As you may or may not know, Creative Memories filed Chapter 11 and emerging as a new company in November. We have no details as to what the new company will offer, but we know that digital products are being supported by Panstoria until the end of the year.
I am a very happy Creative Memories Storybook Creator user. Have been since its inception a number of years ago. When I upgraded to Storybook 4.0, I got a little disappointed. I've configured everything I can, cleared history files and still, it chugged along SLOWLY. Many times, I wanted to go back to Storybook 3.0. However, I really like how the content is organized so I stayed with 4.0. I know that I will be scrapbooking digitally for the rest of my life for current events (except for the photos that are still in my Powersort boxes - not shoe boxes, mind you!) so I decided to try Panstoria's Artisan. Afterall, Panstoria developed Storybook Creator. I downloaded the software (it's $39.95, good for 2 machines) and was working on my first page within 10 minutes, including migrating my storybooks and content over.
My first reaction - a SCREAM of Happiness! It's so fast - compared to SB 4.0. I'm so thrilled. I created this page in Artisan.
Paper: La Puerta by grungesource
Embellishments: Clipped Stacks No. 6 by Katie Pertiet, Disney Vacation Power Palette by Creative Memories
Font: Microsoft Sans Serif
Now that I have decided on which software to use, the next thing I have to decide on is where to print my storybooks. Artisan is set up to print at the Panstoria print shop. I am still doing research on their print quality. I like Costco's quality, but it's a pain to save to .jpg for every page and then, edit each page to just take the whole photo for each page. When uploading to the Panstoria print shop, it automatically uploads every page in order. Perhaps I don't have to worry for a while... after all, I have 3 storybooks to finish: Shanghai, San Diego, and Washington DC - trips I took in 2012, 2011, and 2013, respectively.
So, if you decide to give Artisan a try, click here. You can simply download a trial version for 30 days and see if you will be as happy as I am.