Quick Project Life Tutorial

Becky Higgins Project Life is my favorite way to capture memories and do my families personal memory keeping.
The app is available for both android and iPhone. I use an iPhone 5 (ancient, I know but it keeps on ticking). There are plenty of card kits through the app, some are even free. For this tutorial I’m using the Ready, Set, Go Value kit.
Open the Project Life app, choose the turquoise quadrant to open a page.

Next, add your pictures by tapping the turquoise and orange rectangles. When you tap the rectangle, you can choose to add a picture or a card from your kit.

All you have left to do is add your journaling.

Use the options at the top of your keyboard to choose fonts, adjust font size, font color and spacing.

After you finish, the app automatically saves your page. You can also export the page to save on your camera roll. On the bottom of the screen, there is a box with an arrow pointing up. This is your export button. It also allows you to add to a folder within the app or share on social media. If you choose export you can save in a 12×12 size or 8×8. Save in the biggest you think you will print, I always save in a 12×12.

And there you have it – a quick and easy completed Project Life page!

Quick Craft- Easy Photo Canvas

There are plenty of photo canvas tutorials floating around the internet. It is a brilliant and easy way to hang up photos and enjoy a little bit of crafting. Most of the tutorials involve covering the entire canvas with one picture and Mod Podge. I wanted to use my Instagram prints and maintain some white space. It was super easy, I Mod Podged the canvas, then placed my photo and Mod Podged over it. I worked with one photo at time. After drying it was ready to hang on the wall.

The Online Age- “Sharenting”

Even the Washington Post is talking about recording and preserving family memories. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/01/22/its-time-to-think-about-how-your-family-records-and-stores-memories/?utm_term=.626591dfabf2

Writer and photographer Stacey Steinberg covers quite a few good tips and ideas on preserving your photos. In the article, she touches upon Facebook privacy and the issues around sharing photos of your children. As a lawyer, she writes extensively on protecting children’s privacy in this internet age. She calls parent online sharing, “Sharenting” and presented research on the topic to the American Academy of Pediatrics at last years AAP conference. She writes at her blog,¬†http://www.staceysteinberg.com/.


Backing up basics: iPhone edition

I love my iPhone. I use it for all sorts of things- even making phone calls occasionally. What I use it most for is taking pictures of my kids. I back my photos up at least once a month and should probably do it more often. The apps I use to back up are GooglePhotos, Prime Photos and I also upload to Shutterfly. I upload to Costco on a “to be printed” basis. GooglePhotos is free and very easy to use. The photos and videos are stored at a reduced resolution so if that is something that important to you, you might want to consider buying extra storage through Google. After you download the GooglePhoto app and sign in with your Gmail, you can start to back up your photos. Click on “Assitant” in the bottom row and the app automatically starts looking for photos to back up.

You can also backup all of your photos from your computer to GooglePhoto. The default setting for GooglePhotos is private, so nobody can view your photos unless you invite them.

Prime Photos comes with an Amazon Prime membership. It is also an app that you download onto your phone and works very similarly. In the bottom row, you can select “More” and when you open that it shows the app working to upload your pictures. There is unlimited storage for photos but not much available for videos.

It is probably overboard to use both, but we might not always keep Amazon Prime so GooglePhotos is good standard. You can order prints, cards, and books through Prime Photos and you can not yet do that with GooglePhotos.

Recording Parents & Grandparents stories

I recently started a project with my parents, my in-laws and my older son. Together, we are going to record their life story. I’m hopeful that my son, who is 9 will learn a number of skills through our project, including interviewing & asking questions and understanding why family is so important. He’s a sensitive kid that adores his grandparents and he loves everything “old school” so I think he will really enjoy the project. Fourth graders are busy with homework and extracurricular¬†activities, so this will be an ongoing family project. ¬†We are using the book “Living Legacies- How to Write, Illustrate and Share your life Stories” by Duane Elgin and Coleen LeDrew to inspire and guide us as we gather our families stories. It is a beautiful book but only available through 3rd party sellers right now. Check your library too!