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The Ideal MeMany of you know me from my days as a Creative Memories Consultant. I had tons of fun teaching people how to use Memory Manager (Historian) to easily organize their photos, and Storybook Creator (Artisan) to put them into meaningful photobooks.

And that is part of the reason you haven't heard from me for a while.

Digital scrapbooking … photo keeping … digital photo organization … it all moves and changes with technology by the day.  In my former CM days, I had the company loyalty concept so ingrained in me that it has taken me months of contemplation to shift gears in my thinking.

I've finally, just this week, come to terms with the fact that in order to serve my family, and you, I have to break the “one-size fits all” mentality.  Although I still think Artisan and Historian are fantastic, and will continue to use them because they are more familiar to me even than Microsoft Word or my Firefox browser, I do understand that there are many fabulous options available today for keeping photos and making  family albums.  And my main goal will always be to help make that an easy, fun process so that more family photos will survive the hard drive crash.

Scrapbooking, in both it's traditional and digital forms, changes daily.  Just today I received the announcement that Panstoria has been purchased by a company called FOREVER.  From what I understand, this is a boost for Panstoria.   They plan further improvements to Historian and Artisan, and FOREVER complements that with a secure, permanent online backup solution that guarantees to save your photos beyond your lifetime.  To find out more, check out Panstoria's Q&A section about their purchase by Forever, click here.

Since my soul-searching process seems to be reaching its end, I hope to be adding a lot more motivation and training content here. I'm personally a bit behind with my photos this year, and plan to challenge myself, and you, to get caught up. Of course, we'll do it the fun, easy way.  Please stick with me and let me know how I can help you tackle the hurdles you face in your photo keeping journey.

Until then, Enjoy!

~ Deb

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