Happy Talk with Jan McCallum - how digital scrapbooking works in my life at pixels2Pages.net

Unless you’ve had a particularly busy July, I imagine you have noticed that your Forever® Storage Account has been updated recently!  The Forever team has been working for months to update and improve the Forever Account experience, and those changes rolled out earlier this month.  A few of the things you may have noticed are:

  • It’s fast!
  • It’s reliable and consistent across different types of devices.
  • It’s easy to navigate.
  • The online storage account has excellent organizational capabilities.
  • It’s easy to search for photos, friends and albums!
  • There is a clear distinction between account management (organizing someone’s account for them) and account preservation (making sure your account is handled properly in perpetuity).
  • Sharing content is a snap!
    • You can share tags, albums, or any number of images.
    • You can share projects!

These are fantastic features, but today I’d like to show you some of the ways you can share with Forever.  Did you know that you can share albums, tags, images, or projects with someone, even if they don’t have a Forever Storage Account?  How cool is that?  You even can have designated public albums that anyone can see when they visit your profile.  Let me show you what I mean – I’ll share some things with you.

You may have already seen the completed pages from my English Irish Elegance Tour book, because I’ve shared it here, on our Facebook page, and in our Issuu account. Now I can share it with other friends who may not even know about Forever or pixels2Pages.  Click HERE to see it and the other public albums in my Forever account.

Public albums are also helpful when you want big moments shared. HERE is an album with some of the photos of a trip I took to Big Sky, Montana, a few years ago. Public albums allow you to share photos and stories with everyone, but sometimes you want to keep some of those special moments all to yourself or close friends and family members. That’s why I create a separate public “brag” album just for that purpose while leaving those photos in their original album or tag.  That way, if I decide I don’t want those photos to be shared any more, I can delete the brag album that I shared publicly.  This works well for things like sharing team or class photos with others for a short time, and then making them private later.

My other very favorite thing to share is my recipe card album.  I love that my kids and my friends know just where to go to find their favorites.  I hope you enjoy THESE as much as we do!  Oh, and one other really cool thing – when you want to share your album or photos, it’s really easy to create and copy the share link, and you can even email it or share it on your Facebook wall directly from your Forever account.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Not only can you share albums, but you also can share the PDFs of a completed project.  HERE is what that looks like. This is my completed book for the English Irish Elegance Tour I mentioned above. I love being able to share this with my friends, because they can copy the project and order their own book to commemorate the incredible trip we took!  When you look at projects like this, I recommend playing the slideshow, but to go from page to page, use the thumbnails at the bottom of the lightbox instead of using the arrow keys on the side of the large image.

If you haven’t created a public album yet, I encourage you to give it a try.  It’s a great way to share photos from a group trip, or pages from a project you’re working on, or even yummy recipes.  Comment below and tell me what kinds of things you share in your public albums, or even better, share some albums on Facebook and add the hashtag #p2PHappyTalkJulyBlog so I can find them all!

Jan

PS If you make one of the recipes, let me know if you liked it!  And take photos!

 

Blog header credits: Orange Cream & Cabanas Bundle by JumpStart Designs; Naturals 4-pak AlphaSets by Cottage Arts

 

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8 Responses to Blog: Sharing from your Forever Account

  1. Cindy Rold says:

    This is very helpful. There’s one part I’m not understanding. How do you create a separate public brag album and leave photos in their original album or tag? You reference that below.

    Public albums allow you to share photos and stories with everyone, but sometimes you want to keep some of those special moments all to yourself or close friends and family members. That’s why I create a separate public “brag” album just for that purpose while leaving those photos in their original album or tag. That way, if I decide I don’t want those photos to be shared any more, I can delete the brag album that I shared publicly.

  2. Susan Selznick says:

    How do you download the entire shared album? Before the update, I could just click copy album to my account, but I don’t see that option any more…

    • Shelley says:

      You just need to select the images within the album. Click the green check mark on the first image, hold down the shift key and click the last image. Then you have the option of either downloading the images or adding them to your own library.

  3. Great post, Jan. Thanks! I am going to set up my family with a free Forever Storage Account and hopefully I can “train” them to start using it instead of Facebook to share their photos!

  4. Caroline says:

    Is there a way to set up an account or a public album to which attendees at a conference can add photos for all other attendees to see and download if they like?

    • Alison says:

      The only way to have multiple users able to add photos to a single album would be to give them all the sign in details for that account. You would not want to give them all the email address and password for your own account, so I would suggest setting up a new account under a different email address, then giving all the group members the email address and password so they can sign in and add photos.

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