Showing posts with label resolutions. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Memory Keeping

I have always been someone who enjoys preserving memories.  During my childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood I painstakingly placed all of my photos, newspaper clippings, awards, ticket stubs, playbills, invitations, and cards in giant albums every month.  I kept everything!  I also started traveling overseas nearly every year after I graduated from college and each of these trips warranted another giant scrapbook.  Now I have over 30 of these albums!  It sometimes seems excessive but, when one of my closest friends died several years ago, I can't tell you how happy I was to have all of the pictures and tickets stubs from the Broncos games we attended together preserved in albums!  In my 30s I started scrapbooking hardcore, using templates, patterned paper, rubber stamps, and embellishments like ribbon, washi tape, buttons, stickers, etc.
These pages would sometimes take several hours each!  Crazy, huh?  While I do love these scrapbooks and enjoy looking through them, creating them got to be too much.  It started to seem like an obligation rather than a fun hobby and I realized that I was spending way too much time, not to mention money, on them.  I couldn't keep it up and, pretty soon, several years went by without preserving any memories (including three overseas trips).  I had hundreds of pictures on my computer and piles of memorabilia everywhere (some of which I eventually threw away!)  It made me sad so last year I made a New Year's resolution to get my act together and document 2015!  I am happy to say that I fulfilled this resolution (and even documented all of 2014 and the overseas trips I took in 2014, 2012, and 2011) and I will share with you how I did it!

Project Life
I discovered Project Life (go here for more information) about two years ago and I had just ordered a core kit to give it a try when the Project Life App (go here for more information) was introduced!  It changed my life!  The app on my iPhone cost $.99 and included many free layouts and kits.  You choose a layout, drop the pictures from your phone into the layout, and embellish with a card kit.  There is even an option to journal right on the card with many available fonts and colors to choose from!  You can purchase additional layout and kit options (usually for $1.99) and what I love is that, once you buy them, you can use them over and over again.  I have purchased kits for various holidays like Christmas, Halloween, the 4th of July, etc. but my favorite kits are Honey and Everyday Adventure!  When I finish, I save each page and print them through the app.  I like to print 12 X 12 pages (which are $1.99 each) but there are lots of other options.  Since there is a $5.00 flat rate shipping fee I like to wait until I have quite a few pages created before I order prints.  Once I receive the prints, I slip them into page protectors and place them in albums.
I love how these pages turned out and, instead of hours, each one took minutes and cost a fraction of what I used to spend printing the pictures and buying all of the supplies!  I usually create a page the same day I take the pictures, literally wherever I am (sometimes even lying in bed), so I am always caught up!  It is so easy and convenient that I went back and completed pages for most of 2014 while waiting for an oil change!  Even though I do have an expensive camera, I find that the pictures I take on my iPhone 6 are just as good and, since my camera is big and bulky, I use my phone the majority of the time (I took my big camera to Russia two years ago and didn't use it once!).  It is really easy to access the pictures from my phone in the app.  If I do happen to use my big camera, I just transfer the pictures to my phone using Dropbox!
Project Life even allows me to preserve memorabilia!  I ordered these plastic envelopes from the website and placed a year's worth of playbills and ticket stubs (Do you see the one from Star Wars?) inside.  I used cards from the core kit I originally ordered (Everyday Adventure) to label the year and the envelopes will slip easily into the albums. 
I received my final pages for 2015 a few days ago and I am thrilled that I was able to complete a New Year's resolution so easily!  I have already completed some pages for 2016!

Shutterfly Photo Books
I take a lot of pictures when I travel so I decided to use Shutterfly (go here for more information) to create photo books for each of my trips.  They are high quality hard-bound books with thick and glossy pages inside and I really love the way they turned out!
There are hundreds of designs and layouts to choose from and all I did was upload my pictures to the site, drop them into the layout (I chose the same layout for each book to be consistent), and journal a little bit about the pictures.  Once again I transferred any pictures taken on my phone to my computer using Dropbox.  I saved each book on the site and then ordered a copy.  They were delivered to my door in less than a week and cost between $25- $40 (depending on the number of pages).  The first book I made took several days but, once I got the hang of it, I was able to complete the last one in a few hours!
I think they look so professional.  In fact, my Dad thought that the African Safari book was a souvenir that I had purchased in Africa!
Here are some of the pages from the Russia book I completed over winter break!  These books do require a bit more effort than Project Life but they are still a lot easier (and less expensive) than the traditional scrapbooks I used to make for each trip.  I love looking through them as a reminder of the wonderful experiences I had while traveling!  

It makes me so happy to finally be caught up with my memory keeping!  I am not especially adept with technology but I was able to figure out each program simply by playing around with them.  If you would like to preserve your memories but don't have a lot of time or money, I highly recommend Project Life (in the physical form or the app) and Shutterfly!

Note:  I am not affiliated in any way with Project Life or Shutterfly and I was not compensated for this post.  I am just a big fan of each brand and I wanted to share the success I had using them to preserve my memories!
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