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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 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.

Pictures Are Cheap; Memories Are Priceless

4 Jan

picture of flowersI’m not working on my 2008 family album project today, but I do want to share some numbers with you. My family took nearly 2500 pictures in 2008 (for which I kept the photo files; numerous others were deleted). Of those, I chose about 400 to print for this album. As I go through the next couple of steps toward completion, the number of pictures I’m using may get smaller still. (Some of the unprinted pictures I have are destined for other albums, but most won’t be used.)

My point is that you do not have to scrapbook every photo you take! Photography has come a long way in a short time. Taking digital pictures costs nothing, and prints are very inexpensive. It is more important to me that the events and the everyday of my family’s life are remembered and kept as a legacy for my children, than having every photo in an album. I can choose, celebrate, and display the best of the bunch! Editing down the number of photos I preserve in albums, and keeping my album-making and my album pages simple, are the main ways completed scrapbooks (whether traditional or digital) are possible for me.

Just something to consider! :) And by the way, even if I were to change my scrapbooking style to a highly designer-decorative one (and if I had that talent!), the steps I use to complete scrapbooks would remain the same. You artists out there can still follow along with the steps I’m laying out!

© 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.

Camera Set to the Wrong Date or Time?

18 Sep

For the past few days, I have been organizing and editing photos and memorabilia for a digital StoryBook of our summer family vacation. All of our jpegs came from 3 different cameras, 1 camera phone, and memorabilia scanned after our return. Having been through this before, I had reminded everyone at the beginning of our trip to “synchronize our cameras” so that everything would automatically sort just so in Memory Manager.

I had to set the date and time for each piece of scanned memorabilia of course, but as I was going through the photos I realized that one camera was set to AM when it should have been PM, and another didn’t get changed mid-trip when we crossed time zone boundaries. With nearly 1000 photos, I did not want to go through them individually to correct them.

I do hope that someday Memory Manager has a feature to change the “offset” of the time it thinks a group of photos was taken, but I wanted to find something that would help me today (Memory Manager does let you set a group of photos to the same date and time right now, but not to a particular difference from the time currently stored in each photo). I did a quick search on the net and found a quick-and-dirty free utility called jhead (for the fact that it edits jpeg headers). You have to be either technical or of-a-certain-computer-user-age to use this program–because it runs from the old-fashioned command prompt, youngsters aren’t likely to want to try it. And, of course, neither I nor Creative Memories claim any responsibility for the program; someone brilliant with no affiliation wrote it.

But if you need to be saved like I needed to be today, it might be worth a look!

© Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care, 2010. 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. StoryBook and Memory Manager are trademarks of Creative Memories.