Creative memories software

Sandy - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I enjoy scrapbooking but was just at a open house that my consultant had and looked at the software that is available. Anyone have Creative memories software and would like to share some thoughts. Invest in software or not?

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Regan - posted on 01/03/2010

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The program I use to digitally scrapbook is Photoshop Elements 7, and I love it. I'm not sure what the Creative Memories software allows, but with photoshop there is a ton of things that you can do. From using the papers that are supplied with the software, to downloading all the freebies out there, or even creating your own. You might even considering trying some of the free software to get a better idea of what it is you want to do and what kind of applications you will require.

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Tracy Pesola - posted on 03/31/2014

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I need the lastest price list for Creative Memories items for replacement on a house fire, please help thank you pesolahetland3661@gmail.com

Angela - posted on 02/20/2014

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Hi Anne, I have memory manager 3.0... you are more than welcome to borrow... I have a whole set of the CD's and digital variety packs I'd like to sell. I no longer have a pc and only used once...

Anne - posted on 11/12/2013

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Hi, I bought Memory Manager, version 3.0, years ago. My computer was changed out, and I lost the download. Does anyone have the download or cd I could have or borrow. I do have the registration numbers. Thanks. Anne

Anne - posted on 11/12/2013

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Hi, I bought Memory Manager, version 3.0, years ago. My computer was changed out, and I lost the download. Does anyone have the download or cd I could have or borrow. I do have the registration numbers. Thanks. Anne

Sarahy - posted on 09/23/2013

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Karina Lamorandier, did anyone ever answer your question about upgrading from the 2.0 version to the 4.0? I am trying to figure out the same thing right now.

Yvonne - posted on 06/15/2013

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Help I'm new to all this digital scrapbooking. I recently got it but have several old time CM real albums. I recently had a stroke and look forward to continuing the new kind of albums. Any one to share with. I'm 54 years old.

Tammy - posted on 05/07/2010

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From what little I've been able to do with the Creative Memories software I like what it puts out, but I think I would like to put it on a laptop to take with me to crops. I was under the impression that you could put it on an external hard drive so I could use a friend's laptop at crops. I've been using it that way, but then an update came along that wouldn't let me direct it to the external harddrive and that ended that. Can anyone recommend a laptop that would be good for this program? Tam

Debbie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi Sandy, I am a Creative Memories Consultant. I've only been a Consultant since October. Before being introduced to Storybook Maker, I used to use Adobe Elements. I liked Adobe, but found it very confusing to use. Once I got Storybook Maker, I was able to start cranking out pages ther first time i sat down to use it. I don't know where Diane is getting her information, but it's not quite accurate. Storybook Maker does have a free (no monthly charge) online version that allows you to try before you buy. Of course you cant do as much with the online version as you can with the paid version, but it will give you an idea of how the software works. Also, the software doesn't cost anywhere near $130. I suggest you talk to your consultant about pricing. like I said, I've only been a CM consultant for a short while, but I'm really impressed with Storybook Maker, and would highly recommend it. I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

Julie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Well it just depends on what's right for you. In 2006 I bought the Memory Manager 2.0 because I was just starting to take digital pictures and I had other pictures on-line that people had sent me via e-mail and I thought it would be a good way to keep it organized and keep track of what I had printed and what I still needed to print. I loaded it and did the initial set-up, but to be honest with you I haven't used it. I'm not into technology at all. Part of that is probably because I struggle to know how to use it, but also I love to scrapbook the old fashioned way hands on. It's a hobby for me. It's relaxing and I love it. It's more personal to me to make it myself and have my own handwriting that I will pass down to my descendents. Now my C.M. consultant is the same as me except for she really does a lot with her software including editing and sometimes she will make digital albums for family members because it's quick and easy. My other friend who is a C.M. consultant in Idaho loves the software and only does digital albums. So I think it really depends on what you like. If you're way into digital scrapbooking then I think you would love the software because in my opinion C.M. leads the industry on everything scrapbooking. If you download your digital pictures to your computer and print them yourself I think you would find the software useful. If you're like me and you take digital pictures and get them developed at Sam's Club and scrapbook the old fashioned way then you might not find a need for the software. Hope this helps! Always good to meet another C.M. fan!

