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Taking you from photo overwhelm to photo fabulous in just a few taps

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Very useful for memory keepers!

By Yellow blackbird - Jan 09 2018
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I love how this podcast always provides such practical and helpful tips and tools that help me get my memory keeping done- even for me who uses physical Project Life.

Fun and informative

By mosbaskets - Jul 27 2017
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Such great info to help you get rid of photo overwhelm.

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16 Ratings
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16
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Very useful for memory keepers!

By Yellow blackbird - Jan 09 2018
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I love how this podcast always provides such practical and helpful tips and tools that help me get my memory keeping done- even for me who uses physical Project Life.

Fun and informative

By mosbaskets - Jul 27 2017
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Such great info to help you get rid of photo overwhelm.
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Taking you from photo overwhelm to photo fabulous in just a few taps

Rank #1: Printing, Editing, and Documenting On The Go With Chari Pack of Persnkickety Prints – MPS002

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Chari shares the heart and soul behind Persnickety Prints and why she started the company. She also talks about how she learned from her failure the first time. She joined me to talk about her Asia travel album she made on her phone  while she was on the plane.  She is also giving us tips for getting great prints from your phone photos and sharing her favorite phone photo editing apps.  Here are a few of the links we talk about:

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Oct 18 2016

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Rank #2: So App-cited – MPS40

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Alison Pecoul is joining me to talk about a few fun apps we are liking for adding text to photos (iOS and Android) AND she introduced me to a new-to-us app that we are SOOO appcited about! I really do think this app will be a game changer for many of us that want to get our stories and memories documented in a FAST, fun and creative way and it is available on Android and iOS.

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Stephanie Clay:
Hey, everyone! Welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I’m Steph Clay. I’m here today with a very long time listener and, has since become my friend, Allison [Pecoul 00:00:10]. Hi, Allison!

 
Allison :
Hi, Steph!

 
Stephanie Clay:
Did I say your last name right?

 
Allison :
Yep!

 
Stephanie Clay:
Oh, good. Good. Allison, you have been a listener of mine probably since the beginning, almost.

 
Allison :
Yes. Yes, I’ve listened to The Digi Show.

 
Stephanie Clay:
Back-

 
Allison :
Are you there?

 
Stephanie Clay:
Back in the day.

 
Allison :
Way back in the day, and sometimes when I hear your voice I expect Peppermint chime up in the background.

 
Stephanie Clay:
Peppermint and Katie, right?

 
Alison:
Oh my goodness, yes. And Katie.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Good times for sure. Good times, but yeah, thank you for being here, and we started emailing back and forth a long time ago, and it just devolved into a friendship, and you’re kind of my go-to person for Android help whenever I need Android help, so thank you for that.

 
Alison:
Sure.

 
Steph:
You’ve been a long time Android user.

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
Always, right?

 
Alison:
I have … No, not always. As a matter of fact, I used to teach Apple products-

 
Steph:
What?

 
Alison:
… at an Apple dealership years ago, yeah, back when wheels were square. Yeah.

 
Steph:
I did not know that.

 
Alison:
Yeah, yeah. I loved it. That’s where I first got introduced to Photoshop. Then we just tried to figure out a way to put it on the PC, so now I have Photoshop on the PC, but as far as phones go, I’ve always had an Android or a Blackberry. My husband has had several Apple phones.

 
Steph:
Okay. Wow. I had no idea. There’s this whole side of you that I didn’t even know. So today we are going to talk about some fun, new apps, all kinds of different apps, and you introduced me to one today that you found, and I was so excited about it and I said I wish they had it on iOS, and you were like, “Well, do they?” So then I checked, and sure enough, they do, and so I’m really excited to share this with our listeners. Why don’t you go ahead and introduce.

 
Alison:
Well, I was looking for an app where I could put in some journaling text, not just titles, but journaling text, and I found an app that does posters and collages, so I gave it a try. It’s called April, and it is so much fun to play with, and I’ve really, really enjoyed it.

 
Steph:
Yeah. It’s really fun to play with. It will automatically make photo collages.

 
Alison:
Yes, yes. If you have up to nine photographs, you can pick them, and then select the layout size, do it one by one or four by three, and then it gives you a variety of different layouts to choose from, and that’s really your jumping off point. It puts everything in place and then hands it back to you for more fun.

 
Steph:
Yeah, yeah. Super cool. I jumped in there, and we were wondering about resolution and all that kind of stuff, so let’s first talk about the, what is the word, the different sizes that you can choose. Why can’t I think of that word? I’m going to have to go into this other app so that I can remember the name of the word. It starts with an a. Aspect, thank you. The aspect ratio. There’s a one by one.

 
Alison:
Right.

 
Steph:
What else is there?

 
Alison:
There’s a four by three. Then there’s a three by four. Then there’s a 16 by nine, and a nine by 16.

 
Steph:
Yeah, and let’s talk about resolution, because I had found an app a little bit similar to this a long time ago that I was excited about, but the resolution was not good. You sent me one that you exported that was a four by three I think, and the four by three size exported is equivalent to a five by seven, 300 DPI. It’s a little bit higher resolution than that. The one by one exported, I just did a one by one and I exported it, and I checked the resolution on it, and the resolution is 3,100 pixels by 3,100 pixels, which is slightly lower than the 300 DPI, but it’s actually higher resolution than the Project Life one by one ratio. The Project Life, if you export a page at 12 by … or a one by one ratio at 12 by 12, it’s 2,760, so 2,760 pixels square. This other app, it’s, like I said, 3,100, so it’s definitely high enough quality to print-

 
Alison:
Certainly, yes.

 
Steph:
… a high resolution image, which is super exciting.

 
Alison:
It is. When you see all the other fun stuff it’ll do as well.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Okay, so one of the reasons why I’m really excited about this is because I was able to … I went in and picked six different photos. I quickly made, in under 30 seconds probably, under a minute, I made two different collages. I just went in and picked four photos and two project life cards, and it made a collage for me. Well, it made a whole bunch of collages, so one, two, three … About 10 different options, 10 different layout options is what you have, and then it’s just a swipeable menu at the bottom, and you pick which layout you want. And then when you pull that layout up, you can get really into some fun stuff.

 
Alison:
Oh, yeah. To edit it from there, it’s a lot of fun. You can switch pictures, just like we do in Project Life when you select one and you actually adjust the place that it’s at, just switch it out. You can change the dimension of one picture, and it will affect appropriately all the dimensions of the other pictures, so it keeps your layout sound in terms of size, but it adjusts it so that it shows more of one picture and less of maybe the others around it.

 
Steph:
Yeah. You can also go in and adjust the grids, so you can make some sections bigger or smaller, if maybe it’s cutting off a little bit of one of your images, and so you want to make it a little bit bigger. You can go in and adjust that as well. The borders.

 
Alison:
Oh, yes. And you can even have them without borders.

 
Steph:
Yes.

 
Alison:
So if you wanted to do a six-picture layout, you can have them without borders all together, or you can add a small border, and you can also add a border to the outside that’s independent of the inside border, if that makes sense. They can be different sizes.

 
Steph:
Yeah. You can have a thicker border on the outside of the page than you have on your inside borders. It’s really incredible.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I’m really excited about it.

 
Steph:
Yeah because this takes the collage making to a whole new level, and it’s automated, so there’s not tapping and dragging photos. You don’t have to add the photos individually. You just select your photos, it adds them, and then you can adjust the borders as necessary to fit your image.

 
Alison:
But another thing that’s really neat about this, at least from my perspective, because I like to add just a little bit of contrast to my pictures, and so I have to preset all my pictures, like go in and I adjust that contrast, and then put them in a separate folder for when I’m going to make my layout. With this particular app I can select one picture and make adjustments, and if I like, I can apply those adjustments to all the photos in the layout.

 
Steph:
Yeah, that’s incredible, instead of having to edit each individual photo, because a lot of times those photos are taken in the same place, the same location, under the same lighting circumstances.

 
Alison:
Right, right.

 
Steph:
And so you are going to add the same filters and effects.

 
Alison:
Right. I think it’s going to be a huge time saver.

 
Steph:
I do too. I do too. You are limited to the nine photos, but what you could easily do if you wanted to add more photos than that is go in and make a collage that’s a smaller size, the three by four or something that would be a four by six or equivalent to that, a two by three ratio if they have that aspect ratio, I don’t know …

 
Alison:
I didn’t see that one.

 
Steph:
Okay.

 
Alison:
But you can do a three by four or a four by three.

 
Steph:
Totally, and then add a bunch of photos to that, and then bring that collage into another collage.

 
Alison:
Man, this is going to be so much fun.

 
Steph:
I know. I know. The borders you can change colors. There’s tons of different options, and they have patterns in there too.

 
Alison:
Yes, yes, and gradients, so if you want a really soft hint of some color, you can select a gradient, and it will automatically default to the gradient that it thinks works best with your photographs.

 
Steph:
Yeah, and it does that with the color too. I had a Project Life card that I imported that was orange, and it picked an orange color for my background.

 
Alison:
I think that’s pretty neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
And there’s a few other things. I haven’t gone all the way through them, but that you can select to add interests to your collage, and you can do the weather, and it will bring up just sort of an icon, a white icon on a colored background of the weather. Then if you don’t like that color, you can adjust it. Location, date; it has several others that you can add to your layout as just interest.

 
Steph:
Yeah. It’s incredible. I’m not seeing an undo button. Oh, there, okay. So I added a filter to one of my photos. They have some artistic filters in here too that make it look like a cartoon drawing or different art effects, and then I decided I didn’t want that, and so I just went back to none, and applied none, and it went back to normal, so that’s cool.

 
Alison:
That is neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
Now, I will say that this particular app, when I was playing around with it, I was using photos that were in Google Photos or in my camera already. When I went in and selected the camera option, it opened up in Google Photos with another app called Camera 360, and so I didn’t download that app because I didn’t need it, but if you wanted to shoot pictures and then have them automatically come in, you would need to download that app, at least on the Android side. Is it the same on iOS?

 
Steph:
Yeah. If you wanted to use that, you would have to download, if you want to use that 360 app. It’s like a different thing.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
Okay, so I found this really cool feature, and I got distracted, so I’m sorry, but this is mind blowing. If you go into the menu where it has the borders and the colors and all of that, if you click on that magnet, it looks like a magnet, it looks like a little horseshoe …

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
… magnet, click on that. You can make Project Life cards right there, with the date and the weather and the city that you’re in. It has some cats and dogs and some quotes. And then you can also go in and edit, like that quote, I can go in and edit it and add my own little journaling right there.

 
Alison:
That is so neat.

 
Steph:
Yes, and I can also add … It’s giving me the option, when I select on one of those, it’s giving me the option to add a shadow if I tap on it again. It opens up more options to add a shadow.

 
Alison:
That is so cool.

 
Steph:
To that card. Yeah. There’s quotes. There’s a Christmas tree. It’s very simple line art. Very simple, almost like icons.

 
Alison:
Right, yes.

 
Steph:
But there’s tons here. Holy cow.

 
Alison:
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

 
Steph:
I really love the idea of being able to add the weather like that.

 
Alison:
And I think it would make it much easier if you’re in a location, vacation, to just put everything in there, in your layout, take five or six photos-

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
… select the layout, add your weather, right while you’re there, and then you can come back and add any journaling that you want later on. Go ahead.

 
Steph:
Go ahead.

 
Alison:
No, I was just going to say I really like that it defaults to square corners.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
But you do have that option to make rounded corners pretty easily. Just in the same place where you can put in the grid, you can change how much of a corner round you want.

 
Steph:
That’s cool.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
These little icons, they would be super fun because they’ve got some movie ones. They’ve got a film directors chair and the directors board thing, and then a movie camera and stuff, and that would be great to add a QR code to.

 
Alison:
Oh, yes. Yeah, I hadn’t even noticed those.

 
Steph:
There are so many here. Popcorn, aliens … The cool thing about it is you can apply the icon that you want to have added there and then go through and select all these different colors.

 
Alison:
Right, so you’re not really limited based on what they select for you. You can make the adjustment.

 
Steph:
Yeah. They need to add the ability to be able to select a color from your page though.

 
Alison:
That would be really cool.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I’m sure that’s coming.

 
Steph:
I bet.

 
Alison:
I’m sure. I’m sure.

 
Steph:
Yeah. The shadow, I applied it, and it’s super subtle, very subtle, but it’s great. I’m trying to edit the text though; I’m not having success.

 
Alison:
The first time through, I had some difficult with the text, and that was the reason I went looking for the app in the first place.

 
Steph:
Right.

 
Alison:
I felt good with all the other things that you could do with it, but I do think that you’re going to have to build your journaling pages elsewhere.

 
Steph:
Yeah, for sure. I can see that it’s editable on this, but I cannot figure out how to get a keyboard to actually edit it.

 
Alison:
It says tap to edit.

 
Steph:
I have [inaudible 00:16:37].

 
Alison:
Yeah, I have tapped with that. I think it might be more long press to edit.

 
Steph:
Okay, let’s see.

 
Alison:
See if that works.

 
Steph:
No. Maybe if I press here. No. Press again.

 
Alison:
When I tap to edit, there is a menu on the bottom of mine, and then on the lefthand side, there’s an icon for a keyboard, and I just, there, and it opens it up.

 
Steph:
I do not have that on iOS.

 
Alison:
Do you have the listing of fonts?

 
Steph:
Nope.

 
Alison:
Yeah. When I tap to edit, it opens that box up at the bottom. If I click on the large A, small A, for a text box, it will bring that up at the same time.

 
Steph:
Yeah, I’m not seeing that, but I’m sure it’s there somewhere, because it highlights it like it’s editable, but it’s just not giving me that option.

 
Alison:
Yeah. I have to actually use that keyboard.

 
Steph:
I don’t have a keyboard button.

 
Alison:
Dang.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
We’ll have to work on that.

 
Steph:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ll have to work on it, but anyway, there are so many cool options in this app. It’s super exciting.

 
Alison:
It is well worth playing around with, even if you just want to make cards that you use in Project Life, it’s a free app. You can download it.

 
Steph:
And it’s Android and iOS.

 
Alison:
Yes, yes.

 
Steph:
Yay.

 
Alison:
It seems to work fairly well on both platforms.

 
Steph:
Yes. Yeah. I’ve tried it on both, and it works very well on both platforms, you’re right. Okay. I gave you the challenge to help me find some text editing apps on Android because that seems to be the biggest challenge and the biggest question that I get from Android users. You have a couple of options for us.

 
Alison:
Well, that is the biggest hang up that I have. When I’m using Project Life, if I start working and using a card and putting text into it for journaling, it’s stuck there. It better be right when I put it in, and I don’t really have too many edit options, and I rely far too heavily on Word to make sure that I have spelling correct. So I was having a tough time with it, and like you were talking about, needed to find a text app. I found that what I was doing was actually using Evernote, and I have a widget on my phone, and instead of texting, instead of typing in the text, I would open up Evernote, click to use the microphone, speak into it about the events of that day, and then close it. Then when it was time to do the layout, the journaling was already there. I just needed to look over it, make sure that everything that was supposed to be capitalized was capitalized, and periods and commas were in the right place, and then I was ready to go.

 
The problem was getting it from Evernote into Project Life. Even in Project Life I was limited by the journaling cards they have. Sometimes you just want a little bit shnazzier background.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I have been using another app. It is called Text Gram. Let me make sure that’s its actual name. Text Gram, and it will allow me to paste in a paragraph worth of text and put it on top of any image that I choose, and it has quite a few of its own you can use that have nice backgrounds, but if I wanted to use my own photograph I could as well. It gives me options for the type of text to use. It gives me options and fonts, although they’re limited, and it does not give me an option to upload fonts, so the several that it gives me are what I have. Let’s see. I have the option to use a template, and it has quite a few of them, or I can just open up a blank canvas, and where it says double tap to edit. I double tap, and it opens up a text box, and then I long press that for the paste, and it gives me two options: I can paste, or I can paste as plain text. I usually paste as plain text, and then just like I would any picture go in and edit the spacing between the lines, the fonts.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
It gives me a lot more flexibility. I have to save it as an image, and I pull it in as an image, and it works really well. My memories aren’t just in, my written memories, aren’t just in Evernote. They aren’t just in another app.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I feel more comfortable with that because no matter what kind of fun you are, that you can have a glitchy day, and it can close up on you, and it’s horrible when you’ve been typing something that’s really kind of neat and all of a sudden it’s gone. Having it in a secondary program I think is really helpful.

 
Steph:
Yeah, for sure. I’m going to look this one up. This is Text Gram, right?

 
Alison:
Right. This is Text Gram.

 
Steph:
I’m going to see if it’s available on iOS. Nope. There is a Text Gram on iOS, not iOX. That’s the new iPhone, but it has a different icon, and so I don’t think it’s the same, and it’s not by the same people actually, so yeah.

 
Alison:
I think it’s a lot of fun to play with. You can do a lot like you can do in April, colors. I think there was probably about 30 different fonts that I could play with, and you can do mirror images. If you just type in one word and want to do a mirror of that word, it has the option for that. It does bold and underline, and so you can give yourself a title to your journal card that you’re working on that’s in a different font.

 
Steph:
Okay, cool.

 
Alison:
I think it’s really neat. I just save those out and then try to put everything I want in one folder and load them up. Now I’m going to be trying out April and seeing how it works in there.

 
Steph:
Yeah, for sure. For sure. Okay. Let’s see. Which one do I want to share for iOS? Probably the ones that I use the most, I probably use Over, the Over app the most for my text, for journaling or for doing title cards. I think they’ve gone to a free/plus subscription model. I think it’s a free download and then you can do a subscription, $9.99 a month, to get all the features that are available. There is an Over version that’s available on Android. It’s not the same. I don’t think they’ve updated that one on Android for a super duper long time.

 
Alison:
Yeah, I was just pulling it up and trying to see, and there is a Text Over. It says it was updated in January.

 
Steph:
Oh, really?

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
Good. I’m going to go look at it then and see what it says. Okay, what else do you have for us?

 
Alison:
There’s a couple of new apps that are around the poster option. That’s a bad word for it, but you go on Instagram now, and there’s a lot of images that have words on it that are done a lot like a movie poster.

 
Steph:
Yeah and you’ve taught me this because they don’t call them posters on iOS. It’s just, I don’t know, but there are a lot of apps in the Android store that do text effects that are called poster, something poster, or this and that poster, so that’s a good tip to know I think.

 
Alison:
I think you can make cards that have really neat images for your text overlays and you can use their background, you can use your background. The one that I’ve used the most is called Posteroid, like Polaroid, but with Poster in front of it, and that app will allow you to build … You start off by selecting an image, and then you put in your words, and it will help you find a good layout for … Oh, what’s the word? For …

 
Steph:
Your type?

 
Alison:
Yeah. It’ll organize them in a very interesting way. I think that Snap Seed does a very good job of this as well, but the Posteroid does a really good job at fading off the background. You can also use a blank colored background, so you want to write it on yellow or green, or you can use a yellow and green overlay and just change the opacity before you put your words out. It’s sort of a combination of editing, image editing, and then word overlay. It’s worth playing around. It’s free.

 
Steph:
For sure.

 
Alison:
It’s [inaudible 00:28:09]. It’s got some interesting things that you can do with it. I’ve used it a couple times.

 
Steph:
Perfect.

 
Alison:
I also like this new app called Pics-omatic. That’s also a …

 
Steph:
iOS.

 
Alison:
Yeah, it’s also an iOS app. Pics-omatic will allow you to take one of your images and use a brush and you’ll highlight an area, and then it will cut out the background, and you can place that on a different background. You can take your daughter in front of your house and put her in front of a castle. It’s for playing around and fun, and you can use blur and change the grays. It has a ton of different filters with it. It’s another good, fun tool that you can use to edit a photograph that you can use later on in Project Life or April or whatever you’re using.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Okay, I found one on Android that I’ve been playing with a little bit that I like, and I think would be really fun to be able to do, and it is called CT Design. This one you can actually import fonts into.

