Creative Memories filed for bankruptcy earlier in 2013, and here in Australia the company is no longer trading. The 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 FOR AUSTRALIA: It's been announced that Panstoria have released their MyStory system to replace Storybook Creator and will allow you to print your Storybook Creator projects. Learn more here
If you have access to your existing software, 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?
As Creative Memories digital products are a sinking ship right now, you may be wondering what your options are.
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 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 recommend that you download a free 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements here. Just click on the try it button.
Get Started with Photoshop Elements for Scrapbooking
If you want to scrapbook in Photoshop Elements you'll love Digital Scrapbooking for Absolute Beginners.
Digital Scrapbooking for Absolute Beginners will take you from the very beginning and walk you through step by step through the process of building a layout. You’ll follow along with Melissmea, using the same supplies as she does and in the end you’ll be thrilled with your new digital scrapbooking skills.
Rescue your Photos from Creative Memories Memory Manager
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.
You'll just need to export the contents of the vault in Memory Manager into a folder so that you can import them into Photoshop Elements.
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.