Bring on the Adventure

Bring on the Adventure

Ah, adventure.

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again. –Willa Cather

There is nothing like opening a scrapbook from years ago and rediscovering your travels. The “oohs and awes”… the “remember that” and “forgot all about that”… makes all the many hours we spend scrapbooking our memories well worth it.

In today’s world of vast technology documenting our journey isn’t always as easy as it sounds, but it’s worth mentioning since most of us tend to over-document when we travel these days. Armed with smartphones, virtually limitless memory cards and interactive multimedia, we take hundreds if not thousands of photos without a second thought. And unlike before, we actually share them – instantly – with our social media circles. By the time we arrive back home, we are not quite sure what we posted where and are bouncing all over our different media platforms trying to bring all of our memories together.

We lack a thorough document that tells the whole story.

This past April my husband and I took a cruise to Europe and I was bound and determined I was going to travel light. I was going to slow down and disobey Robert Louis Stevenson’s quote: “I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” I stopped instead… to look up and down and all around and just listen. Distraction makes it more difficult to form memories and only when I stopped did I hear a hand full of dry leaves falling through the trees onto the old cobbled stone streets of Bruges… bringing to mind that I was standing on the same streets that many before me had walked, dating all the way back to the 1400’s.

By stopping and listening didn’t mean that I did not take pictures and make notes, as I did both, I just tried something different this time. I left my large laptop, DSLR and my big camera bag at home and set out on my adventure with only my iPhone 7 Plus, an all-in-one tiny Lenovo tablet/laptop and my Forever Storage® account.

In my efforts to travel light, I set search for a small laptop. There were my only requirements: that it was inexpensive, small, light and could easily run Artisan® 5, and that it could access my Forever™ Account. And if it could fit easily in my carry-on, all the better.

Now, over the years I have attempted to document my travels with a variety of different methods: some complicated, others simple. But I have never documented my memories as easily as I did on this trip to Europe. Forever is truly your complete memory-keeping solution.

Today I want to share with you how incorporating all that Forever has to offer helped me to keep it simple, creative and make each memory count.

The lens between me and my memories…

I recently attended a Forever Retreat in Dallas with pixel2Pages and Nick Kelsh. After attending one of Nick’s iPhone classes I was blown away by all that my tiny phone could do… from all the tricks he shared and fabulous apps, I had no idea what a powerful little camera I had. During my one-on-one time with Nick I expressed my desire to travel light that I wanted to travel without my ‘real’ camera. With his jaunty grin he said “but your phone is a real camera”.

After my weekend of learning with the pixies, Nick, and Forever… I knew my memory- keeping for travel would be changed forever.

When you’re traveling abroad you will undoubtedly have many unforgettable experiences. But the details… the sights, smells, the random people you meet, the little bits of local color you experience every day… those can actually fade with memory. That’s why it’s important to come up with a simple travel journal plan ahead of time, so that you can better re-live your experience later. Here are my eight easy ways to document travel using all of Forever’s many amenities.

1.     Set your phone to auto back-up to your Forever Account using the free Forever™ mobile app available at your cell providers’ app store. (Don’t forget to check with your phone carrier regarding international data charges. We have Sprint and were able to upgrade to an international plan free of charge).

2.     Download Artisan® 5 or make sure your copy is up-to-date.

3.     Decide how you want to document your trip… whether you are going to use templates or free-form pages. For my book I used ‘Where I Long To Be – Ocean View’ Mega Bundle by Little Feet Digital Designs (today’s Deal of the Day!) which includes templates by Dagi’s Temp-tations along with Click Collage Classic Layout 3.

4.     Purchase the digital content that you want to use for your project through the Forever™ Digital Art Store and load it into your Artisan software or external HD if you need to save room on your laptop HD.

5.     As I took pictures and edited them with my iPhone 7 Plus, the pictures would automatically upload to Forever. At the end of each day (or any free time I had - I could easily access my Forever account via my phone),  I would log into my Forever™ Account and make notes on each picture - remembering to jot down the sights, sounds, smells and all of the ‘I want to remembers.’

6.     At different points and times during our trip, I would open up Artisan 5, download my pictures from Forever (as my pictures uploaded my Forever Account, I would delete them off of my phone, allowing more free space). I was off to work - easily adding my photos and journaling to the templates along with embellishments and papers to my pages with my digital content already picked out and downloaded.

7.     What do you do on a long flight home from Germany? Finish up your scrapbook using Artisan 5. You don’t need an internet connection!

8.     When you arrive home your beautiful book filled with all your wonderful memories is ready for print, using the Forever™ Print Shop.

“The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.”Cesare Pavese

Forever helps you remember the richness of your life to the fullest… lest we not forget.

Happy Memory Keeping!



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