Pretty Paper and a Sketch

I love working with photos in my Forever storage account.  It makes my scrapbooking so easy!  I recently joined a scrapbooking kit club where once a month a box of goodies comes straight to my home.  Here are my goodies from HipKitClubJune kit  After looking through all the pretty papers my next step is to find a photo or two or three to work with for my scrapbook page.  I opened my Library in Forever and chose a recent photo of my husband and me at a baseball game in May.  Since I’ve become a member of Forever I have slowly been gathering all our photos and uploading them to my private Forever account.  If you would like to peruse Forever, go here: Forever 

The early years of our marriage I’m in very few of the photos unless it was a very special event.  I was behind the camera in the early years.  Can you relate?!  Now with the iPhone’s we take selfies so I’m getting more of the two of us together.  Technology is awesome!

I chose my photo, downloaded it, then printed it on my home printer.  The next step was to find inspiration.  I saw the most recent scrapbook pages on Instagram from  Stuck?!Sketches I wanted to give it a whirl.  I went to work on the sketch design by Laura Whitaker17498821_10154297868476039_3277204505362502742_n

As I continued to work I felt happier and happier.  It was coming together like a dream.  The papers from HipKitClub and the sketch from Stuck?!Sketches helped me produce this page. File Jun 18, 3 02 34 PM I’m very pleased with it.  Let me know what you think of it.

Thanks for looking.

Jeanette

Treasures Found!

A few months after moving to Oklahoma, I found a few treasures I didn’t even realize I had.  Namely the little Kodachrome Movie Film reel dated 1963File Jun 16, 3 11 42 PM and about 25 slides tucked inside a small slide box.  File Jun 16, 3 12 01 PMOf course, I took out each of the slides and squinted into a lamplight to see the small images.  The tiny slide box was labeled “Six Flags” with most of the slides dated 1974. The small movie reel box was dated 1963 in my dad’s handwriting and labeled “Airport film & Jeanette & Judy Twist.”  I was so excited to find these old treasures.  I remember years and years ago, my parent’s showing slide shows and playing reel tapes for extended family and guests.  It was a BIG deal getting all the massive equipment set up.  I remember my dad had a large metal polled pull-down tripod white screen he set up in our family room giving us a ‘true movie experience’ in compared to our 1960’s TV which was a piece of furniture in the room.  These two tiny boxes held lots of memories for me.  I was so excited to see the contents after so many years.  I knew I wanted to send them off for media transfer with Forever.com.  I went straight to the computer and ordered the small media transfer box that very minute.  The other item I found was my wedding VHS tape I knew I had but hadn’t watched since we married 27 years ago.  I couldn’t wait for my media box to come in the mail so I could finally view these old treasures on my computer.

Within a few days the box arrived with specific labels, bags and instructions on how to add my media to the transfer box.  Easy Peasy!  I tagged the 2 tiny items with the labels provided by the company and slipped them into the plastic baggie they provided.  I used the provided label to add to my VHS tape and placed it in its separate baggie.  I used all the packing material they provided and double checked the return label already addressed with its bar code.  Forever provides three-way shipping in the price of the media box so all I had to do was drop the box off at my local USPS.  Forever has made this process very streamlined and easy for the customer.File Jun 16, 3 13 23 PM

A few days later I received an email from the media service team at Forever.  They let me know the package was received and being processed.  The next email I received from them was that they had completed the media transfer and my original items were being sent back to me.  They provided the USPS tracking code, too.  What wonderful customer service!  If the media conversion staff have any questions about the customer’s products they will email the customer prior to dealing with the product.  Same goes, too, in the case that too many items were placed in the box provided. The media conversion team will contact the customer BEFORE handling the products asking if they should proceed especially if there is an added charge.  This is great because you will never be surprised at a charge you didn’t expect.  This is outstanding customer relations and service by the media conversion team.File Jun 16, 3 54 58 PM

Finally, my box has been returned.  I signed onto my Forever private account to view the slides they had already uploaded directly to my site.  Did you hear that?  Yes, they upload photos directly to your private account!!!!!  That is just SO COOL.  File Jun 16, 4 06 02 PMSeeing those photos come to life on today’s technology is fantastic.  The movie reel and VHS tape were transferred onto a flash drive stick.  I could view the movies for the first time in 25-40 years.  Forever is a progressive company and within another year or so they will have the capability to upload all media, even movies, directly to your private Forever account.  I can hardly wait!  As a matter of fact, the company guarantees that all media in your private account will be migrated to the newest technology for your lifetime, plus 100 years.  I know there are NO OTHER media conversion companies can claim this in our world today.