 
Alison:
Ooh.

 
Steph:
Yeah, and it tells you, when you go in there and you’re editing and you’re choosing your font, you can choose imported fonts, and I didn’t have any, so it told me where to import the fonts to, which folder to import them to so that I would be able to use them. So that’s kind of fun.

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
And it has fun different backgrounds and things that you can use as well, as decorations and different colors, all kinds of stuff.

 
Alison:
Don’t forget, the quotes creator.

 
Steph:
Yes. I haven’t used that one yet. I did download it, because that was another poster one. Did you try that one?

 
Alison:
I just opened it. I did in the sense that …

 
Steph:
You did try that one, didn’t you?

 
Alison:
What I did was I actually went to see if it would take a paragraphs’ worth of text. I didn’t say that well. A paragraph worth of text. That way you could paste in quite a lot of text with an interesting background, and it did it perfectly.

 
Steph:
Yeah, it looked good.

 
Alison:
Lots of different background options. You just save that off and pull it into your other program, but the fact that it will take a great deal of text and not just enough for a title, but you’re journaling, and for me that’s the biggest hangup there is, how to get that journaling text in there in a way that looks really beautiful.

 
Steph:
Yeah, yeah, for sure. For sure. Okay, I have another fun one that’s available. It’s not the same app, but there are similar apps on each platform. Word Cloud on Android, which you can take and just put in a whole bunch of different words, and then it will make kind of a word collage with different fonts and different even images if you add little icons in there that you want, and it will do different shapes too. Super fun. It would be a fun way to make a journaling card or just anything for social media.

 
Alison:
That would be great if you had a birthday party, just having all the names of all the kids that happen to be in attendance.

 
Steph:
Oh, that would be fun.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
That’s a great idea.

 
Alison:
You don’t want to forget them, but sometimes it’s hard to put that kind of stuff in a journal entry.

 
Steph:
Yes, I agree. In iOS, it’s called Word … There’s two different ones that would work well. One’s called Word Clouds. It’s two words. And then the next one is called Word Salad.

 
Alison:
Wow.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Lots of fun stuff, and you can change all of the colors and so many fun options.

 
Alison:
Oh, neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
Oh, neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Do you have other apps?

 
Alison:
No, but I did want to say that your class, Memory Management-

 
Steph:
Yes.

 
Alison:
… is all about using Trello.

 
Steph:
Yes.

 
Alison:
And you can do the same thing in Trello that I do in Evernote right now, which is put your memory on a Trello card. You can copy and paste it from that Trello card into what you’re working on.

 
Steph:
Great idea.

 
Alison:
The only other thing that I have is something I found. It’s called Air-droid, and I use this because sometimes I’m working at my computer and I’ll have a thought but I don’t want to stop and pick up my phone. It actually connects to my phone. It makes a connection to my phone, and then if I need to text someone, I can do it all from the keyboard.

 
Steph:
Yeah, that’s … Okay, we have that on IOS.

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
Yeah, so that’s exciting.

 
Alison:
Yeah, it is.

 
Steph:
It’s so much easier to text from a regular keyboard.

 
Alison:
I know. I know. I know. I keep thinking that one day somebody’s going to look at a regular keyboard and go, “What is that?”

 
Steph:
[inaudible 00:34:20].

 
Alison:
Because I text so fast.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
Type so fast compared to texting.

 
Steph:
Yes. For sure.

 
Alison:
Those are my big things.

 
Steph:
Okay. Those are all really good. Really good apps, and I’m excited about them. Some good ideas too for people to be able to get some fun text. The other one that I wanted to mention that’s available both on Android and iOS is Rhonna Designs App for doing fun text. You have that one?

 
Alison:
I do not.

 
Steph:
Okay, yeah. I love that app.

 
Alison:
I will have to download it.

 
Steph:
Yeah, that’s a great way … it’s not the best for journaling, but it’s great if you want to do title cards. One of the things that I love about it too is that you can use text codes for colors, so you can pull colors from your pages and then enter those codes into the Rhonna Designs App to use those exact same colors, and it also integrates with Adobe Cloud.

 
Alison:
Oh, wow.

 
Steph:
So you can save color profiles to Adobe Cloud to use in the Rhonna Designs App as well.

 
Alison:
That is really neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah. She has tons and tons of artwork, and additional fonts, is in app purchases. One of the things that I love about her app as well is that she has font suggestions, so font pairs that go together, and you can just tap on that, and then it has ones that go together that you can use, if you want to use a couple different fonts on something.

 
Alison:
Right.

 
Steph:
‘Cause I’m not always good at that.

 
Alison:
No. I understand. I like to have a really pretty font as title and then a really plain font for the text, but sometimes they just don’t look good together, so that’s awesome.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
What is that again?

 
Steph:
Rhonna Designs. It’s R-H-O-N-N-A Designs, and she was on one of the very first … I think maybe episode seven, one of the very first episodes of the podcast, of this podcast, which was super fun.

 
Alison:
Awesome.

 
Steph:
I had her on. Yeah.

 
Alison:
Lots of fun things to try out.

 
Steph:
I know. I know. Yeah, okay, so people might remember a little while ago that I talked on one of the episodes about this app idea that i had that I knew someone was going to make, and that it would kind of turn things upside down for all of us, and April is that app. I knew someone would make a collage maker where you could select your photos and have it automatically create a collage that’s high resolution and where the photos fit in the spots and looked good, because there are other collage makers out there, but they’re funky designs, and they’re crazy designs, and not what I want for my pages. This is a very gridded, which I really like the gridded look.

 
Alison:
Yes, right. And I like that it stays true to the images. It doesn’t warp the images when you’re trying to make adjustments to how big you want a square to be on your layout. It doesn’t warp the other images. It saves their integrity, and it just changes the size, and it does it really well and really easily to where you don’t even have to think about it. You just make it he size you want it and go.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Yeah. It’s exciting. I’m so excited, so thank you for finding that. You’re a really good app finder, you and Katie. You find some good stuff.

 
Alison:
Well, I love it.

 
Steph:
Yeah, I love it too. All righty. Thank you all for being here with us today. I really appreciate it. If you have a few moments, please head to the iTunes store and leave us a review and let other people that are checking out the podcast know that this is a podcast worth their time and something that you enjoy listening to as well. You can also connect up with me on social media, Facebook and Instagram, and now we have YouTube as well. You can find the link for the YouTube channel by going to ModernPhotoSolutions.com and then clicking on the YouTube icon. I have it set up so that any Facebook Lives that I do on the Modern Photo Solutions’ Facebook page are automatically uploaded to YouTube as well. I know I have some listeners that aren’t on Facebook, so that is a way for you to be able to catch all of that stuff, so be sure to subscribe so that you are notified anytime something new is uploaded.

 
There are a couple of Facebook Lives over there. I did one yesterday because there have been some wild and crazy rumors going around about Google Photos going away, and I was getting so many panicked messages about it that I had to address it, so I did a Facebook Live and that has been uploaded. If you just scroll down, all of the videos are in different groups of what you might like. Start here with the basic information and then you scroll on down to step two, and then different podcast topics, and then the Facebook and Instagram Lives are uploaded there as well, so check it out. Thank you so much, Alison, for your help with all of this. I appreciate it.

 
Alison:
Sure. I love it. I had a great time doing it.

 
Steph:
What was that?

 
Alison:
And I had a great time doing it.

 
Steph:
Yeah, I always love getting together with you and geeking out. It’s fun. So thank you all for being here and sharing part of your day with us and letting us be part of your day. Thank you for joining us, and let us know if you check out any of these apps and your thoughts on them as well. You can go to ModernPhotoSolutions.com after this episode, and what should we call it? I don’t know. Apping Out, something like that. It’ll be there, and you can leave comments there or just connect with me on social media. Thank you again, and we’ll see you next time on Modern Photo Solutions.

 
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Sep 14 2017

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Rank #3: Apps and Tools to Help You Tell Your Story – MPS013

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Katie Nelson is joining me today to as we discuss some of our very favorite aps, tools, and sites to help you get your story (and your loved ones) TOLD! We are talking about:

  • Free Prints
  • Story Corp
  • Story Worth
  • Felt
  • Google Photos
  • PicTapGo,
  • Photogene (on iPad),
  • Picmonkey (app & computer)
  • Aviary (app & computer)
  • Instaweather
  • InstaPlace
  • InstaFood
  • Word Swag
  • Retype
  • Word Dream
  • Collect
  • Project Life
  • Diptic
  • Pic Joiner
  • Pic Frame

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Dec 21 2016

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Rank #4: Your Questions Answered – Google Photos – MPS005

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Tangie Baxter joins me to share about her photo journey from overwhelm to fabulous and help me answer some of your frequently asked questions!

  • Duplicate photo detector for PC for Mac (I haven’t tried any of these solutions personally)
  • Google Photos Feature Request

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Nov 02 2016

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Rank #5: Story Solutions With Lisa Funk of HandletteredDesign.com – MPS003

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Lisa Funk of HandletteredDesign.com joins me today to start her journey toward solutions as she share her frustrations with her photos and we troubleshoot possible solutions for her from backing up to organizing and telling her story. Here are some of the things we talk about:

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Oct 18 2016

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Rank #6: Rhonna Farrer’s Story Telling Journey – MPS011

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Rhonna Farrer is best known for the Rhonna Designs suite of apps that we all love and use and she is joining me on this episode to talk about not only the apps and how they came to be, but also why she is passionate about personal story telling; how she is telling her story and her family’s story and how that has evolved over the years. She is also sharing TWO exclusive announcements on this episode AND what it was like to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook!

Things we talk about:

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Dec 07 2016

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Rank #7: New Developments – MPS032

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Once again we have big developments and news: Google Photos, Google Upload and Sync as another great backup solution, Amazon changes to Drive and how it affects Prime Photos, and iOS11. What do all of these have in common?? Your photos!! I’m breaking it all down for you and sharing what I think!

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Jun 30 2017

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Rank #8: Who tells your story? MPS038

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Every single person’s story matters and can make a difference but it needs to be told! If you don’t tell your story, who will? Learn how you can easily and quickly get your story told through photos, words, and collages. Why should you tell your story?? I’ll share 5 research proven reasons that it will impact and change your life! Full transcripts below at http://modernphotosolutions.com/story

 

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Hey everyone. Welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I’m Steph Clay, and I am so grateful that you are here with me today. Thank you for letting me be part of your day. This week has been a crazy week around my house. My husband was in the hospital for a couple of days. I posted on Instagram a page that I made and a little bit of information about it. Where on the day of the eclipse, on Monday, we found out that he needed to go into the hospital for some antibiotic treatments. So we viewed the eclipse from the hospital parking lot, then got him all checked in. He’s back home now, so that is good, and he’s doing well. Thank you for all of your well wishes and your prayers. I really appreciate that so much.

We had the eclipse and that was super exciting. I’ve seen so many pages that people are making, and posting, and sharing on social media. That’s, it’s really fun to see how everyone is documenting that epic event in history. So fun. I talked a little bit also this past week on an Instagram live that I did about something that I’m going to dive in deeper in this episode. I shared a shirt that I have that says “Who Tells Your Story.” I got that shirt made because of a song in Hamilton. If you are a Hamilton musical fan by any chance, you know exactly where I am going with this, but if you aren’t there is a song, it’s the very last song in the musical and on the soundtrack, and I don’t remember the exact name of it … Oh, I think it’s Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story actually. There’s a quote in it, there’s a line it I guess, where they say, “We don’t have any control over who lives, who dies, and who tells your story.”

Ever since the first time I heard it that’s always made me think. I think it’s a really powerful thought, and a powerful phrase and quote in the song because it’s very true. We don’t have control over who will tell our story once we’re gone. If we don’t tell it, who will tell it? It might still get told, but we won’t have control over how it gets told, and what gets told. We’re the ones that know the reasons that we do the things that we do. We know our motives. We know all of the extenuating circumstances for decisions that we make and the reasons that we do things. So we’re the ones that really can truly tell our stories most accurately, so we need to do it. It’s something that I’ve just felt so strongly that we have to do.

Sometimes I hear from people that they don’t have kids, or they don’t have this, or their life is X, Y, and Z, and so it just doesn’t matter. I whole heartedly disagree because I truly believe that every person’s story matters. We yearn to connect with one another and to be able to get to know each other. The only way that we can truly do that is through story. If we want people to understand us, and understand who we really are, it’s through telling stories. Even when we meet somebody and we ask each other questions, we’re trying to get a story. That’s what we’re going after. We want to know about people. It’s through story that we do that. It’s through telling our stories. So it’s something that we need to do.

I hope that I can help motivate you a little bit as I am motivating myself because as I’ve said before I’m right in this with you. I’m right in here figuring everything out. I don’t have all of the answers. I have figured out a lot of things that work for me, and have worked for me, and that changes and evolves. I’ve been at this, as I’ve mentioned before on previous shows, I’ve been at this since I was a little girl, five or six years old. I’ve been documenting my life, so I have figured out a lot of different solutions and processes, and things that work for me, but what works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for everybody. So I do try to share other systems and processes as well, but there’s a lot that I have figured out, but it’s not perfect. I haven’t, it’s not like I’m doing this perfectly all the time. In fact, I’m not doing it perfectly any of the time. For real, I’m not.

But this past week, especially with everything that we’ve had going on, and the past few months, everything that we’ve had going on medically in our family, it’s just been really crazy. So documenting my story hasn’t been the biggest priority. I have taken time to document some of the big things, getting back to school, and my son’s stay in the hospital, my Lyme disease, my husband’s medical stuff, the eclipse, us viewing the eclipse from the parking lot. There are some bigger things that I have taken a few minutes here or there to document, which I’m very grateful for because documenting my story is therapy for me. It truly is. It’s how I work through emotions surrounding events in my life.

Just by putting those pictures into a collage page in the Project Life app and doing a little bit of journaling, it helps me work through and figure out how I feel about things, which is really good to go. It’s also a release for me. A lot of times I’m able to let go of stuff. Once I’ve documented it, once I’ve journaled about it, I can let go of it and move on, which is always good. I am documenting the good stuff too. One of the big reasons that I do that is because I truly love reliving those happy times and those happy memories. Documenting those is one of the ways that I do that. I’m going to, in just a moment, replay for you the episode in January that I did on the five researched based reasons to tell your story. That is the number one, so I’m excited to revisit this because I wanted to revisit it myself and I thought it would be great for all of us to revisit it as well. The five reasons that have been researched and are proven that it’s really good for us to document our stories.

It’s something that I believe in, and I have been empowered by the way that I tell my story, and the changes that it’s made for me in my life. That’s in one of the lessons in The Heart of Photo Fabulous course, I share how … I think it’s a 12 minute video, which I think is the longest video in the course. There are 54 lessons in the course, and this one video I go through and share how documenting my story had a huge impact, a profound impact, on me and on my family when I was going through one of the most difficult challenges of my life that I’ve been through to this point. It’s surprised me how much it changed me, and in the ways that it changed me. That’s just a little teaser for one of the things that is in The Heart of Photo Fabulous class.

The course covers so much information, and registration is now, is once again open. You can find the course by going to Heart of Photo Fabulous, or sorry, modernphotosolutions.com. If you’re on iOS, you’ll want to go to modernphotosolutions.com/iOS. If you’re on Android, you will want to go to modernphotosolutions.com/android. Registration for that class is open through the 31st. In this class, just to give you an idea of some of the things that you will learn, because I think people have a little bit of misunderstanding about … When I say class, a lot of people think about classes that they’ve taken related to this industry. If they’ve taken photography classes or scrapbooking classes, or digital scrapbooking classes, memory keeping classes, journaling classes. A lot of people think that it’s going to be similar to that.

This course is very, very different from anything else that is on the market, which is exactly why it’s priced differently from anything else that is on the market. In this course, you will learn the system and the processes that I have used to get over 1,000 photo pages of my story told. I haven’t looked recently to see how many I have done. I did those first 1,000 pages within two years. I did just over 500 pages a year the first two years that the Project Life app was out. My pace has slowed down considerably because I started an online business. So yeah, my production on the pages has slowed down, but I am still getting my story told for sure. I am a busy working mom now, and I’m an entrepreneur, a business owner. Anyone that knows someone that owns a business, there’s always work to be done. It’s all about prioritizing. That is one of the things that I teach in the class too is how to find the time. It’s easier than you think. I promise you can do it.

You’ll also learn five different cloud storage solutions for your photos. iOS version has five. The Android version has four because in iOS version I go over iCloud as well. I teach you everything that you need to know about those cloud storage solutions for your phone. How to decide which one is for you, which ones you want to use for primary and backups, and have them setup automatically, and which ones you want to use for secondary. I also teach you how to set these up on your phone, and how to know when it’s safe to delete your photos off of your device, and how to know where they will be deleted. There is a very popular delete guide that’s a principle in this class so that you can look and say I’m deleting from here, what’s going to happen across all of my other cloud storage locations. Super helpful.

You will also learn how to use my favorite apps to put your photos, words, and designer touches into collage pages for your photo books and your albums. How to find the time, like I said, and how to get it done. I will also teach you where to start. This is a big roadblock for a lot of people because they’ve had something traumatic happen in their life. A lot of times when people have a divorce, they don’t know how to document that, and how to document going forward. I don’t specifically say this is how to do it with a divorce, I give you the tools that you need so that you can figure it out for yourself. You can figure out what is going to be telling the story for you that will be true and authentic, and that you can find joy from.

I will teach you how to get started and the workflow that I use to build my pages, and to be able to build them so quickly. What parts of your story that you want to tell, and what parts you want to leave out. I will give you tools to help you figure that out. I will also teach you where to buy more designer products that you can add to your pages, and how to add them to your device and to your pages. Then I also teach you how to download those products directly to your device. Through this you will also learn how to batch transfer older photos to your device so that you can work on them as well. Then lastly I teach you how to export these pages so that you can get them printed anywhere you want. That was one question that I got from somebody that said what is your solution for people that are international for printing. My solution is that I teach you how to export these pages so that you can then transfer them to your computer or directly upload from your device to any printer that you want to use to get your pages printed.

I wanted to share one testimonial from one of my students. She came and posted this on Instagram. This was completely unsolicited. It was just a post about registration being open and she posted this. “Such a great class. Don’t miss this opportunity. I found Steph’s Heart of Photo Fabulous class to be so helpful, especially as an Android user. After completing the class I now have a workflow for creating layouts that is productive and most importantly a new excitement to create layouts. Thank you Steph for putting all of this information together in your Heart of Photo Fabulous class.” So nice. I love hearing from my students, which I do hear from them quite often. I did send a newsletter out to my class members asking them to share how many pages they have completed since taking the class. The total I believe was 1142 or 1042, something like that. But when I posted that on Instagram, I had several more students come and post and say, “Hey I didn’t see that you were looking for this. My pages aren’t in that total.”

From those that posted, there were another I believe about 300 pages that we could add to that. I am going to be sending out another request in the Facebook group for students and via email so that we can include everyone’s pages in that total. That’s pretty fabulous though. Those are people that took my class starting in January, or starting in March, at the end of March and beginning of April. Those are the kinds of results they are seeing. Some people have finished hundreds of pages, and other people have, they commented and said I have 20 pages done, but that’s more pages than I completed in years before taking your course. Some people haven’t ever done any documenting at all, and they are finally … I’ve had people private message me on Instagram and say that they had never done anything before, but had wanted to, and now they’re getting it done. They have lots and lots of pages telling their story, telling their memories through photos and through words.

That’s super exciting for me. That’s why I do what I do because I’ve seen the power of telling our stories in my own life, and I’ve seen it in other people’s lives as well. I’ve seen it in my kid’s lives. I’ve seen the difference that this makes, for me individually, for my children individually, and for us together as a family. So let’s do this. Let’s jump in and get our story told. If you have a method that you’re using to tell your story that is successful for you, I would love to hear about it. Drop me an email and maybe we can have you come on the show and share it with our listeners as well because that’s what this podcast is about.

