My Secret to Living in the Moment
Are you loving FOREVER® Collaborative Albums? I know I am. Collaborative Albums are a game-changer when it comes to preserving memories from group events.
I travel often, usually with a group of people with many different perspectives. In the past, I had found that I would miss out on the act of simply being in a particular space at a particular time. Instead of enjoying myself, I was always taking a picture of something I didn’t want to forget – which was everything. As for the group of people I was with (oftentimes fellow scrapbookers), they also spent most of their time taking pictures of things they didn’t want to forget instead of simply enjoying the moment.
The hard work began once the event was over. Although I had taken hundreds of photos, I would undoubtedly miss something. As for my friends, they too would miss something. Most of us were taking pictures on DSLR cameras and the resulting images were too big to email. Once the emails started, you had photos all over the place. It became increasingly difficult to make sure everyone had access to all of the photos that we needed.
Recently, I conducted training at a live event at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. This is an event that we conduct every two years. Every year we had the same problem – How do we share our photos? Now that Collaborative Albums are available, this is no longer an issue.
At the pixels2Pages™ LIVE Grand Getaway 2016, we tossed around many ideas about how to share photos. Share by email, share by an online file sharing service, or share by online cloud storage? All these options required multiple users to have paid accounts to share the number of photos that we wanted to share. In the end, we sent all our images to one guest and she gave us access to her account to get the photos we needed. But that was only a temporary solution, not an ideal one. In the end, I copied a few of the images from the 2016 trip that were meaningful and put them in a FOREVER Storage Account. You can check it out here.
Fast forward to 2018. Just prior to the p2P LIVE Grand Getaway 2018, FOREVER launched Collaborative Albums. This enabled me to create one album that all 32 attendees could upload to. All anyone needed was a FOREVER Account. If they didn’t have a Permanent FOREVER Storage Account, a free Intro Account worked just fine. Our group was able to share over 500 photos with each other. You can check out this Collaborative Album here. Much better than the album from 2016, don't you think?
We organized the photos in to nested albums to keep them organized and to make it easy to find exactly what we were looking for. Collaborative Albums allowed us to enjoy the event experience. I have been to the island many times, but this was the first time I truly enjoyed all of the beauty it has to offer as I was able to put down the camera and just BE.
Here are some of my favorite things about Collaborative Albums:
- I don’t have to be the collector of all the photos. Everyone can simply upload their photos to my account and collect the photos they need from there. And they get to do this without me having to compromise the security of my account!
- Guests are able to add photos from the Collaborative Album to their own FOREVER Account with just a few clicks.
- Photos uploaded are shared instantly.
- If I add nested albums or organize the photos in the Collaborative Album, everyone will have instant access to the changes.
So, have you tried out FOREVER Collaborative Albums yet? They're perfect for sharing and organizing memories from trips, events, and day-to-day life. Enjoy!
P.S. You can use the new FOREVER Public Search tool to look at all of the pixels2Pages albums! Just head to the FOREVER.com home page, type in "pixels2Pages," and click "View Profile." (You can find friends, family, local organizations, and more with Public Search!)