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My Memories Suite Tutorial 5: Version 2 Features

Posted in My Memories Suite, Scrapbooking, Tutorials , on January 3, 2010 , 11 Comments

mmstutorial5_freebie_previewHappy Sunday, and have I got a treat for you… introducing My Memories Suite VERSION 2! That’s right, you heard me correctly. Not only is there a new version to My Memories Suite with all new features, I created a video tutorial to explain it all and show those new features off!

Last month, StoryRock unveiled an all new version 2 of its famous and very popular digital scrapbooking software, My Memories Suite. Version 2 is packed with all new goodies and awesome new features that we were dying for in Version 1. It’s like StoryRock read all of the feedback of features and ideas that its users over the years have been wanting out of the software and put it in one neat little package that will make digital scrapbookers the world over very happy.

If you’ve been to the Pink Toque Craft Blog before, you know I am an avid user of My Memories Suite. I got the software over 3 years ago when it first came out, and I have been in love ever since. I don’t want to babble on forever (because the new Version 2 goodies are exciting!) but if this is your first visit to my blog and you’re wondering what all of the excitement is about and why I love this software so much, be sure to go and read my review. My Memories Suite has been the best digital scrapbooking program to ever come along and with Version 2, it just got better.

Version 2 includes 1500 new background papers, 1300 new embellishments and 20 new layouts that come built into the software for your use right out of the box. On top of that, new features such as the zoom ability, Resource Gallery, and WordArt Designer make creating beautiful digital scrapbooking pages even easier. My favorite new feature is that your text can now be curved and follow shapes. This was not something you could do in Version 1, and I love that I can create text in beautiful circular shapes or to follow the edges of a photograph right on the page. It was probably the most requested feature and question I got from readers of my blog. Before I had to tell people they could only do something like that in Photoshop, but now My Memories Suite allows you to edit curved and rounded text on the fly right in the program instead. Hooray!

My Memories Suite Tutorial 5: Version 2 Features – Part 1 of 2

Another highly-sought-after feature that a lot of people asked me about was how to view pages side-by-side so they could build double page spread layouts. Unfortunately, this was not something you could do in Version 1, but now in Version 2 it’s easy. You can also now share your digital scrapbook in a wider variety of ways, including trading cards or calendars. They’ve also streamlined the Photobook process to make it easier to create beautiful photobooks of your finished albums. You’ll also love that you can click and rotate your pictures right on the page.

I received Version 2 last month and have been trying hard to squeeze in some digital scrapping time with it so that I could show off the new features here on my blog. I finally got around to it today, and created a new video tutorial that highlights all of the major new features available to you in Version 2. I walk you through the new things and how to use them, and it makes it easy for Version 1 users to pick right up where they left off in the old version, or for new users to My Memories Suite to see just how awesome the software really is so they can get it for themselves.

My Memories Suite Tutorial 5: Version 2 Features – Part 2 of 2

Version 1 users will love that all of the photo albums and pages they’ve created in Version 1 will be converted for them into Version 2 compatibility and that the transition will be seamless. You won’t lose anything and all of your old albums will be right there for you in Version 2, ready to go and waiting for you to use the new tools and features to enhance them even further. When you’re adding embellishments or papers, you’ll be able to easily see what items are new to Version 2, and all of the old embellishments and papers from Version 1 are collected together in a folder labeled as Version 1, so you can quickly find all of your old favorites or check out the new stuff.

Speaking of Favorites, another new feature that I just love is that I can “bookmark” the embellishments and papers that I use most often and mark it as a favorite. This means that it’s added to a special “favorites” folder so I can access those favorite items quickly anytime I want to without having to search for them every time I want to use them on my digital scrapbook page designs. I show how this works in the video tutorial.

The WordArt Designer allows you to create fun and professional looking word art for your pages easily, and is built right in to the side tab of My Memories Suite now. Type in the text you want to create into word art, select the font and sizing, line spacing, colors, fill, stroke, etc. You can add shadows or a bevel and design the perfect word art accompaniment to any page you’re working on. I also demonstrate this in the video tutorial!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but I’m really excited about the new features in My Memories Suite Version 2!  I just recently finished up Family Life 2009 digital scrapbook and am eagerly looking forward to working with all new designs, layouts, and features with Version 2 in 2010. If you want more details about what Version 2 has to offer, check out the info on mymemoriessuite.com. Original users of Version 1 will be able to upgrade for a nominal fee to get all of the new features, papers, embellishments, and layouts that come packaged with Version 2 and brand new My Memories Suite users can get on board and pick up Version 2 for themselves. If you’d like to save a little money on your purchase of My Memories Suite Version 2, be sure to click HERE: readers of the Pink Toque Craft Blog can get $10 off Version 2 PLUS get $10 of free downloads at the online MMS shop! (use promo code STMMMS21122 at the link!)

