Think Before You Sync

22 Nov

Sync ArrowsiCloud. Dropbox. SkyDrive. Google Drive. Amazon Cloud Drive. These are just some of the cloud storage services available to you to sync your invaluable family photos to The Cloud: an automatic storage place that someone else is in charge of backing up and helping secure. Convenient, right? Right. But a weak password or confusion about how syncing works can make it hazardous to your photos’ safety.

When you sync files, rather than just upload a backup of your data, if a person or another syncing device deletes the files you keep in the Cloud, they will be deleted from your computer the next time you sync. And if synced files are your only backup, you are out of luck, my friend. (The Cloud shouldn’t be your only backup, either, because services change all the time. Two different sites I’ve used to upload my photos are no longer available.)

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Scanners. Why’d it have to be scanners?

8 Feb

Do you ever get tired of having to buy a new scanner to work with your new computer?

I’ve used personal computers for a long time. There was only one on campus when I was in high school–I think it was an Apple IIe–in the Physics classroom, and I was one of the 3 or 4 students interested in learning to program on it. The first I ever owned was a Zenith Z-181 purchased when I was in college, a 12-lb. MS-DOS machine with two, count them TWO, floppy disk drives. It was seriously called a “portable computer” back then. Well, it had a handle. My second was a Mac SE, which actually had a hard drive! My third was my first Windows machine, an HP Vectra of some iteration or other.

For every computer I’ve owned, I needed drivers for any peripherals I used, mostly printers and scanners. For my oldest machine, I needed a compatible driver for every program I’d use with a given peripheral. Mac and Windows changed that–I could use a single driver on a computer for my printer, and it would work with all the appropriate programs I’d use. Every time I’d get a new computer, though, it would almost always have a new operating system that required new drivers for any peripherals I hoped I could still use. Continue reading

Memory Manager 4’s New Home Button

30 Oct

The new Home button is customizable!

In previous versions of Memory Manager there has been a “Home” button, which when clicked, would show you every photo and video file you had in your Memory Vault. In the new version of Memory Manager, there is an “All” button that does that, and now the Home button is customizable. Here is how I take advantage of that!

When I’m not in the middle of a project, I have my Home button set to show the same view as the All button. But when I’m in the middle of a project—especially a big one—the ability to change what it shows me is so helpful! I like to work on one manageable group of pictures at a time in my digital StoryBooks. (StoryBook Creator can create the whole book for me if I give it all the pictures at once, but this is how I make my books. Consider that my family brought home over 2000 pictures on various cameras and cell phones from our summer vacation! A little editing was in order!) In Memory Manager, the new Home button effectively acts as a bookmark for me to quickly get to where I left off! Continue reading

Consider Photographing Your Memorabilia

28 Oct
Photo of Ferry Ticket

This ticket was photographed instead of scanned.

I have been making digital CM StoryBooks for my family since their introduction in 2006*. This week I’ve been working on our summer vacation album, with the recently-introduced Custom Album Pages in mind to try something new. In the past, I have scanned lots of memorabilia (my daughter is a pro at collecting memorabilia!) to include in my digital albums. It takes a lot of time to scan memorabilia if you’ve got a collection! And when I scan tickets, brochures, etc., the image ends up looking more like the original item’s artwork than the item itself. If what I want to include with my memories is the information, like the actual print on a map or an agenda, a scan might be ideal. But what if I want the image to be more like what I held in my hand—a ticket, a note, a candy bar wrapper? Continue reading

Notes on Windows 8

13 Oct

Windows 8 Start ScreenLast week my hard drive crashed and though the data could be recovered, the boot sector could not be. (I did have a backup waiting in the wings, though. Every hard drive crashes eventually!) As long as I was going to have to do a clean install anyway, I thought, why not try out Windows 8? Here are notes from my personal experience with Windows 8 and Creative Memories scrapbooking- and business-related software. Keep in mind that I have only been using this for one week. Your experience may differ, and as of this writing Creative Memories does not support Windows 8, which is due to be released later this month. (A preview is available now at Microsoft’s website.)

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Completion of a Traditional Scrapbook, Part 7: Adhering

16 Jan

I’m away for the weekend, having a great time scrapbooking and knitting with friends. Yesterday I took the next step toward a completed album: I used my Tape Runner and adhered all the laid-out photos, papers, and embellishments to those 60 pages I prepared a couple of days before. I had more photos to go in this album, and needed more pages, so I did a very quick Power Layouts session (Part 6) on a couple of beds in one of the retreat bedrooms, and then adhered those pages, to finish up. (Not sure I’d recommend this for more than a few pages, as you have to bend over a lot more!)

Now my album is almost done. All 70 page sides are adhered, and I put the pages in my coverset. The next step will be journaling, but I’m waiting to join my family back home for that — they remember some things better than I do!

© Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Carolyn Gordon is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Carolyn Gordon is an independent consultant and the opinions and content on this site are not necessarily endorsed by Creative Memories. Power Layouts and Tape Runner are trademarks of Creative Memories. Reminisce designs are © Creative Memories.

Completion of a Traditional Scrapbook, Part 6: Power Layouts

14 Jan

Today I laid out sixty (60) scrapbook pages. It took the better part of the afternoon and early evening with a few breaks, but I like to focus on this scrapbooking step, Power Layouts, till it’s done because it takes up space. It’s not something I can just leave out for awhile and work on from time to time throughout the week.

Before we get into Power Layouts, I want to show you the paper I cut yesterday as an extra baby-step toward laying out pages. I cut out more shapes than I normally do for an album, because I was just having too much fun! I then glued some to their shadow-papers with the Precision Point Adhesive. They were ready to go for today!

When setting up for Power Layouts, the general idea is to use as much space as you can in a way where you have access to what you use. At the moment, our good tables are being used for other things, so I grabbed two plastic 6-footers out of our garage and plopped them right in the middle of the den. I stood the entire time I was laying out pages, so no chairs to get in the way. On one table, I laid out my pages using the Power Layouts Kit, and on the other, I had my tools, decorative supplies, pages — oh, and my photos and memorabilia, of course! Notice that my Creative Cuts Collection and my Cricut machine aren’t set out — one of the reasons I pre-cut those shapes pictured above yesterday was so I wouldn’t need all my tools out. (Fewer choices to make at any given time makes scrapbooking go much faster, too.)

I am not going to go into the nitty-gritty of how to do Power Layouts here; you should ask your Creative Memories Consultant to teach you. And I didn’t come up with the method that I use, so I feel like it would almost be plagiarism to write about how I do it here. You will not believe how much quicker it goes until you try it. Let me emphasize that the Power Layouts Kit is my 2nd-favorite traditional scrapbooking tool because it makes scrapping so much faster (right behind the Personal Trimmer)! Ask your Consultant about the every-other page method of using this tool, also — I will never use it any other way (and if you know the name of the brilliant Consultant who came up with that method, please credit her in the comments)!

One more thing to note: my scrapbook is not complete quite yet. My laid-out pages are now safely stored in my Power Layouts Box, ready to be assembled later; nothing is adhered to pages at the moment. And I’ll have a few more to lay out afterward; I have the Power Layouts Kit and one additional pack of Power Layouts Dividers. Using the every-other page method, that allows me to lay out no more than sixty pages at a time.

© Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Carolyn Gordon is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Carolyn Gordon is an independent consultant and the opinions and content on this site are not necessarily endorsed by Creative Memories. Power Layouts, Precision Point Adhesive, and Creative Cuts are trademarks of Creative Memories. Reminisce designs are © Creative Memories.