Category Archives: Memory Mixer

Setting Preferences

Setting preferences is a time saving feature available in both My Memories Suite and Memory Mixer scrapbooking software.  Do you find yourself using the same fonts, shadows or other features time and time again?  Did you know you can set your preferences to apply throughout an entire album?  Setting preferences will save you time and still give you freedom to tweak things when you want. To set preferences choose Edit> Preferences.

Edit PreferencesYou can set your preferred font for the album you are working on and each album can have the same or different preferences.  As you can see below, you can set the preferred font type & size, bold, italics, underline, alignment and color.

Font PreferencesYou can also change the shadows for each element so your photos, shapes, embellishments and text shadows are all uniform.  Although I set a default for my embellishments I tweak them based on their “thickness”.  Remember with digital scrapping you need to consider how thick an item would be if you were paper scrapping.  If I’m using an embellishment, such as a thick flower, that would stand off the paper more than other embellies I will decrease the opacity and increase the blur.  Thinner items would have a darker, sharper shadow (higher opacity with less blur).  I don’t add a shadow to text that would appear hand written so I wouldn’t set a shadow for text.  If I’m using text as a title that would traditionally be raised, I’ll add a shadow to it.

Shadow PreferenceIf you use the grid or snap to grid feature you can also set these preferences as well.  You can display the grid based on pixels, inches or millimeters.

Grid PreferencesIn addition, you can set the following items as desired.  Captions, if checked, will enable auto caption which will display the name of the photo file below the photo.  Photo Cache uses caching technology to store thumbnails and make loading quicker.  You can also show or hide warning messages.  These messages differ in each program.

I think setting your preferences is definitely worth the effort and will make your album uniform while allowing you to tweak the settings as desired.

 

 

Basics Training Series

I’ve started a series of “basics” training articles comparing MyMemories Suite and MemoryMixer.  In the first article, posted today, we’ll compare prices, discounts available, system requirements, and briefly touch on the features of each program.  Many people have had questions regarding the differences and want to know which to buy.  I will dig deeper as the weeks go by and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  If you have a question you’d like answered, please comment on this post and I’ll do my best to be sure to cover it.  I hope you enjoy this series and covet any feedback or suggestions.  Next week we’ll look at the features of each program in more depth.  Check back often or follow my blog to keep up to date.  You’ll find the first article under the Basics Training tab or click here.

 

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You're Number 1 at MemoryMixer

Isn’t it great when the stars line up and everything falls into place?  This weekend I submitted an article to DigiScrappingDivas about the importance of providing excellent customer service.  You can read the entire article here.  It’s about businesses that fail to recognize their biggest asset, their customers.  Within hours I had the opportunity to witness the flip side, excellent customer service.  Here’s what happened.

I received a message on my Facebook page from a lady that had used my link  to purchase MemoryMixer v4 software and save $10.  She did everything right.  She had gotten the confirming email with the product key and was excited to download the software and get started.  But the download was not available.  That’s not the good part!  She contacted me and I tried to help her by suggesting a few things to try on her computer, sending some emails and reassuring her that we’ll get it figured out.  I’m not an employee of MemoryMixer so my powers are limited.  She also reached out on another Facebook page for fans of the software.  Thankfully this is a company that uses their page to reach out and support their customers.  Nicole, an employee at MemoryMixer, came to the rescue.  She identified the problem and resolved it right away.  In addition, I received a email reply from another helpful employee, Kristan.  I think this is extra-impressive since it’s a holiday weekend.  It’s a win/win/win!  Thank you MemoryMixer for providing excellent customer service!

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Design Principles Rule of Thirds

Some of the best photos, paintings and layouts are composed using a guideline called the rule of thirds.  Basically, you divide your “canvas” into equal parts horizontally and vertically.  Then you place your focal point along the lines dividing you composition, as in the illustration below.

Rule of Thirds

If you were taking a picture of a landscape you might place the horizon along the lower horizontal line.  This will result in a more interesting composition than if you placed it smack dab in the middle of the page.  In the layout below you’ll notice this principle is used twice.  In the sunrise photo the horizon is placed on the imagined lower third and the photo as the focal point is centered vertically on the left third and the blue/grey elements & base of the photo are in the lower third.

Sunrise

The next two layouts use the rule of thirds again.  In addition, you may notice I cluster elements in a way to maximize flow.  I want to lead your eyes around the page while drawing attention to the focal point.  More about that in a future article.

Love  Bathing Beauty

Credits: Thirds layout made in Memory Mixer using Kimeric Kreations/Denim & Lace.

The remaining layouts made in MyMemories Suite

Sunrise layout using MMS Designer/Spring It On

Love layout Kimeric Kreations/Take Note

Bathing Beauty layout Kimeric Kreations/Summer Sunset

Photographer Linda Blackwell

New Venture!

I’m learning a new scrapbooking program.  Well it’s not a new program but it’s new to me!  I have friends that use Memory Mixer so I just had to give it a try.  In some ways it’s very similar to the program I’ve been using but in other ways it’s quite different.  This is the second page I’ve made with the new software so you can see it’s very easy to install and jump right in.  I’ll be practicing and getting to know the ins and outs so I can get some tutorials out soon.  Also keep your eyes open for some special offers right here for those of you that would like to give Memory Mixer a go.

Bottle Baby w/Memory Mixer

Credits:  Kit: Bella Grace by Just So Scrappy.  Font: Forte.