What Your Pictures Have to do With Self-Care

giveaways celebrating one year of photos, memories, stories, family, and connections at Evolve

For one year now (happy blogiversary to us!), I’ve been writing every #familyhistoryfriday about photos, memories, stories, family, and connections.  I’ve written about why we need them so much, and what they do for us.  I’ve written about how they affect self-esteem in kids, how they help kids cope with difficulty, and even how family stories are an antidote for teenage entitlement.  Last fall, I included some video tutorials, just for Evolve readers, about photo organization, plus how I stay caught up preserving my photos and memories, and why it’s so important to me.  I’ve shared my own experiences about how photos, memories, and stories help heal from grief.  These days, most of our “photos” are just digital files, so I’ve also given lots of tips for bringing your photos to life.

If you’re new here, welcome.  If you’ve been an Evolve reader for a while, thank you!!  Thank you!  I have a rather bold life goal to make a difference in as many lives as I can.  When you come here, read, get inspired, and then take action, you’ve helped me meet my goal.  I hope to reconnect as many people as I can to their photos and help them realize the importance of embracing their stories.  I want their lives to be richer because of it.

Preserving Pictures Using Paper Scrapbooking

giveaways celebrating one year of photos, memories, stories, family, and connections at Evolve

Did you know the first “scrapbook” was the family Bible?  Bibles quickly became family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation.  People would record births and deaths in the front cover of their Bibles as early as the mid-1400s.  According to The History of Scrapbooking, by the mid-1800s, publishers started including extra pages in the fronts of Bibles for people to record family births, deaths, and marriages.  It became common around this time to also add newspaper clippings and other “scraps” (like crocheted bookmarks or even locks of hair) within the pages of the family Bible.  My father-in-law found a tintype photo in the family Bible he inherited!

During the 1800s, photographs came into being, and printed memorabilia increased in popularity.  People would save mementos and photos in “scrap books,” a word coined in the 1800s.  Family scrapbooks grew in popularity between about 1920-1970.  At that time, scrapbooks were books of blank pages, usually black or cream-colored, ready for photos, journaling, stories, and mementos to be kept.  ScrapbookING, though, is another story.

Preserving Pictures Using Digital Storybooking

giveaways celebrating one year of photos, memories, stories, family, and connections at Evolve

If you’ve never heard of storybooking, you’re not alone.  The most common ways to preserve pictures these days –getting them out of digital form and into your hands– is through photo books or scrapbooks.  Photo books are made digitally through online companies including big box stores.  You usually choose from a few pre-designed styles, plug in your pictures with a caption, and you’re done.  Scrapbooks are hand-made using papers, scissors, stickers, pens, and the like.  What, then, is digital storybooking, and how is it different from more well-known methods like photo books and scrapbooking?

This month’s #familyhistoryfriday posts showcase several different methods for preserving your photos and the stories that go with them, along with opportunities to win each one!  It’s a fun way to celebrate our one-year blogiversary!  Don’t miss the grand prize at the end of the month, too–it’s worth over $100 and comes with an extra special bonus.

Preserving Pictures Using Easy Paper Scrapbooking Kits

giveaways celebrating one year of photos, memories, stories, family, and connections at Evolve

Everyone has experiences they want to remember.  #FamilyHistoryFriday at Evolve is about preserving those experiences through pictures, memories, stories, and connections.  As we celebrate our one year blogiversary this month, that means you’ll not only find solutions for telling your personal and family stories and bringing your photos to life, but you’ll also have five chances to win some memory-keeping products and services at our giveaways!  Don’t miss the grand prize at the end of the month, too–it’s worth over $100 and comes with an extra special bonus.

The Power of Story

An Interview on Cary Mac Arthur's Dare to Find Your Voice Podcast

Jennifer Wise_HMI want to take a moment and recognize Miss Jennifer Wise. She is a member of the Evolve team and I am so incredibly grateful for her. She is very talented and the author of the weekly column #FamilyHistoryFriday.

Jennifer is our memory-keeping expert! She not only writes phenomenal articles, she also provides practical doable solutions to some of family history’s greatest challenges.

Preserving Pictures Using Digital Scrap Pages

giveaways celebrating one year of photos, memories, stories, family, and connections at Evolve

Where has the last year gone?  It’s been a whole year since Evolve came on the scene, with a focus on inspiring us to Live, Grow, Give.  I continue to be honored that Krista asked me to write each week about pictures, memories, stories, family, and connections for #familyhistoryfriday.  These things are the secret ingredient to wellness of the heart and soul!  I’m thrilled to be able to share real-life ways to bring the benefits of family stories into your life.

This month I’m celebrating our blogiversary with giveaways!!  I will be sharing four different ways to preserve your pictures, and I’ll be giving them away, too!  I’m giving away an amazing grand prize at the end of the month (worth $100+), so stay tuned.

Tools for Conquering Your Photos

This month’s #familyhistoryfriday posts focus on that ever-elusive goal of catching up on preserving your photos.  It’s easy these days to take half a terabyte worth, but that leaves us with a big challenge.  When do we ever SEE them?  If we have so many, how can we find time to publish them so they can be seen and loved in a tactile form?  The good news is that there are several tools to help you conquer your photos.  The great news is that I shared them all in an online class!

Making a Plan to Catch Up on Your Photos

Like many things, catching up on your photos is just a worthy goal until you have an actual plan to do it.  If you have photos on phones, cameras, hard drives, and clouds, making time and making a plan to preserve them in a tangible form can be a little overwhelming.  Once you have a plan, though, you can move forward.  Even big tasks can be accomplished when you know how you’re going to do it.  So let’s get you on that road.

How to be Successful on Your Resolution to Catch Up Preserving Your Photos

Catching up on preserving photos is a common New Year’s Resolution.  Even when it’s not an official Resolution, it’s a common goal.  I quite often hear people talk about their need to catch up doing something with their photos.  This month on Evolve’s #familyhistoryfriday, we will focus on solutions for your resolutions.  We will learn the first steps you need to take to be successful, options for both digital and already-printed photos, and the Two-in-One plan.