such a funny boy.
you’re assignment this weekend is to go get an account at Shutterfly.
If you already have one (very smart) if not … then trust me it’s time. Go sign up. Yes, you can still do the "but I need these pictures in an hour" photo printing at wherever, and if you have a decent printer at home, you can print from time to time at 2:00 a.m. (I do) but if you are serious about sustaining yourself in this digital age of scrapbooking and wrapping your head around this whole "Photo Freedom" thing, then you need to get serious about setting up a reliable system and processes for sorting, uploading, storing, printing and using your photographs. I’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating …
YOU CAN ONLY SCRAPBOOK IN THE WAY YOU ARE ORGANIZED
not organized? not gonna happen (at least not long term)
organized only chronologicallly? you’re missing out on the best source of inspiration there is (your photos) and you are totally limited in the stories you can tell.
my honest and sincere suggestion? start setting up folders on your computer and get them uploaded into albums at Shutterfly, so you can begin to really manage and share and take full advantage of all the fun and amazing things there are to do when you embrace a wider definition of scrapbooking.
why Shutterfly (and no, I’m not getting paid to say this)
Shutterfly, should be renamed Shutter-SOAR, I cannot tell you how cool and visionary this company is. Seriously, I really can’t tell you all that they have planned, but I will say that they "get it." They understand us (meaning memory-loving, busy-with-life-and-family women) and they understand where this whole global socially-connected economy is headed. They are investing in growth and partnerships and they are running a top-notch, customer-centric gig and I am super impressed. I mentioned I was invited to sit on their SAT (scrapbook advisory team) and attend an annual meeting this week and I promised I’d tell you more, so here goes …
Most of the SAT girls arrived midday on Tuesday and we were treated to an extensive tour of the California facilities (Shutterfly also has operations in North Carolina) which was something straight out of a Mr. Roger’s show — remember when he took you on tours of manufacturing plants, etc..? We got to see the machines that print, cut and sort millions of photos.
If you are like me, when you do order pictures you always get a few enlargements in addition to your 4×6 prints, right? Well, your entire order is coded, so that all these prints that are all printed on different machines can find each other again and make it safely back to you. Phenomenal how this works. All together we saw 6 buildings full of machines and smiling people dedicated to prints, cards, photo books and more.
I still haven’t made a photo book, but will be doing so ASAP (which I will of course share with you here) If you can’t wait to see some of these amazing books, please visit the other adorable SAT and Shutterfly girls (Heather, Anna, Amy, Katie, Kate, Linda, Alicia and Savannah) Linda can teach you photoshop if you need help, Heather, Anna, Amy, Kate and Katie all design digital product for your creative pleasure and convenience (Anna also works as contributing editor to Digital Scrapbooking) and Savannah would be willing to create a scrapbook for you (if you pay her enough!) This is a bunch of amazing and amazingly fun girls, full of experience and enthusiasm for story-telling. After spending the day with them, I am as close as I have ever been to expanding my digital horizons and really truly think we should all do the same. I would love nothing more than to drop the "tags" of traditional and digital and just simply embrace scrapbooking for what it really is — the opportunity to tell stories and celebrate life, regardless of the medium you choose!
Wish I had time for more, but I have to go get my jog in and then we’re headed to a picnic sponsored by the Jecheong (as in Korea) Sister City organization here in Spokane.
The sun is shining and life if good — enjoy!
p.s. and look at this adorable necklace that Shutterfly (Alicia), with the help of Lisa at Simply Swank, gave us! Trey looked at this and said, "mom, I like your head on the body you have, not this one!"