Thursday, November 29, 2012

Organize your photos, sound files, text documents, and BACK UP!

Organizing your photos

Over the past few years I have come to a simple conclusion as to why it is so important to organize your pictures, text documents, sound files and video clips.

It's a rather simple conclusion. What good are these precious photos if I am not going to share them? If your photos are not organized and easily accessible, lets face it, you won't do anything with them, right?

When I started organizing my pictures and media into Heritage Collector, It quickly grew into a passion of mine.

My children LOVE to look at pictures of themselves, see and hear video, and view old pictures of their ancestors.

Another bonus of  organizing my pictures and media into Heritage Collector, is that I can back up the entire data base to an external hard drive!!

Try out the Standard Version free!

Make photo organization fast and easy. Organize and find photos, documents, audio files, video clips and more. Keep associated photos and files together. Create and update photo collections as you acquire more photos and information.

It's time to move your photos and family history from drawers, boxes, and CD/DVDs into your computer.
Heritage Collector can help find and organize photos
scattered all over your hard drive.

See just how easy it can be! Make your photos accessible and ready to share with your family.

This is  an example of what the Heritage Collector's Database looks like.

The collection name is displayed on the left. When you click on the collection, you see the thumbnails on the right that are in that collection. These pictures have narrative, GPS coordinates and captions!! Super easy to find and now I can share this entire collection with Heritage collector's newest feature! The cloud

Find out more information here.

Family History Software. Helps you organize, label photos, use a cloud, find a photo in seconds, design slide shows, create beautiful storybooks, personalize family calendars, make GPS maps, share on CD/DVDs and more .
Thanks for reading!! -Kathleen

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Free online Photo Calendar class. Photo Christmas Ornaments

Happy Monday!

Can you believe November is almost over and Thanksgiving is this week?

With November almost over and Christmas fastly approaching, I wanted to share some fun Christmas gifts you can share with your family!

No, I am not trying to skip over Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a very special holiday and too needs to be celebrated and remembered.

I have been reminded how much I love some of my family that has passed on.

Because I have ancestors that have been such and example to me, I wanted to make a special reminder that would help me keep their special memories close to the surface.

A photo Christmas ornament is a great way to highlight a special person in your life.

This is my Christmas and Thanksgiving craft all in one! Because I am thankful and want to share my thankfulness on my Christmas tree! I can across this fun project on, of course, Pinterest.

Christmas Photo Ornament

This was a pretty easy project.  Anyone can do it!

All you need is:
  • Vellum
  • 4" clear glass ornament
  • Pretty ribbon
I re sized my picture down to 4" using Heritage Collector Storybook. Once it was re sized I printed my photo on Vellum. Right from home!

I used a cup that measured "4 around. I placed the cup on top of the photo and traced it. Then cut out my picture.

 I rolled up my cut out picture, then put inside

 I used a small marker to help secure the photo into place.

Tied some pretty sparkly ribbon and ta da! Your ready to hang on your tree. (When you decide to put it up :)

 These pictures don't do it justice! They look just beautiful!

What a fun way to document your family grow or highlight and ancestor!!

Create Beautiful Family History Christmas Calendars Free online class!

Tuesday, November 20th
Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm MST

6-7:00 pm - Pacific
7-8:00 pm - Mountain
8-9:00 pm - Central
9-10:00 pm - Eastern

Calendars make wonderful unique gifts to share with your family and friends. Heritage Collector makes it possible for you to create any type of calendar. Join us for an evening of calendar making fun just in time for Christmas giving!
Learn how to get Free Graphics and Templates at the webinar.

Sign up for the free class here!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Organizing and preserving your video clips. Tuesday Freebie!

Preserving your video clips
Today, I am smiling big! I am achieving a goal I have had for quite some time now! Getting my video converted and onto my computer and organized into Heritage Collector. Where I can find, share, and enjoy it!! As I like to say, "What good are photos and video clips if you can't find them to enjoy and share". Am I right?
I have been reliving some very precious memories as I have been working on this project.
I love to see the excitement on my children's faces as they watch these video clips of them as babies, mommy and daddy's wedding, family vacations, birthdays, and so on. The best part is now these memories are backed up and preserved! I can now find them in seconds. Thanks to Heritage Collectors wonderful search tool!
 I hope to be completely done in two weeks! I spend just an hour each day in the morning. I can usually get at least one full tape done a day.
These types of projects are so fulfilling to me. I love it! Today, my smile is getting bigger!!

Don't let stress and feelings of being overwhelmed take over
Before I began this project I felt Intimidated and stressed about it. I felt like it was a task I couldn't complete. I guess you could say it haunted me for quite some time.
As many of you know, the area in which I live experienced a very scary fire this year. As I went through that very scary process  (I was evacuated from my home for over 24 hours) I felt very unprepared in the sense of preserving my memories. I wasn't given much time to get out of my home. (Meaning, I couldn't be picky with what I chose to take with me. Luckily, I had my external drive handy with all of my pictures safetly backed up.)
My pictures were in good shape but my documents and video were not.
I vowed after that experience that I would make it a goal to be totally prepared before the years end.
I am not far from achieving it!

Take it a day at a time
If you are just getting started or find yourself with the same thoughts and feelings as me in the beginning, don't give in to those overwhelmed feelings!
Heritage Collector has been a tremendous blessing in my life. I feel like now I am good shape. I still have some work to do. But I will keep working on it a day at a time.

Marlo and I (Kathleen) will be teaching a free online class on how to do  this. When you see just how easy this is, it will bring a smile to your face! I will post the free class on my blog and our facebook page.

You can also see more information by clicking here.

Just a word of caution, just like any hobby, this can be VERY addicting! Just give a try.  :)

Thanks for reading! -Kathleen

Tuesday Freebie

Make sure to go over to Designs by Krista's Facebook page and "Like" her. She gives away beautiful kits to her Facebook fans! By the way, her designs work beautifully with Heritage Collector! -Enjoy