On Line Memory Keepers

If you follow me on Instagram (see our latest in Life on Instagram in right side bar there–>) you will discover a few really cool different iTunes photo editing Apps, that I just adore!

While on Instagram, I tend to use their regular choices filters, to brighten, blur, or lighten a focal point within an image as a corrective measure lol. You’ll notice I favor one in particular that I am slightly obsessed with, iTunes My PopAGraph App.  Read more about PopAGraph here…

Like I have said before: 

an image taken, is more than just a ‘photo’. It contains the ultimate visual expression closest to tangible form of our very own personal experience; and pieces of our memories…” 

The editing tools on PopAGraph allows us to re-create the memory, even a little further. The main idea being to have the focal point of any image ‘pop’ or ‘stand-out’ above the rest of its surroundings. For fun examples, look through my blog in the PopAGraph Category, or search #popagraph on Instagram. Colour’s come to life, vibrance is at your fingertips; its like emotions are Popping off the page with feeling! 

(OH YEAH, **this post has been updated as it was to be shared prior to my Hospital stay last Wednesday…these are some photo examples of what we share on ‘insta‘ –which would have also covered last weeks Weekly Photo Challenge: “One Shot, Two Ways”)

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blue dots –landscape view of LO’s crafts aug2013

As a mother of two, I am so over trying to find the space to keep loads, piles, and endless years of paper memories from my children’s youth –Phew! 

InsteadI followed the footsteps of another (blogger mom, nope cant remember where from either lol) and started utilizing the digital on-line storage capabilities sites like Instagram have to freely offer! Now, I take photographs of the bests of the childrens/teens crafts or paperworks, add a description, a unique date in a hashtag form; and upload the lot there. Using the applications like Photo Journals. Best part is each image is dated, signed, sealed, away, and organized another AHHHHH… Phew

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blue dots, portrait view of LOs craft from aug2013

This way its keeping track for me and LO the different levels of her development, achievements, and growth. What’s better than also being able to present that growth to your child as they get older!? Especially with my LO as she struggles with Developmental Delays. The photo journal entries are simply incredible memory holders for us all! 

Instagram holds all of our images on their storage too, which saves us on computer storage space. Leave the images within your iPhone Photo Stream (where they are stored under “Instagram”) with the immediate availability to *print at your fingertips! Instead of the Mess!:D 

NOTE:  For *Print immediately options see your printers instructions. See they are  e-print or air print compatible.*

The other sites available for photo journals like this are flickr (which we dont use) and tumblr. You can create free accounts, store photos, dated and descriptive. Flickr even includes the type of camera some images were taken with.

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That’s it for now. WE have been recovering as a family from a series of unfortunate events–literally, not the movie title although at times I feel as though life itself was trying to rid me of the experience LOL! We’ve been from a flood, to mould exposure, lived in a trailer and Grandmas, and icing on the cake, renovated apartment without a floor; after just being released from hospital with a bout of (viral) Meningitis for me! 

Despite the trials and hardships, I have learned more as a person in the last month than I hav ever learned in life. About Life itself. We are all happy, all in one piece, and feel as though we’ve just got another new apartment ;D …

There is always a silver lining or a good side. What’s yours? Has your summer somehow worked out to be a non-vacation work-through type as well? Did it start out bad and reveal some good? What’s your blue spot on your shiny summer? What shined through most for you?!

JayNine xo

 

DIY today!

Just a quick share of a wonderful post just found on one of the pages I follow faithfully!
Absolutely creative and requires patience, I almost wouldn’t recommend going into so much detail with the children but you get the general idea. As we finish our version of this craft I will post (probably tomorrow).
In the meantime, I had to share this inspiration immediately!
Design Sponge Paper Memento Craft

Let us know what crafting you’ll be doing at your house today?!
J9;)

Photos belong to DesignSponge…used for your reference!

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Spring Friendship Garden

To stick with my new commitment of Blogging 365 I posted about yesterday, these are just a few simple photos of one of our latest crafts.

Every Seasonal shift, we create from a large paper roll, a poster welcoming the new seasons arrival. Each of us adds photos, leaves, ribbons and any of our individual reminders of the celebrated season, to be placed on the poster.
This is our Spring’s welcome but a little different this time because we are early!
After Valentines Day the decor and crafting gap seems wide until Easter comes. I get antsy without chgot the idea of our very first “Friendship Garden”. Starting with one central idea, we expand around with scrap papers, glitter glues, and begin the reuse of empties from around the recycle bin items. We’ve used here, empty toilet paper rolls for a 3D effect, thicker paper flowers from old school folders, and foam sheets, for durability with toddler fingers.

The inspiration for this craft came from an old Easter Church Hymn I sang as a child: “Friends are Like Flowers”. I love to use family and friend photos in our crafts so I joined Hymn and photo use together, to create this simple fun (photos are still to be placed on the flowers)
This poster is enjoyed by children because of its lasting ability. They can paint, color, glitter, cut and paste, a little each day when inspired. Best part for them is, its on the wall at eye level especially for painting!

Our “Friendship Garden” is our way of having the friends and family we care for over for company, and showing them how much they are appreciated, by their photos being placed in such lovely display in our home.

If there is a unique craft idea you’d like to suggest for us to try, leave it in the comments below. If you have one of your own you’d like us to see, leave the link in comments!

See you Tomorrow,
Jeanine ;)

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