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If you’ve heard me talk about Creative Memories products, you probably recognize that there are a lot of things that become my “new favorites.”  And I think that’s okay.  If you can’t get excited about new things, then it all gets old really fast.

Well, today I realize that I’ve been remiss in sharing more details about one of my new favorites … the auto-populate feature in Storybook Creator Plus 3.0.

I’m sure that I’ve probably mentioned it in passing in different articles, but I know that I haven’t yet really camped on the idea.  And part of that is because I wasn’t really in a position to NEED it before.  But since starting my full-time job at the end of February, the craziness in my life has multiplied and the available time to work on my books has decreased immensely.

The Auto Populate feature was designed for such a time as this …

This is one of the most powerful features of this amazing program, and what makes Storybook Creator Plus 3.0 a fabulous tool for the Time-Strapped.

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say that you just got back from a quick weekend trip or maybe a big summer vacation.  So you want to make a quick Storybook to remember the fun times you had.

There are two different ways to get your project started.  For the sake of this article, let’s assume that you’ve loaded your photos into Memory Manager 3.0 and you’ve already chosen the pictures that you want to use for your project.*  You select them all, click Share and select Storybook Creator.  This will allow you to start a new project in Storybook Creator Plus 3.0 with the photos you just chose.

So, you’re now creating a new project in Storybook Creator Plus 3.0.   You’ll need to pick the type (size and style) of Storybook you want to create.  (I’m making a project with one of my new simple favorites – the Black Gallery predesigned pages.)

The next screen is where the magic happens.  Since you are creating this project from the photos you transferred from Memory Manager 3.0, there should be a bunch of photos already available in this screen.

Make sure you click the yes button at the bottom of the window where it asks if you want the software to automatically place the photos on pages in the project.  Then click Next.

Now the software will look at all of those photos you want in your project and it will group them by the times and dates that the photos were taken and place them on pages accordingly.

It may take several minutes … even ten or more.  But once it’s done, all you have to do is go through those pages and tweak.  Add some journaling, swap a few photos around, and voila!  Your book is ready to go.  It can be a pretty quick process if you don’t haggle over the details too much.

Let me know how this works for you.  Enjoy!

(*If you’re not using Memory Manager 3.0, you can collect your photos into a folder on your desktop and add those photos in the second screen.  Then just follow the process.)

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