Archive for ‘General Memory Keeping’

June 10, 2011

Saved by Memory Manager…

The headline might be a little dramatic, but I’m so happy that I use  Creative Memories Memory Manager for my photos. Last Saturday while I was working on a project, my external hard drive crashed. And while it was a trifle annoying, I was up and running with all my photos intact in about 20 minutes.

Now, I was actually away from my home computer, so I had to wait until I got home, but once there, I simply rebuilt my photo vault from the shadow copy that Memory Manager creates every time I exit my software. Nothing was lost! No edits, no tags, no folders, everything good as new!

That is my kind of back up!

What is a Shadow Copy? It’s magic! Well, not really, but it felt like magic on Saturday. In researching the term Shadow Copy, I found a long and boring article explaining the technology which I’m pretty sure you don’t care about. So here are the basics.

As you set up Memory Manager you are prompted to create a Shadow Copy. Normally, your photos reside in a folder called a vault on your C: drive and you use an external drive for the Shadow Copy.  Alternatively, you could keep your photo vault on an external drive and the shadow on your c: drive. This is my preference so that I have the vault available to me when I switch to using my laptop at scrapbook events.

When you exit Memory Manager, as long as your shadow copy is configured properly (don’t worry, it’s easy!), Memory Manager AUTOMATICALLY updates the shadow. The Shadow Copy contains a copy of all the photos and all edits, tags, folders… All Everything. When the vault drive crashes (they all crash eventually) nothing is lost!

If you currently use Memory Manager and if your shadow is set up properly, you should see this screen as you exit Memory Manager letting you know that it is backing up any changes you made while the program was open.

If you don’t see the screen, check to make sure the Shadow Copy path is pointing to the correct drive.

On the home screen (welcome page), make sure that there is a green check mark next to the words “Shadow Copy”. In the screen capture below, Shadow Copy is circled in red. I know it’s kind of small, but I wanted you to see the whole screen so you could place where it is. If the check mark isn’t there, there will be an exclamation point. Click on it, and make sure that Memory Manager knows where your shadow copy should be. That’s all!

I can no longer answer questions about Memory Manager. My suggestion is to upgrade to Panstoria’s Historian where support will be provided. Panstoria is the company that developed MM and your vault should transfer into Historian with little or no difficulty.

January 20, 2011

One Little Word

Do you know about One Little Word? The basic idea is to find a word to explore during the year, instead of making a bunch of resolutions.

I’ve picked a word for the first time. My word for 2011 is Appreciate.

I’m taking Ali Edward’s class at Big Picture Classes, and have followed the simple prompts for January.

I’ve adapted the project for a Creative Memories PicFolio Sleeve that I already owned. It’s not perfect, but it’s done. I loved exploring the definition of appreciate and finding meanings I hadn’t even considered.

“To be fully conscious of”

Wow, that would be really great, wouldn’t it? If I was just 5% more conscious at the end of 2011 I’d be thrilled!

“To increase in value”

Well, wouldn’t we all like that to happen in 2011!

And just to be more grateful, for everything — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Oh, and the photo? I’m appreciating me! Appreciating me, sporting a first place medal in my age group for the CASA Jingle Bell Run in December.

And the other thing… yes, it’s been a while… I started a job in December and even though it’s only part time, something had to give, and this blog is what gave.

October 8, 2010

A Picture Could Be Worth A Thousand Words, But…


Probably like you, over the years I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures of the wild horses that live on Cumberland Island. The images include dunes like this, or perhaps the Dungeness ruins on the south end of the island. The photos are romantic and leave you with the feeling that these horses have “the life.” Coming upon wild horses on the island is really quite magical.

However, according to the naturalist who took us on a tour of the island, many of these feral horses are quite ill, riddled with parasites and live shortened lives due to being transplanted to an “non-native” environment. If you are interested in learning more, I liked this short article which talks about the horse’s beauty as well as addressing health and conservation issues.

I’m fairly scared of horses, so no one needed to remind me that they were wild animals and should not be approached. However even at a distance, some of the horses didn’t have a healthy appearance.

And yet, the photos are still stunning and speak of a kind of wildness that many people romanticize.

And it got me thinking about scrapbooking and telling our stories. There are times when the picture does tell the story better than we ever could, but most often I think the photo suggests a story. If our words aren’t there, the viewer fills in the story. If we want to communicate about our lives through our photo albums, we need to write the story.  We need to include the funny things someone said or tell about the disaster that made the day even more memorable. We need to share the feelings we had that day; or if it’s years later, how we feel now as we look at the photos.

No one can tell your story but you. There is no need to get overwhelmed, tell one story. My husband and I were only on Cumberland for about 30 hours, and this is just one story from that time. I have more. This is story that I’m telling this morning.

September 30, 2010

Take Fewer Photos!

Sure, the beauty of digital photography is that you can delete the bad shots, but the problem is, you have to go through all those photos, to find the good ones. AND, if you were so busy taking pictures during the entire event, were you able to be present and enjoy it? Sometimes a camera can be a great tool to put down!

