I decided to try out MyMemories Suite (Version 6) this weekend. MyMemories Suite (MMS) is a digital scrapbooking software created by the same developers as My Digital Studio (MDS.) In fact, MMS is currently offering MDS users a discounted price ($19.95) for its latest software, and I’ve included instructions for converting MDS files and downloads over to MMS software on the MDS Monday blog (see the Software Options tab.)
I figure there’s no better way to try out a new software that diving right in and trying to create a scrapbook page. I decided to try something simple – just one photo and some stamps, embellishments and layers. After completing my first page, I have to say that for the most part, using MyMemories Suite is simple and extremely similar to My Digital Studio! I would venture to guess that all MDS users will find it a very easy transition.
There are a few little differences between MMS and MDS, and one big one that I discovered. For example, stamps are called imprints, and punches are called shapes. Those are pretty easy to get use to. Additionally, it seems like the photo boxes act a little differently. I wasn’t able to fill them with paper. But there is an option under the Gallery section to add papers as photos. These are all little nuances that are pretty easy to deal with.
The one major drawback that I discovered was that I was unable to crop an imprint (or stamp.) That’s a pretty big deal to me, because I used that feature a lot in MDS. I would search for a word and crop it out of a phrase. Or, I would crop sections of stamps to use as individual pieces and alter shapes. After discovering this flaw, I already went ahead and wrote to MMS technical support asking them to please include this feature in the next version of the software.
I actually found a work around to crop a stamp on my page above. The stamp that says “year” came from the See Ya Next Year download, and it originally said “best year.” I copied the background paper and pasted it in place, then I cropped it down to a small square to place over the word “best” that I wanted to cover up.
Another obvious flaw is that MMS does not have all of the Stampin’ Up! colors. To work around this, I copied a RPG photo that listed all the Stampin’ Up! colors from the Simply My Digital Studio Challenge FaceBook Group. I saved it as a photo on my computer so I can add it to any project and then use the Color Picker Tool to match the colors.
You may notice some new non-Stampin’ Up! elements on my page. When I purchased the MMS software, I got a credit for $7 worth of free downloads. I used some of that credit to purchase a Chalk Talk Bundle that included a bunch of chalk embellishments. The frame and flowers came from that download. I re-colored some of the flowers to Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise. (I used the RPG photo to save those colors to my favorites!)
I also used Back to School (chalkboard background), See Ya Next Year (stamps), ABC-123 Outline Alphabet (Junior), and Downtown Grunge (frame – cropped, copied, flipped and grouped to elongate to fit my photo.)
The best thing about MMS is that it has ongoing technical support and software updates. Further, some of Stampin’ Up!’s digital downloads will become available to purchase at MMS’s digital store. I think it’s worth the $19.95 to make the switch.
That’s it for now.