10 Green(er) Ways to Preserve Your Memories

  1. Only print photos that you need.
  2. Set up a nice photo display and change out the picture,
    make your own card

    In less than 5 minutes, we made this greeting card from an old drawing.

    instead of getting a new frame every time. Invest in a nice (eco-friendly) frame the first year then just send new pictures that will fit (make sure you think about print size AND orientation).

  3. Have a lot of craft projects and artwork laying around? Make your own wrapping paper or greeting cards from your child’s artwork. It sounds fancy, but can be done in less than 5 minutes.
  4. Printing photos at home? Don’t forget to recycle your used ink cartridges.
  5. Set up a user-friendly photo sharing site (like Picasa or SmugMug) instead of sending prints to family.
  6. When sorting through boxes of old photos, recycle what you can (photo envelopes, ripped boxes, etc).

    donate old film canisters

    Donate your old film canisters – crafty kids LOVE these.

  7. Old film canisters make great craft projects.See if a local preschool needs supplies (they usually do).
  8. Look for holiday photo cards that are made with eco-friendly products (recycled paper, soy-based inks). Or, save yourself time, money and postage and make an e-version of your family’s holiday letter to send to some or all of your annual list.
  9. Share photos and videos from an event with other attendees. Fewer electronic devices doing the same thing will save electricity. Dropbox is an easy (and free) file sharing resource.
  10. Have old scrapbooking supplies that you’re not using? Donate them to your favorite charity, rather than sending them to the landfill. Some local groups teach card-making as a therapeutic aid, and sell the cards as a fundraiser.


What other ideas do you have? There are so many when you start thinking about it. Add yours in the comments below.

Lunch Box Notes

I always put a special note in my son’s lunch for school. Well, almost always. Sometimes mornings get hectic, and it just doesn’t happen. I certainly hear about it after school if I forget.

To make life easier, I’ve come up with these printable lunch box notes. There are eight per page, and they’re easy to cut apart and personalize. Then, just slip one in your child’s lunch each day. Anything that makes getting ready for school less painful is a good thing in my book.

I’m happy to personalize and print a series of notes for your child. Please contact me to discuss what you have in mind (if it has to be purple, or soccer themed, or whatever).

Here are the printable PDFs

BPS LunchBoxNotes – Page 1

BPS LunchBoxNotes – Page 2

BPS LunchBoxNotes – Page 3

Memory Manager System

I now have over 11,000 images in my Memory Manager vault. And that’s after I have deleted a few hundred. As I’ve talked with people about how I organize my photos, I’ve gotten a number of requests to explain how I rate my pictures.

Like many photo organizing applications, Memory Manager 4.0 (MM4) uses a five star rating system. Since I do 95% of my photo editing in MM4 too, I have to make note of the “needs to be fixed” (and worth fixing) images so I can go back and clone a family photo where all our eyes are open, etc.

So here’s my system, in brief.

A five star image. One of my all time favorite pictures of 2011. I used it for an album cover, in a few different photo cards and everywhere else I could imagine. It was quick and easy to crop out the tree branch over his head.

  • Five stars – rarely given – a truly spectacular photo, one that is going to be prominently displayed and I need to be able to find easily.
  • Four stars – the good stuff. Album worthy, may be used in other projects.
  • Three stars – the OK stuff. Worth keeping, but not necessarily front and center in an album or other project. Lots of pictures fall into this category. May include similar photos to some of my four (or five) star ones, in case I want to do a series.
  • Two stars – needs editing. I’ve got the white balance/color off or it somehow needs to be fixed. I can search just for my two star images when I have time (and mental energy) for an editing session.
  • One star – delete these. It takes too long to delete images one at a time. All my duplicates, blurry shots, the rejects – ones I know I’ll never use – I give them one star as I go thru the batch of photos. Later I can search for one star images then I can delete in bulk and save myself time.

I hope this helps! Happy organizing.

A meaningful present

This is a photo panel I made as a gift. I used Memory Manager to remove the people from the background of the picture.