Paper Backgrounds for V2

I’ve spent most of the afternoon recording the latest tutorial and getting it uploaded for viewing. It ended up being 18 minutes long! Since YouTube only allows videos up to 10 minutes each, I split the tutorial into 2 parts:

* My Memories Suite Tutorial 5: Version 2 Features – Part 1 of 2

* My Memories Suite Tutorial 5: Version 2 Features – Part 2 of 2

Enjoy! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments on the new video tutorials or you need help with My Memories Suite Version 2. Hope you’ve had a great weekend :) Happy scrapping!

11 Responses to “My Memories Suite Tutorial 5: Version 2 Features”

  1. Rena Derochemont says:

    Thanks, Lesley for another great MMS tutorial. It’s fun to see just how to use the new improved version. You are a great teacher.

    Thanks, again.

  2. Lesley says:

    You’re so welcome, Rena! Thanks for coming back and watching another tutorial, and for all of your kind comments. :) Hope it helps! Take care.

  3. Lainey says:

    Leslie, I used the link to purchase but the discount isn’t showing up. Is there a promo code we can use? Thanks!

  4. Lesley says:

    From what I can tell, with the new version 2 out and being $39 instead of $59, the discount is built in – I am not sure how the affiliate program will work after this point, but My Memories Suite used to be $59 so the price of $39 that is showing up at the moment is the discount as far as I know for the immediate future. The price may go up in the future, in which then they’ll probably have a promo code for affiliates, but for now that is the cheapest price!

  5. Karen says:

    I just bought My Memories Suite and I am hoping to make some photo books. Do you know if I will have to pay brokerage fees (or any other surprises) for shipping to Canada? Thanks :)

  6. Lesley says:

    Hey Karen!

    This is a good question. Back when I made my very first photobook with MMS, I was living in Canada. I had troubles when using the online photobook creator and it didn’t want to let me complete the photobook when trying to ship to Canada. I ended up having the photobook shipped to my parents in the states. HOWEVER, that was back with MMS version 1, and these days MMS is promoting how much easier it is to order photobooks in version 2. I have not yet made a photobook in version 2 so I cannot say if this has been fixed – not to mention that I’m now living back in the states, so this is something you should definitely call customer service about first!

    Best of luck – I hope that is something they fixed – it’s been a year or two so I’m confident things have been smoothed out with that, but really best to check first.

  7. Amy says:

    Is this the same program as My Memories suite Polaroid? I’m new to diti scrapping and this program looks promising. Just wondering if this is the same program as the Polaroid you can buy on amazon with the different disk. I am confused-can you tell?!

    • Lesley says:

      Yes, this is branded by Polaroid but was built/created by Story Rock. I am not sure of Polaroid’s involvement at this time, but that’s how it was released originally. :)

  8. barb says:

    just watched you tutorial, convinced me to by it !! 2 questions, when you use your own embellishments, do they have to be in png format? and , if i put my scrapbook pages on a dvd can it be used for playing on my tv and my computer?

    thanks, barb

    • Lesley says:

      Hi Barb!

      Thanks for your comments :) Glad the tutorials were able to help you!

      Firstly, when I use my own embellishments, PNG format is preferred because often embellishments are not perfectly square or rectangular, and need to have transparent backgrounds, which PNG format supports. However, you CAN use other image formats such as JPG, GIF, etc. so you’re not limited there.

      Secondly, if you put your scrapbook pages on a DVD you can play it in any DVD player, whether on your computer or in your DVD player for your TV. :) Hope that helps!

      Happy Holidays!

  9. Dorothy says:

    I’m just getting ready to try My Memories Suite for the first time; have used another scrapbook program for several years now, but am wanting to do a couple for professional printing this time, which attracted me to this program.

    Am having trouble finding information on whether there is a page limit on your uploads to Polaroid; likely my scrapbook will be bigger than the 10-page limit (at least it sounds like this program has a 10-page limit per album?), so am assuming I will need to break up my finished album into two or three files. Can these be combined in the final printed product so that I end up with just one printed album?

    Also, I haven’t explored this, actually, but is there an ability to use characters from other languages in the fonts? I am wanting to subtitle my album in Spanish, and am wondering about the ability to locate characters used in Spanish, but not in English.