Now, I’m not saying, that you should STOP taking photos. I’m just saying that fewer photos might be better in some instances, especially trip and event photos. In the end, the photos I really care about are the ones that include my family (looking fairly presentable), signs (***Big Tip Here! Sign photos are so helpful later in pinpointing where you were when a photo is taken), and a few nice scenery photos.

Obviously, if you are looking for that a beautiful shot of your child, that catches gorgeous light in their eyes and an expression that feels so “them”, then  you’ll need to take a lot of shots. If this is your fifth trip to Disney, you don’t need one more photo of Mickey. Right?

When you get home, you’ll be so grateful that you have fewer photos to process and organize.

The quick thought for today is try taking fewer, but more meaningful shots.

September 27, 2010

A is for Athlete, Tri & Adidas

Big Picture Classes offers wonderful online classes related to scrapbooking, photography and other crafty adventures.

My absolute favorite blogger, Cathy Zielske is currently teaching a class called Me, The Abridged Version. The idea, taken from a book called “The Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life“, is to create an A to Z book of simple paragraphs that tell about yourself. So, for those of us who think scrapbooks are all about the kiddos, here is one class that is all about the scrapbooker! There’s a little blinkie in my sidebar that will show you more details about the class, although, I believe it is too late to sign up now. The class is two weeks in, and so far I’ve got entries for the letters A & B. Go me!

I’m enjoying the writing, playing with Photoshop Elements and generally thinking about what I like and who I am. I’m making digital pages, cause I love them! I normally use Creative Memories Storybook Plus Digital Software, but the template for this class is based in Photoshop Elements, so I decided to learn something new. My papers are from Creative Memories Day to Day Kit.

If you want to read the entries for A on my page, you can click on it, and see the text a bit bigger.

Oddly, I wrote the Athlete entry before my “tri” partner and I had actually “tri”ed to combine all three in a single workout. As fate would have it, the following day we did all three. Wow! HMMMM! Hope I can complete the race!

It’s just two weeks away and yesterdays “tri” run was challenging to say the least. We did about half of what we will do on October 10th. I learned a few things… ocean water tastes very salty (ok I already knew that, but I’ve never really swam with my head down in the ocean), biking into a headwind does not rock, and I need to make sure I eat enough so that I don’t feel like passing out or puking (my spell check is telling me I’ve got this spelled wrong, maybe it’s really saying I’m being inappropriate! oh well) when I’m done.

OK, enough of the gory details. I”m still proud of myself, and I’m proud to feel like an athlete once more!

September 23, 2010

How do I get started creating a (meaningful) Photo Album?

First, this may be a surprise, but please, don’t start at a store! Starting at the store is very seductive. There are loads of supplies, and they are beautifully displayed. And it feels like you are doing “something”, but you aren’t!

You probably already have purchased “scrapbooking” supplies at one time or other and they are in a closet (maybe still in the bag!) or you sold them in a yard sale. Buying supplies you don’t use, just adds to the guilt we often associate with not doing something with our photos.

Banish the Guilt! Guilt paralyzes, it does not accomplish. Guilt keeps us stuck when we want to move forward. Yup, the first thing you need to do is put aside any guilt you have that your child is 15 and doesn’t have a baby album. (Insert your own guilt story here!)

Once you have vanquished guilt, congratulate yourself and move on to what really matters to you now. Now is probably the perfect time for you to create that special album about your slightly bigger baby!

But, what makes a meaningful photo album? Pictures and your words, c’est tout! Nothing more. Of course, there are so many beautiful albums, papers and embellishments, they can be very enthralling, or overwhelming. If you come down on the side of overwhelming, skip that stuff. If the decorative, crafty stuff is the part that rocks your world, then by all means, have at it. But not yet!

Hopefully, you’ve read the previous article about gathering your photos all in one place.

So, once your photos are gathered, then it is time to look through them and begin to sort. Determine a sorting method, preferably not chronological, and begin. I started making albums after my daughter was born. My husband and I had been married for 8 years already. I’d always been a chronological keeper of photos, but when I decided to make an album about our life before SB was born, I wanted something more general. So I organized by events, vacations, pets, holidays, parties (we like to throw parties!) and family. The only chronology part is about how we met, and decided to marry (which happened pretty quickly!)

Throw out the bad photographs. Throw out the duplicates if you don’t intend to give those away. Everyone orders too many school pictures of their kids with good intentions of sharing them with friends and family, but we often end up with a stack at the end of the year. It is OK to throw all those extras away! If you have a hard time with tossing photos, keep this mantra in mind, “Throwing away photos of loved ones does not equal not loving them.”

Hopefully, as you have sorted your photos, you have begun to imagine the album you most want to create. What would be most meaningful to you? Once you’ve got that in mind, you can begin to think about supplies… but that is a topic for a whole other day!