Your Video Memories

We share photos on social media all the time.  Throw Back Thursdays always bring back fond (& often funny!) memories from way back when.  But what about our video memories?  Most people no longer have VCR's to watch old movies or they have their home videos saved on small camcorder tapes or film reels which cannot be watched without the proper equipment.




I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Legacy Republic as a Legacy Maker and am now able to expand my services!  As much as I love being able to help people with their photos, I am honored and excited to be able to now help preserve video memories as well.  


Watching these home movies on your cell phone, iPad or computer will bring these memories back onto your everyday life and allow you to build stronger connections with family members.  Old distant memories will be rediscovered.  People from the past who may no longer be alive, will come back to life.  You will hear their voices, see their mannerisms and remember them.


Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and the Wildfires of California have most certainly made it very clear that some things simply *cannot* be replaced.  The need to have backups of these precious and irreplaceable memories is more apparent than ever.  



If you have video memories that you would like to reconnect with, please contact me at (713) 899-3324 or oritcm@yahoo.com

Easiest Way to Make a Baby Book

One of the best gifts a parent can give to their child is a baby book.  Children love to look at pictures of when they were a baby and hear stories of their milestones and early years.  As the children grow up, parents love to look back at those same pictures and reminisce.  It can be a great family bonding experience as well!

Many new moms struggle with having the time to make a baby book.  If you wait until your child is older, it can be overwhelming to have to sort through 100's, or even 1,000's, of photos!

This is a super fast & easy way to make a baby book that not only tells the story and showcases the pictures of your baby but also looks terrific!! 

These are the supplies you will need to gather:

#1  Print 5-8 pictures from each month of your child's first year of life.  Don't spend too much time choosing, go with your first instinct. Choose pictures that capture milestones or have a story behind them - coming home from the hospital, your favorite sleeping photo, sitting in a high chair, bathtub photos, 1st steps, etc.  You can also include 1 or 2 pregnancy photos, an ultrasound picture, and a birth announcement. 

#2  A stack of post it notes.  As you go through your pictures, they will inevitably conjure up memories.  Stories will pop into your mind.  Grab your post its and jot those things down to use later on in the finished book.

#3  You will also need an album, paper, adhesive, pen and paper cutter.

  • There are so many options when it comes to albums.  Post bound are my go to albums and I usually get mine at Hobby Lobby.  
  • When choosing adhesive, you want to get something made for scrapbooking.  It should say acid free and lignin free on the packaging.
  • You can use any kind of pen.  I have found that I most often go for black ink.  This is my current fave.
  • Any 12" paper cutter will do.  
  • Lastly, you will need scrapbook paper.  This is where a lot of people get overwhelmed.  To simplify, choose 2 solids and one print.  You will need 12 sheets of each.  For example, Girl - hot pink, baby pink and either a yellow, grey or pink print.  Boy - dark blue, baby blue and a yellow, green, or blue print.

Let's get started!!!

You may prefer to spread everything out so you can see it all at once before adhering anything to the pages. Lay your paper out, alternating paper every 2 pages.  If you start the book on page 1 with light pink, page 2-3 should be dark pink and page 4-5 will be your patterned paper, followed by page 6-7 which will be light pink again.

You will have extra paper.  Take 2 of each color of the extra sheets into 3 inch strips.  So, you will have 8 strips of each of the 3 papers you bought.  You will place one going across the bottom on every left side page and one going down the right side of every right side page.





Lay out all your pages and strips and then begin placing your photos on the pages.  

Page 1 - Title page includes birth announcement, newborn photo or a picture in the hospital
Page 2-3 - Coming home photos, photos from 0-1 month old
Page 4-5 - photos from 1 month up to 2 months
Page 6-7 - photos from 2 up to 3  months old
Page 7-8 - photos from 3 up to 4 months old
etc.


Once you've got it all laid out it is time to adhere everything.  Stick down your 12 inch by 3 inch strips first and then add the pictures!  Put the post it notes on the pages, too.  



You can go back and add page titles by purchasing sticker letters and sticking them on the colored strips or anywhere on your page.  You can also use your extra paper to cut out circles or squares and put your title there.  

Finally, go back through the pages and add any captions or stories that you wrote on the post it notes.  You can jot down simple captions under your pictures or if you have more lengthy stories add them at the bottom of the page or on the sides.


That's it!  Your child's baby book is essentially finished!  Slide those pages into the album and enjoy!  

Here are some other photos of a baby girl album I made for a friend.
Title Page




I would love to hear how your project went and if you can include a photo of the finished product, I would be thrilled to see!




Enjoy the Photos You Take. . .

Overwhelmed by the amount of pictures you take and the number of devices you have taken them with?  

Do you ever get to go back and enjoy the memories captured in your photos?

 If you answered yes and then no, you are not alone.  In the technological world we live in today, you are probably among the majority.

People have the best of intentions while they are snapping away with the camera (or cell phone, or iPad, or . . .). When it comes to downloading, backing up and printing their photos however; they get overwhelmed, don't have time and simply don't know where to begin.

Here's where most people's photos get stored . . .





It doesn't have to be that way!  

I would like to encourage everyone (yes, that's you!) to print the pictures you take.  
Read on and I'll tell you why!

Why should anyone print their photos????


Back in the day, we used to have film in our cameras.  In order to see the photos, you had to develop the film.  I remember sitting in the developer's parking lot excited to rip open the photo developing package because I could not wait the 5 minutes to get home to look at my pictures (I'd even pay extra back then for 1 hour processing!).


Nowadays, you can see the picture instantly.  Not only that, you've got pictures everywhere - your phone, your computer, email, Facebook, Instagram and on and on. You don't have to print them to see them.

But why do we take pictures???  In the moment, we are feeling something -- usually a warm and fuzzy feeling inside -- that makes us want to hold on to that moment.  We are celebrating a birthday, enjoying a vacation, catching up with family we have not seen in a while, chronicling our child's growth or accomplishments.  We want to capture that feeling, to hold onto it and feel it again later.  Later that is, when we look back at the photo. Holding the printed picture in your hand somehow makes the memory come back to you in a more real and tangible way.

By printing out your photographs, you are not only going to enjoy them yourself but your family will, too.  If you have children, this is especially important. When children see you printing out their photos it says to them, "I am important.  I am special.  My family values me." The look on a child's face when he or she looks at pictures of him/herself is invaluable.

Pictures become more and more valuable over time.  Have you ever come across an old photo of yourself from, "the good ole days?"  How about pictures or albums from your grandparents?  When you see a note written on the back of an old picture in your grandmother's handwriting, can't you hear her voice in your head?  You owe this same experience and these same feelings to your children and grandchildren by printing your photos.

Lastly, I will turn to your practical side. If nothing else I have written so far has made you see the importance of printing your pictures, I hope this will.  Technologies change, computers crash!  It never happens at a good time.  You can always scan and make a duplicate of a printed photo.  But if you have no backup and your computer crashes then what?  Besides, how many times have you gone to look for a photo on your computer and 10 minutes & 20 directories later you have no idea where it might be?

I encourage you to start now.  Enjoy looking at your pictures with your loved ones now and let them be available as special memories for future years to come!



If you are overwhelmed or need help with organizing your photos, 
please contact Orit at (713) 899-3324 or oritcm@yahoo.com