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Friday, December 14, 2012

My Memories 7 Days of Software Giveaway!

Today is SewCalGal's stop in the 7 Days of Software Giveaways from MyMemories, hosted by Melinda at 28 Peppermint Grove.  I'm delighted to be part of this blog hop and want to share with you some insights on what I've recently been using MyMemories software for.

You may know MyMemories V4 software is my "go to" software for creating images for my blog, Facebook, greeting cards, scrapbooking, printing designs onto fabric, making bookmarks and other craftables.  It is super easy to use.  And, I'm delighted to share insights with you on how I use this software.  Today, I want to share insights with you to help you create:

Facebook Timeline Header Image

To create your own unique Facebook Timeline image, use the "create your own design" feature in MyMemories and create a custom size and set your diimensions to 851px by 315px. You can then pull in any MyMemories collection, or use your own images.  I used the MyMemories Stocking Stuffer template, which automatically reformats to the dimensions I previously defined for this project.  Then, it was really quick to pull in an image, change text, move things around.  Within 2 minutes I had a new facebook header image for my Facebook wall.   This was so easy and fast I'm a bit embarrassed to show it, but it did help dress up my Facebook wall for the holidays.

Recognizing Sponsors
Like many of us, I'm involved with a variety of fundraisers throughout the year and am always looking for ways to create flyers and posters that can be used to recognize sponsors that donate prizes.  As I'm hosting the Quilter's Christmas Party and Fundraiser for Operation Homefront (which you can still donate to win raffle prizes), I wanted to create an image that would recognize all the sponsors, including new ones.  I found it really easy to use the MyMemories Software.  I  used the option to "Create Album from Designer Template" and  I selected the Holiday Simplicity template.  It was very easy and fast to edit the text to create a beautiful image that can be used on my blog, or printed to a flyer or poster to recognize such sponsors. I actually printed a large poster that was displayed at the physical Quilter's Christmas Party this past Sunday.

Creating Christmas Cards
While pre-printed Christmas Cards have been the norm for years, customized cards are so much nicer.  Even better, when you took the time to customize them...and even better when you can quickly do so using MyMemories software.  I used the option to "create my own design" using a  5x7 format.  I then inserted the Holiday Snows collection, which automatically formatted to the size I specified.  I quickly uploaded an image, moved a few things around for my personal preference, and was easily able to print these cards on my home inkjet printer. But, you can also take these cards to kiosk printers (e.g. Costco, Sams, WalMart, etc) to print. And, you can even use MyMemories to create the cover, inside and backside of your greeting card too!

WordArt - MyMemories has some fun WordArt that comes with the V4 software.  And, they have more you can purchase at a reasonable price. Plus, you can easily create your own WordArt using this software, as well as bring in clipart wordart images.  I purchased the "All I Want For Christmas" WordArt collection which I used to create a Quilter's Christmas Wish List.  Of course, I hope  you'll leave a comment to let me know what you want for Christmas as I'd love to hear what you want for Christmas.

I hope you can see why the MyMemories software is my "go to" software package.  If you already have it and are not using it, I hope this inspires you to use it.  Possibilities are endless.  Just get in and play.  If you are new to the MyMemories software,

If you are interested in learning more about MyMemories, I hope you'll visit the other blogs participating in this hop.  They are all sharing inspirational projects that they created with the MyMemories software and also hosting a giveaway which you can enter and increase your odds of winning a copy of this fun and creative software. Here is the line up for this fun event:

I  do think at $39.97 MyMemories software a very reasonable  package, plus they have many freebies on their site.  Should  you want to purchase this software, MyMemories has offered readers of SewCalGal a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories store - $20 value! Just copy and paste the code STMMMS74482 and enter it during checkout to receive your discount!     

Use Code STMMMS74482 at checkout!

Did I mention a giveaway?

MyMemories has offered a copy of their software to followers of SewCalGal.    Public followers can simply leave a message on this post to let me know you are interested in winning a copy of this software.  SewCalGal will randomly select and announce a winner on Friday, December 21st.
    Update:  Congratulations to Karen M (Karen's Sewing Room) as she is the winner of this giveaway.