Calley - posted on 12/30/2009

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I am a CM consultant and love both Storybook Creator 3.0 and Memory Manager 3.0. The wonderful things everyone has said about the Creative Memories software is all true so I won't repeat what everyone else has said but wanted to let you know Creative Memories has two facebook pages Creative Memories Home Office and Creative Memories Go Digital. The Go Digital site has over 5,000 posted photos of pages and books other people have created using the Storybook Software so it may be worth it to you to take join the page and take a look at what possibilities are out there. Also, in addition to having a free version of the software (with less functionality than the Plus version) Creative Memories also offers free downloads of predesigned page themes and releases an average of one digital freebie embellishment daily. The Digital Freebies can be found through your consultants website or creativememories.com under Project Center, digital freebies.

Chellsey - posted on 12/30/2009

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Sara thanks for putting the truth out there. I was going to answer and kept reading and found your response. Very well done. I also am a Creative Memories Consultant!


Quoting Sara:

Ohhh, shame on you Diane for misleading...
Hi Sandy,
I'm a consultant for CM so I can give you the real scoop...
We offer two different types of software. You don't have to purchase both, you could use one or the other, or you could use both as they do work nicely together (but again - not necessary) We do occasionally offer upgrades for purchase (I think this fall was the first time since the programs have been introduced). And the upgrades were about $10. So here are the details on the programs:

Memory Manager - the organization and editing program for your photos. A couple of the features that I love: Print Track - know which photos you need or have already printed. That way I can edit and get my photos ready to print, but then wait for a special price on prints before I get them done. The program also offers Boxes and folders to organize your photos - you can make this as detailed as you like - I do a box for each year, with boxes for my main albums (family, daughter, son) and then folders in each box to break it down further. I also love the editing features. I just took some dark circles out from under my eyes this morning - wish it were that easy in real life! LOL. I have only used this program, so I can't compare it to others. But I'm really happy with it. Editing and organization in one program - I love it!

The second software is the Storybook program. The basic software is FREE - you can download it right from www.creativememories.com and try it out yourself. You can make all sorts of projects using the free templates provided, and we continue to offer more free templates on the website. Then there is a "Plus" version of the program that you can purchase. That makes all the templates fully customizable and you can even start from scratch. I have done books with the basic program, the "plus" version, as well as other websites out there. For me, the basic was a great start - I did 3 (I think) books with that, and I was very happy with them. I only upgraded to the Plus since I'm a consultant and wanted to be able to answer questions about it. It does make it a little easier since you can adjust your template any way you want - but then sometimes I found myself putzing for hours on one page. I was happy when it was done, but I probably would have been just as happy with a basic template. But there was one page I really needed the Plus version for, and I'm happy I got it. In my opinion, the CM Storybooks are way better than what I've found on other sites. I haven't tried Herritage Makers, so I won't compare it to them, but I've tried Walmart and Snapfish etc. They just don't have the number of options that even our basic program has - plus I have to say our books are much cuter than others I've seen. :-) If you want I think I can upload a page or two from my books so you can see some examples, or I can "friend" you and you can see a whole book. That's actually a neat feature too - now you can upload your pages onto your facebook photos and other people can look at them.

Hopefully that helps. Like I said, I am a consultant, but I honestly try and be as unbiased as possible. If you have any other questions about it, just let me know. :-)


 

Carol - posted on 12/30/2009

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I started digi scrapbooking using Photoshop Elements but never printed a page. My lovely daughter in law had given me the Storybook program several years ago, but I never really explored it. When I decided to make memory books for christmas gifts this year of our multi family vacation to OBX last August, I remembered that while attending a Scrapbooking weekend last year I went to a class on the program and was most impressed with the quality of the printing.

Now as you will recall I did say I was a Photoshop Elements user and love love love that program. So I went kicking and screaming into the Storybook Program fully expecting to find my expertise wasted on it. Long story short - "I LOVE LOVE LOVE STORYBOOK MANAGER." I made 2 seperate books, both softcover and was wowed over by the quality of the finished product. This program is very user friendly while being extreemly powerful at the same time.