I wanted to share some reviews for this podcast as well from iTunes really quickly. I appreciate those of you that have taken the time to leave a review in iTunes. It’s great to be able to have some reviews in there as people are looking and trying to figure out if this is going to be a good podcast for them. This review is from KJ [Mertz 00:17:08]. She says, “I used to listen to Steph on her previous podcast and was thrilled that she is back. She always has so much great information on technology to share.” Thank you so much for that review. I appreciate it. This is from Pleading Teacher. She says, “Inspiring me to record my story. I first learned of Steph through her free course on the Google Photos app, and it was super helpful. I had never heard about Project Life before, but I have listened to a few podcast episodes and now I am super excited to get started.”

Then this last one is from Memory Maker Pic Taker. Love that user name. She says, “Love this podcast. I’ve been listening and,” I shouldn’t assume it’s a she, it could be a he. I only have 1% male listeners, but hey I should not just assume. “I’ve been listening to other podcasts Steph’s been a part of for years, but just discovered this gem. I learned several tips and tricks already and can’t wait to finish listening to the other episodes I missed.” Actually on my old podcast I did have a couple of truck drivers that would listen to the podcast so that they could be inspired to document their story. They got their wives listening as well, so that was kind of a fun story to hear from them. Like I said, that just circles us back to story. It’s so great for me to hear people’s stories, to be able to connect with all of you.

As I see you on Instagram, as you leave comments, and I go and look at your profiles and see your stories that you have in your life, the bits of events and memories that make up your life, I’m always so impressed and so inspired, really. I just, I always think I hope they’re getting these stories down because the challenges are important to get down so that people know, people that come after us, know what the challenges were and how we dealt with them. Also so that we can work through them. It really does help us work through those. I’ve always said that documenting is the cheapest therapy and the best therapy I’ve ever had.

So let’s jump into those five research based reasons to document our stories. Thank you so much.

The first thing that I want to talk about is some research that’s been done. You may
have heard about the Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. She discovered that
recalling happy times from the past increases happiness now. She actually suggests
in her YouTube videos on her YouTube channel, taking some photos and putting
together a photo book is a really great way to revisit those happy times and have
them increase your happiness right now. I love that suggestion, and that is, of
course, something that I’ve found in my own life as I’ve worked through different
projects.

I believe that it’s probably the main reason that I love documenting my Disney
vacations is because Disney is such a happy thing for me. I love, love Disney. If
you’re not a Disney fan, it’s only because you haven’t been to Disney with me. I
promise I have taken many anti-Disney people and turned them into converts, which
I’m very proud of, and they become Disney crazed just like me, and it’s really fun for
me to see. If you’re not a Disney fan, that’s the reason why. You just haven’t done it
right yet. All you need to do is do it the right way and then you’ll be a Disney fan.
When I’m at Disney I am like a child, and it is so fun.

Taking those photos from those vacations and being able to revisit them as I work
with them and create with them, and then to be able to pull that photo book out and
look at it at anytime brings me true happiness. It really does. I feel increased
happiness when I look through those. Really any vacation for me, documenting it
and looking through the books once they’re printed really does increase my
happiness. Vacations are some of my most happy times and my most connected
times with my family, too. That’s probably why those for sure are things that I
always try to document. I’m not as good about other events. Holidays I’m not as
good about, other things like that I’m not always as good about, but vacations for
sure I’m really good about. I think that’s why. I think it’s because they do increase
my happiness.

We’re on to number two now. Paul Zack has found that hearing a story, and I’ve
talked about this before on the podcast, hearing a story and narrative with a
beginning, middle, and an end cause our brains to release cortisol and oxytocin.
These chemicals trigger the uniquely human abilities to connect, empathize, and
make meaning. We all have a desire to tell our story. It’s in our DNA. And we have a
desire to hear other people’s stories, too. That is in our DNA as well. It is what helps
us connect with other people. To find those common grounds, those common
things, the threads that can bind us together. It is in our DNA. I know that I have
learned so much from people that have been willing to share their story with me, and
I have grown so much from these people and I’m so grateful for it.

This doesn’t mean that we go and share our most heartfelt and hardest stories that
we’ve been through with everybody. One of the things that I really appreciate that
Brene Brown teaches is that not everybody deserves to see our stretchmarks. We
have stretchmark friends that they’re going to see our stretchmarks and they’re still
going to stick around. They’re not going to run away from us. We don’t share
everything with everybody. That’s not what sharing our story is about. I am a firm
believer that I’m okay sharing scars, but I’m not okay sharing open wounds. I don’t
think that just anybody wants to see my open wounds either.

I am okay sharing what I’ve learned after I’ve been through a really hard thing and
sharing how I’ve grown, but I don’t necessarily want everyone to see the blood and
the guts when I’m going through it. I think that’s okay, too. I really think that’s a
healthy approach for life. People in my life that I’ve been close enough to that have
shared those stories with me, that I am a stretchmark friend for, and the people that
are a stretchmark friend for me, that I’ve been able to share these stories with, there
is a real connection, and we desire that as human beings.

I believe that telling our stories through photos and words, having that desire, I think
most people have that desire, too, because the photos do bring back memories and
they are a huge part of our story. That’s why you’re here, which is really exciting to
me.

Okay, the third thing. The more children know about their family’s history, the
stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the
more successfully they believe their family functioned. This is all found in an article
in Th New York Times that I will link to on the site, but it’s research that’s been done,
and it is fascinating research. These psychologists decided to see … One
psychologist was finding that in her research as she worked with kids that had
learning disabilities, the ones that seemed to be resilient and deal with this
challenge the best were the ones that seemed to know a lot about their family history and their family stories. Not just the facts of when people were born, but the
real stories in their family.

They did some research to find out if this really was a true thing, and asked
questions and compared. One of the things that they did was they went through and
asked 20 questions, and they are called the Do You Know Questions, the Do You
Know Scale. They asked these kids these questions, and these are questions the
only way they would know the answers to these questions is if somebody passed it
on to them in a story form. It wasn’t something that they could have experienced
firsthand at all. Some examples of the questions are: Do you know where your
grandparents grew up? Do you know where your mom anda dad went to high
school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something
really terrible that happened in your family? Do you know the story of your birth?
Those are some examples of the questions that they asked, and the Do You Know
Scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and
happiness. Isn’t that really amazing and interesting?

They said that there seems to be three types of narratives that families will tell.
Here’s some examples of those narratives. The first narrative is what they call the
ascending narrative. Their example is, “Son, we came to this country. We had
nothing. Our family worked and were successful.” That’s the ascending family
narrative. The second common narrative is the descending family narrative. And it’s,
“Sweetheart, we used to have it all and then we lost everything.” That’s the family
narrative. Our family used to have it all and then we lost everything.

The third, the most helpful narrative, is the one that’s called the oscillating family
narrative, and it goes something like this, and this is from that article. “Dear, let me
tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We’ve built a family business. Your
grandfather was the pillar of the community. Your mother was on the Board at the
hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle that was once arrested. We
had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. No matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.” It’s also including those hard challenges. Sometimes as
we’re telling our story and documenting them through photos and words, we skip
over those. Those are really, really important that we include these things.

One of the keys that they said is that each family will have different stories and
different key moments and memories that are shared. It’s not just the content of
what is known that’s the critical factor, but the process by which these things came
to be known. It’s through connecting. It’s through telling stories. It’s through sitting
down and having conversations. One of the things that I love about the documenting
that I do and the storytelling that I do is that my kids will sit down and look through
them, and it inspires questions in them. It triggers questions in their mind that they
want to ask, and they will ask me as they’re going through these books, and I will tell
them more stories based on their questions. That’s connection. That’s conversation.
And that’s a big part of what this study is saying. That it’s not just knowing the
facts.

I will link to the questions as well, the 20 questions that they asked. And they state,
it’s not just knowing the answers to these 20 questions. You could write all of these
answers down and have the kids memorize it, but what’s more important is the
connection that happens from the kids learning it. Sitting down and having a
conversation and passing these stories on is what’s the most important thing, the
kids being able to ask questions and having a conversation about it.
The fourth research-driven fact about telling our story that will change your life and
your family, is that telling and listening to person narratives increases physical and
mental health. This is also an article in The New York Times that I’ll link to on this
site.

I have always said that documenting my story and telling my story through photo
and words is the best therapy and the cheapest therapy that I’ve ever had, and I
believe that more and more every day, and I see that more and more in my own life every single day. The growth and discovery that comes from me taking time to tell
my story and look through my photos and put them together is invaluable. I couldn’t
get it any other way than by looking through my photos and realizing, you know
what? I didn’t spend very much time with this kid this week. I didn’t do enough of
this this week. I really need to work on this this week. It’s not beating myself up. It’s
just a matter of inventory and improvement, and trying to be a better person. I don’t
feel bad. I don’t feel guilty. I just realize that this is what I need to work on. Where if I
wasn’t doing that inventory and looking at it that way, I wouldn’t even notice. It’s
something that would not occur to me. It would not be brought to my
consciousness, and I wouldn’t be able to improve on it either.

Because I focus on gratitude, I’ve been able to work through some really difficult,
difficulty challenges and trials in my life and be able to face them, go through the,
and feel better about them and be a better person because of them, because of the
documenting that I’ve done and the focus on gratitude through my photos and my
words. It really is amazing. It’s something that I can’t even sing praises about
enough. If there are hard things going on in your life and you want a mental shift,
start telling your story. If you’re already telling your story, figure out a way that you
can tell it more often.

Do an inventory. How often are you telling your story? Are you doing it monthly,
weekly, daily, yearly? How often are you sitting down to really go through your
photos and tell your story? Tell the good stuff, the hard stuff, the real stuff, the
events, the birthdays, the celebrations, all of it, and figure out where you can make
some changes so that you can have this experience in your own life, the
improvement of physical and mental health. That’s an incredible finding. It’s really
incredible. And who doesn’t want improved personal physical and mental health? I
know I do.

Okay, the last, number five on my list, is telling our story causes reflection and
introspection. This is from Brene Brown’s Rising Strong. If you haven’t read Brene Brown’s books, I quote her a lot. I refer to her a lot. Her research is really amazing
and life changing. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend Daring
Greatly and Rising Strong, which are two of her more recent books. That ties in to
the last item as well, that personal narratives increase physical and mental health.

Telling our story causes reflection and introspection. I have seen that for sure in my
own life, especially as I do my daily pages and I’m able to reflect on my day more
fully and completely, and figure out maybe during that day what I should have done
different. I will be honest, there have been times when I have thought to myself,
“Man, I blew it today. I really did. And I regret the choices that I made today on how I
spent my time.” But doing that on a daily basis stops me from making the same
mistakes the next day, and I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful for the ability to make
the changes so quickly. I really appreciate the opportunity to reflect and have
introspection and figure out maybe what I can do different with my interactions and
my relationships, especially the ones that mean the most to me.

Okay, let’s run through the list and recap it really quick. These are five days to
change your life and your family by telling your story.
1. Recalling happy times increases happiness now.
2. Story is in our DNA and we need it to connect with other people.
3. All of that evidence about how children are more resilient and have a higher selfesteem
if they know their family’s story.
4. Telling and listening to personal narratives increases physical and mental health.
5. Telling our story causes reflection and introspection.

I wanted to talk just a little bit about my daily pages and how they have changed me
and changed my life. It’s been an incredible journey that I went on, and I started it
when I was going through one of the most difficult challenges and periods of time in
my life, and I decided to do this in December of 2014 because I wanted to have
something to look froward to each day, and I wanted to find something that I could
be grateful for each day. That’s how I approached it. I just wanted to have one thing.
One photo, one screenshot, one something each day that I could focus on. In a
previous podcast I talked about this. I continued it for the following year and for a
month or two into 2016.

The changes that I saw in my life and in my relationships were really very profound. I
gained a self-confidence that I hadn’t seen before, and a self-awareness of who I
really am. I strengthened relationships with the people that are most important to
me, and I was able to mend some relationships, repair some relationships, because I
was able to see where I had made mistakes and I had wronged some people and
done some things wrong and I needed to fix that and make amends for it. I became
more aware of the blessings and the gifts that I had in my life, and really was able to
see the hand of God in my life on a daily basis and understand what He expected of
me. I was able to see how my interactions with members of my family could be
strengthened and changed. I was able to see how I was spending my time and
maybe what I needed to do differently, where I might be wasting time.

I also was able to see some of the hard things I was doing on a daily basis. I was
really surprised to be able to look back and see that I was doing hard things every
single day. I was making hard choices and I was accomplishing big things, where
normally you look at your days and your weeks and you think that you’re not doing
that much, but when you look and examine day to day and can see, “I made this
decision about spending my time here or there, and I feel like I did a really good job,”
it is really rewarding to be able to see those challenges overcome and those good
decisions made.

I gained confidence from the fact that I was doing hard things all the time, even
though they aren’t things that a lot of people would think were hard. They were hard
to me, and I got through them. That had a huge impact on me, because the reality is,
as mundane and boring as a lot of us think our lives are, we are doing hard things
every day. We’re making big decisions every day, whether we’re deciding to call a
friend or text someone, and a lot of times we don’t know the impact, the long-lasting
impact that the little things might have in somebody else’s life. That is another thing
that I learned as I saw the impact that other people were having in my life. I am so
grateful, so grateful for people that continually give of their time and their talents to
me and to help me grow and improve and become a better person. That is
something that has come from that experience.

Brene Brown also teaches and has found in her research that everybody that she
interviewed that have been through traumatic, traumatic life events, survivors of
genocide and really things that I can’t even imagine in my life honestly, and she said
that everyone that she interviewed reported having joy, even genocide victims,
survivors that reported having joy. It was because they had gratitude. They had
gratitude. Their advice for us when she asked them was for us to not take the simple
things for granted. To have gratitude for the times that we are able to be with family
members and for the very simple things in life. Doing this daily documenting like I’ve
done has helped me be more grateful for the very little things in life. It’s changed me
as a person, and it’s changed me in all of the relationships that I have, and I’m so
grateful for it. It was an accident. I didn’t set out to have this happen. It was an
accident.

I’ve heard from a few of you that decided that you’re going to try this to and how it is
changing you as well, and that is so exciting to me. It’s changing how you see your
life, how you see your family for the better, and it’s so wonderful. I can’t wait to see
more of you hopefully jump on board. Is it necessary? No, it’s absolutely not
necessary. Do you need to do it for a long period of time? No, you do not. Even a week, I think, could make a big difference. Documenting gratitude daily for a week
could make a big difference, a month.

A year is an undertaking, but I didn’t intend to do it for a year, but when I stopped
doing it for a few days at the end of 2014 I really missed it, and that’s why I
continued it was because I could see and I could feel in my heart that it was
changing me. I didn’t know what it was doing, but I could feel in my heart it was
changing me, and I wanted to keep doing that, and that’s why I kept it up as long as I
did. I have been very unsuccessful in other projects that I’ve tried to do, including a
photo a day, but this has worked for me, and I think the biggest reason that it
worked for me is because I could feel changes happening.

Thank you so much for being here today for listening and for sharing with me your experiences as you’re on this photographic journey through life of yours. I really appreciate hearing from you. Be sure to connect with us on social media, Facebook Modern Photo Solutions, or Facebook.com/modernphotosolutions. Instagram, we are the same user handle over there as well, Modern Photo Solutions. I would love to hear from you in the show notes. You can leave a comment there or email me and direct message me or comment on social media. Take a moment and leave a review in iTunes if you haven’t already. I really, really appreciate that. Be sure to check out the Heart of Photo Fabulous course. Once again, that is modernphotosolutions.com/ios and modernphotosolutions.com/android. They are two completely different classes because documenting on one device, one platform versus the other, is very different. The courses had to be different. Check those out. Registration closes August 31st. Then it won’t open again until January. Thank you for being here. Thank you for letting me share part of your day with you. I really appreciate it. We will see you next time on Modern Photo Solutions.

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Rank #9: Talking About Lyme – MPS035

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I have a really exciting update about videos and MySocialBook! I’m also talking a bit about Google Upload and Sync AND what to do if you have recurring internet service provider issues. Then, I’m sharing my journey to my Lyme Disease diagnosis. It’s been a really long road filled with health struggles for me to get to this place. I just got the test results this week, but I’ve been struggling with the disease for quite possibly decades. Full transcripts available at http://modernphotosolutions.com/lyme

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Rank #10: Hard Stuff This Week – MPS039

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I’m talking about some hard stuff this week: Texas; why I went dark; why I paused my registration campaign, and more. I’m also sharing some announcements that I’m really excited about. Upcoming events in the next few weeks (iOS11, augmented reality), the Apple event next week (and where you can join me to watch and discuss it LIVE).

 

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Hey everyone welcome to modern photo solutions. I’m Steph Clay and I’m so grateful that you’re here with me today. This is a little pre-show before the show. Today’s episode I recorded on August 31st, last Wednesday and today is September something, fourth, fifth, fifth! September 5th. And so as you listen to this show I know you’ll understand why it’s been delayed, as you listen to me explain kind of why I’ve gone a little bit dark on social media. I just want to emphasize that this was the answer for me and I don’t think that it’s necessarily where everybody needs to do. But for me this is what felt authentic and this is what I needed to do. And so that’s what I did. That’s what felt right for me. I understand that it might not be the right solution for everybody.

The business decisions I make based on what feels right in my heart and what feels right on my in my gut and I know that there are other people that do the same thing and their business might look different than mine and that is ok.I am grateful for this opportunity that I had to go a little bit dark and to raise some money for the hurricane Harvey recovery and I’m grateful for all of you that jumped in to help. We were able to raise a fair amount of money and I’m really pleased with what we were able to do. I’ll be sending out a copy of their receipts as soon as the rest of it hits my accounts. There is a two to three day delay between the payment processor and before it gets into my account. But I did want to mention that and tell you all. Thank you for your support. And I will be back at it this week letting you all know about registration for the heart of a fabulous. I feel like I can communicate that message now pausing it for 10 days was the right answer. Like I said earlier, but I do have bills to pay and so I need to get back at it and get some people registered for my class so that my business can can continue to move forward.
Please know that my prayers and my heart is with all of you that are going through really hard natural disasters right now in your area because it always just compounds regular life stuff that we’re all dealing with. So I’m thinking of you. And I’ve had several of you reach out to me via e-mail and the Facebook groups to help you with various situations getting your videos and photos back up before the disaster hits which I’m more than happy to do. So thank you so much for being here. Thank you for sharing some of your time with me and enjoy this week’s episode.
Hey everyone, welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I am Steph Clay. Thank you for being here with me today. We have some hard things to talk about today, so let’s jump into it. I want to let everyone know first off, in case you have not seen on social media or in the newsletter that I sent out, that I decided to pause my registration campaign for the Heart of Photo Fabulous. So what that means is that I’m not posting on social media about it, I’m not sending out newsletters about it. It’s just the advertising portion of the campaign registration is still open, and I’m not closing that down but I am not advertising it. I will jump back into it sometime next week. Which, will be a good thing. My family does depend on my income from this business. It helps support our family and pays the bills, and so it is something that I need to do but this is why I decided to stop. It goes back to some history I guess, that I’ll share with you a little bit.

 
My other website is called CapturingMagic.Me. On that website for a long time, I’ve had an exclusive advertising agreement with this company called Disney. They’re the only ones that I’m permitted to allow to advertise on my site, and it’s been a good partnership. But, one of the things that I learned from them was that when there were big things happening in the world, they would often pause their advertising campaigns, and we would get emails saying, “Disney’s going dark,” for however long. What that meant was that they would not post social media, they didn’t post on their blogs, and things like that.