I'm also interested in knowing if you'd like to see SewCalGal share tutorials for using MyMemories software.? I've found this software so easy to use, but I do realize some may like tutorials.  So, please let me know what you think.  I see endless possibilities with this software. I still use Photoshop, but this has definitely become my "go to" software.

Here are a few tutorials from MyMemories that you may want to check out:
Getting Started with MyMemories
Where to find what I bought?
How to access and use outside content (e.g. your own clipart or purchased collections)
The Guide to Using Guides
Photo Box

And, here is a list of videos and PDF links that Lisa of MyMemories shared:

PDF Link: *March Into MMS Cover Page*

Video Link: Using Outside Content *IN* your MMS!
PDF Link: Outside Content PDF

Video Link: Doin' the Text Wrap!
PDF Link: Text Wrap PDF

PDF Link: Background Papers PDF

Video Link: Moving Pages/Inserting Designer Template Pages
PDF Link: Moving/Inserting Pages PDF

Video Link: Wanna Change the Shape/Orientation of that Album?
PDF Link: Change Shape/Orientation PDF

Video Link: What's Your Preference?
PDF Link: Preference Setting PDF

Video Link: Shadows & Mats... How about that??
PDF Link: Shadows & Mats PDF

Video Link: Using PHOTO ONLY Template Albums and Pages
PDF Link: PHOTO ONLY templates PDF

Video Link: Zoom Tool and Page View options:
PDF Link: Zoom Tool/Page View

Video Link: *Order & Alignment* What you need to know
PDF Link: Order & Alignment PDF

Video Link: March into the MMS Website
PDF Link: There is *no* PDF for this lesson! Check out the website!

Video Link: To GROUP or not to GROUP, that is the Question
PDF Link: Grouping PDF

Video Link: Using GUIDES to create PHOTO PAPER READY layouts
PDF Link: Using Guides PDF

Video Link: Wanna SHARE that page? (Posting your pages to FB and EMAIL)
PDF Link: Sharing Pages PDF

Video Link: Crop and Edit like a PRO
PDF Link: Crop & Edit PDF

Video Link: WordArt that YOU create
PDF Link: WordArt YOU Create PDF

Video Link: FAST FILL option
PDF Link: Fast Fill PDF

Video Link: Uploading Your PHOTOBOOK for printing with MMS
PDF Link: Uploading Your PHOTOBOOK PDF

Video Link: Copy & Paste (text and content from outside sources)
PDF Link: Copy & Paste (outside content) PDF

Video Link: Lettering Delights Lesson
PDF Link: Lettering Delights PDF

Video Link: MyMemories Suite Workscreen Tour
PDF Link: MMS Workscreen PDF

Video Link: Making a Designer Template Your Own
PDF Link: Using Designer Templates

Video Link: Adding SHAPES to your MMS program Using SVG files
PDF Link: Adding Shapes w/SVG files PDF

Video Link: Create a Custom Header for your Blogger Blog
PDF Link: Create a Custom Blogger Header PDF

Video Link: Using JOURNALING MATS and FONTS to tell Your Story
PDF Link: Mats and Fonts PDF

Video Link: Clustering Made Easy
PDF Link: Clustering PDF

Video Link: *Your WORDS as ART*
PDF Link: Your WORDS as Art PDF

Video Link: Adding MUSIC/NARRATION to your Project
PDF Link: Adding Music & Narration 

Video Link: Adding MEMORIES without the Mess (using Memoribilia in your Project!)
PDF Link: Add MEMORIES Without the Mess PDF

Video Link: Telling your CHILD'S Story with MMS (create a book/story your CHILD tells)
PDF Link: Tell your CHILD'S story PDF

And, click here to see more MyMemories tutorials on their blog.


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Dana Gaffney said...

I'm still looking at this software, thanks for the blog hop, I've seen and read a lot.

pburketb said...

What fun. Would love the software.

Karen M said...

Your examples make this software sound very enticing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sandy D said...

This software seems easy to use especially when you are new to it. That is what I would need .Yes a blog every now and then would be good.

Marelize Ries said...

Looks really nice, especially that it has more than one use.. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway...

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

I would love a chance to win! I've always wondered how you make all those cute graphics! Thanks for the info..

Kathy said...

