is that the more we played with the software, the more we found out what it could do. We had zero trouble adding images from the internet, image files or from the desktop. We especially enjoyed the functionality of MyMemories Suite’s right-click option. Most scrapbooking software doesn’t have this option so we were surprised when we right-clicked on an object and found options to group separate layers, adjust layer order, edit the image properties and more.
This digital scrapbooking software comes with a PDF user guide and searchable help files, and you can acquire free updates online. You can also read through helpful FAQs posted online or contact the manufacturer by email. MyMemories Suite posts their own blog with featured bloggers, promotional codes and feature highlights. You can also follow them on Twitter or visit their Facebook page. One of the best help and support resources is MyMemories Suite’s YouTube channel where they have several videos showing step-by-step instructions on the program’s most used features.
MyMemories Suite has everything we were looking for in digital scrapbooking software. The user-friendly layout and intuitive tools mean any level of scrapbooker can create a fantastic final product. You can alter nearly every template and download new pages, kits and embellishments from their design store – the options are endless. Bottom line, the software is easy to use and a pleasure to work with.
You can customize your collage or scrapbook page to any dimension you want.
There isn’t a layer indicator, so grabbing objects placed under other layers is difficult.
MyMemories Suite’s templates are all adjustable and customizable, and the finished product can be exported into almost any file type you’d want.