 
Then when they would jump back into it, they would catch up. They would play catch up, and post the most important stuff that was missed. I’m sure that there was a lot of it that didn’t get posted during that time. It was something that I didn’t know it was a thing. I liked it. I thought it was a really good idea. Then I also had a mentor about a year ago that told me one of the best pieces of advice that she gave me was that I need to be authentic. My voice on social media needs to be authentic. If I’m having a difficult time posting authentically about whatever it is I’m posting about, then I need to go back to the drawing board, and figure things out. And to be careful, to not use different things to promote myself, or to promote things that I have going on. that was really good, really, really good advice.

 
There have been many times that I’ve stepped away because I just can’t post authentically about something that I’m excited about, or that I should be excited about. As things were unfolding in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, I was having more and more of a difficult time being authentic as I posted on social media about my excitement for registration for my Heart of Photo Fabulous Class. These classes are classes that have changed peoples lives. I don’t want that to sound … I don’t mean that lightly, because women email me and tell me the impact that these classes have had on their lives, the way they live, the way they document their lives, the choices they make with the way they spend their time. Both creating memories, and documenting memories. They are really a big deal, and I didn’t want it to seem like I was minimizing them I guess. I wanted to be able to post about that part of how these classes change peoples lives authentically.

 
I was so upset, I have been so upset about the images, and the things that I’m seeing and hearing about from Texas. We have a lot of people in the Modern Photo Solutions community, a lot of our friends that are in Texas. Hearing from them, and the things that they’re dealing with, my heart was broken. I felt as I went to post, and I was trying to think about what to post for registration for my classes, I thought, “I can’t post, ‘Hey, come buy my stuff’ when peoples lives and worlds are falling apart.” Yeah, I know that everybody has really hard things. Life is hard for everybody. I can’t put my business on hold every time that there’s hard things going on. But, between my mentor and between following Disney’s example, I decided that for me, I needed to pause registration because I couldn’t be authentic.

 
People pick up on that. You guys pick up on that, I pick up on that when I’m following people. It feels icky when they’re not being authentic, or when they’re using something that’s a sad situation in our country to promote themselves, and the things that they have going on. I have an example of that in a few minutes that I’ll share, that’s really sad for me, and heartbreaking.

 
I decided that I was going to pause registration, and instead do something no matter how small it’s going to be, it will help me feel better, and hopefully it’ll help you feel better as well. What I decided to do was my course that’s called, “App Smashing,” I duplicated that course just so that I could change the name of it, and set some different things up so that I’d be able to email everyone that purchases it. I renamed it to, “App Smashing 4 Texas.” This is just a temporary thing. App Smashing 4 Texas QR Codes. It is the course that’s all about creating QR codes. This course is only on IOS. Which, I’m sad about. I haven’t been able to get the Android version done yet.

 
This course, it teaches you all about how to create QR codes, and use them, link them to videos, and to animations, and GIF’s, and all kinds of additional things that you can then put the QR code in your photo book, or in your album, and then when you scan it, it will pull up that multimedia. It will pull up the video, it will pull up all of those other things. You can see an example of this in the post for, on the purchase page, the page where you can purchase this course. I will be donating all but about 75 cents. I’ll be donating everything but the payment processing fees. It’ll work out to be just under 75 cents per purchase.

 
The regular price on the course is 14.97, and so almost all of that will be donated to the Red Cross, and I’ll go to the donation page that’s specifically for Hurricane Harvey recovery. Then I will email out a copy of my donation receipt to everyone that purchased the class. I know when I see things like this, I’m probably a really jaded person and sometimes I do wonder if people are taking advantage of the situation, or if they are truly donating everything. I don’t want anyone to question that, about me. I will just not give anyone any reason to question that, and I will send out a receipt, my donation receipt once that’s done.

 
Any donations, or any purchases of this course, between now and, I’m looking up the date right now. September 4th, the end of September 4th will be donated. There is a coupon code if you would like to get 20% off with your purchase as well. The coupon code is the number 4Texas. That will give you 20% off that course as well. A lot of people are purchasing it without the coupon code, which actually I didn’t even think that would be a thing. That just shows me how amazing this community is, and how willing to be generous, and wanting to help people are. I really appreciate this. In my mind, this is an opportunity for you, if you haven’t before, to experience one of my paid courses. I know a lot of people have said before that they already know how to do QR codes. I promise you, a lot of people that have been doing QR codes for a lot of years have told me that they’ve learned new things in this course.

 
This is a way for you to experience, or to test out one of my courses, get something, while also making a difference. I’m hoping that we can all join together, and make a big difference for Texas. I know that what I can contribute is significantly smaller than what bigger organizations could contribute, and are contributing, but it helps me to feel authentic. To be able to post some things on social media, and be authentic in my excitement about this right now, in the time with so much devastation in Texas.

 
I have been closely watching Disney just to see what they did, and I was really surprised that they didn’t go dark until this morning. I did notice this morning I got on one more time to check, and I haven’t seen any new blog posts come from Disney, which usually they have a very set routine on what times of day they post. Starting at about 7:30 in the morning Eastern time, and there is nothing. It looks like to me that Disney has gone dark as well. Which, I’m proud of them for making that decision. Very proud of them for that. Thank you all for your support, and you can find this course by going to ModernPhotoSolutions.com/4Texas. The number 4. Texas is the same as the coupon code, ModernPhotoSolutions.com/Texas. Jump on over there, and either use the coupon code, or don’t. Even if you’re on Android, I did have people contact me when this class was first released and asked if they’re very efficient in apps, if they would be able to figure it out. Most likely yes, you could.

 
It is a way that you can learn a few things. There are a couple of the apps that are available on Android. Not all of them are. But, more importantly, it is a way that you can contribute some relief. You can also just go directly to the Red Cross’s website and donate there as well for Hurricane Harvey if you would prefer to do that. It’s RedCross.org/Donate/HurricaneHarvey.

 
Okay, so here is one of the things that we need to talk about, another hard thing that we need to talk about, is scanning. One of the people in my community came and posted in the Heart of Photo Fabulous IOS Facebook group that she is in Texas, and is helping family members recover what they can from the floods, and scrapbooks are part of those, and they’re trying to dry out pages, and rescue whatever photos they can. This is one of the wonderful things about having digital photos is that even if something like this happens, those photos that are digital are digital.

 
I wanted to remind people, if they want to learn about scanning, there is episode 20, “Your Most Geeky Questions Answered,” has a lot of questions about scanning. This has made me decide that I have one last batch of photos that I need to get scanned, that I’ve been procrastinating on, and I am going to get it done. Nothing like this kind of a situation, a disaster like this to make you decide that you’re going to do things you’ve known you needed to do for a long time, and that’s what’s happening for me for sure.

 
The other thing that I wanted to mention about that episode is that in there, I mention one of the scanning services that I really like to use is ScanMyPhotos. I’ve been watching them for a really long time, and some of their promotional material has really rubbed me the wrong way. They’ll come out and say that they have a promotion going on, but really it’s the same exact price as everything else. This week when I got an email from them with the headline being that they’ve dropped prices, let’s see … “Why we just lowered prices for hurricane relief and preparedness.” My heart sank a little bit. I went in and checked it all out, and I went back through my emails from them. The prices in this quote/quote, “Just lowered prices for hurricane relief and preparedness,” are the exact same prices that they were offering in their previous emails before the hurricane.

 
To me, that’s really sad. I unsubscribed from their email, and I won’t be sending any more of my emails into them, just because that’s sad. I’ve seen them do this before. It was something that I had suspected, but I had never taken the time to really compare all of the old emails, and see. This is, the sale is no different than any other sale. They’re just using peoples fears, and emotions surrounding the hurricane to capitalize, which I think is pretty crappy.

 
Okay, so the hard stuff is done. That’s all of the hard stuff for this week. Thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. I really appreciate hearing from those in our community that are in Texas, and how what you’re doing, how you’re documenting, I’ve been hearing from a lot of you saying that you are documenting this as well. I’m grateful for that too.

 
We have some news with a bunch of different apps, and things that are going on that I wanted to share today as well. The first one is that Google Photos version 3.3 is adding … It adds, well it was out … I am sorry, yes. I talk for a living, I can do it, I know. Okay, Google Photos version 3.3 came out last week. It adds just a couple more capabilities to the library. When you’re sharing two people to your contacts in the sharing tab, you can now select multiple photos. You weren’t able to do that before. Version 3.4 of Google Photos is out today, when I’m recording this, which the date is August 31st. There are, there’s not really that many new things, but what there is, is a whole lot of speculation about what people are … Tech gurus on the inter webs, are seeing in the underlying, I guess the undercarriage maybe, of Google Photos. Of things that are going to be added, and it’s pretty exciting stuff.

 
I am excited about that. I don’t want to talk about any of it right now because it’s all just speculation, and rumor, and anything can change at any point. We’ll wait until there’s some official announcements. You can Google just Google Photos version 3.3, or 3.4, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find articles on what the speculations are. Okay, I can’t remember if I’ve talked about this or not. I don’t think I have. Day One has gone to a subscription platform, which is something that most apps … There’s two ways to make money in apps, a subscription platform, or in app purchases. Outside of that, apps aren’t terribly profitable. If you try not to use apps that have in app purchases or subscriptions, I think that’s just going to be a way of the past. A one time purchase for apps I think isn’t going to be around much longer, because it’s just not profitable for companies.

 
Day One, it’s 34.99 a year, let’s see. If you were already a Day One user before this update came out, then it’s 24.99 a year. They even acknowledge right on their website that the reason they’re changing to this platform, to a subscription model is because they have to have a way to pay for continued development. Some of the features that you get with this is unlimited photos, before you only had a few photos that you could add per entry. Now you have unlimited photos. You have a few other things as well. They are beta testing Android, if that’s something you are interested in doing. Go to the Day One website and contact them about it.

 
Audio entries, and writing prompts, and guided journaling are all coming up, new stuff. Okay, Google Photos has removed the 2,000 photo limit for albums. There used to be that you could only add 2,000 photos to an album, and they removed that. Which is pretty exciting for those of us who like to use albums, and like to put a lot of photos in our albums. The next thing that I am really excited for, and I’m sure that all of my Apple users will be as well, is that Today, Apple officially announced that they will be announcing the iPhone eight, and IOS 11, and all of the other stuff that comes with it on September 12th.

 
I guess I should say, they haven’t announced specifically that. They are having a press conference, which they do two times a year approximately. It will be September 12th, it will be in their new facility, and it will be the first ever to be in the Steve Jobs Theater, which is really cool. I don’t know if you’ve been checking out any of the rumors for things that will be on iPhone eight. It’s looking like it’s going to be pretty innovative. I mean, I’m careful when I say that, I guess I should say. Because, I hesitate to say that because we’ve thought that before, and we’ve been disappointed. Hopefully we aren’t disappointed this time. Hopefully because it’s going to be in the Steve Jobs Theater, the first ever event in the Steve Jobs Theater, they are going to knock it out of the park, and truly come with some amazing innovations.

 
IOS 11, I have that on my recording device that I am testing today, IOS 11 beta nine for developers was released. I downloaded that, and installed it. I’m really excited about the things that I’m seeing in there. I’m excited about the things that I’ve been reading, rumored in there. It’s pretty cool. On September 12th, I put out an invitation in the Heart of Photo Fabulous Apple version, IOS version Facebook group that I will be broadcasting this live. You can access it from any IOS device. I thought it would be really fun to get together as a community in this Facebook group, and broadcast, and then be able to talk about things as they’re announcing it. I usually always watch these, I know a few other people that always watch them too. It’s a thing, I put it on my calendar, and tell people I’m busy during that time.

 
I’m really excited for it. If you’re in the Heart of Photo Fabulous IOS version, I hope you’ll join us. Okay, one thing … One of the things that I’m way excited about with IOS 11 is the augmented reality, and here’s why. Okay, I’ve wondered, “How is this going to apply to me?” I found this article today about this app, and these things called, “The Pixie.” It’s Pixie Point, and it’s a little tab I guess you could say, and it’s in the shape of a point, like you know the location, map location when you drop a pin? Is what they call it, it’s in that shape. You can attach it to, they have a special phone case that you can attach it to. You can attach it to keys. You can attach it to anything. I’m definitely getting some for my keys, my car keys.

 
Then with the app in your phone, it will help you find it, find whatever’s attached to these pixies, these Pixie Points. With the augmented reality, you hold your phone up, and you tap which point you want to find. Then it guides you through your house, to the location. You can see your room on your phone with the little, it’s highlighting the area where it’s located. You walk, it’s amazing. It looks so, super cool, and I’m really excited about it. I will for sure, I’m going to order some of these. They’re actually available on the market right now, without the art kit, is what it’s called, the augmented reality kit by Apple. You can use them. I don’t know if they make sounds or whatever, I didn’t check that out.

 
Here’s the pricing on them, you can order them on Amazon, and it’s 29.99 for a two pack. Which, other things of this nature are significantly more expensive, that I’ve seen in the past. Then you can get a four pack for 54.99, or an eight pack for 104.99. Then there’s the app. It’s called, I think it’s just called, “Pixie.” These little tags are pixie packs, is what they’re … It says, “Achieve peace of find.” Love that, that’s a fabulous tagline. I’m excited, I can’t wait for that. I’m excited to see how else this technology changes our lives. I think it’s going to be good, I’m really excited. I think it’s going to be really life changing.

 
Okay, thank you all for leaving iTunes reviews, I appreciate it so much. There were several of you that came and left new reviews, and I wanted to share a couple of those. My website just logged me out, so okay, we’re logged back in. It’s, the first one is from … I think it’s Moe’s Baskets. She’s also actually a follower on Instagram too, I see her there quite a bit. I really appreciate your comment, and she said … She’s from the US and she said, “Such great info to help you get rid of photo overwhelm.” Then HJD-25 from Canada says, “Love talking about photos and memory keeping. Steph really knows what she is talking about.” Thank you for that, I appreciate it. And Rico 532 from Canada said this, “I really enjoy listening to Steph’s podcast. I have gone back and listened to every single one that she has produced, and now eagerly wait for a new one to be released. Steph is intelligent, thoughtful, knowledgeable.” You would think I paid them to say this stuff. “But also really relatable.” Thank you for that, I try to be relatable.

 
“She has a wealth of knowledge about photo keeping solutions, tech questions, app questions, so many things. But she never talks down to you.” Oh, thank you so much. I appreciate that. That’s because I’m in this with you, I’m doing it with all of you. It’s not … I’m sharing what I know. Tech comes easy for me, so it’s easy for me to share it. Thank you, that is such a nice compliment. I shouldn’t say she because it could be a he, I’m sorry. Rico goes on to say, “It feels like listening to a friend talk, and I always take something new away from her talks. I don’t listen to very many podcasts, but Modern Photo Solutions is one that is worthy of my time.” Thank you so much. I do try to make it worth your time. I try hard not to just fill the time with things just so that I can say I did.

 
That’s why the length of the podcast is sporadic. Thank you so much for those comments. If you want to leave a review in iTunes, you can do that by tapping on, “Review.” My goal is to get a tutorial up on the website as well, so that it’ll make it easier for you. One other thing that I’m really excited about, that I forgot to share in the last episode, is … And I will put a link to it. I’ll put a link to it in the show notes for this show. I think I’m going to call this one, “Texas.” ModernPhotoSolutions.com/Texas, and I have a YouTube channel for Modern Photo Solutions now. I’ve been working very hard on it, to categorize. All of the podcasts are up there, and some other videos, tutorials, things like that.

 
Everything’s categorized to help you go from step one, step two, and step three, and go through all of the information. I don’t have enough followers yet though, to get a vanity URL, so it’s a crazy URL. Hop on over there and follow me, that would be great because then I can get a vanity URL that’s easier for people to find. I’ll put that, I’ll also add that to the social media icons on ModernPhotoSolutions.com, at the top of the page, I think on the right hand side is where the social media icons are.

 
I would love to have you connect with me over there, then also on Facebook and Instagram @ModernPhotoSolutions. Thank you so much for being here, thank you for letting me be part of your day to day, and part of your week. We will see you next time on Modern Photo Solutions.

 
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Sep 07 2017

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Rank #11: The After – Story Solutions With Lisa Funk MPS004

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Lisa Funk is back this week to share what photo solutions worked for her; what didn’t work and why. She also has a few more things she’s going to try. She’s also sharing about a new upcoming project of her own.

We discuss:

  • Chatbooks
  • Artifact Uprising
  • Nowvel
  • Google Photos
  • Project Life App
  • Collect App

And more

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Oct 26 2016

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Rank #12: Solutions Follow Up With Lolly Jane Twins Kristi and Kelli – MPS010

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Kelli and Kristi from LollyJane.com are very busy moms, business owners, bloggers, and soooo much more. This week, I’m following up with them on their journey through photo overwhelm to see how things are going. They tried a few solutions and found some that they really love and plan to stick with.  They are now enjoying their photos! Listen (or read the transcript) to find out what’s changed.

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Nov 30 2016

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Rank #13: Sara Wells From Our Best Bites – Her System – MPS008

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Sara Wells author, recipe developer, and food blogger is joining me this week to share her process for telling her own family’s story. She shares journey she has gone on through the years to find solutions that fit her life. Sara has some great advice for how she finds the time to document life. Sara is so inspiring and so full of wisdom!

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Nov 16 2016

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Rank #14: December Project for the Overwhelmed – MPS009

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A December project for the overwhelmed! This is my take on the December Daily project. How I changed it to fit my time and my emotional needs during a pretty stressful and overwhelming time of the year and life and how it, in turn, changed me. I call it #DecemberSuccess and I am sharing how I was able to be successful doing something I never thought was possible.

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Nov 23 2016

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Rank #15: Paper and Tech – MPS037

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Aubree Larsen is a new mom to a one year old, but has been a longtime documenter. She is also an educator/teacher at heart and thought it would be fun to share her different (from mine) process for documenting her life. Aubree has tried a lot of different methods and processes over the years and found something that truly brings her joy. She has found by sticking with what she loves, she is successful in documenting her story. She is sharing her whole process today from digital photo, to print, to album. She is also sharing how she uses technology along the way to help her achieve the end result; a combination of good old paper and new technology. Last, Aubree is telling all about her budget conscious, money saving techniques.

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Aug 17 2017

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Rank #16: Using Chatbooks to Document Bits of Life – MPS034

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What was Chatbooks before it was Chatbooks?? I’m sharing the answer as well as the ways YOU use Chatbooks. Several listeners called in to share how they are using Chatbooks to help document their life and I’m so excited to share these ideas with you. I’m going to be implementing a couple of their ideas myself. I finally got my 8×8 hardbound Chatbook and I’m sharing my experience and review about it in this show. Images, links, and full transcripts from the show can be found at http://ModernPhotoSolutions.com/Chatbooks

My 8×8 Chatbooks hardcover book that I talked about in my review portion of the show:

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Jul 20 2017

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Rank #17: Answering Your Questions – MPS012

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You have so many questions about my story telling process, the apps I use, where I print, and MORE! I’m answering some of them today!

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Dec 14 2016

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Rank #18: Documenting Through The Good And The Hard – MPS036

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Chari Pack joins us once again this week to talk about easy travel journals that she creates on her phone while traveling. She shares her process, the apps, and the supplies she uses. Chari is also sharing what she chose to document during an extremely difficult time of her life as she was going through and healing from her divorce. She talks about how the travel, photos, journals, and documenting have all helped her get to the strong place she is at today. Photos of Chari’s photo albums and a complete transcript can be found on ModernPhotoSolutions.com/journal

Chari can be found at PersnicketyPrints.com

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Aug 09 2017

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Rank #19: Avoiding Overwhelm – MPS033

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by your photos and/or the stories you want to get told and the memories you want to document? I’ve got 5 ways to help us all avoid overwhelm and keep moving forward and making progress in this episode.

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Jul 13 2017

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Rank #20: Story Solutions with Kelli from Lolly Jane – MPS007

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Kelli from Lolly Jane is ready to conquer photo overhwelm! Her pain points and her history might be similar to her Twin sister’s, Kristi, but the solutions might be different.