This looks like a wonderful software package! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Ray and Jeanne said...

I'd loe the software and I think tutorials are a wonderful idea! ~Jeanne

Patricia said...

I've not been part of the Scrapbooking World so this software is new to me. It looks like it has many possibilities for quilters and bloggers and I'd love to learn more about it.

Terrie Sandelin said...

I've been eyeing this software for months now. I'm going to have to take the plunge, I think. And yes, I'd love to see tutorials.

YankeeQuilter said...

I hadn't realized this software was so versatile...would love to give it a try. Tutorials are always helpful!

CRQ said...

Looks like "handy" software! Would be fun to learn.

CRQ said...

Looks like "handy" software! Would be fun to learn.

suemac said...

Love the cute snowman. Great idea.

sherry said...

would love to learn...thx for all the learning opportunities you provide us with...how on earth do you fit it all in the day is just beyond me

Quilting Babcia said...

This software looks like it would be a fun addition to our arsenal, and I love tutorials, so would appreciate seeing more on how you've used the software for a particular application. Thanks for the giveaway, as always!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

This looks like something that would come in handy... thanks for a chance to win it!

Kathy Boice said...

This program sounds like a winner to me!!! I would love to have one. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

Lindi said...

I'm beginning to see the possibilities of this are endless! Thanx for the chance to win it! L

teachpany said...

I would love to see how you use this, aka tutorials. I love what you create, and know you say it's easy and fun.

Judy1522 said...

This software looks like it would be fun to use.

barbara woods said...

i would love to play with that thanks

Barb said...

What a very comprehensive list of How-To's you've put together there. I'm going to bookmark your post and refer back to this as I learn the program. Thank you! I already have the software, but would love to see your tutorials as I haven't had much time to spend using it.

Shirley in Canada said...

Thanks for the blog giveaway! What an amazing software. Would love to see more of what it does!!

Beth said...

The software looks like a very fun and easy product! I think I could learn to like it too. I'm in!!!

Kathy ~~~ said...

love the tutorials... that's how I learn best. I hope I win.

Diane Wild said...

Thanks for this post. I have the software and I need to spend more time playing with it. I'm the type that needs to see it used so tutorials from you would be great.

Cyn said...

I purchased this software the last time you promoted it [a few weeks ago?]. I used the 'code' and I rec'd the $10 discount from the price but no $10 shopping credit. ;( . Perhaps I failed to fill out something. Anyway, it's still sitting in its box. lol. I am very interested in learning this software - you have mentioned so many useful things we can do with it. So, YES, I would love to see some tutes on MyMemories.

Cyn said...

PS: Thanks anyway, but I already have V4 of this software, so please don't throw my name in the hat for your drawing, I just wanted to 'vote' for some tutes. Thank you.

Bonnie58 said...

Wow, the software looks great. I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity.

Carolyn said...

I would love to see tutorials on this software. Thank you for the opportunity to win this software!

Colleen said...

I'm a follower, and I would love to win.

Crickets Corner said...

This sounds great, so many possibilities in one package. I would love to win it. Being able to get tutorials from you would be perfect, it's so much easier with someone showing the way. I've bookmarked this page for future reference. Thanks!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great. If I were to win, I'd need some tutorials. I'm a bit on the tech deficient list, but, I can learn. Thanks for the chance.

Wanda said...

This software intriques me and I would love to win.

emmy said...

This certainly looks like a 'go to' program for creating a host of projects that we all use. Tutorials always make a new program so much easier. I am a follower and thank you for the giveaway.

Texastwirl said...

The software looks like a fun and exciting way to expand creativity. I am always looking for new creative learning experiences and would love to have the software and the tutorials would be an added bonus!

Texastwirl said...

The software looks like a fun and exciting way to expand creativity. I am always looking for new creative learning experiences and would love to have the software and the tutorials would be an added bonus!

Texastwirl said...

The software looks like a fun and exciting way to expand creativity. I am always looking for new creative learning experiences and would love to have the software and the tutorials would be an added bonus!

Toye Mason said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway...this looks like a ton of hours I could spend having fun.

Kathy Boice said...


Kristin said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I think this software could be fun and useful!

Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

I would love to win this software!