One of my ‘maternity leave’ jobs was to sort out the mess that all our photos are in. I’m regularly running out of space on my phone and I have all my photos from my big camera on different work laptops. Some are backed up. Some aren’t. Some are printed out. Some aren’t. We still have wedding photos and baby photos of our first on a CD. It’s all a big mess with no system. If I need to find a particular photo – it takes me forever! I keep having a run down of what I would do in the event of a fire. What would I grab to take with me to save our precious? Laptops?! Box of CDs?! (Obviously, don’t worry- I know I’m not meant to be grabbing anything and would just get the kids out! I was paying attention in all those fire drills at school!)
As I love capturing memories, I have been quite good at making sure that each of the children has a baby book. Elodie even had two (first born!) they’re not quite finished yet (that was another maternity leave job) but I’ll get there. The children love their baby books and ask to get the mout and have a read through at regular moments. They could sit for hours spouting about their memories and pretending that they really could remember sitting in their cot or eating their first meal, just like the photos show.
I also keep a folder for each of them, categorised with the ages on the pockets and in each of the pockets, I put their certificates, school work, cute letters they’ve written to each other, birthday cards, paintings from nursery etc..etc… they’re not allowed to look through these folders yet. Partly so they don’t mess the years up and also because I’ve stashed Father Christmas letters and tooth fairy letters in there so the magic would be over!!
I’ve recently been introduced to a new way of recording memories which has got me a little excited! The Lifecake App is like an online baby book and is a new way of sharing your baby photos and videos with your loved ones as well as creating a timeline of your little ones’ milestones. The app couldn’t be easier to use, you simply set up an account, add your children (so one account can be for multiple children in a family) and then add your pictures. It can pull a stream of photos from your phone, from Facebook if you happen to have shared them (or if your friends and family did) or DropBox. You then simply tag which child is in the pic and upload them. There is a function where you can then alert family members that there are new photos and they can even view them on a computer if they don’t have a smart phone. There is space to add photos for all the crucial milestones such as starting to walk and riding a bike but you can also customise these so that you can share more unusual moments with your families. One of the best features is that this this all links to Canon’s Lifecake printshop and so you can use this to order prints of the photos you upload or other photo gifts such as calendars and photo books.
I ordered this lovely set of magnets from the Lifecake print shop and I adore them. I’m definitely going to be ordering a whole stack of these. I love having photos on our fridge that are more day to day photos and not ones you’d necessarily pop in a frame. Having them as magnets helps the fridge to look less cluttered but also stops me having to worry about little fingers plastering themselves all over the photos! They are little magnets though and so wouldn’t work so well for more busy photos perhaps.
Anyway, my only problem now is finding the time to upload everything to Lifecake but I can already see that it’s going to simplify life round here! My children are quite taken with the flashback feature as they like to reminisce over all their memories from the last….er…..six years! They are so sweet, they are like little old people recounting their adventures. I even heard my eldest flick thorough and say ‘Oh I remember those curtains!’ What will they be like in years to come when they have years and years of memories to recount?!
Thanks to Canon Lifecake for sending me the photo magnets. All words and opinions are my own.