Creative Memories filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year, and here in Australia the company is no longer trading. You may have also heard that Creative Memories demonstrator network has been taken over by Close to my Heart.
The future is uncertain for all of Creative Memories products, let alone their digital scrapbooking offerings.
But what about your Storybooks?
I’ve you’ve been using Storybook Creator, you will know that there’s been a few changes over the past couple of years, and as of today you can no longer print your books through Creative Memories.
The Storybook Creator software is licensed to Creative Memories so there’s a chance this software may be re-released by the owners.
NEWSFLASH: It’s recently been announced that Panstoria have released their MyStory system to replace Storybook Creator and will allow you to print your Storybook Creator project at 50% off.
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However, I would strongly recommend you use the File – Save as feature to save all of your pages as JPG files so that you are able to print them using other photobook systems, such as Shutterfly’s digi scrap style.
Where to from here?
I have coached a number of Storybook Creator users and am happy to say that Photoshop Elements is the perfect thing to replace it.
One of my students Gee Zee shares:
Storybook Creator did have a Mac version at one time and I thought it would still be available. At least hoped it would be even with all the news about Creative Memories filing Bankruptcy. Alas, that was no longer an option.
So I have downloaded PSE 11 and 1have been finally following my lessons from Melissa. I am finally ‘Getting It’. I promise you that if Melissa can get me past that mental block, she must be something special. I asked her if I could share with you how wonderful she is
- See more at: Messtaken Identity
If you are keen to continue creating digital pages I recomment that you download a free 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements here. Just click on the try it button.
As for photo management, Creative Memories Memory Manager stores your photos in its own proprietary format, meaning you need the Creative Memories Memory Manager software to view your photos. I would avoid being locked in a try Photoshop Elements Organizer instead.
As Creative Memories digital products are a sinking ship right now, you may be wondering what your options are.
Dip your toe in the water
I’d suggest you start with my new 10 day quickstart course: Finish your First Page. It’s designed for people new to Photoshop Elements, and it’s free – so what’s stopping you?
It will help you learn the basics and with 10 days of playing, you’ll see the water’s fine.
Ready to take the plunge?
I have a full course that walks you through starting to scrapbook you can check out the Digital Scrapbooking Primer here, it starts from installing Photoshop Elements and takes you through to creating page, albums and even organising your supplies.
This course has been taken by dozens of would-be digi scrappers and the individual workshops have received high praise…
Mind blown. Who knew it was so simple. Thanks! – Lisa
Want to start at the shallow end?
If you aren’t quite ready to dive in to a full course, I’d recommend you pick up my Digital Templates workshop for $20.
It includes a video and Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking PDF to get you started.
What about supplies?
If you have been using CM supplies, I’d suggest using a freebie kit or two to get started. Otherwise you could spend hours shopping! There’s lots of cool kits out there. My favourite designer is Flergs - she has freebies here on her blog and at her Facebook page.
Then you have a great starter pack to get started.
Are you wondering how to continue without Creative Memories?
Let me know if you have more questions in the comments, I’m keen to help.