Let those creative juices flow (and a GIVEAWAY!!!)

For months, one thing I have wanted more than anything was to host my very own giveaway here on Floptimism. Sure, I’ve had offers, but most have either had nothing to do with food or health, or the company’s values didn’t really line up with my own. No matter how badly I wanted to host a giveaway, I didn’t want to take up your time with products that you could care less about, from companies whose ethical standards don’t line up well with the values I try to support in my blog. Well, dear readers, I have some very exciting news:

Floptimism is doing a giveaway!!

My Memories Suite is a software program for anyone who has ever taken a culinary tour of Europe and thought it such a shame for the pictures you took to sit idly on your laptop’s hard drive, merely taking up space. It is a program for anyone who has ever thought what a nice anniversary gift it would be to compile a collection of photographs of the couple in a professional-looking album. It is for both stay-at-home moms and Food Network food stars who want to archive their creative endeavors in the kitchen in a way that doesn’t involve stained recipe cards or haphazardly stored magazine clippings. It is for the blogger who wants to become more technologically savvy with video how-to posts, calendars, and iPod ready segments. It is for the New Years Resolver who wants to track his weight loss or her progress in spending more time in the kitchen. For me, it was to highlight Floptimism memories from this past summer in image form (see pages from this project throughout the post), and in the future I can’t wait to start compiling a beautiful cookbook full of Floptimism originals.

If you love decorating, designing, or letting your creative juices flow, then you will love My Memories Suite. In fact, even if you don’t enjoy creative projects, yet find yourself in a situation where you need to put something together and have it look decent, you will also love this scrapbook program. The beauty of how it’s set up is that it can be as easy or difficult, hands-off or hands-on, quick or time-consuming as you want it to be. You can choose from templates or from-scratch pages, automatic photo fill ins or pages that need your individual focus to create, etc. There are colors, shapes, borders, Word Art, image “embellishments,” and all for free. Of course, if interested, you can spend a few extra dollars for even more options, though I found myself more than satisfied with what came with the software.

Once you finish designing, you can take your project to a printer (or print it yourself), burn it straight to DVD, turn it into an iPod-ready video, or create your very own calendar, greeting card, or slideshow with (or without) music!

When I was first approached to review this digital scrapbooking software, I couldn’t really think of how it could relate to food, cooking,  and health. After speaking with the product representative and diving into the program head first, it’s difficult to stop brainstorming ways to integrate it into these areas. 

The best news is that I have an access code that will give one very lucky (randomly selected) reader free access to this software (a $40 value!). Here’s how the giveaway will work:
1.       Head over to the My Memories Free Kits Page and find your favorite template.
2.       Leave a comment with the name of your favorite design, along with how you would use the software.
3.       For extra entries, feel free to:
-“Like” Floptimism on Facebook
-Follow Floptimism on Twitter
-Follow My Memories Suite on Twitter
…and make sure you leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done so!
The giveaway will end Friday (10/07/11) at 11:59pm EST, so get your comments in and check back here at the end of the week for the announcement of the winner (to be announced before the end of the day Saturday)!

Oh, and one more little bonus – if you don’t win the giveaway, you can still try the software out! I also have a code for a coupon that will give you $10 off the software along with an extra $10 toward the My Memories store! When you go to order the software, simply enter in the code "STMMMS25846" to get the discount. See – even if you don’t win, you win!

P.S. If you’re interested in another sample of what you could do with the software, I made a non-food related, just-for-fun mini album that I thought I’d share in slideshow form! Enjoy!


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