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Nov 09 2016

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How I’m changing up my holiday project this year

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Are you seeing people talking about different holiday projects they are embarking on? This is something that always seemed so out of reach and beyond reality for me. In 2014 I needed something to help me stay focused and grounded through the holidays and was shocked that I found it through doing a daily project. I’m back today to share with you how I am changing up my annual holiday project to fit my life this year! I’m all about having success – – for myself and for YOU! I’m sharing what I’m doing different this year (backing out to zoom in), what size of pages I will create,  and which products I will be using PLUS the new name for my old project and some new hashtags too! At the end of the new recording, I’m replaying my episode from last year all about this project: how I made it doable, how it changed me, my heart, and my life (and the research that shows why).

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Nov 17 2017

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How we are united – MPS042

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The Kjar family is joining me this week on the show! They are doing what many of us only talk and dream (or maybe fear) about: they sold everything and they are traveling the country in an RV. They are on a mission and journey to find out what makes the United States of America united. They are finding that even though we are all very different, we are more alike than we know. They are sharing some of the highlights of this journey, what they have learned, and how they are documenting it.

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Oct 21 2017

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I am sharing a few of my favorite apps; video editing, text on images, and some random apps I use for specialty things in my documenting process. I’m also talking about the LIVE tutorial I did on Facebook this week and where you can find it (even if you aren’t on Facebook).

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Sep 22 2017

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So App-cited – MPS40

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Alison Pecoul is joining me to talk about a few fun apps we are liking for adding text to photos (iOS and Android) AND she introduced me to a new-to-us app that we are SOOO appcited about! I really do think this app will be a game changer for many of us that want to get our stories and memories documented in a FAST, fun and creative way and it is available on Android and iOS.

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Stephanie Clay:
Hey, everyone! Welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I’m Steph Clay. I’m here today with a very long time listener and, has since become my friend, Allison [Pecoul 00:00:10]. Hi, Allison!

 
Allison :
Hi, Steph!

 
Stephanie Clay:
Did I say your last name right?

 
Allison :
Yep!

 
Stephanie Clay:
Oh, good. Good. Allison, you have been a listener of mine probably since the beginning, almost.

 
Allison :
Yes. Yes, I’ve listened to The Digi Show.

 
Stephanie Clay:
Back-

 
Allison :
Are you there?

 
Stephanie Clay:
Back in the day.

 
Allison :
Way back in the day, and sometimes when I hear your voice I expect Peppermint chime up in the background.

 
Stephanie Clay:
Peppermint and Katie, right?

 
Alison:
Oh my goodness, yes. And Katie.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Good times for sure. Good times, but yeah, thank you for being here, and we started emailing back and forth a long time ago, and it just devolved into a friendship, and you’re kind of my go-to person for Android help whenever I need Android help, so thank you for that.

 
Alison:
Sure.

 
Steph:
You’ve been a long time Android user.

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
Always, right?

 
Alison:
I have … No, not always. As a matter of fact, I used to teach Apple products-

 
Steph:
What?

 
Alison:
… at an Apple dealership years ago, yeah, back when wheels were square. Yeah.

 
Steph:
I did not know that.

 
Alison:
Yeah, yeah. I loved it. That’s where I first got introduced to Photoshop. Then we just tried to figure out a way to put it on the PC, so now I have Photoshop on the PC, but as far as phones go, I’ve always had an Android or a Blackberry. My husband has had several Apple phones.

 
Steph:
Okay. Wow. I had no idea. There’s this whole side of you that I didn’t even know. So today we are going to talk about some fun, new apps, all kinds of different apps, and you introduced me to one today that you found, and I was so excited about it and I said I wish they had it on iOS, and you were like, “Well, do they?” So then I checked, and sure enough, they do, and so I’m really excited to share this with our listeners. Why don’t you go ahead and introduce.

 
Alison:
Well, I was looking for an app where I could put in some journaling text, not just titles, but journaling text, and I found an app that does posters and collages, so I gave it a try. It’s called April, and it is so much fun to play with, and I’ve really, really enjoyed it.

 
Steph:
Yeah. It’s really fun to play with. It will automatically make photo collages.

 
Alison:
Yes, yes. If you have up to nine photographs, you can pick them, and then select the layout size, do it one by one or four by three, and then it gives you a variety of different layouts to choose from, and that’s really your jumping off point. It puts everything in place and then hands it back to you for more fun.

 
Steph:
Yeah, yeah. Super cool. I jumped in there, and we were wondering about resolution and all that kind of stuff, so let’s first talk about the, what is the word, the different sizes that you can choose. Why can’t I think of that word? I’m going to have to go into this other app so that I can remember the name of the word. It starts with an a. Aspect, thank you. The aspect ratio. There’s a one by one.

 
Alison:
Right.

 
Steph:
What else is there?

 
Alison:
There’s a four by three. Then there’s a three by four. Then there’s a 16 by nine, and a nine by 16.

 
Steph:
Yeah, and let’s talk about resolution, because I had found an app a little bit similar to this a long time ago that I was excited about, but the resolution was not good. You sent me one that you exported that was a four by three I think, and the four by three size exported is equivalent to a five by seven, 300 DPI. It’s a little bit higher resolution than that. The one by one exported, I just did a one by one and I exported it, and I checked the resolution on it, and the resolution is 3,100 pixels by 3,100 pixels, which is slightly lower than the 300 DPI, but it’s actually higher resolution than the Project Life one by one ratio. The Project Life, if you export a page at 12 by … or a one by one ratio at 12 by 12, it’s 2,760, so 2,760 pixels square. This other app, it’s, like I said, 3,100, so it’s definitely high enough quality to print-

 
Alison:
Certainly, yes.

 
Steph:
… a high resolution image, which is super exciting.

 
Alison:
It is. When you see all the other fun stuff it’ll do as well.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Okay, so one of the reasons why I’m really excited about this is because I was able to … I went in and picked six different photos. I quickly made, in under 30 seconds probably, under a minute, I made two different collages. I just went in and picked four photos and two project life cards, and it made a collage for me. Well, it made a whole bunch of collages, so one, two, three … About 10 different options, 10 different layout options is what you have, and then it’s just a swipeable menu at the bottom, and you pick which layout you want. And then when you pull that layout up, you can get really into some fun stuff.

 
Alison:
Oh, yeah. To edit it from there, it’s a lot of fun. You can switch pictures, just like we do in Project Life when you select one and you actually adjust the place that it’s at, just switch it out. You can change the dimension of one picture, and it will affect appropriately all the dimensions of the other pictures, so it keeps your layout sound in terms of size, but it adjusts it so that it shows more of one picture and less of maybe the others around it.

 
Steph:
Yeah. You can also go in and adjust the grids, so you can make some sections bigger or smaller, if maybe it’s cutting off a little bit of one of your images, and so you want to make it a little bit bigger. You can go in and adjust that as well. The borders.

 
Alison:
Oh, yes. And you can even have them without borders.

 
Steph:
Yes.

 
Alison:
So if you wanted to do a six-picture layout, you can have them without borders all together, or you can add a small border, and you can also add a border to the outside that’s independent of the inside border, if that makes sense. They can be different sizes.

 
Steph:
Yeah. You can have a thicker border on the outside of the page than you have on your inside borders. It’s really incredible.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I’m really excited about it.

 
Steph:
Yeah because this takes the collage making to a whole new level, and it’s automated, so there’s not tapping and dragging photos. You don’t have to add the photos individually. You just select your photos, it adds them, and then you can adjust the borders as necessary to fit your image.

 
Alison:
But another thing that’s really neat about this, at least from my perspective, because I like to add just a little bit of contrast to my pictures, and so I have to preset all my pictures, like go in and I adjust that contrast, and then put them in a separate folder for when I’m going to make my layout. With this particular app I can select one picture and make adjustments, and if I like, I can apply those adjustments to all the photos in the layout.

 
Steph:
Yeah, that’s incredible, instead of having to edit each individual photo, because a lot of times those photos are taken in the same place, the same location, under the same lighting circumstances.

 
Alison:
Right, right.

 
Steph:
And so you are going to add the same filters and effects.

 
Alison:
Right. I think it’s going to be a huge time saver.

 
Steph:
I do too. I do too. You are limited to the nine photos, but what you could easily do if you wanted to add more photos than that is go in and make a collage that’s a smaller size, the three by four or something that would be a four by six or equivalent to that, a two by three ratio if they have that aspect ratio, I don’t know …

 
Alison:
I didn’t see that one.

 
Steph:
Okay.

 
Alison:
But you can do a three by four or a four by three.

 
Steph:
Totally, and then add a bunch of photos to that, and then bring that collage into another collage.

 
Alison:
Man, this is going to be so much fun.

 
Steph:
I know. I know. The borders you can change colors. There’s tons of different options, and they have patterns in there too.

 
Alison:
Yes, yes, and gradients, so if you want a really soft hint of some color, you can select a gradient, and it will automatically default to the gradient that it thinks works best with your photographs.

 
Steph:
Yeah, and it does that with the color too. I had a Project Life card that I imported that was orange, and it picked an orange color for my background.

 
Alison:
I think that’s pretty neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
And there’s a few other things. I haven’t gone all the way through them, but that you can select to add interests to your collage, and you can do the weather, and it will bring up just sort of an icon, a white icon on a colored background of the weather. Then if you don’t like that color, you can adjust it. Location, date; it has several others that you can add to your layout as just interest.

 
Steph:
Yeah. It’s incredible. I’m not seeing an undo button. Oh, there, okay. So I added a filter to one of my photos. They have some artistic filters in here too that make it look like a cartoon drawing or different art effects, and then I decided I didn’t want that, and so I just went back to none, and applied none, and it went back to normal, so that’s cool.

 
Alison:
That is neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
Now, I will say that this particular app, when I was playing around with it, I was using photos that were in Google Photos or in my camera already. When I went in and selected the camera option, it opened up in Google Photos with another app called Camera 360, and so I didn’t download that app because I didn’t need it, but if you wanted to shoot pictures and then have them automatically come in, you would need to download that app, at least on the Android side. Is it the same on iOS?

 
Steph:
Yeah. If you wanted to use that, you would have to download, if you want to use that 360 app. It’s like a different thing.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
Okay, so I found this really cool feature, and I got distracted, so I’m sorry, but this is mind blowing. If you go into the menu where it has the borders and the colors and all of that, if you click on that magnet, it looks like a magnet, it looks like a little horseshoe …

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
… magnet, click on that. You can make Project Life cards right there, with the date and the weather and the city that you’re in. It has some cats and dogs and some quotes. And then you can also go in and edit, like that quote, I can go in and edit it and add my own little journaling right there.

 
Alison:
That is so neat.

 
Steph:
Yes, and I can also add … It’s giving me the option, when I select on one of those, it’s giving me the option to add a shadow if I tap on it again. It opens up more options to add a shadow.

 
Alison:
That is so cool.

 
Steph:
To that card. Yeah. There’s quotes. There’s a Christmas tree. It’s very simple line art. Very simple, almost like icons.

 
Alison:
Right, yes.

 
Steph:
But there’s tons here. Holy cow.

 
Alison:
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

 
Steph:
I really love the idea of being able to add the weather like that.

 
Alison:
And I think it would make it much easier if you’re in a location, vacation, to just put everything in there, in your layout, take five or six photos-

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
… select the layout, add your weather, right while you’re there, and then you can come back and add any journaling that you want later on. Go ahead.

 
Steph:
Go ahead.

 
Alison:
No, I was just going to say I really like that it defaults to square corners.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
But you do have that option to make rounded corners pretty easily. Just in the same place where you can put in the grid, you can change how much of a corner round you want.

 
Steph:
That’s cool.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
These little icons, they would be super fun because they’ve got some movie ones. They’ve got a film directors chair and the directors board thing, and then a movie camera and stuff, and that would be great to add a QR code to.

 
Alison:
Oh, yes. Yeah, I hadn’t even noticed those.

 
Steph:
There are so many here. Popcorn, aliens … The cool thing about it is you can apply the icon that you want to have added there and then go through and select all these different colors.

 
Alison:
Right, so you’re not really limited based on what they select for you. You can make the adjustment.

 
Steph:
Yeah. They need to add the ability to be able to select a color from your page though.

 
Alison:
That would be really cool.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I’m sure that’s coming.

 
Steph:
I bet.

 
Alison:
I’m sure. I’m sure.

 
Steph:
Yeah. The shadow, I applied it, and it’s super subtle, very subtle, but it’s great. I’m trying to edit the text though; I’m not having success.

 
Alison:
The first time through, I had some difficult with the text, and that was the reason I went looking for the app in the first place.

 
Steph:
Right.

 
Alison:
I felt good with all the other things that you could do with it, but I do think that you’re going to have to build your journaling pages elsewhere.

 
Steph:
Yeah, for sure. I can see that it’s editable on this, but I cannot figure out how to get a keyboard to actually edit it.

 
Alison:
It says tap to edit.

 
Steph:
I have [inaudible 00:16:37].

 
Alison:
Yeah, I have tapped with that. I think it might be more long press to edit.

 
Steph:
Okay, let’s see.

 
Alison:
See if that works.

 
Steph:
No. Maybe if I press here. No. Press again.

 
Alison:
When I tap to edit, there is a menu on the bottom of mine, and then on the lefthand side, there’s an icon for a keyboard, and I just, there, and it opens it up.

 
Steph:
I do not have that on iOS.

 
Alison:
Do you have the listing of fonts?

 
Steph:
Nope.

 
Alison:
Yeah. When I tap to edit, it opens that box up at the bottom. If I click on the large A, small A, for a text box, it will bring that up at the same time.

 
Steph:
Yeah, I’m not seeing that, but I’m sure it’s there somewhere, because it highlights it like it’s editable, but it’s just not giving me that option.

 
Alison:
Yeah. I have to actually use that keyboard.

 
Steph:
I don’t have a keyboard button.

 
Alison:
Dang.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
We’ll have to work on that.

 
Steph:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ll have to work on it, but anyway, there are so many cool options in this app. It’s super exciting.

 
Alison:
It is well worth playing around with, even if you just want to make cards that you use in Project Life, it’s a free app. You can download it.

 
Steph:
And it’s Android and iOS.

 
Alison:
Yes, yes.

 
Steph:
Yay.

 
Alison:
It seems to work fairly well on both platforms.

 
Steph:
Yes. Yeah. I’ve tried it on both, and it works very well on both platforms, you’re right. Okay. I gave you the challenge to help me find some text editing apps on Android because that seems to be the biggest challenge and the biggest question that I get from Android users. You have a couple of options for us.

 
Alison:
Well, that is the biggest hang up that I have. When I’m using Project Life, if I start working and using a card and putting text into it for journaling, it’s stuck there. It better be right when I put it in, and I don’t really have too many edit options, and I rely far too heavily on Word to make sure that I have spelling correct. So I was having a tough time with it, and like you were talking about, needed to find a text app. I found that what I was doing was actually using Evernote, and I have a widget on my phone, and instead of texting, instead of typing in the text, I would open up Evernote, click to use the microphone, speak into it about the events of that day, and then close it. Then when it was time to do the layout, the journaling was already there. I just needed to look over it, make sure that everything that was supposed to be capitalized was capitalized, and periods and commas were in the right place, and then I was ready to go.

 
The problem was getting it from Evernote into Project Life. Even in Project Life I was limited by the journaling cards they have. Sometimes you just want a little bit shnazzier background.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I have been using another app. It is called Text Gram. Let me make sure that’s its actual name. Text Gram, and it will allow me to paste in a paragraph worth of text and put it on top of any image that I choose, and it has quite a few of its own you can use that have nice backgrounds, but if I wanted to use my own photograph I could as well. It gives me options for the type of text to use. It gives me options and fonts, although they’re limited, and it does not give me an option to upload fonts, so the several that it gives me are what I have. Let’s see. I have the option to use a template, and it has quite a few of them, or I can just open up a blank canvas, and where it says double tap to edit. I double tap, and it opens up a text box, and then I long press that for the paste, and it gives me two options: I can paste, or I can paste as plain text. I usually paste as plain text, and then just like I would any picture go in and edit the spacing between the lines, the fonts.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
It gives me a lot more flexibility. I have to save it as an image, and I pull it in as an image, and it works really well. My memories aren’t just in, my written memories, aren’t just in Evernote. They aren’t just in another app.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
I feel more comfortable with that because no matter what kind of fun you are, that you can have a glitchy day, and it can close up on you, and it’s horrible when you’ve been typing something that’s really kind of neat and all of a sudden it’s gone. Having it in a secondary program I think is really helpful.

 
Steph:
Yeah, for sure. I’m going to look this one up. This is Text Gram, right?

 
Alison:
Right. This is Text Gram.

 
Steph:
I’m going to see if it’s available on iOS. Nope. There is a Text Gram on iOS, not iOX. That’s the new iPhone, but it has a different icon, and so I don’t think it’s the same, and it’s not by the same people actually, so yeah.

 
Alison:
I think it’s a lot of fun to play with. You can do a lot like you can do in April, colors. I think there was probably about 30 different fonts that I could play with, and you can do mirror images. If you just type in one word and want to do a mirror of that word, it has the option for that. It does bold and underline, and so you can give yourself a title to your journal card that you’re working on that’s in a different font.

 
Steph:
Okay, cool.

 
Alison:
I think it’s really neat. I just save those out and then try to put everything I want in one folder and load them up. Now I’m going to be trying out April and seeing how it works in there.

 
Steph:
Yeah, for sure. For sure. Okay. Let’s see. Which one do I want to share for iOS? Probably the ones that I use the most, I probably use Over, the Over app the most for my text, for journaling or for doing title cards. I think they’ve gone to a free/plus subscription model. I think it’s a free download and then you can do a subscription, $9.99 a month, to get all the features that are available. There is an Over version that’s available on Android. It’s not the same. I don’t think they’ve updated that one on Android for a super duper long time.

 
Alison:
Yeah, I was just pulling it up and trying to see, and there is a Text Over. It says it was updated in January.

 
Steph:
Oh, really?

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
Good. I’m going to go look at it then and see what it says. Okay, what else do you have for us?

 
Alison:
There’s a couple of new apps that are around the poster option. That’s a bad word for it, but you go on Instagram now, and there’s a lot of images that have words on it that are done a lot like a movie poster.

 
Steph:
Yeah and you’ve taught me this because they don’t call them posters on iOS. It’s just, I don’t know, but there are a lot of apps in the Android store that do text effects that are called poster, something poster, or this and that poster, so that’s a good tip to know I think.

 
Alison:
I think you can make cards that have really neat images for your text overlays and you can use their background, you can use your background. The one that I’ve used the most is called Posteroid, like Polaroid, but with Poster in front of it, and that app will allow you to build … You start off by selecting an image, and then you put in your words, and it will help you find a good layout for … Oh, what’s the word? For …

 
Steph:
Your type?

 
Alison:
Yeah. It’ll organize them in a very interesting way. I think that Snap Seed does a very good job of this as well, but the Posteroid does a really good job at fading off the background. You can also use a blank colored background, so you want to write it on yellow or green, or you can use a yellow and green overlay and just change the opacity before you put your words out. It’s sort of a combination of editing, image editing, and then word overlay. It’s worth playing around. It’s free.

 
Steph:
For sure.

 
Alison:
It’s [inaudible 00:28:09]. It’s got some interesting things that you can do with it. I’ve used it a couple times.

 
Steph:
Perfect.

 
Alison:
I also like this new app called Pics-omatic. That’s also a …

 
Steph:
iOS.

 
Alison:
Yeah, it’s also an iOS app. Pics-omatic will allow you to take one of your images and use a brush and you’ll highlight an area, and then it will cut out the background, and you can place that on a different background. You can take your daughter in front of your house and put her in front of a castle. It’s for playing around and fun, and you can use blur and change the grays. It has a ton of different filters with it. It’s another good, fun tool that you can use to edit a photograph that you can use later on in Project Life or April or whatever you’re using.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Okay, I found one on Android that I’ve been playing with a little bit that I like, and I think would be really fun to be able to do, and it is called CT Design. This one you can actually import fonts into.

