From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

Friday, September 23, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Software to Write a Book?

I was recently approached to review some digital scrapbooking software called My Memories.  As I was exploring the software, I thought that it might be a useful tool for someone writing a memoir or a family history with a lot of pictures and digitized archival documents.  I've been thinking a lot lately about the latter.

I have been tinkering with genealogy for over a decade now and have accumulated hundreds of pictures of my ancestors, as well as interesting documents that summarize the high and low points of their lives.  Take, for example, my grandma's two young uncles, who were tragically electrocuted in 1918 while working on a barn.  I found a newspaper article detailing the incident:

I'd like to be able to share the fruits of my labor with my extended family, and have been thinking about putting together a book with the best pictures and documents from my research.  The digital scrapbooking software came to mind.  Most of my family history pictures and research is already digital anyway.  It would be really easy to dump the pictures into pre-designed templates and add the text containing the details and dates necessary to identify the subjects. 

For people who are writing memoirs, I think the software might be useful as well, depending on the nature of the memoir.  Let's face it.  Memoirs are really difficult to market to traditional publishers unless you're...well...somebody.  Self publication might be the way to go for many memoirists.  If your life story is very image heavy, then it's worth checking out software for digital scrapbooking.  You can distribute your book in a variety of forms, including on CD, DVD, and hard cover.

Finally, if you  just have a ton of digital pictures and video that you want to organize and share,there are some really powerful software products out there. 

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