Software question/advice

PJ - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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What are some really good scrapping programs? I've been wanting to get into this for a while but I dont know where to start. Anyone have any favorites? What's the best one out there?

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I use Photoshop CS2. I love it and I can't imagine using another program. Although I'm looking to upgrade to CS4 one of these days. I also suggest checking out some of the digi scrapping sites around. There are tons of freebie kits and these sites post challenges to help you get started.

Julie - posted on 09/20/2009

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GREAT thoughts Krisitie!! I, like you, back up too CD's, actually 2 CD's (I have had them go bad-so with 2 I have better chance of retrieval. A couple of additional thoughts though....I am not sure what the 'best' solution is as I don't like any of them :-) CD's are only tested to last 10-15 years (sure they may last longer, but you are not guaranteed anything). So these are not necessarily a good solution either. Even if you get the gold/archival ones they only last like 20-50 (depending on how much you are willing to pay). External Hard Drives (EHD's) also can 'die' just like your computer hard drive, they are essentially the same thing except external-so those are not a good back-up either.

For me-I back up to my EHD and 2 CD's and then I store those in my fireproof safe. When I bought my safe they said the contents inside would withstand a house fire (can't remember the temp it is rated too) now I am curious....But why would a safe deposit box make it safter? are those rated to a higher temperature or something? The safe deposit boxes pricing depends greatly on your area. We live in a VERY rural area (not many large/chain banks, the one we mainly use has 4 other 'branches' all tiny) and the safe deposit boxes are over 100 for a year (a small price to pay still, but more then 15-50 a year with the first year free-that's a great deal!)

I don't use a jump drive/flash drive for back up either as those are unreliable. I think you just need to do what you think is best....not sure there is a great solution. I also don't use an on-line site-it would take me FOREVER to upload everything! My storage fee would be astronomical :-D

Anyway-just thought I would add some of my thoughts-great thoughts and conversation started Kristie!
~Julie

Kristie - posted on 09/20/2009

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Sorry, one more thought. I really don't like the online option. I take my computer with me camping. Sometimes we are stuck inside because it is raining or whatever. Then we pull out the craft projects. I always bring my computer, but very seldom have much for internet. I also do not have a mobile connection myself because we live in a rural area. With Verizon buying Alltel, we are in limbo. Verizon has to turn some of our towers over to AT&T. I really don't want to get my internet connection into this until it all settles down over the next 18 months. Point being, I can even do my scrapbooking in the car when we are traveling. Just a thought.

Kristie - posted on 09/20/2009

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I have to reply to Jamie. I totally agree with your first 2 paragraphs. I use CM myself, but know nothing about HM. Unfortunately your last comments really scare me. You should never, I repeat, never use your computer for photo storage. your computer could crash at any time! Yikes. I keep my latest on there for scrapping, but otherwise I have copied everything to CD. My sister-in-law uses an external hard drive and likes that. I should copy them to CD the same time I download from my card. I want to try saving to DVD. I think I just came up with a new conversation. I wonder what others are doing. One more word of advice. A friend of mine lost her house to a fire. The things she misses most is her photos. Rent a safe deposit box. They are $15-$50 a year, my bank has the first year free. (I admit I work there, but I would do this anyway.) Put all your negatives and digital media there. Even if your fireproof safe made it, your negatives and media would be destroyed just from the heat.

Misti - posted on 09/17/2009

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I use Scrapbook Factory Deluxe and really like it. It is alot easier to use and figure out that Photoshop or the other ones. It has papers and embellishments included and you can even use your own. I think this is a good starter program.

Yolanda - posted on 09/05/2009

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I use Heritage Makers studio 3.0. I am a digital publishing consultant with this company. We are fairly new, only 4 years old but there is no other company that offers what we offer at the same high quality level. Plus, I can use the art in studio or endless amounts of art that I purchased in digi scrap kits.

Before I became I discovered HM, I was using Photoshop Elements. I loved it but lots of work to learn how to do what had become second nature to me when I was doing traditional pages.

I would like to invite you to check out my blog http://TheMemoryKeeperCoach.blogspot.com

Sincerely,
Yolanda~The Memory Keeper's Coach
www.PicturesWithPurpose.net

Maureen - posted on 08/30/2009

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Creative memories Storybook Creator Plus is the way to go!!! If you haven't taken advantage of the advice previously, there is an upgrade available as of sept 1st.
trust me it's worth it...
cm storybook creator plus 3.0 available 9/1/09
if i can help at all...
i'm on facebook
m
maureen mcgurn harrity
or
www.mycmsite.com/sites/maureenharrity

happy digital scrapbooking!!!!

