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My Memories Suite Tutorial 2: Adding Additional Content

Posted in Freebies, My Memories Suite, Scrapbooking, Tutorials , on October 8, 2008 , 11 Comments
My Memories Suite software Tutorial 2

My Memories Suite software Tutorial 2

The second installment of the My Memories Suite tutorial series that I’ve been working on is ready for view!  This time around I address adding additional content such as freebies or other graphics to the program’s directories for use within the software.  This allows you to use digi scrapping freebies (or ANY image files such as clip art from the internet, things you design yourself OR even items you scan!) in My Memories Suite just as if it were pre-loaded content.

The fact that My Memories Suite allows you to use any and all common image files (such as .JPG or .GIF or .PNG) means that your possibilities with the software are endless.  While the program comes with tons of pre-loaded backgrounds, embellishments, etc. one day you’ll want to add more, and it’s very easy to do as you can see in Tutorial 2.  You’re not just limited to adding just digi scrapping freebies, either.  In this tutorial I show you how to add a typical digital scrapbooking freebie kit and how you can scan personal mementos like movie stubs or concert ticket stubs and add them the same way so that you can digitally scrap with physical mementos you’d normally paste in a traditional scrapbook.  The sky’s the limit with My Memories Suite, and I’m here to show you how easy it is to make the software your own.  Easily add downloaded freebie kits from DigiFree or scan physical objects such as a napkin from your friend’s wedding or a greeting card you’d normally scrap traditionally and use it within My Memories Suite digitally instead!


This is the second tutorial in the My Memories Suite software tutorial series and is roughly 18 minutes total in length.  You can check it out over on YouTube where you can bookmark it, download it and save it just in case you don’t have all 18 minutes to spare all at once.  If anything is unclear, just let me know!  I have plans for at least 3 other tutorials as well.  If you missed the first tutorial, which was an introduction to the software’s basic features and capabilities, click here.  Each new tutorial piggybacks off of the previous videos, so you’ll want to watch them all!  Stay tuned for more tutorials in the near future, and if you have any suggestions for future tutorials (wondering if My Memories Suite can do this or that? Just ask!) drop me a line and let me know; if it’s not already something I’m planning to do, I’d be happy to make more.

And thanks for the kind comments on yesterday’s Tags and Scraps freebie; I’m glad you enjoy them! :) See you back soon for more goodies.  Take care!

Updated January 28, 2009: I am now part of the affiliate program and can offer readers of my craft blog who enjoyed this tutorial a $10 discount on the My Memories Suite software, plus an additional $10 to spend in the MMS online store! To get the discount, click the banner link in the upper right corner/sidebar of my blog (Where it says “Get My Memories Suite”) or the link below, and use coupon/promo code STMMMS21122. Enjoy! :D
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Updated April 23, 2011: Google Videos is ceasing to exist- you will now find the tutorial above on YouTube, and all links and embeds have been updated to reflect this change :)

11 Responses to “My Memories Suite Tutorial 2: Adding Additional Content”

  1. Crystal says:

    Hi pinktoque. I love all of your pages and your tutorials. I only have one question. How do I cut my papers? I know I can cut them as pictures but I was just wondering if there was any other way to come about that. Thanks!

  2. Lesley says:

    Hi Crystal!

    Thanks for your comment :) I plan to do a tutorial on this exact question very soon! Look for it on Monday or Tuesday next week. This is one of those things that took me awhile to figure out. I assume you mean how can you get background papers into various shapes and layer it? You mentioned “cut them as pictures” — that’s basically the method: you add a photo box, put it in whatever shape, drag it to size it, and then instead of choosing a photo you choose a background paper. That is the only way I’ve figured it out, too. Hope that helps!

  3. Crystal says:

    I just got this program and I would like to thank you for putting the tutorial up and updating it. I’ve tried photoshop but it’s just a little too intricate (if that is possible). So I hope with time my pages will look half as good as yours with this program. I am very new to all this so lets keep our fingers crossed. I will definitely check out your new tutorial =). Thanks a bunch!

  4. Crystal says:

    P.S. I’ve tried moving all my files to the directory and my backgrounds work just fine but when it comes to my embellishments it says that “it may be a corrupted image” on all of them. I’ve tried downloading and redownloading. I’m out of options =(.

  5. Lesley says:

    Hmm, this is very strange and I’ve not encountered this error yet. Does it error like that with ALL images you try to add? How are you adding the embellishments? Are you going into Components/Embellishments/ then making a new directory to put your embellishments into? Try adding new/different images — for example, grab some random clip art from online or a photograph .jpg you have on your computer somewhere and stick it into a \random\ folder in your Embellishments folder and see if you get that error with ALL images or just the ones you’ve tried with so far that you downloaded. There may be something wrong with just the ones you downloaded and are trying to use. Also check the file type — are the images you’re trying to use .jpg, .gif or .png? Let me know. Good luck!

  6. Crystal says:

    Well I’ve been away but I think I understand why it didn’t work now. I watched the tutorial again and did it step by step. Guess what? It worked! Hehe. Thanks again.

  7. Peggy says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorials. I ordered the program yesterday and watched the first tut (hoping to be ready to use the software right away). I have made some pages in photoshop but it takes me so long and I’m hoping this will help me be more productive.

    I do have a question. Is it possible to save the work in tif? I’m hoping I can export or open what I do into photoshop in case I want to add effects from my plugins.

    Also I’ve noticed in past that things look better printed from photoshop than from other programs.

    Thank you again for your generous giving of your time to share your knowledge.

  8. Lesley says:

    The only thing I am aware of is exporting pages as a JPG file. You could open that in Photoshop and add effects to it, or even convert the JPG files to TIF if needed. But then to get them back into the program like that… well, it won’t be quite as easy.

    I have created quick pages in Photoshop and saved the full pages (minus a little transparent hole somewhere for a photo) as PNG files that are 3600 x 3600 pixels (12 inches x 12 inches). I then go to a new, blank page in My Memories Suite and add that full page PNG file as an embellishment and make sure it’s fitted properly to the full page. So you could bring the page back into MMS if you wanted to, after you finish it off in Photoshop. Just save it as an image file in an area on your computer (such as in the MMS Embellishments directory) and add the full page as an embellishment to a blank workspace page within MMS.

    I hope all of that makes sense or helps! :)

  9. Miranda says:

    i was wondering if you know how to add new fonts to my memories suite

    • Lesley says:

      My Memories Suite uses any fonts you currently have installed on your computer. So for example, if you use Windows, you can go download any free fonts out there you want and install them to your Windows Fonts folder (basically copy the font files into the windows/fonts folder) and then re-open MMS and MMS will use those fonts. Does that make sense? You don’t actually add any fonts to MMS itself – MMS uses all of the fonts you have installed on your computer, so if you install new fonts MMS will find and use them automatically. :)

      If this doesn’t make sense or you need help, please don’t hesitate to let me know! :)

      • Tina says:

        Can I say that all of your tutorials and blog questions have helped so much. Every time I dont know how to do something I come here and you have the answer. Amazing. I think that what you have taught in a short amount of time would have taken me yrs to learn, and I would have given up on it by then. So thank you!