KinKeeping: Stories of how we connect with others

Last year I met a wonderful lady, Judy Keefe, who loves to write.  She loves to help people tell their stories similar to how I like to help people tell their stories, only she does it with words.   During one of our meetings I learned about KinKeeping through Judy and found myself fascinated by the term.  Now I call myself a KinKeeper!!!

Why am I writing about Judy?  Well, today is the day her first book in a series about KinKeeping is released.  The book is entitled “KinKept: Intentionally Nurturing Connections“, and you can find it on Amazon.  I’m so excited for her!  As a hobby of mine, I dabble in my family history and try to keep our family together by coordinating family reunions.  That’s what I initially thought about KinKeeping, but it’s so much more…

Re-purposing Your Child’s Artwork

Do you have a collection of your child’s artwork or other projects, collecting dust and not sure what to do with them?  Well here are some possible ideas and all of them make great gifts; for yourself, child or other family members.   By scanning your child’s artwork you’re not only preserving those memories, but you can re-purpose them into something else; for you and others to enjoy.

  1. Turn one or more artwork into an art poster.gradeschoolartwork_sample
  2. Do you have a lot of artwork from your child?  How about turning that into a photo book?  Let’s from grade school, or even during their K-12 years?
  3. Use artwork as a screen saver or wallpaper on your PC.

Need other gift ideas?  Reference my Unique Gift Ideas article.

 

Unique Gifts for the Holidays

If you’re like most people, you may wait until Thanksgiving to start the holiday gift buying. However, if you want to give something truly special and personal, that gift can take a little longer to prepare.

Photos and videos provide something special that invoke memories.  It’s something from the heart that you can’t purchase from a store. Here are some of my favorite personal gifts.

PictureKeeper Connect

I am so excited about this new little gadget!  Do you often get the message that you’re out of storage on your smartphone? Do you struggle with the thought of how to get your photos off your smartphone; or, don’t trust the cloud?  Maybe you’re traveling to a location where there is no Internet connection, or not taking your laptop?

Sharing Inherited or Old Photos

After talking with a relative last night, I got an idea for another blog article; sharing old photos with siblings, or other relatives.  Who doesn’t like to look at old photos?

Old photos There is something fascinating and intriguing about looking at old photos and reminiscing about family members no longer with us, or about moments from our child-hood.  Have you or someone you know inherited those photos from your parents or another family member?  Do you have siblings, cousins or other family members that would like to have a copy, or at least be able to view them?

Old Window Frame with Photos

Want to display your photos in a unique way?  Here is an idea using an old window frame.

Using an Old Window Frame

Old Window Frame IdeaSeveral years ago I gave this window frame with photos to my dad as a Christmas gift.  This included some of my favorite photos of my sisters and I from when we were kids and then later after we had kids.   Even several years ago I thought it was a pretty cool idea and didn’t see this done very much at the time.

How do you want to reflect on your Summer Memories?

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Have you taken a big trip this summer?  Or, some other special event happened this summer?  Did you take photos, or collect any memorabilia?

Why did you take photos in the first place?  For most it’s to capture the moment, and preserve those memories.  Why bother taking the pictures if you do not put them into something where you can enjoy them?  Well, here’s a few suggestions for keeping up with those photos so you’re not wondering where they are in a year or so down the road.