If you are a bit curious and have tons of old media you want to protect and store for future generations, please go to www.Forever.com/ambassador/jeanettecollins to order your media conversion box today!

Please contact me with any questions you may have about this service.

Jeanette

Stuck?!Sketches???, why YES!

It’s Mother’s Day and I’m feeling the love of being a mom to one very special young man.  My son, John, is a sophomore baseball athlete at Clarke University in Iowa.  It’s also his BIRTHDAY today, so I’m feeling a double whammy of missing him!  Today he and his team traveled to Hutchinson, Kansas for the NAIA National Championship.  We will drive up tomorrow for the first game.  But today, I wanted to make a scrapbook page about the sweetheart I’m missing and knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I’ve been seeing something on Instagram called the “Stuck?!Sketches Challenge” where a black & white designed sketch is posted early in the month.  As the month has gone on I keep seeing different scrapbook pages being posted on Instagram using this designed sketch.  They are wonderful.  They are fun!  They are different, but have the same laid out design of the sketch.  I wanted to give it a try!  Here’s the May sketch.StuckSketches_05May012017_due0425-500x500 (1)

I had the perfect photo of my son I wanted to scrapbook.  Last week he played in the Heart of America Conference Finals.  He’s a 3rd baseman and is smooth as they come.  I got this great shot with my Nikon© D90 camera of him stopping the ball and firing it to 1st base.  The photo shows how comfortable he is at his position.  A big wad of bubble gum and a big bubble hangs out of his mouth as he makes the play.  Wow!  His coaches noticed, too.  It was a fun game and ended in a W.

So, here’s my take on the May sketch above.

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I hope you will look at Stuck?!Sketches if you scrapbook and feeling stuck or just looking for some inspiration.  Here’s the link where you can find them.  http://stucksketches.blogspot.com/

And here, too~ https://theconstantscrapper.com/

Happy Mother’s Day to all the memory-keeping moms out there!

Jeanette

Stuck?!Sketches???, why YES!

It’s Mother’s Day and I’m feeling the love of being a mom to one very special young man.  My son, John, is a sophomore baseball athlete at Clarke University in Iowa.  It’s also his BIRTHDAY today, so I’m feeling a double whammy of missing him!  Today he and his team traveled to Hutchinson, Kansas for the NAIA National Championship.  We will drive up tomorrow for the first game.  But today, I wanted to make a scrapbook page about the sweetheart I’m missing and knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I’ve been seeing something on Instagram called the “Stuck?!Sketches Challenge” where a black & white designed sketch is posted early in the month.  As the month has gone on I keep seeing different scrapbook pages being posted on Instagram using this designed sketch.  They are wonderful.  They are fun!  They are different, but have the same laid out design of the sketch.  I wanted to give it a try!  Here’s the May sketch.StuckSketches_05May012017_due0425-500x500 (1)

I had the perfect photo of my son I wanted to scrapbook.  Last week he played in the Heart of America Conference Finals.  He’s a 3rd baseman and is smooth as they come.  I got this great shot with my Nikon© D90 camera of him stopping the ball and firing it to 1st base.  The photo shows how comfortable he is at his position.  A big wad of bubble gum and a big bubble hangs out of his mouth as he makes the play.  Wow!  His coaches noticed, too.  It was a fun game and ended in a W.

So, here’s my take on the May sketch above.

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I hope you will look at Stuck?!Sketches if you scrapbook and feeling stuck or just looking for some inspiration.  Here’s the link where you can find them.  http://stucksketches.blogspot.com/

And here, too~ https://theconstantscrapper.com/

Happy Mother’s Day to all the memory-keeping moms out there!

Jeanette

Safe and Sound

Today I spent a good part of the day scanning in photos that were in photo frames.  My husband and I moved to Oklahoma a couple months ago so there are still many items to deal with like old photos.  Some of these photos are very old, like this one of my dad.web

It was in a huge 14 x 18 frame.  The photo itself was HUGE too, because it was one that hung in his office.  My dad has long passed away and I inherited this photo, frame and all.