I am not a consultant for CM. . . just someone that strongly supports this wonderful program.
CC

Sara - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

I am not familiar with the digital scrap booking. It very much interests me.
Where do you send the pics/ pages to get printed? What is the cost range?
Does CM print these for you?
Are you getting a book or a page?



Hi Michelle,



CM can do the printing - if you order a full book using the software that might be the only way you can do it.   You can see a full price list and other info on www.creativememories.com and then click on the Digital Center towards the bottom of the page.  But to give you an idea, I just made two books for Christmas - the 8x8 soft cover (better than I thought it would be) was $25 although there was a special in Nov so I got it for 20% off, and the 8.5 x 11 hardcover with a personalized cover was $50.  CM can also do seperate page prints so you can combine digital with a traditional scrapbook.  I did a digital page for my son's baby book with a photo from every month of his first year - I believe the page print was about $6.  But I've seen people mention other places to get page prints online for less. 



If you just want to check it out, the basic software is free so you can play around with it and even make an entire book before you decide if you want to purchase anything.  You can get the download on the CM website.  And there are tons of free book / page templates too. 



Another helpful hint about CM storybooks...  If you want to order one, check out what CD is available at the time.  There is usually (I think always but don't want to be wrong) a CD you can purchase for $40 - it has all sorts of page designs/templates AND a coupon for $40 off your storybook.  So if you know you are going to order a book, purchase the CD first and you get all those page designs etc for free.  You can even get it as a download so you don't have to pay for shipping - but that has to be done thru a consultant, not just ordering online.  But you can easily find a consultant in your area, or just let me know and I'd be happy to order for you.  Yes, I am a CM consultant, so if you have any other questions about our stuff, just let me know.  :-)



Sara



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Joletha - posted on 12/29/2009

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Think Creative Memories software is the best for the money. CM also has webinars for training, and your consultant will also help.

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I am not familiar with the digital scrap booking. It very much interests me.
Where do you send the pics/ pages to get printed? What is the cost range?
Does CM print these for you?
Are you getting a book or a page?

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I too have storybook plus. I think a major plus for storybook plus is that you have the software on your computer so you don't need to be connected to the internet to use it. It is a great program in many ways but personally (and I don't know if it's my computer or what) but it seems just a little too slow for my taste. I am doing one album in all digital just to give it a try but I think I am definitely a hands on person.

Also, the new version of storybook has this awesome feature that you can take an album that you have created for say a 12x12 story book but you can shrink it down to 8x8 and print them as paper albums and give them as gifts.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/22/2009

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I have the CM Storybook Plus and I love it. Very easy to use, great designs. The books are great quality. I do eventually want to get the Memory Manager program because I have 1000's of pictures and it would make my life easier lol.

Cassandra - posted on 12/13/2009

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Creative Memories software is absolutely great! You can do so much with your pictures and if you have a laptop you can just sit in bed and work on your pics with out all your scrapping tools! I love it and I have created several book with it for family and had them printed and sent directly to them as gifts.

Hilary - posted on 12/13/2009

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Yes yes yes! Creative Memories Software is worth every penny. Memory Manager 3 is user friendly and turns average snaps into works of art. Go for it.

Tania - posted on 12/12/2009

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CM storybook plus is fantastic! I have been using it for about a year and half and find it so easy to use. I love that CM is coming up with new designs to keep it interesting. I have found it very cost effective and you can fit more photos on and do more with your photos than just traditional scrapbooking (I still do traditional sometimes). I can only recommend it.

Mandy - posted on 12/08/2009

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I am not a digital scrapbooker, only do traditional. What I love with the CM Memory Manager is that I can fix pictures in more ways than you can imagine! Using the "clone" tool, I was basically able to airbrush a bug off my daughter's head, fill in areas of grass where there wasn't any, and actually take an entire person in a picture that I didn't want there!!! Fixes redeye, changes colors, crops...etc. It was a wonderful investment and I use it for almost every picture that I use for scrapbooking! Since I don't do digital scrapbooking, I then download my "fixed" pics to Walgreens.com to print out!! I would purchase the Memory Manager if I were you if you really want to make the pictures perfect! The program takes some practice but there are tutorials online that really helped, too!

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have the old software which is very similiar and love it!!!! I have had it for like 3 years it is easy to use and works great!

