I have just done Creative Memories basic digital scrapbooking and love it

User - posted on 12/16/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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However, I want to do other things other than the basic black and white. I used Costco's soft cover book which turned out great as well. What programs do you guys use? I want to be able to do more and learn more about what all the options are.

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Stephanie - posted on 12/17/2008

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I use the Creative Memories Storybook Plus and love it. I just finished 3 storybooks for Christmas gifts. I like that I can get digital products that match my traditional products to mix and match with digital page prints in my albums.

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Christina - posted on 01/16/2009

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check out www.sharethedash.com Heritage makers is the best quality digital scrapbooks out there.

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2009

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I have been scrapbooking for 15 years and my husband bought the Creative Memories digital package for me for Christmas and I love it! I have always been with C.M. and knew that's where I wanted to go for all the digital stuff too. They also have a program online that can take you through courses. Haven't done it yet, but am going to look into it!

Cheri - posted on 01/10/2009

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Yeah you can make books out of random different templates.  If you read some of the books, they give some of the design templates they used for them.  I like to design my own so I don't really know about using templates from other websites but from what I've seen lots of people use different ones in the same book.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thanks Cheri. Something I've noticed is that people get templates from different websites. Can you make a book out of random template pages and then upload at Shutterfly or would you have to use the same template for that?

Cheri - posted on 01/10/2009

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I use Photoshop Elements and as far as books you can do a number of things.  You can print from your home computer, but I don't personally enjoy the quality.  You could have pages printed at a photo lab but I think that can get expensive.  I like to upload my pages to Shutterfly.com.  Their you can order photobooks in many sizes and their prices are very reasonable.  An 8.5 x 11 book is around $30 for 20 pages.  They also do these storybooks in different sizes where you can design your own cover.  They are very cool.  Lots of people have different books they made posted.  You should check them out.

Renee - posted on 01/10/2009

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if you download the free trial of Lumapix, it will have a watermark across your pages until you buy the actual program. If you have Photoshop you can just create a new page and print.



if I make a page in Photoshop or Lumapix Fotofusion, I just size it large enough to either print out a 6x6, 8x8 or 12x12 page and then put it in a scrapbook album that will fit that size.



I usually use www.scrapbookpictures.com or Ritz Camera to print my photos.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thanks for your replies. I will try the Photoshop and the Lumapix. How do you print them if you want to make a book? Do they allow you to make a book through them as well?

Nannette - posted on 01/10/2009

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Hi,  Creative Memories does have a free version of their scrapbooking software.  There are also a lot of free downloadable themes - basic,holiday, weddings, babies, toddlers.  With the free software, you can interchange pages from different themes that you download.  A 20 page 8x8 book is $44.95.  A 20 page 8x11 book is $49.95.  Compare this to traditional scrapbooking - a 12x12 coverset with 30 pages and protectors starts at $59 - that's before you add paper, stickers, & photos.  So, digital is usually cheaper - plus you can order multiple copies.  My in-laws love the books I make them each year.  If you purchase the software Storybook Creator Plus, it is $59.95.  Then you have to pay for the books you order as well.  The software that you purchase lets you do so much - it is basically like traditional scrapbooking but on the computer.  I absolutely love it.  Either way, if you use the free version or the one you buy, you also get a consultant that can answer all your questions.  My customers love that they can call me to get quick answers.  Plus, there are free webinars (training sessions) that can be accessed at any time.  No other software that I know of does all this! 

Lorraine - posted on 12/16/2008

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an I do free downloads or do I pay for them. Creative Memories & Photoshop Elements.

I am new at this & spend a lot of time doing my own thing which doesn't always pan out the way I wont it to.

Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2008

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I use Adobe Photoshop Elements as well. I love the freedom it gives me to use any digital product I want. Of course, half the fun is shopping for the digital kits online :)

Cheri - posted on 12/16/2008

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I use Adobe Photoshop Elements. Which is more of a photo editor than just digital scrapbooking but I absolutely love it and the things you can do with pictures and scrapbook pages are endless. You can download a free trial at adobe.com to try it out. It can take a bit to learn but I think its well worth it!

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Hi Colleen - I have only used Creative Memories and I love it. Did you know that you can get more than Black and White? Storybook Creator Plus allows you to use many different covers and pages as well as embellishments. If you have any quesitons about Storybooks I would be glad to help. (Yes I am a CM Consultant www.mycmsite.com/megandeas )

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