Hello Again!

Hi! It’s been a while for sure, but I’m back!

It feels so good to be blogging again and have the words flow out like never before. I have so much to share with you, go grab some coffee and a snack and settle in to what I have to share with you today! 

My scrapbook studio/bedroom space is almost complete. The scrapbook area is finished and I love that everything has a place now and nothing is on the floor. I have one more Kallax 1×4 I would like to get,but that will wait for now. Pictures and video will be coming shortly. My bedroom is still a work in progress because I have to fix my Ikea Hemnes dresser before I can use it. Unfortunately, during the move it got pretty beat up with one of the drawers fell apart, but it’s not anything a little spackle and paint won’t fix. It also gives me the opportunity to change the color so that it matches the other dresser I had refurbished for my room. I can’t wait to show you all the final project!

My family (12 of us in total) just came back from the most amazing trip to Disney World! It was only my second time being in Disney ever, my son Wesley’s First. My daughters Faith and Emilee were 10 and 5 on our first trip and while Faith remembered bits and pieces, Emilee didn’t remember anything. It was a magical trip for us all and one that I will be talking about for a long time, which brings me to a very important topic = photo preservation! How do you store and protect your photos? 

My first Disney trip was in 2012, and of course I took hundreds of photos. I bought some character photos and downloaded and neatly organized on my desktop. I also did one other thing that ultimately saved my 2012 Disney scrapbook. I uploaded them in an album on my Facebook page. You see, a few years later, my hard drive crashed!! I lost all of my photos except for those I had put on Facebook. Today, it’s way easier to backup photos with cloud storage services ( I use iCloud) ,but I still use Facebook too! Why? Well, I use FB as a way to share with my family and I use it to document the trip. When I go back and start my Disney album, all the important details are intact. I don’t have a great recall memory so jotting down memories in the captions help me to spark the full memory. My photos are preserved (all 1,670 of them) and I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything important. 

Important Tips:

  • Always upload photos to FB with the highest quality setting. In the event you have to download them from FB, you will get the best quality photo.
  • If you are concerned with security and unwanted people looking or sharing your photos, make sure the privacy settings for photos is set to Friends Only or Only Me if you don’t want anyone else to see it.
  • Make sure you upload them in order that you took them, especially if you are going to do one album for the whole trip. FB use to let you rearrange photo order but that option is no longer available. I am a chronological scrapbooker and I like to be very detailed in my trip scrapbooks so the order to which I upload is very important to me. 
  • Last tips: If you are uploading after the trip, be sure to click on the clock so that FB saves the date the photo was taken, not the upload date! Also, be patient with the process. I had over 1,600 photos that I uploaded which took a while. The easiest and fastest way I found was using my phone because I was able to upload batches of 80 photos at a time. It worked out for me because I used my iPhone 12 exclusively on this trip and I am very happy with the results I got with it. I brought my camera but never took it out because it rained practically everyday of our trip it was not worth the risk, plus the iPhone 12 takes great night shots which are great on all of Disney’s dark rides.

Well, Friends that’s all for now! I can’t wait to make the things now! My creative juices are flowing once again and I look forward to sharing with you my creative process and journey! 


Published by Redheaded StoryKeeper

I am a creative soul who loves scrapbooking, graphic design, and photography.

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