Kristin - posted on 08/26/2009

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I'd try Heritage Makers. It's online, quick, easy, and you can tell the stories about your pictures rather than just put the photos in a book or album. The finished projects are professional quality, service is great and prices are competitive in relation to the quality and versatility of the products. Visit www.tellourstories.com to learn more and I'm also happy to answer any questions you may have! Kristin

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I also use CM's program Storybook Creator Pus. Love it!!! It is a really easy program to use and grow with. It's about $60, BUT we have a FREE version that you can still make amazing books with. You just don't have the "creative freedom" you do with the Plus version. The difference is this: Storybook Creator free version you use templates that are fixed, which could be all you want/need. Literally drag your pictures in the spots and drop them in and your pages, add some text if wanted =done. You download themes (basically pages that are already coordinated) and then when you add a page to your book, you just pick a template based on the number of pictures you have. Some themes are free, some you pay for and you can use multiple themes in the same book. When you open a book in the software, a book will appear, but you can add or delete any/all pages.



The version I’m using (Plus-$60) allows you to not only use fixed templates, but make your own, use blank pages, or start with a premade page and tweak it to make it your own (moving around pictures, paper and embellishments -ribbons, brads, stickers, etc.) I can also take the regular templates and move the pieces around a bit. Way fun and lots to play with:)



I also use the digital software to make invitations and page prints that I incorporate into my traditional albums.



If you want to see some of the pages I've made - I've got a blog that shows more info on the program with page examples (http://scraphappychristinescorner.blogsp...) or visit my website www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet. There’s a short video about the scrapbooking software (Storybook Creator) on my website. There are also some great digital freebies on my site as well as tutorials on the program.



Good Luck in finding the right program for you.

Christine

www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet

http://scraphappychristinescorner.blogsp...

Angel - posted on 08/21/2009

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i use digital scrapbook artist its alot like photoshop but with a lower learning curve i love it you can check out some scrapbook pages on www.daisytrail.com

Jamie - posted on 08/11/2009

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Julie, in defense of both Heritage Makers AND Creative Memories: 1) Most people have not heard of HM because it is a newer and growing company. CM's digital scrapbooking stuff is also fairly new to their company and many consultants I've talked with have simply not made the transition from paper to digital yet.

2) EVERY program you use for digital scrapbooking has a learning curve. You'll get it with HM, CM, Photoshop, and any other software you decide to use. The difference with HM and CM is that you get personal consultants to help you! If you get stuck or have a question, simply contact your consultant! You don't need to go searching all over the internet for help.

This is where my knowledge of CM ends.

As far as HM goes, I understand not wanting to be online to do stuff however most places these days have free wi-fi. Not taking up computer space it a huge issue! Three programs to organize, edit, and make your books!...All those programs can and do slow down your computer (not to mention the space that gets taken up by storage of your photos and projects). What happens to your stuff if your computer crashes?

HM also pairs with Scrap Girls (one of the leading digital scrapbooking embellishment sites). By using HM, you can get thousands of Scrap Girls content for a fraction of the price of using Scrap Girls alone!

Julie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I was crafting 2 replies in two different tabs and one was still up so I assumed I hadn't replied yet. sorry for the duplicate reply basically saying the same thing as previously :-)

PS-I don't like any that require you to be 'on-line' since then you always have to have an internet connection. Sure it doesn't take space up on the computer but then I have to always be limited to my connection speed....Just a thought on that.

Julie - posted on 08/10/2009

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lots of CM and Heritage makers out there-seems so different then all the other groups I am on b/c barely anyone in my other groups uses those two. How odd...anyway on to answer your question. There are LOADS of programs to use, some free, some cheap, some costly, some easy, some difficult.

I use Photoshop CS2 and love it and would have it no other way :-) I use ACDSee to organize and tag. I use picasa for quick plain photo edits or to create quick basic slideshows for family/friends. You may want to join a circle of moms digi-scrapping group to get all the scoop on programs and such.

~Julie

Angie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I also just started using Creative Memories Storybook and love it! I have made a storybook for my 3-year old niece's birthday with pics I took of her. I made my daughter's b-day invites on it, and even made my sister's wedding invitations using the Storybook program. You can use a Memory Manager program along with it to keep your photos organized.

Another easy website to use is shutterfly.com.

Julie - posted on 08/03/2009

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gimp (free, hey its worth a shot since it is free!), photoshop elements, photoshop, paint shop pro, corel draw, digital image pro, fotofusion, there are a ton!

I use photoshop (and also have photoshop elements), by far my favorite is photoshop!

Tonia - posted on 07/20/2009

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I just started useing Creative Memories Storybook Creator and really like it. It's simple to use and it has a lot of options.

Jamie - posted on 07/20/2009

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Check out Heritage Makers! http://www.frommemoriestobooks.com or for more fun info about it http://www.frommemoriestobooks.blogspot....

The software is completely ONLINE so you don't have to download a program into your computer. With Studio Premier, there's no individual kits to purchase, you get over 40,000 mix and match papers and embellishments with the ability to add your own. Plus they add more monthly! It's your one-stop-shop because we offer a bunch of ways to print your scrapbooking too (including 7 different size hardbound books and individual pages in 3 sizes). The best part: you get a personal publishing coach to help you 100% of the way!

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