Sara - posted on 12/08/2009

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Ohhh, shame on you Diane for misleading...
Hi Sandy,
I'm a consultant for CM so I can give you the real scoop...
We offer two different types of software. You don't have to purchase both, you could use one or the other, or you could use both as they do work nicely together (but again - not necessary) We do occasionally offer upgrades for purchase (I think this fall was the first time since the programs have been introduced). And the upgrades were about $10. So here are the details on the programs:

Memory Manager - the organization and editing program for your photos. A couple of the features that I love: Print Track - know which photos you need or have already printed. That way I can edit and get my photos ready to print, but then wait for a special price on prints before I get them done. The program also offers Boxes and folders to organize your photos - you can make this as detailed as you like - I do a box for each year, with boxes for my main albums (family, daughter, son) and then folders in each box to break it down further. I also love the editing features. I just took some dark circles out from under my eyes this morning - wish it were that easy in real life! LOL. I have only used this program, so I can't compare it to others. But I'm really happy with it. Editing and organization in one program - I love it!

The second software is the Storybook program. The basic software is FREE - you can download it right from www.creativememories.com and try it out yourself. You can make all sorts of projects using the free templates provided, and we continue to offer more free templates on the website. Then there is a "Plus" version of the program that you can purchase. That makes all the templates fully customizable and you can even start from scratch. I have done books with the basic program, the "plus" version, as well as other websites out there. For me, the basic was a great start - I did 3 (I think) books with that, and I was very happy with them. I only upgraded to the Plus since I'm a consultant and wanted to be able to answer questions about it. It does make it a little easier since you can adjust your template any way you want - but then sometimes I found myself putzing for hours on one page. I was happy when it was done, but I probably would have been just as happy with a basic template. But there was one page I really needed the Plus version for, and I'm happy I got it. In my opinion, the CM Storybooks are way better than what I've found on other sites. I haven't tried Herritage Makers, so I won't compare it to them, but I've tried Walmart and Snapfish etc. They just don't have the number of options that even our basic program has - plus I have to say our books are much cuter than others I've seen. :-) If you want I think I can upload a page or two from my books so you can see some examples, or I can "friend" you and you can see a whole book. That's actually a neat feature too - now you can upload your pages onto your facebook photos and other people can look at them.

Hopefully that helps. Like I said, I am a consultant, but I honestly try and be as unbiased as possible. If you have any other questions about it, just let me know. :-)

Tammy - posted on 05/07/2010

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From what little I've been able to do with the Creative Memories software I like what it puts out, but I think I would like to put it on a laptop to take with me to crops. I was under the impression that you could put it on an external hard drive so I could use a friend's laptop at crops. I've been using it that way, but then an update came along that wouldn't let me direct it to the external harddrive and that ended that. Can anyone recommend a laptop that would be good for this program? Tam

Calley - posted on 12/30/2009

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I am a CM consultant and love both Storybook Creator 3.0 and Memory Manager 3.0. The wonderful things everyone has said about the Creative Memories software is all true so I won't repeat what everyone else has said but wanted to let you know Creative Memories has two facebook pages Creative Memories Home Office and Creative Memories Go Digital. The Go Digital site has over 5,000 posted photos of pages and books other people have created using the Storybook Software so it may be worth it to you to take join the page and take a look at what possibilities are out there. Also, in addition to having a free version of the software (with less functionality than the Plus version) Creative Memories also offers free downloads of predesigned page themes and releases an average of one digital freebie embellishment daily. The Digital Freebies can be found through your consultants website or creativememories.com under Project Center, digital freebies.

Joletha - posted on 12/29/2009

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Think Creative Memories software is the best for the money. CM also has webinars for training, and your consultant will also help.

Cassandra - posted on 12/13/2009

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Creative Memories software is absolutely great! You can do so much with your pictures and if you have a laptop you can just sit in bed and work on your pics with out all your scrapping tools! I love it and I have created several book with it for family and had them printed and sent directly to them as gifts.

Hilary - posted on 12/13/2009

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Yes yes yes! Creative Memories Software is worth every penny. Memory Manager 3 is user friendly and turns average snaps into works of art. Go for it.

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