 
Alison:
Ooh.

 
Steph:
Yeah, and it tells you, when you go in there and you’re editing and you’re choosing your font, you can choose imported fonts, and I didn’t have any, so it told me where to import the fonts to, which folder to import them to so that I would be able to use them. So that’s kind of fun.

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
And it has fun different backgrounds and things that you can use as well, as decorations and different colors, all kinds of stuff.

 
Alison:
Don’t forget, the quotes creator.

 
Steph:
Yes. I haven’t used that one yet. I did download it, because that was another poster one. Did you try that one?

 
Alison:
I just opened it. I did in the sense that …

 
Steph:
You did try that one, didn’t you?

 
Alison:
What I did was I actually went to see if it would take a paragraphs’ worth of text. I didn’t say that well. A paragraph worth of text. That way you could paste in quite a lot of text with an interesting background, and it did it perfectly.

 
Steph:
Yeah, it looked good.

 
Alison:
Lots of different background options. You just save that off and pull it into your other program, but the fact that it will take a great deal of text and not just enough for a title, but you’re journaling, and for me that’s the biggest hangup there is, how to get that journaling text in there in a way that looks really beautiful.

 
Steph:
Yeah, yeah, for sure. For sure. Okay, I have another fun one that’s available. It’s not the same app, but there are similar apps on each platform. Word Cloud on Android, which you can take and just put in a whole bunch of different words, and then it will make kind of a word collage with different fonts and different even images if you add little icons in there that you want, and it will do different shapes too. Super fun. It would be a fun way to make a journaling card or just anything for social media.

 
Alison:
That would be great if you had a birthday party, just having all the names of all the kids that happen to be in attendance.

 
Steph:
Oh, that would be fun.

 
Alison:
Yeah.

 
Steph:
That’s a great idea.

 
Alison:
You don’t want to forget them, but sometimes it’s hard to put that kind of stuff in a journal entry.

 
Steph:
Yes, I agree. In iOS, it’s called Word … There’s two different ones that would work well. One’s called Word Clouds. It’s two words. And then the next one is called Word Salad.

 
Alison:
Wow.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Lots of fun stuff, and you can change all of the colors and so many fun options.

 
Alison:
Oh, neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
Oh, neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Do you have other apps?

 
Alison:
No, but I did want to say that your class, Memory Management-

 
Steph:
Yes.

 
Alison:
… is all about using Trello.

 
Steph:
Yes.

 
Alison:
And you can do the same thing in Trello that I do in Evernote right now, which is put your memory on a Trello card. You can copy and paste it from that Trello card into what you’re working on.

 
Steph:
Great idea.

 
Alison:
The only other thing that I have is something I found. It’s called Air-droid, and I use this because sometimes I’m working at my computer and I’ll have a thought but I don’t want to stop and pick up my phone. It actually connects to my phone. It makes a connection to my phone, and then if I need to text someone, I can do it all from the keyboard.

 
Steph:
Yeah, that’s … Okay, we have that on IOS.

 
Alison:
Yes.

 
Steph:
Yeah, so that’s exciting.

 
Alison:
Yeah, it is.

 
Steph:
It’s so much easier to text from a regular keyboard.

 
Alison:
I know. I know. I know. I keep thinking that one day somebody’s going to look at a regular keyboard and go, “What is that?”

 
Steph:
[inaudible 00:34:20].

 
Alison:
Because I text so fast.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
Type so fast compared to texting.

 
Steph:
Yes. For sure.

 
Alison:
Those are my big things.

 
Steph:
Okay. Those are all really good. Really good apps, and I’m excited about them. Some good ideas too for people to be able to get some fun text. The other one that I wanted to mention that’s available both on Android and iOS is Rhonna Designs App for doing fun text. You have that one?

 
Alison:
I do not.

 
Steph:
Okay, yeah. I love that app.

 
Alison:
I will have to download it.

 
Steph:
Yeah, that’s a great way … it’s not the best for journaling, but it’s great if you want to do title cards. One of the things that I love about it too is that you can use text codes for colors, so you can pull colors from your pages and then enter those codes into the Rhonna Designs App to use those exact same colors, and it also integrates with Adobe Cloud.

 
Alison:
Oh, wow.

 
Steph:
So you can save color profiles to Adobe Cloud to use in the Rhonna Designs App as well.

 
Alison:
That is really neat.

 
Steph:
Yeah. She has tons and tons of artwork, and additional fonts, is in app purchases. One of the things that I love about her app as well is that she has font suggestions, so font pairs that go together, and you can just tap on that, and then it has ones that go together that you can use, if you want to use a couple different fonts on something.

 
Alison:
Right.

 
Steph:
‘Cause I’m not always good at that.

 
Alison:
No. I understand. I like to have a really pretty font as title and then a really plain font for the text, but sometimes they just don’t look good together, so that’s awesome.

 
Steph:
Yeah.

 
Alison:
What is that again?

 
Steph:
Rhonna Designs. It’s R-H-O-N-N-A Designs, and she was on one of the very first … I think maybe episode seven, one of the very first episodes of the podcast, of this podcast, which was super fun.

 
Alison:
Awesome.

 
Steph:
I had her on. Yeah.

 
Alison:
Lots of fun things to try out.

 
Steph:
I know. I know. Yeah, okay, so people might remember a little while ago that I talked on one of the episodes about this app idea that i had that I knew someone was going to make, and that it would kind of turn things upside down for all of us, and April is that app. I knew someone would make a collage maker where you could select your photos and have it automatically create a collage that’s high resolution and where the photos fit in the spots and looked good, because there are other collage makers out there, but they’re funky designs, and they’re crazy designs, and not what I want for my pages. This is a very gridded, which I really like the gridded look.

 
Alison:
Yes, right. And I like that it stays true to the images. It doesn’t warp the images when you’re trying to make adjustments to how big you want a square to be on your layout. It doesn’t warp the other images. It saves their integrity, and it just changes the size, and it does it really well and really easily to where you don’t even have to think about it. You just make it he size you want it and go.

 
Steph:
Yeah. Yeah. It’s exciting. I’m so excited, so thank you for finding that. You’re a really good app finder, you and Katie. You find some good stuff.

 
Alison:
Well, I love it.

 
Steph:
Yeah, I love it too. All righty. Thank you all for being here with us today. I really appreciate it. If you have a few moments, please head to the iTunes store and leave us a review and let other people that are checking out the podcast know that this is a podcast worth their time and something that you enjoy listening to as well. You can also connect up with me on social media, Facebook and Instagram, and now we have YouTube as well. You can find the link for the YouTube channel by going to ModernPhotoSolutions.com and then clicking on the YouTube icon. I have it set up so that any Facebook Lives that I do on the Modern Photo Solutions’ Facebook page are automatically uploaded to YouTube as well. I know I have some listeners that aren’t on Facebook, so that is a way for you to be able to catch all of that stuff, so be sure to subscribe so that you are notified anytime something new is uploaded.

 
There are a couple of Facebook Lives over there. I did one yesterday because there have been some wild and crazy rumors going around about Google Photos going away, and I was getting so many panicked messages about it that I had to address it, so I did a Facebook Live and that has been uploaded. If you just scroll down, all of the videos are in different groups of what you might like. Start here with the basic information and then you scroll on down to step two, and then different podcast topics, and then the Facebook and Instagram Lives are uploaded there as well, so check it out. Thank you so much, Alison, for your help with all of this. I appreciate it.

 
Alison:
Sure. I love it. I had a great time doing it.

 
Steph:
What was that?

 
Alison:
And I had a great time doing it.

 
Steph:
Yeah, I always love getting together with you and geeking out. It’s fun. So thank you all for being here and sharing part of your day with us and letting us be part of your day. Thank you for joining us, and let us know if you check out any of these apps and your thoughts on them as well. You can go to ModernPhotoSolutions.com after this episode, and what should we call it? I don’t know. Apping Out, something like that. It’ll be there, and you can leave comments there or just connect with me on social media. Thank you again, and we’ll see you next time on Modern Photo Solutions.

 
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I’m talking about some hard stuff this week: Texas; why I went dark; why I paused my registration campaign, and more. I’m also sharing some announcements that I’m really excited about. Upcoming events in the next few weeks (iOS11, augmented reality), the Apple event next week (and where you can join me to watch and discuss it LIVE).

 

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Hey everyone welcome to modern photo solutions. I’m Steph Clay and I’m so grateful that you’re here with me today. This is a little pre-show before the show. Today’s episode I recorded on August 31st, last Wednesday and today is September something, fourth, fifth, fifth! September 5th. And so as you listen to this show I know you’ll understand why it’s been delayed, as you listen to me explain kind of why I’ve gone a little bit dark on social media. I just want to emphasize that this was the answer for me and I don’t think that it’s necessarily where everybody needs to do. But for me this is what felt authentic and this is what I needed to do. And so that’s what I did. That’s what felt right for me. I understand that it might not be the right solution for everybody.

The business decisions I make based on what feels right in my heart and what feels right on my in my gut and I know that there are other people that do the same thing and their business might look different than mine and that is ok.I am grateful for this opportunity that I had to go a little bit dark and to raise some money for the hurricane Harvey recovery and I’m grateful for all of you that jumped in to help. We were able to raise a fair amount of money and I’m really pleased with what we were able to do. I’ll be sending out a copy of their receipts as soon as the rest of it hits my accounts. There is a two to three day delay between the payment processor and before it gets into my account. But I did want to mention that and tell you all. Thank you for your support. And I will be back at it this week letting you all know about registration for the heart of a fabulous. I feel like I can communicate that message now pausing it for 10 days was the right answer. Like I said earlier, but I do have bills to pay and so I need to get back at it and get some people registered for my class so that my business can can continue to move forward.
Please know that my prayers and my heart is with all of you that are going through really hard natural disasters right now in your area because it always just compounds regular life stuff that we’re all dealing with. So I’m thinking of you. And I’ve had several of you reach out to me via e-mail and the Facebook groups to help you with various situations getting your videos and photos back up before the disaster hits which I’m more than happy to do. So thank you so much for being here. Thank you for sharing some of your time with me and enjoy this week’s episode.
Hey everyone, welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I am Steph Clay. Thank you for being here with me today. We have some hard things to talk about today, so let’s jump into it. I want to let everyone know first off, in case you have not seen on social media or in the newsletter that I sent out, that I decided to pause my registration campaign for the Heart of Photo Fabulous. So what that means is that I’m not posting on social media about it, I’m not sending out newsletters about it. It’s just the advertising portion of the campaign registration is still open, and I’m not closing that down but I am not advertising it. I will jump back into it sometime next week. Which, will be a good thing. My family does depend on my income from this business. It helps support our family and pays the bills, and so it is something that I need to do but this is why I decided to stop. It goes back to some history I guess, that I’ll share with you a little bit.

 
My other website is called CapturingMagic.Me. On that website for a long time, I’ve had an exclusive advertising agreement with this company called Disney. They’re the only ones that I’m permitted to allow to advertise on my site, and it’s been a good partnership. But, one of the things that I learned from them was that when there were big things happening in the world, they would often pause their advertising campaigns, and we would get emails saying, “Disney’s going dark,” for however long. What that meant was that they would not post social media, they didn’t post on their blogs, and things like that.

 
Then when they would jump back into it, they would catch up. They would play catch up, and post the most important stuff that was missed. I’m sure that there was a lot of it that didn’t get posted during that time. It was something that I didn’t know it was a thing. I liked it. I thought it was a really good idea. Then I also had a mentor about a year ago that told me one of the best pieces of advice that she gave me was that I need to be authentic. My voice on social media needs to be authentic. If I’m having a difficult time posting authentically about whatever it is I’m posting about, then I need to go back to the drawing board, and figure things out. And to be careful, to not use different things to promote myself, or to promote things that I have going on. that was really good, really, really good advice.

 
There have been many times that I’ve stepped away because I just can’t post authentically about something that I’m excited about, or that I should be excited about. As things were unfolding in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, I was having more and more of a difficult time being authentic as I posted on social media about my excitement for registration for my Heart of Photo Fabulous Class. These classes are classes that have changed peoples lives. I don’t want that to sound … I don’t mean that lightly, because women email me and tell me the impact that these classes have had on their lives, the way they live, the way they document their lives, the choices they make with the way they spend their time. Both creating memories, and documenting memories. They are really a big deal, and I didn’t want it to seem like I was minimizing them I guess. I wanted to be able to post about that part of how these classes change peoples lives authentically.

 
I was so upset, I have been so upset about the images, and the things that I’m seeing and hearing about from Texas. We have a lot of people in the Modern Photo Solutions community, a lot of our friends that are in Texas. Hearing from them, and the things that they’re dealing with, my heart was broken. I felt as I went to post, and I was trying to think about what to post for registration for my classes, I thought, “I can’t post, ‘Hey, come buy my stuff’ when peoples lives and worlds are falling apart.” Yeah, I know that everybody has really hard things. Life is hard for everybody. I can’t put my business on hold every time that there’s hard things going on. But, between my mentor and between following Disney’s example, I decided that for me, I needed to pause registration because I couldn’t be authentic.

 
People pick up on that. You guys pick up on that, I pick up on that when I’m following people. It feels icky when they’re not being authentic, or when they’re using something that’s a sad situation in our country to promote themselves, and the things that they have going on. I have an example of that in a few minutes that I’ll share, that’s really sad for me, and heartbreaking.

 
I decided that I was going to pause registration, and instead do something no matter how small it’s going to be, it will help me feel better, and hopefully it’ll help you feel better as well. What I decided to do was my course that’s called, “App Smashing,” I duplicated that course just so that I could change the name of it, and set some different things up so that I’d be able to email everyone that purchases it. I renamed it to, “App Smashing 4 Texas.” This is just a temporary thing. App Smashing 4 Texas QR Codes. It is the course that’s all about creating QR codes. This course is only on IOS. Which, I’m sad about. I haven’t been able to get the Android version done yet.

 
This course, it teaches you all about how to create QR codes, and use them, link them to videos, and to animations, and GIF’s, and all kinds of additional things that you can then put the QR code in your photo book, or in your album, and then when you scan it, it will pull up that multimedia. It will pull up the video, it will pull up all of those other things. You can see an example of this in the post for, on the purchase page, the page where you can purchase this course. I will be donating all but about 75 cents. I’ll be donating everything but the payment processing fees. It’ll work out to be just under 75 cents per purchase.

 
The regular price on the course is 14.97, and so almost all of that will be donated to the Red Cross, and I’ll go to the donation page that’s specifically for Hurricane Harvey recovery. Then I will email out a copy of my donation receipt to everyone that purchased the class. I know when I see things like this, I’m probably a really jaded person and sometimes I do wonder if people are taking advantage of the situation, or if they are truly donating everything. I don’t want anyone to question that, about me. I will just not give anyone any reason to question that, and I will send out a receipt, my donation receipt once that’s done.

 
Any donations, or any purchases of this course, between now and, I’m looking up the date right now. September 4th, the end of September 4th will be donated. There is a coupon code if you would like to get 20% off with your purchase as well. The coupon code is the number 4Texas. That will give you 20% off that course as well. A lot of people are purchasing it without the coupon code, which actually I didn’t even think that would be a thing. That just shows me how amazing this community is, and how willing to be generous, and wanting to help people are. I really appreciate this. In my mind, this is an opportunity for you, if you haven’t before, to experience one of my paid courses. I know a lot of people have said before that they already know how to do QR codes. I promise you, a lot of people that have been doing QR codes for a lot of years have told me that they’ve learned new things in this course.

 
This is a way for you to experience, or to test out one of my courses, get something, while also making a difference. I’m hoping that we can all join together, and make a big difference for Texas. I know that what I can contribute is significantly smaller than what bigger organizations could contribute, and are contributing, but it helps me to feel authentic. To be able to post some things on social media, and be authentic in my excitement about this right now, in the time with so much devastation in Texas.

 
I have been closely watching Disney just to see what they did, and I was really surprised that they didn’t go dark until this morning. I did notice this morning I got on one more time to check, and I haven’t seen any new blog posts come from Disney, which usually they have a very set routine on what times of day they post. Starting at about 7:30 in the morning Eastern time, and there is nothing. It looks like to me that Disney has gone dark as well. Which, I’m proud of them for making that decision. Very proud of them for that. Thank you all for your support, and you can find this course by going to ModernPhotoSolutions.com/4Texas. The number 4. Texas is the same as the coupon code, ModernPhotoSolutions.com/Texas. Jump on over there, and either use the coupon code, or don’t. Even if you’re on Android, I did have people contact me when this class was first released and asked if they’re very efficient in apps, if they would be able to figure it out. Most likely yes, you could.

 
It is a way that you can learn a few things. There are a couple of the apps that are available on Android. Not all of them are. But, more importantly, it is a way that you can contribute some relief. You can also just go directly to the Red Cross’s website and donate there as well for Hurricane Harvey if you would prefer to do that. It’s RedCross.org/Donate/HurricaneHarvey.

 
Okay, so here is one of the things that we need to talk about, another hard thing that we need to talk about, is scanning. One of the people in my community came and posted in the Heart of Photo Fabulous IOS Facebook group that she is in Texas, and is helping family members recover what they can from the floods, and scrapbooks are part of those, and they’re trying to dry out pages, and rescue whatever photos they can. This is one of the wonderful things about having digital photos is that even if something like this happens, those photos that are digital are digital.

 
I wanted to remind people, if they want to learn about scanning, there is episode 20, “Your Most Geeky Questions Answered,” has a lot of questions about scanning. This has made me decide that I have one last batch of photos that I need to get scanned, that I’ve been procrastinating on, and I am going to get it done. Nothing like this kind of a situation, a disaster like this to make you decide that you’re going to do things you’ve known you needed to do for a long time, and that’s what’s happening for me for sure.

 
The other thing that I wanted to mention about that episode is that in there, I mention one of the scanning services that I really like to use is ScanMyPhotos. I’ve been watching them for a really long time, and some of their promotional material has really rubbed me the wrong way. They’ll come out and say that they have a promotion going on, but really it’s the same exact price as everything else. This week when I got an email from them with the headline being that they’ve dropped prices, let’s see … “Why we just lowered prices for hurricane relief and preparedness.” My heart sank a little bit. I went in and checked it all out, and I went back through my emails from them. The prices in this quote/quote, “Just lowered prices for hurricane relief and preparedness,” are the exact same prices that they were offering in their previous emails before the hurricane.

 
To me, that’s really sad. I unsubscribed from their email, and I won’t be sending any more of my emails into them, just because that’s sad. I’ve seen them do this before. It was something that I had suspected, but I had never taken the time to really compare all of the old emails, and see. This is, the sale is no different than any other sale. They’re just using peoples fears, and emotions surrounding the hurricane to capitalize, which I think is pretty crappy.

 
Okay, so the hard stuff is done. That’s all of the hard stuff for this week. Thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. I really appreciate hearing from those in our community that are in Texas, and how what you’re doing, how you’re documenting, I’ve been hearing from a lot of you saying that you are documenting this as well. I’m grateful for that too.

 
We have some news with a bunch of different apps, and things that are going on that I wanted to share today as well. The first one is that Google Photos version 3.3 is adding … It adds, well it was out … I am sorry, yes. I talk for a living, I can do it, I know. Okay, Google Photos version 3.3 came out last week. It adds just a couple more capabilities to the library. When you’re sharing two people to your contacts in the sharing tab, you can now select multiple photos. You weren’t able to do that before. Version 3.4 of Google Photos is out today, when I’m recording this, which the date is August 31st. There are, there’s not really that many new things, but what there is, is a whole lot of speculation about what people are … Tech gurus on the inter webs, are seeing in the underlying, I guess the undercarriage maybe, of Google Photos. Of things that are going to be added, and it’s pretty exciting stuff.