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I cut the photo down using my Fiskars© trimmer and then plopped it onto my printer/scanner.  I’m thrilled to have this photo in digital form now and saved into my Forever account.

As matter of fact, as soon as I finished with all the photos I had removed from the frames and scanned, I moved them directly into my Forever account so that my family and friends could access them. frames-web

This is a screenshot of my Forever Account.  I have thousands of photos saved in full-resolution and organized into albums.File-May-13,-7-28-15-PMweb

It makes me feel so good that these photos are preserved for my son and future grandchildren.  As a matter of fact, my account is not going to end after I’m gone.  It is guaranteed to live on for 100+ years.  No other cloud service can say that because they do not have an endowment type fund to support it.  I’m so happy I found Forever.  Please look at the Forever site http://www.forever.com/ambassador/jeanettecollins and join me in keeping your precious photos and other media safe for generations.  You can set up an account for FREE!

Best to you!

Jeanette

LOAD 517 is COMING SOON!

Photos in albums are good.  Photos with stories attached are priceless.

Whether you’re a traditional scrapbooker using tape-runners, glue, and lots of embellishments or if you’re a digital scrapbooker, you will want to get in on the FUN!  LOAD517 will be starting May 1st and it’s open to anyone who loves a challenge.

I belong to a wonderful online community of likeminded scrap bookers who are keepers of memories.  This community can be found here at www.scraphappy.org

Three times a year we have a month-long challenge of scrapbooking a “lay-out a day,” hence the acronym LOAD.  Our fearless leader, Alice Boll of www.scrapbookwonderland.com has put together another brilliant theme to help us all go deeper into our photos to find stories we can’t wait to share. We will take the ‘Legends of Hollywood’ Movie theme to dig deep into our own stories.LOAD517-promo-image-crop  Curious?  All I can say is every LOAD I’ve participated in has produced some of my best stories ever.

Please go here! http://ScrapHappy.org/load517 if you are curious in the least.  Use coupon code “ACTION15” to save $15 before Saturday, April 22. The layout a day challenge starts May 1

I’ll be sharing some of my stories and page creations here too.  Hope to see you on the Flickr message boards!

Jeanette Collins

Hello from OKLAHOMA!

Hey friends.  I’m finally ready to do this blog thing again.  It’s been way too long since my last post.  Oh yeah.  This happened!

We’ve MOVED!  This was so unexpected but a few weeks before Christmas my husband was told we were going to be moved from Texas to Oklahoma.  I wasn’t sure about what it would bring but now that we are here I couldn’t be happier.  Of course, it was hard leaving neighbors of 9 years in Texas.  Relationships make this world go ‘round you know!

BIG BLUE “MOBY” was filled to the brim!  Our mover said we had a full load—not a foot left for one extra thing.  As matter of fact, my hubby had to rent a pull behind U-Haul for the last-minute things that couldn’t go on the truck.  It took the packers 2 ½ days to pack us, 2 days to load the truck, 1 day to travel, and 2 days to unload.

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Tomorrow it will be 3 weeks since we’ve landed in our new home.  Not all the boxes are unpacked, but we’ve made great progress.  Oklahoma has been great so far.  We live in the suburbs of Tulsa, so we are out of the fast-paced lifestyle.  Since my hubby and I are both mid-50’s, we are happy for this change.

I’m looking forward to getting to know the neighbors and ready to tell them about FOREVER.  Right now, you can get 20% off STORAGE by using the promo-code: IMREADY.  Go here to look into getting your FOREVER STORAGE now!  www.forever.com/ambassador/jeanettecollins

If you are digital scrapbooker you will want to take advantage of the DEALOFTHEDAY to find some fantastic Digi bundles!  Go check it out! Use the link above.

Happy spring everyone!

Jeanette Collins

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I’ve FOUND it!

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I’ve found it.  I wasn’t sure at first, but now I’m positively sure I have found the PERFECT site to SAVE all my photos for generations to come.  A few months ago I was introduced to Forever.com, a platform that let’s you save photos and documents to the cloud.  I know what you’re thinking…big deal.  That’s already out there.  Well, yes, but.

You see, I had been using Dropbox, Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, SamsClub, and my computer Cloud backups to save all my digital photos.  I would diligently upload my camera uploads to these various sites to hold my photos on their sites.  Free, until I suddenly I had used up my space.  Oh well, just a couple of bucks a month.  I can handle that.  Well, yes, but NO!

