This is my first blog post with the pixels2Pages team. I decided to call my blog “Corralling the Chaos”. I am referring to photos and I am speaking of myself and of the society that we live in today. We are all taking so many photos on a daily basis, but generally we are not deleting photos or even doing anything with them. We are just taking, taking, taking. At times, it feels a bit gluttonous to me. How much time do we spend going back to enjoy or relive the moments that are now hidden way back on our camera rolls? Life is so busy and often times we are off to the next event before even considering the blessings that were captured in the photos that we had just taken. I am guilty of this myself.
When we come off a great vacation, what is the first thing we do? Usually, I unpack and sort laundry and then start the washing machine. The process continues until all the laundry is folded neatly and placed in the right dresser in the right room. If we think about our photos like we think about laundry, we may do a better job of corralling the chaos. It is too bad that photos don’t smell if you don’t take care of them!
Our best vacations are always followed by the trip scrapbook. I create the book in either Forever Artisan or Forever Projects, with the help of others who were on the trip. And we always print a copy for each family that joined us. My kids love looking through books from the past and reliving those special memories that were made together. If only I could be organized enough to make this process happen on a regular basis and not just coming off a great vacation.
So, this blog will consist of the ins and outs of ‘Collecting, Curating and Celebrating’ my family photos. I hope that it will encourage you to jump in and use our simple process to enjoy your family photos and get them back into your life. I love all of the Forever products and I will share with you how I use the entire platform at Forever to preserve my photos, get them organized and create great photo projects to keep our memories alive.
So this month’s topic is, “Me time”. What does that look like for a busy single mom of four? Hmmm. Me time usually involves exercise (which I don’t love and I don’t do enough), dog walking (because I have to and it gets me out) or digital scrapbooking (which I do LOVE!).
As I consider adding more ‘me time’ to my life, I think it is best to tackle a project during the time that I am setting aside for me, because it is something that will bring value to me and to my family. I have decided to set aside time to get my phone photos in order. YIKES! That is a scary thought and it seems like a huge task. Part of me doesn’t even want to look at the mess that has been created on my camera roll. I could easily just continue to look the other way because it is such an overwhelming task. Maybe I should just continue living in denial with the out of sight, out of mind mentality. But NO! I am going to get in there and practice what I preach and get my phone photos in order, one 15 minute chunk at a time!!! I know I will be surprised at what I can accomplish in that small chunk of time each day.
At Forever we have all the tools we need to assist in this process. The only real challenge I face is setting aside time to actually use those tools and get it done. I am going to set up a reoccurring event in my calendar to remind me each at 8:30 PM each evening to sit down with a warm cup of tea and spend just 15 minutes getting my phone photos in order. This will be a great! Will you join me?
Let me share with you my process and perhaps you can give it a try too.
#1-Do you have a Forever storage account? If not, you will want to be sure to purchase an account. You can get started with a free 1 GB account but it will fill up fast. A Forever Storage account is $299. It is a one-time payment and gives you 10 gigabytes of space to hold your photos. You can always add more later. Check this out to learn about the benefits of a Forever Storage Account: Forever Overview
#2-You will need to get the Forever App on your phone. Click here to get that link: https://www.forever.com/app
#3-Watch this short video that Nick Kelsh, acclaimed photojournalist, and I put together to show you the options available within the Forever phone/Ipad app. Capture the Moment
#4-As noted in the video you have two options to use in getting your photos into your Forever account.
- Upload individual photos from your camera roll into your Forever account. Being sure to just select those photos that you want to keep. (Leave the food, shoes and receipt photos out of your Forever Storage account)
- Set your app to automatically upload all of your photos from your phone to your Forever Storage account. (“Backup” means uploading all of the photos that are currently on your camera roll and the “Automatic” selection is referring to the photos that you take from here on out) The benefit of this is that you will never lose your photos. If something happens to your phone, your photos are preserved. If you choose to use this system, you can use your Forever account as your digital table to delete many photos at one time. When you are setting this up, be sure to make the decision if you want to upload on cellular data or just when you are in wifi range. Forever does give you this option.
#5-VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure to delete the photos in your camera roll on your phone, once they are in your permanent Forever account. Know that it is not easy to delete your photos from your camera roll. You have to do it in sections. Be sure to do this so you can stay organized and know which photos have been uploaded and which have not. (You will see this when you are in the Forever app – it will show you which photos have been uploaded and which have not.)
I think this is a great place to start. It will feel so good to have our camera rolls in such great shape. The next step will be to get the photos organized by albums and begin tagging the best photos within your Forever Storage account. Stay tuned for future trainings that I will be providing on best practices for doing this and other things with in your Forever account.
I will be thinking of you as I begin my 15 minutes of me time with my phone, my computer and my new favorite tea.