 
I am excited about that. I don’t want to talk about any of it right now because it’s all just speculation, and rumor, and anything can change at any point. We’ll wait until there’s some official announcements. You can Google just Google Photos version 3.3, or 3.4, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find articles on what the speculations are. Okay, I can’t remember if I’ve talked about this or not. I don’t think I have. Day One has gone to a subscription platform, which is something that most apps … There’s two ways to make money in apps, a subscription platform, or in app purchases. Outside of that, apps aren’t terribly profitable. If you try not to use apps that have in app purchases or subscriptions, I think that’s just going to be a way of the past. A one time purchase for apps I think isn’t going to be around much longer, because it’s just not profitable for companies.

 
Day One, it’s 34.99 a year, let’s see. If you were already a Day One user before this update came out, then it’s 24.99 a year. They even acknowledge right on their website that the reason they’re changing to this platform, to a subscription model is because they have to have a way to pay for continued development. Some of the features that you get with this is unlimited photos, before you only had a few photos that you could add per entry. Now you have unlimited photos. You have a few other things as well. They are beta testing Android, if that’s something you are interested in doing. Go to the Day One website and contact them about it.

 
Audio entries, and writing prompts, and guided journaling are all coming up, new stuff. Okay, Google Photos has removed the 2,000 photo limit for albums. There used to be that you could only add 2,000 photos to an album, and they removed that. Which is pretty exciting for those of us who like to use albums, and like to put a lot of photos in our albums. The next thing that I am really excited for, and I’m sure that all of my Apple users will be as well, is that Today, Apple officially announced that they will be announcing the iPhone eight, and IOS 11, and all of the other stuff that comes with it on September 12th.

 
I guess I should say, they haven’t announced specifically that. They are having a press conference, which they do two times a year approximately. It will be September 12th, it will be in their new facility, and it will be the first ever to be in the Steve Jobs Theater, which is really cool. I don’t know if you’ve been checking out any of the rumors for things that will be on iPhone eight. It’s looking like it’s going to be pretty innovative. I mean, I’m careful when I say that, I guess I should say. Because, I hesitate to say that because we’ve thought that before, and we’ve been disappointed. Hopefully we aren’t disappointed this time. Hopefully because it’s going to be in the Steve Jobs Theater, the first ever event in the Steve Jobs Theater, they are going to knock it out of the park, and truly come with some amazing innovations.

 
IOS 11, I have that on my recording device that I am testing today, IOS 11 beta nine for developers was released. I downloaded that, and installed it. I’m really excited about the things that I’m seeing in there. I’m excited about the things that I’ve been reading, rumored in there. It’s pretty cool. On September 12th, I put out an invitation in the Heart of Photo Fabulous Apple version, IOS version Facebook group that I will be broadcasting this live. You can access it from any IOS device. I thought it would be really fun to get together as a community in this Facebook group, and broadcast, and then be able to talk about things as they’re announcing it. I usually always watch these, I know a few other people that always watch them too. It’s a thing, I put it on my calendar, and tell people I’m busy during that time.

 
I’m really excited for it. If you’re in the Heart of Photo Fabulous IOS version, I hope you’ll join us. Okay, one thing … One of the things that I’m way excited about with IOS 11 is the augmented reality, and here’s why. Okay, I’ve wondered, “How is this going to apply to me?” I found this article today about this app, and these things called, “The Pixie.” It’s Pixie Point, and it’s a little tab I guess you could say, and it’s in the shape of a point, like you know the location, map location when you drop a pin? Is what they call it, it’s in that shape. You can attach it to, they have a special phone case that you can attach it to. You can attach it to keys. You can attach it to anything. I’m definitely getting some for my keys, my car keys.

 
Then with the app in your phone, it will help you find it, find whatever’s attached to these pixies, these Pixie Points. With the augmented reality, you hold your phone up, and you tap which point you want to find. Then it guides you through your house, to the location. You can see your room on your phone with the little, it’s highlighting the area where it’s located. You walk, it’s amazing. It looks so, super cool, and I’m really excited about it. I will for sure, I’m going to order some of these. They’re actually available on the market right now, without the art kit, is what it’s called, the augmented reality kit by Apple. You can use them. I don’t know if they make sounds or whatever, I didn’t check that out.

 
Here’s the pricing on them, you can order them on Amazon, and it’s 29.99 for a two pack. Which, other things of this nature are significantly more expensive, that I’ve seen in the past. Then you can get a four pack for 54.99, or an eight pack for 104.99. Then there’s the app. It’s called, I think it’s just called, “Pixie.” These little tags are pixie packs, is what they’re … It says, “Achieve peace of find.” Love that, that’s a fabulous tagline. I’m excited, I can’t wait for that. I’m excited to see how else this technology changes our lives. I think it’s going to be good, I’m really excited. I think it’s going to be really life changing.

 
Okay, thank you all for leaving iTunes reviews, I appreciate it so much. There were several of you that came and left new reviews, and I wanted to share a couple of those. My website just logged me out, so okay, we’re logged back in. It’s, the first one is from … I think it’s Moe’s Baskets. She’s also actually a follower on Instagram too, I see her there quite a bit. I really appreciate your comment, and she said … She’s from the US and she said, “Such great info to help you get rid of photo overwhelm.” Then HJD-25 from Canada says, “Love talking about photos and memory keeping. Steph really knows what she is talking about.” Thank you for that, I appreciate it. And Rico 532 from Canada said this, “I really enjoy listening to Steph’s podcast. I have gone back and listened to every single one that she has produced, and now eagerly wait for a new one to be released. Steph is intelligent, thoughtful, knowledgeable.” You would think I paid them to say this stuff. “But also really relatable.” Thank you for that, I try to be relatable.

 
“She has a wealth of knowledge about photo keeping solutions, tech questions, app questions, so many things. But she never talks down to you.” Oh, thank you so much. I appreciate that. That’s because I’m in this with you, I’m doing it with all of you. It’s not … I’m sharing what I know. Tech comes easy for me, so it’s easy for me to share it. Thank you, that is such a nice compliment. I shouldn’t say she because it could be a he, I’m sorry. Rico goes on to say, “It feels like listening to a friend talk, and I always take something new away from her talks. I don’t listen to very many podcasts, but Modern Photo Solutions is one that is worthy of my time.” Thank you so much. I do try to make it worth your time. I try hard not to just fill the time with things just so that I can say I did.

 
That’s why the length of the podcast is sporadic. Thank you so much for those comments. If you want to leave a review in iTunes, you can do that by tapping on, “Review.” My goal is to get a tutorial up on the website as well, so that it’ll make it easier for you. One other thing that I’m really excited about, that I forgot to share in the last episode, is … And I will put a link to it. I’ll put a link to it in the show notes for this show. I think I’m going to call this one, “Texas.” ModernPhotoSolutions.com/Texas, and I have a YouTube channel for Modern Photo Solutions now. I’ve been working very hard on it, to categorize. All of the podcasts are up there, and some other videos, tutorials, things like that.

 
Everything’s categorized to help you go from step one, step two, and step three, and go through all of the information. I don’t have enough followers yet though, to get a vanity URL, so it’s a crazy URL. Hop on over there and follow me, that would be great because then I can get a vanity URL that’s easier for people to find. I’ll put that, I’ll also add that to the social media icons on ModernPhotoSolutions.com, at the top of the page, I think on the right hand side is where the social media icons are.

 
I would love to have you connect with me over there, then also on Facebook and Instagram @ModernPhotoSolutions. Thank you so much for being here, thank you for letting me be part of your day to day, and part of your week. We will see you next time on Modern Photo Solutions.

 
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Every single person’s story matters and can make a difference but it needs to be told! If you don’t tell your story, who will? Learn how you can easily and quickly get your story told through photos, words, and collages. Why should you tell your story?? I’ll share 5 research proven reasons that it will impact and change your life! Full transcripts below at http://modernphotosolutions.com/story

 

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Hey everyone. Welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I’m Steph Clay, and I am so grateful that you are here with me today. Thank you for letting me be part of your day. This week has been a crazy week around my house. My husband was in the hospital for a couple of days. I posted on Instagram a page that I made and a little bit of information about it. Where on the day of the eclipse, on Monday, we found out that he needed to go into the hospital for some antibiotic treatments. So we viewed the eclipse from the hospital parking lot, then got him all checked in. He’s back home now, so that is good, and he’s doing well. Thank you for all of your well wishes and your prayers. I really appreciate that so much.

We had the eclipse and that was super exciting. I’ve seen so many pages that people are making, and posting, and sharing on social media. That’s, it’s really fun to see how everyone is documenting that epic event in history. So fun. I talked a little bit also this past week on an Instagram live that I did about something that I’m going to dive in deeper in this episode. I shared a shirt that I have that says “Who Tells Your Story.” I got that shirt made because of a song in Hamilton. If you are a Hamilton musical fan by any chance, you know exactly where I am going with this, but if you aren’t there is a song, it’s the very last song in the musical and on the soundtrack, and I don’t remember the exact name of it … Oh, I think it’s Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story actually. There’s a quote in it, there’s a line it I guess, where they say, “We don’t have any control over who lives, who dies, and who tells your story.”

Ever since the first time I heard it that’s always made me think. I think it’s a really powerful thought, and a powerful phrase and quote in the song because it’s very true. We don’t have control over who will tell our story once we’re gone. If we don’t tell it, who will tell it? It might still get told, but we won’t have control over how it gets told, and what gets told. We’re the ones that know the reasons that we do the things that we do. We know our motives. We know all of the extenuating circumstances for decisions that we make and the reasons that we do things. So we’re the ones that really can truly tell our stories most accurately, so we need to do it. It’s something that I’ve just felt so strongly that we have to do.

Sometimes I hear from people that they don’t have kids, or they don’t have this, or their life is X, Y, and Z, and so it just doesn’t matter. I whole heartedly disagree because I truly believe that every person’s story matters. We yearn to connect with one another and to be able to get to know each other. The only way that we can truly do that is through story. If we want people to understand us, and understand who we really are, it’s through telling stories. Even when we meet somebody and we ask each other questions, we’re trying to get a story. That’s what we’re going after. We want to know about people. It’s through story that we do that. It’s through telling our stories. So it’s something that we need to do.

I hope that I can help motivate you a little bit as I am motivating myself because as I’ve said before I’m right in this with you. I’m right in here figuring everything out. I don’t have all of the answers. I have figured out a lot of things that work for me, and have worked for me, and that changes and evolves. I’ve been at this, as I’ve mentioned before on previous shows, I’ve been at this since I was a little girl, five or six years old. I’ve been documenting my life, so I have figured out a lot of different solutions and processes, and things that work for me, but what works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for everybody. So I do try to share other systems and processes as well, but there’s a lot that I have figured out, but it’s not perfect. I haven’t, it’s not like I’m doing this perfectly all the time. In fact, I’m not doing it perfectly any of the time. For real, I’m not.

But this past week, especially with everything that we’ve had going on, and the past few months, everything that we’ve had going on medically in our family, it’s just been really crazy. So documenting my story hasn’t been the biggest priority. I have taken time to document some of the big things, getting back to school, and my son’s stay in the hospital, my Lyme disease, my husband’s medical stuff, the eclipse, us viewing the eclipse from the parking lot. There are some bigger things that I have taken a few minutes here or there to document, which I’m very grateful for because documenting my story is therapy for me. It truly is. It’s how I work through emotions surrounding events in my life.

Just by putting those pictures into a collage page in the Project Life app and doing a little bit of journaling, it helps me work through and figure out how I feel about things, which is really good to go. It’s also a release for me. A lot of times I’m able to let go of stuff. Once I’ve documented it, once I’ve journaled about it, I can let go of it and move on, which is always good. I am documenting the good stuff too. One of the big reasons that I do that is because I truly love reliving those happy times and those happy memories. Documenting those is one of the ways that I do that. I’m going to, in just a moment, replay for you the episode in January that I did on the five researched based reasons to tell your story. That is the number one, so I’m excited to revisit this because I wanted to revisit it myself and I thought it would be great for all of us to revisit it as well. The five reasons that have been researched and are proven that it’s really good for us to document our stories.

It’s something that I believe in, and I have been empowered by the way that I tell my story, and the changes that it’s made for me in my life. That’s in one of the lessons in The Heart of Photo Fabulous course, I share how … I think it’s a 12 minute video, which I think is the longest video in the course. There are 54 lessons in the course, and this one video I go through and share how documenting my story had a huge impact, a profound impact, on me and on my family when I was going through one of the most difficult challenges of my life that I’ve been through to this point. It’s surprised me how much it changed me, and in the ways that it changed me. That’s just a little teaser for one of the things that is in The Heart of Photo Fabulous class.

The course covers so much information, and registration is now, is once again open. You can find the course by going to Heart of Photo Fabulous, or sorry, modernphotosolutions.com. If you’re on iOS, you’ll want to go to modernphotosolutions.com/iOS. If you’re on Android, you will want to go to modernphotosolutions.com/android. Registration for that class is open through the 31st. In this class, just to give you an idea of some of the things that you will learn, because I think people have a little bit of misunderstanding about … When I say class, a lot of people think about classes that they’ve taken related to this industry. If they’ve taken photography classes or scrapbooking classes, or digital scrapbooking classes, memory keeping classes, journaling classes. A lot of people think that it’s going to be similar to that.

This course is very, very different from anything else that is on the market, which is exactly why it’s priced differently from anything else that is on the market. In this course, you will learn the system and the processes that I have used to get over 1,000 photo pages of my story told. I haven’t looked recently to see how many I have done. I did those first 1,000 pages within two years. I did just over 500 pages a year the first two years that the Project Life app was out. My pace has slowed down considerably because I started an online business. So yeah, my production on the pages has slowed down, but I am still getting my story told for sure. I am a busy working mom now, and I’m an entrepreneur, a business owner. Anyone that knows someone that owns a business, there’s always work to be done. It’s all about prioritizing. That is one of the things that I teach in the class too is how to find the time. It’s easier than you think. I promise you can do it.

You’ll also learn five different cloud storage solutions for your photos. iOS version has five. The Android version has four because in iOS version I go over iCloud as well. I teach you everything that you need to know about those cloud storage solutions for your phone. How to decide which one is for you, which ones you want to use for primary and backups, and have them setup automatically, and which ones you want to use for secondary. I also teach you how to set these up on your phone, and how to know when it’s safe to delete your photos off of your device, and how to know where they will be deleted. There is a very popular delete guide that’s a principle in this class so that you can look and say I’m deleting from here, what’s going to happen across all of my other cloud storage locations. Super helpful.

You will also learn how to use my favorite apps to put your photos, words, and designer touches into collage pages for your photo books and your albums. How to find the time, like I said, and how to get it done. I will also teach you where to start. This is a big roadblock for a lot of people because they’ve had something traumatic happen in their life. A lot of times when people have a divorce, they don’t know how to document that, and how to document going forward. I don’t specifically say this is how to do it with a divorce, I give you the tools that you need so that you can figure it out for yourself. You can figure out what is going to be telling the story for you that will be true and authentic, and that you can find joy from.

I will teach you how to get started and the workflow that I use to build my pages, and to be able to build them so quickly. What parts of your story that you want to tell, and what parts you want to leave out. I will give you tools to help you figure that out. I will also teach you where to buy more designer products that you can add to your pages, and how to add them to your device and to your pages. Then I also teach you how to download those products directly to your device. Through this you will also learn how to batch transfer older photos to your device so that you can work on them as well. Then lastly I teach you how to export these pages so that you can get them printed anywhere you want. That was one question that I got from somebody that said what is your solution for people that are international for printing. My solution is that I teach you how to export these pages so that you can then transfer them to your computer or directly upload from your device to any printer that you want to use to get your pages printed.

I wanted to share one testimonial from one of my students. She came and posted this on Instagram. This was completely unsolicited. It was just a post about registration being open and she posted this. “Such a great class. Don’t miss this opportunity. I found Steph’s Heart of Photo Fabulous class to be so helpful, especially as an Android user. After completing the class I now have a workflow for creating layouts that is productive and most importantly a new excitement to create layouts. Thank you Steph for putting all of this information together in your Heart of Photo Fabulous class.” So nice. I love hearing from my students, which I do hear from them quite often. I did send a newsletter out to my class members asking them to share how many pages they have completed since taking the class. The total I believe was 1142 or 1042, something like that. But when I posted that on Instagram, I had several more students come and post and say, “Hey I didn’t see that you were looking for this. My pages aren’t in that total.”

From those that posted, there were another I believe about 300 pages that we could add to that. I am going to be sending out another request in the Facebook group for students and via email so that we can include everyone’s pages in that total. That’s pretty fabulous though. Those are people that took my class starting in January, or starting in March, at the end of March and beginning of April. Those are the kinds of results they are seeing. Some people have finished hundreds of pages, and other people have, they commented and said I have 20 pages done, but that’s more pages than I completed in years before taking your course. Some people haven’t ever done any documenting at all, and they are finally … I’ve had people private message me on Instagram and say that they had never done anything before, but had wanted to, and now they’re getting it done. They have lots and lots of pages telling their story, telling their memories through photos and through words.

That’s super exciting for me. That’s why I do what I do because I’ve seen the power of telling our stories in my own life, and I’ve seen it in other people’s lives as well. I’ve seen it in my kid’s lives. I’ve seen the difference that this makes, for me individually, for my children individually, and for us together as a family. So let’s do this. Let’s jump in and get our story told. If you have a method that you’re using to tell your story that is successful for you, I would love to hear about it. Drop me an email and maybe we can have you come on the show and share it with our listeners as well because that’s what this podcast is about.

I wanted to share some reviews for this podcast as well from iTunes really quickly. I appreciate those of you that have taken the time to leave a review in iTunes. It’s great to be able to have some reviews in there as people are looking and trying to figure out if this is going to be a good podcast for them. This review is from KJ [Mertz 00:17:08]. She says, “I used to listen to Steph on her previous podcast and was thrilled that she is back. She always has so much great information on technology to share.” Thank you so much for that review. I appreciate it. This is from Pleading Teacher. She says, “Inspiring me to record my story. I first learned of Steph through her free course on the Google Photos app, and it was super helpful. I had never heard about Project Life before, but I have listened to a few podcast episodes and now I am super excited to get started.”

Then this last one is from Memory Maker Pic Taker. Love that user name. She says, “Love this podcast. I’ve been listening and,” I shouldn’t assume it’s a she, it could be a he. I only have 1% male listeners, but hey I should not just assume. “I’ve been listening to other podcasts Steph’s been a part of for years, but just discovered this gem. I learned several tips and tricks already and can’t wait to finish listening to the other episodes I missed.” Actually on my old podcast I did have a couple of truck drivers that would listen to the podcast so that they could be inspired to document their story. They got their wives listening as well, so that was kind of a fun story to hear from them. Like I said, that just circles us back to story. It’s so great for me to hear people’s stories, to be able to connect with all of you.

As I see you on Instagram, as you leave comments, and I go and look at your profiles and see your stories that you have in your life, the bits of events and memories that make up your life, I’m always so impressed and so inspired, really. I just, I always think I hope they’re getting these stories down because the challenges are important to get down so that people know, people that come after us, know what the challenges were and how we dealt with them. Also so that we can work through them. It really does help us work through those. I’ve always said that documenting is the cheapest therapy and the best therapy I’ve ever had.

So let’s jump into those five research based reasons to document our stories. Thank you so much.

The first thing that I want to talk about is some research that’s been done. You may
have heard about the Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. She discovered that
recalling happy times from the past increases happiness now. She actually suggests
in her YouTube videos on her YouTube channel, taking some photos and putting
together a photo book is a really great way to revisit those happy times and have
them increase your happiness right now. I love that suggestion, and that is, of
course, something that I’ve found in my own life as I’ve worked through different
projects.

I believe that it’s probably the main reason that I love documenting my Disney
vacations is because Disney is such a happy thing for me. I love, love Disney. If
you’re not a Disney fan, it’s only because you haven’t been to Disney with me. I
promise I have taken many anti-Disney people and turned them into converts, which
I’m very proud of, and they become Disney crazed just like me, and it’s really fun for
me to see. If you’re not a Disney fan, that’s the reason why. You just haven’t done it
right yet. All you need to do is do it the right way and then you’ll be a Disney fan.
When I’m at Disney I am like a child, and it is so fun.