After learning about Forever.com, I have come to understand that all of my photos are NOT secure.  They are on the site until…until the company decides they are no longer viable.  You see, “they” have complete control of what happens to my photos or documents in the future.  If the company changes ownership or becomes part of merger, my photos can be sold to third parties, and/or deleted.  I have no say in what happens. You don’t believe me?  Go ahead, READ the fine print in the agreements.  It turns out that most of our photos that are put online are being data-mined to third party companies who use the information in our photos to suggestion market to us.  Facebook is doing this every day with their algorithms.  Oh, and did you know they COMPRESS your photo files into a low-res file?  This is really sad for all my beautiful photos I uploaded to these sites thinking I would be able to print at full resolution any time in the future.  Not so!

I’m not saying to stop all usage of these FREE sites, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a SECURE HOME for all your documents, photos and media?  Go visit FOREVER and look around.  Read the lifetime+100 year GUARANTEE.  I am incredibly grateful that my friend shared this wonderful site with me.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about how FOREVER is set up, it’s founder, and other features after visiting the site.

Go to https://www.forever.com/ambassador/jeanettecollins

I hope you like what you see!  I LOVE it!  Oh, and just ONE site!  I no longer have to wonder where I stored those photos from 2008.

JC

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photos, photos, everywhere…

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Hey y’all.  I’m new in this blogging world so be kind.

Today I want to talk about photo preservation.  I’m sure this is not a new topic especially with all the tons of digital photos we are all taking every day.  Last Thursday night I noticed everyone taking selfies at the NFL preseason game.  I was at the Cowboys/Texans game in Arlington.  Yeah, a Texas team won!  But you already knew that.  Ha!

Now back to my topic of photos.  I wondered what are all these thousands of people doing with these photos.  Just in the stadium, there were at least 50,000 people there taking photos with their cell phones.  Yes, I know they are sending and posting to various social sites.  But what happens later?  How long does someone wait before they delete these photos?  Or do they?

It’s kind of sad in a way that most people don’t print their photos anymore.  I would guess a small percentage bother to move them into any kind of print form– like a printed book of some sort.  Of course, there are a few people like family historians or shall I say “scrapbookers” out there that love keeping up with their ever growing photo logs.  Or perhaps you professional Photographers out there have a system to keep your influx of photos logged and organized.  But I’m not talking about those who do this for a living, just the plain ole folk out there that snaps photos everyday without much thought of what to do after they’ve sent them out into our cyber world.

So if you have never given this a thought, please, let’s discuss this topic of photos, photos everywhere.  I’m curious what you plan to do with your ever growing photo log.

I hope you will leave me your thoughts here.

Oh, a note on the football game…it was just a preseason opener.  I wore my one and only Cowboys shirt, but could have rooted for the Texans.  Texans won.

Have a wonderful labor day weekend, y’all.

Jeanette Collins

 

 

 

photos, photos everywhere…

Hey everyone.  So glad you stopped by to take a look.  I am a scrapbooker and have many friends in the scrapbooking world.  Most of us have 100’s maybe thousands of printed photos that we are still archiving and doing our best to tell the important stories of our pasts.  In the meantime, with everyone able to snap a photo every minute of day we are suddenly drowning in digital photos that we’ve tried to make sense of on our current devices.  Back in the old days we took a photo on film, had it developed and had a set amount of photos to hold our precious memories. Then generation by generation we passed the albums or boxes of old photos for someone else to manage.  Sound familiar?

Well, today it’s so different.  We have thousands of photos on so many devices it’s hard to know where to begin IF you wanted to save them for posterity. How are we deciding which photos to save and which to toss? Does anyone ever hit their delete button much?  Where are those vacation photos from 2012 anyhow?  Are they on an old laptop or external hard drive or maybe a flash-drive?  Possibly those photos are on a Cd or DVD?  What about all those old family movies we took with our gigantic VHS video recorders?  And the 35mm video tapes stored in the corner of your closet?  Oh!  And don’t forget the slides grandpa use to show every Thanksgiving of his hunting trips!  Where are they and HOW do we pass these down? It’s a messy photo world out there.

So do you have a plan for all your photos and media?  Seriously now.  I would love to hear where you have most of your family media.  Let’s start a conversation.  Keep it clean, please.  I’m a retired school teacher–wink, wink.