Friday, March 6, 2009

A Fabulous Outlaw Giveaway...

jennifer henson1She's one of my favorite outlaws.
You know, family outlaws.

Those people that you are related to kinda, sorta. Because people they are blood-related to are married to people you are blood-related to.

And so then you're sorta kinda related.

Did you follow all that?

So, where was I before I started taking you through the winding bends and turns of a big extended Southern family reunion?

Oh, yeah, Jennifer.

Jennifer Henson is a Director with Creative Memories, the scrapbooking company that is the Grande Dame of them all. Jennifer has been with the company for over a decade now and I have loved following her career and creative ideas. She has the most gorgeous personal family albums you've ever seen and has consistently run amazing workshops and scrap nights for her clients.

And it's pretty nice to be sorta kinda related to such a great lady.

Because guess what she sent me last week?

Creative Memories' latest, greatest digital software StoryBook Creator.

Oh, honey.

Talk about some photographic fun.

With StoryBook Creator, you can build scrapbook pages, books and layouts, all within a template that allows you to edit your photos directly within the layout. There are even such advanced editing tools as curves, saturation and opacity. I can take along ye ol' laptop to the soccer field sans internet connection and scrap away. When I'm ready to order prints of my pages, I can log in to the Creative Memories website or simply grab the USB cord to my printer.

Now knowing that I'm a bit photo obsessive and could dink around for hours over the tiniest layout details, I decided to challenge myself a bit and lickity-quick see how fast I could lay out three pages with some of my latest MiMi and PaPa photos. I decided to work within a pre-designed book layout with black backgrounds and geometric photo frames. The software loads very quickly and I placed around 25 photos in my cache from my desktop. I then started building my first page with a series of pictures of MiMi and 7 of 8.

SB MiMi

I was able to lighten the photos while directly on the page and play with the contrast to see how it looked on the black background. I then added some more pictures, playing with some creative edges.

sb mimi2

And we're talking maybe five minutes. As in, I could do a StoryBook Creator page and then fold a load of laundry, all in the fifteen minutes before leaving for the soccer carpool. Love it.

Of course I had to play with a few PaPa pictures. I quickly played with bright colors on the photos and then thought about going to sepia, again, all within just a few minutes.

sb papa1

There are plenty of embellishments and papers to play with, along with the option to build pages from scratch or use a Creative Memory design. Fun. Major fun.

Big Outlaw fun.

And guess what Jennifer-one-of-my-favorite-outlaw-relatives is gonna do? She's going to give one of you lucky Octamom readers your very own copy of the StoryBook Creator software. So let's get this giveaway party started! Just head on over to Jennifer's website, check out her story and then head back here to tell me why you need this software. Twitter about the giveaway and get another entry, post about it and get another--just be sure and let me know you've done so. You have until March 12, at 11:59 pm, and I'll announce the lucky winner next Friday! And another cool little feature; Jennifer offers free online classes. While you're on her site, just go to the Help Zone on the right and then the Digital button on the left. There you'll get all kinds of fun info on how to play with all the goodies on the software.

Best of luck!



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