Taking those photos from those vacations and being able to revisit them as I work
with them and create with them, and then to be able to pull that photo book out and
look at it at anytime brings me true happiness. It really does. I feel increased
happiness when I look through those. Really any vacation for me, documenting it
and looking through the books once they’re printed really does increase my
happiness. Vacations are some of my most happy times and my most connected
times with my family, too. That’s probably why those for sure are things that I
always try to document. I’m not as good about other events. Holidays I’m not as
good about, other things like that I’m not always as good about, but vacations for
sure I’m really good about. I think that’s why. I think it’s because they do increase
my happiness.

We’re on to number two now. Paul Zack has found that hearing a story, and I’ve
talked about this before on the podcast, hearing a story and narrative with a
beginning, middle, and an end cause our brains to release cortisol and oxytocin.
These chemicals trigger the uniquely human abilities to connect, empathize, and
make meaning. We all have a desire to tell our story. It’s in our DNA. And we have a
desire to hear other people’s stories, too. That is in our DNA as well. It is what helps
us connect with other people. To find those common grounds, those common
things, the threads that can bind us together. It is in our DNA. I know that I have
learned so much from people that have been willing to share their story with me, and
I have grown so much from these people and I’m so grateful for it.

This doesn’t mean that we go and share our most heartfelt and hardest stories that
we’ve been through with everybody. One of the things that I really appreciate that
Brene Brown teaches is that not everybody deserves to see our stretchmarks. We
have stretchmark friends that they’re going to see our stretchmarks and they’re still
going to stick around. They’re not going to run away from us. We don’t share
everything with everybody. That’s not what sharing our story is about. I am a firm
believer that I’m okay sharing scars, but I’m not okay sharing open wounds. I don’t
think that just anybody wants to see my open wounds either.

I am okay sharing what I’ve learned after I’ve been through a really hard thing and
sharing how I’ve grown, but I don’t necessarily want everyone to see the blood and
the guts when I’m going through it. I think that’s okay, too. I really think that’s a
healthy approach for life. People in my life that I’ve been close enough to that have
shared those stories with me, that I am a stretchmark friend for, and the people that
are a stretchmark friend for me, that I’ve been able to share these stories with, there
is a real connection, and we desire that as human beings.

I believe that telling our stories through photos and words, having that desire, I think
most people have that desire, too, because the photos do bring back memories and
they are a huge part of our story. That’s why you’re here, which is really exciting to
me.

Okay, the third thing. The more children know about their family’s history, the
stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the
more successfully they believe their family functioned. This is all found in an article
in Th New York Times that I will link to on the site, but it’s research that’s been done,
and it is fascinating research. These psychologists decided to see … One
psychologist was finding that in her research as she worked with kids that had
learning disabilities, the ones that seemed to be resilient and deal with this
challenge the best were the ones that seemed to know a lot about their family history and their family stories. Not just the facts of when people were born, but the
real stories in their family.

They did some research to find out if this really was a true thing, and asked
questions and compared. One of the things that they did was they went through and
asked 20 questions, and they are called the Do You Know Questions, the Do You
Know Scale. They asked these kids these questions, and these are questions the
only way they would know the answers to these questions is if somebody passed it
on to them in a story form. It wasn’t something that they could have experienced
firsthand at all. Some examples of the questions are: Do you know where your
grandparents grew up? Do you know where your mom anda dad went to high
school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something
really terrible that happened in your family? Do you know the story of your birth?
Those are some examples of the questions that they asked, and the Do You Know
Scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and
happiness. Isn’t that really amazing and interesting?

They said that there seems to be three types of narratives that families will tell.
Here’s some examples of those narratives. The first narrative is what they call the
ascending narrative. Their example is, “Son, we came to this country. We had
nothing. Our family worked and were successful.” That’s the ascending family
narrative. The second common narrative is the descending family narrative. And it’s,
“Sweetheart, we used to have it all and then we lost everything.” That’s the family
narrative. Our family used to have it all and then we lost everything.

The third, the most helpful narrative, is the one that’s called the oscillating family
narrative, and it goes something like this, and this is from that article. “Dear, let me
tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We’ve built a family business. Your
grandfather was the pillar of the community. Your mother was on the Board at the
hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle that was once arrested. We
had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. No matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.” It’s also including those hard challenges. Sometimes as
we’re telling our story and documenting them through photos and words, we skip
over those. Those are really, really important that we include these things.

One of the keys that they said is that each family will have different stories and
different key moments and memories that are shared. It’s not just the content of
what is known that’s the critical factor, but the process by which these things came
to be known. It’s through connecting. It’s through telling stories. It’s through sitting
down and having conversations. One of the things that I love about the documenting
that I do and the storytelling that I do is that my kids will sit down and look through
them, and it inspires questions in them. It triggers questions in their mind that they
want to ask, and they will ask me as they’re going through these books, and I will tell
them more stories based on their questions. That’s connection. That’s conversation.
And that’s a big part of what this study is saying. That it’s not just knowing the
facts.

I will link to the questions as well, the 20 questions that they asked. And they state,
it’s not just knowing the answers to these 20 questions. You could write all of these
answers down and have the kids memorize it, but what’s more important is the
connection that happens from the kids learning it. Sitting down and having a
conversation and passing these stories on is what’s the most important thing, the
kids being able to ask questions and having a conversation about it.
The fourth research-driven fact about telling our story that will change your life and
your family, is that telling and listening to person narratives increases physical and
mental health. This is also an article in The New York Times that I’ll link to on this
site.

I have always said that documenting my story and telling my story through photo
and words is the best therapy and the cheapest therapy that I’ve ever had, and I
believe that more and more every day, and I see that more and more in my own life every single day. The growth and discovery that comes from me taking time to tell
my story and look through my photos and put them together is invaluable. I couldn’t
get it any other way than by looking through my photos and realizing, you know
what? I didn’t spend very much time with this kid this week. I didn’t do enough of
this this week. I really need to work on this this week. It’s not beating myself up. It’s
just a matter of inventory and improvement, and trying to be a better person. I don’t
feel bad. I don’t feel guilty. I just realize that this is what I need to work on. Where if I
wasn’t doing that inventory and looking at it that way, I wouldn’t even notice. It’s
something that would not occur to me. It would not be brought to my
consciousness, and I wouldn’t be able to improve on it either.

Because I focus on gratitude, I’ve been able to work through some really difficult,
difficulty challenges and trials in my life and be able to face them, go through the,
and feel better about them and be a better person because of them, because of the
documenting that I’ve done and the focus on gratitude through my photos and my
words. It really is amazing. It’s something that I can’t even sing praises about
enough. If there are hard things going on in your life and you want a mental shift,
start telling your story. If you’re already telling your story, figure out a way that you
can tell it more often.

Do an inventory. How often are you telling your story? Are you doing it monthly,
weekly, daily, yearly? How often are you sitting down to really go through your
photos and tell your story? Tell the good stuff, the hard stuff, the real stuff, the
events, the birthdays, the celebrations, all of it, and figure out where you can make
some changes so that you can have this experience in your own life, the
improvement of physical and mental health. That’s an incredible finding. It’s really
incredible. And who doesn’t want improved personal physical and mental health? I
know I do.

Okay, the last, number five on my list, is telling our story causes reflection and
introspection. This is from Brene Brown’s Rising Strong. If you haven’t read Brene Brown’s books, I quote her a lot. I refer to her a lot. Her research is really amazing
and life changing. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend Daring
Greatly and Rising Strong, which are two of her more recent books. That ties in to
the last item as well, that personal narratives increase physical and mental health.

Telling our story causes reflection and introspection. I have seen that for sure in my
own life, especially as I do my daily pages and I’m able to reflect on my day more
fully and completely, and figure out maybe during that day what I should have done
different. I will be honest, there have been times when I have thought to myself,
“Man, I blew it today. I really did. And I regret the choices that I made today on how I
spent my time.” But doing that on a daily basis stops me from making the same
mistakes the next day, and I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful for the ability to make
the changes so quickly. I really appreciate the opportunity to reflect and have
introspection and figure out maybe what I can do different with my interactions and
my relationships, especially the ones that mean the most to me.

Okay, let’s run through the list and recap it really quick. These are five days to
change your life and your family by telling your story.
1. Recalling happy times increases happiness now.
2. Story is in our DNA and we need it to connect with other people.
3. All of that evidence about how children are more resilient and have a higher selfesteem
if they know their family’s story.
4. Telling and listening to personal narratives increases physical and mental health.
5. Telling our story causes reflection and introspection.

I wanted to talk just a little bit about my daily pages and how they have changed me
and changed my life. It’s been an incredible journey that I went on, and I started it
when I was going through one of the most difficult challenges and periods of time in
my life, and I decided to do this in December of 2014 because I wanted to have
something to look froward to each day, and I wanted to find something that I could
be grateful for each day. That’s how I approached it. I just wanted to have one thing.
One photo, one screenshot, one something each day that I could focus on. In a
previous podcast I talked about this. I continued it for the following year and for a
month or two into 2016.

The changes that I saw in my life and in my relationships were really very profound. I
gained a self-confidence that I hadn’t seen before, and a self-awareness of who I
really am. I strengthened relationships with the people that are most important to
me, and I was able to mend some relationships, repair some relationships, because I
was able to see where I had made mistakes and I had wronged some people and
done some things wrong and I needed to fix that and make amends for it. I became
more aware of the blessings and the gifts that I had in my life, and really was able to
see the hand of God in my life on a daily basis and understand what He expected of
me. I was able to see how my interactions with members of my family could be
strengthened and changed. I was able to see how I was spending my time and
maybe what I needed to do differently, where I might be wasting time.

I also was able to see some of the hard things I was doing on a daily basis. I was
really surprised to be able to look back and see that I was doing hard things every
single day. I was making hard choices and I was accomplishing big things, where
normally you look at your days and your weeks and you think that you’re not doing
that much, but when you look and examine day to day and can see, “I made this
decision about spending my time here or there, and I feel like I did a really good job,”
it is really rewarding to be able to see those challenges overcome and those good
decisions made.

I gained confidence from the fact that I was doing hard things all the time, even
though they aren’t things that a lot of people would think were hard. They were hard
to me, and I got through them. That had a huge impact on me, because the reality is,
as mundane and boring as a lot of us think our lives are, we are doing hard things
every day. We’re making big decisions every day, whether we’re deciding to call a
friend or text someone, and a lot of times we don’t know the impact, the long-lasting
impact that the little things might have in somebody else’s life. That is another thing
that I learned as I saw the impact that other people were having in my life. I am so
grateful, so grateful for people that continually give of their time and their talents to
me and to help me grow and improve and become a better person. That is
something that has come from that experience.

Brene Brown also teaches and has found in her research that everybody that she
interviewed that have been through traumatic, traumatic life events, survivors of
genocide and really things that I can’t even imagine in my life honestly, and she said
that everyone that she interviewed reported having joy, even genocide victims,
survivors that reported having joy. It was because they had gratitude. They had
gratitude. Their advice for us when she asked them was for us to not take the simple
things for granted. To have gratitude for the times that we are able to be with family
members and for the very simple things in life. Doing this daily documenting like I’ve
done has helped me be more grateful for the very little things in life. It’s changed me
as a person, and it’s changed me in all of the relationships that I have, and I’m so
grateful for it. It was an accident. I didn’t set out to have this happen. It was an
accident.

I’ve heard from a few of you that decided that you’re going to try this to and how it is
changing you as well, and that is so exciting to me. It’s changing how you see your
life, how you see your family for the better, and it’s so wonderful. I can’t wait to see
more of you hopefully jump on board. Is it necessary? No, it’s absolutely not
necessary. Do you need to do it for a long period of time? No, you do not. Even a week, I think, could make a big difference. Documenting gratitude daily for a week
could make a big difference, a month.

A year is an undertaking, but I didn’t intend to do it for a year, but when I stopped
doing it for a few days at the end of 2014 I really missed it, and that’s why I
continued it was because I could see and I could feel in my heart that it was
changing me. I didn’t know what it was doing, but I could feel in my heart it was
changing me, and I wanted to keep doing that, and that’s why I kept it up as long as I
did. I have been very unsuccessful in other projects that I’ve tried to do, including a
photo a day, but this has worked for me, and I think the biggest reason that it
worked for me is because I could feel changes happening.

Thank you so much for being here today for listening and for sharing with me your experiences as you’re on this photographic journey through life of yours. I really appreciate hearing from you. Be sure to connect with us on social media, Facebook Modern Photo Solutions, or Facebook.com/modernphotosolutions. Instagram, we are the same user handle over there as well, Modern Photo Solutions. I would love to hear from you in the show notes. You can leave a comment there or email me and direct message me or comment on social media. Take a moment and leave a review in iTunes if you haven’t already. I really, really appreciate that. Be sure to check out the Heart of Photo Fabulous course. Once again, that is modernphotosolutions.com/ios and modernphotosolutions.com/android. They are two completely different classes because documenting on one device, one platform versus the other, is very different. The courses had to be different. Check those out. Registration closes August 31st. Then it won’t open again until January. Thank you for being here. Thank you for letting me share part of your day with you. I really appreciate it. We will see you next time on Modern Photo Solutions.

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Aug 25 2017

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Paper and Tech – MPS037

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Aubree Larsen is a new mom to a one year old, but has been a longtime documenter. She is also an educator/teacher at heart and thought it would be fun to share her different (from mine) process for documenting her life. Aubree has tried a lot of different methods and processes over the years and found something that truly brings her joy. She has found by sticking with what she loves, she is successful in documenting her story. She is sharing her whole process today from digital photo, to print, to album. She is also sharing how she uses technology along the way to help her achieve the end result; a combination of good old paper and new technology. Last, Aubree is telling all about her budget conscious, money saving techniques.

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Aug 17 2017

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Documenting Through The Good And The Hard – MPS036

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Chari Pack joins us once again this week to talk about easy travel journals that she creates on her phone while traveling. She shares her process, the apps, and the supplies she uses. Chari is also sharing what she chose to document during an extremely difficult time of her life as she was going through and healing from her divorce. She talks about how the travel, photos, journals, and documenting have all helped her get to the strong place she is at today. Photos of Chari’s photo albums and a complete transcript can be found on ModernPhotoSolutions.com/journal

Chari can be found at PersnicketyPrints.com

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Aug 09 2017

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Talking About Lyme – MPS035

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I have a really exciting update about videos and MySocialBook! I’m also talking a bit about Google Upload and Sync AND what to do if you have recurring internet service provider issues. Then, I’m sharing my journey to my Lyme Disease diagnosis. It’s been a really long road filled with health struggles for me to get to this place. I just got the test results this week, but I’ve been struggling with the disease for quite possibly decades. Full transcripts available at http://modernphotosolutions.com/lyme

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Jul 28 2017

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Using Chatbooks to Document Bits of Life – MPS034

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What was Chatbooks before it was Chatbooks?? I’m sharing the answer as well as the ways YOU use Chatbooks. Several listeners called in to share how they are using Chatbooks to help document their life and I’m so excited to share these ideas with you. I’m going to be implementing a couple of their ideas myself. I finally got my 8×8 hardbound Chatbook and I’m sharing my experience and review about it in this show. Images, links, and full transcripts from the show can be found at http://ModernPhotoSolutions.com/Chatbooks

My 8×8 Chatbooks hardcover book that I talked about in my review portion of the show:

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Jul 20 2017

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Avoiding Overwhelm – MPS033

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by your photos and/or the stories you want to get told and the memories you want to document? I’ve got 5 ways to help us all avoid overwhelm and keep moving forward and making progress in this episode.

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Jul 13 2017

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New Developments – MPS032

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Once again we have big developments and news: Google Photos, Google Upload and Sync as another great backup solution, Amazon changes to Drive and how it affects Prime Photos, and iOS11. What do all of these have in common?? Your photos!! I’m breaking it all down for you and sharing what I think!

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Jun 30 2017

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Solutions For Busy Moms & Traveling Too – MPS031

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I recently chatted with a busy mom that is working hard to conquer photo overwhelm and get stories documented for her young family, Megan Whitney. While we were going through everything she is doing and where she needs help, I asked if I could hit record. Her story of WHY she wants to document for her children really had an impact on me. I also share some of the suggestions I gave Megan as well as my favorite app for documenting quickly, on the go. I think it is perfect for busy moms AND it’s what I used most on my recent vacation. I tested several different journaling/documenting apps while I was on a crazy busy, whirlwind vacation. Maybe you can put it to good use this Summer too! As always, full transcripts are linked at the bottom of this post at http://modernphotosolutions.com/Momsandtravel

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Jun 22 2017

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Catching Up – MPS030

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Projects! Big time periods! It can be so overwhelming! I have some listeners that called in their processes and solutions for getting on top of these things. I gathered a lot of inspiration from them and I can’t wait for you to do the same! Plus I’m sharing details about my latest class that I just released a couple of days ago. THANK YOU for being here!!

You can find my new classes Memory Management Catching Up and Missionary Memory Management here:

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Jun 04 2017

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Big announcements from companies we love – MPS029

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The past couple of weeks we have seen some really big announcements from companies we LOVE!! Some of my very favorites are in this group: Google (and Google Photos), Chatbooks, Persnickety Prints, and Project Life. I’m also sharing a brand new photo book app Zno (I’m not sure how to say it either). I’m also sharing some information about my newest class that will help you organize and track big documenting projects, plus, when you can grab The Heart of Photo Fabulous class for Android and iOS. A note about the Android version of my classes: they are filmed on an Android device! They are actually for Android users. My newest class that will launch soon is for iOS and Android!

I’m looking for people to join me on the show that are 1) having success working on projects OR 2) Using Chatbooks. Please read the transcript OR listen to the show for the questions I need you to answer and then leave me a voicemail here:  https://www.speakpipe.com/ModernPhotoSolutions

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May 24 2017

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Five Years To Live – MPS028

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If you knew you only had 2-5 years to live, what would you do differently? What would you change? What would be most important? Are there things that you wouldn’t spend time on anymore? Would your photos and memories be a priority? Melanie Day joins me on today’s podcast and is sharing how her terminal cancer diagnosis has changed her; how she is living differently and what things have become more important. This is truly an inspiring episode for everyone to hear or read!

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May 18 2017

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Encyclopedia of Your Life – MPS027

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Katie Nelson is joining me again to discuss some very useful tools (Google Takeout to download your photos and information from Google; methods to change metadata (dates) in photos) and her complete backup system and how it’s changed over the years. She has gone from a mostly manual system to a system that is almost completely automated and of course Google Photos and how it’s changed since we started using it.

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Apr 20 2017

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Documenting Long Distance – MPS026

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Ideas for documenting over long distances, when family members are away. I’ve been asked by a lot of people to share how I documented my daughter’s mission; it was a journey for sure! I’m sharing the details and also asked Katie Nelson and Chelle Ludwinksi (who have been on before) to share how they are documenting their daughter’s LDS missions as well.

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Apr 12 2017

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In my inbox – MPS025

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I am answering your questions from my email inbox! The first question is the one I get asked about the very most! Plus I’m sharing details about registration for the Heart of Photo Fabulous iOS and Android!

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Mar 30 2017

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Apple and Android The Good and The Bad – MPS024

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Peppermint Granberg is joining me to discuss Android and iOS the good and the bad on both platforms. She’s also sharing her personal storytelling journey and what she’s learned about what works for her. It wouldn’t be right for me to record with Peppermint and not take a tiny detour down memory lane. There’s also a little magic for Disney fans

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Mar 23 2017

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Very useful for memory keepers!

By Yellow blackbird - Jan 09 2018
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I love how this podcast always provides such practical and helpful tips and tools that help me get my memory keeping done- even for me who uses physical Project Life.

Fun and informative

By mosbaskets - Jul 27 2017
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Such great info to help you get rid of photo overwhelm.