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4 Ways To Relive Your Memories

This article was originally posted at thephotoorganizers.com.

What’s the best way to go back in time? 

The way we recall important events is dictated by our senses: What we saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted. These memories, more often than not, become less reliable with the passage of time.

As such, it’s vital that we find ways to preserve them. The year 2019 is just beginning but, surely, some of us would experience an important milestone sooner than later. We all have a sentimental side that tells us it would be great if we could revisit the memory of the birth of our first child, our daughter’s walk down the aisle, or even last year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Since we don’t have time machines yet, what can we do to go back to our fondest memories?

Weave your story

For writers, the best way to immortalize memories is through the written word. No wonder memoirs are such a hit! However, the pitfall for some biographies is their inability to keep things consistent. We live in moments and, sometimes, it’s beguiling to leave them fleeting and unrecorded.

Services like StoryWorth could help you when you’re in a writing slump. They send weekly prompts for you to reflect on, similar to how a writing community operates. Each week, you get to share these with your family. You wouldn’t even notice how these granular snippets have turned into a beautifully bound keepsake book with a year’s worth of stories!

Print a photobook


This one is a no-brainer. One of the most common ways to experience memories is by sifting through printed photos of your younger days. Even better to pore over are photo albums published with a touch of creativity. Some go for the traditional design of scrapbooks. Others, in this digital age, prefer to use publishing software tools like Blurb’s Bookwright. Bookwright is free and easy to use for laying out and editing your first photobook project. And if you’re out of design ideas, the software also has templates for beginners to get those creative juices flowing.

Scan your old photos

What may be a reverse approach to the first two points is to digitize your memories. Remember those photos from the ‘80s inside your treasure box that you kept safe at the back of your cabinet? Those pictures deserve to see the light of day again. However, placing them in a photo album might mean eventually shelving them again.

By digitizing your photos, you have a way to easily access them on your phone, computer, or even your digital frame. Take advantage of apps like Photomyne, which allows you to quickly scan dozens of photos with just a tap on your phone. These photos will then be backed up on the app’s cloud base, granting you easy access to your most important memories wherever you are in the world.

Display your memories on a digital frame

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Remember the photos you scanned earlier? How about all those photos long buried in your social media feed? Digitizing your photos is one, but it’s another to share them with your families and friends. Fortunately, it’s now possible to display all these with a digital smart frame like the Nixplay Seed Wave.

Music has an uncanny ability to trigger specific memories. There are times when you’d hear a tune and remember a special moment you shared with your loved ones. With its 2×5 watt Bluetooth speakers, the Nixplay Seed Wave can now enhance your memories with playlists of the songs you love.

Overall, there are various ways by which you can relive your best moments. But perhaps the outcome isn’t really the point. Whether it’s a photo book, a memoir, or a slide display of your scanned photos on your digital frame, what should really matter is your renewed appreciation for the moments that defined you, kindled by the process of preserving the highlights of your life.

Bea is Nixplay’s Social Media Manager. She enjoys drinking coffee, reading about wars, and writing stories. Send her a message at beatrice.bisais@nixplay.com.

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Different Ways To Connect With Family This Holiday Season

Wrap up this year with the most meaningful gift and share joy with the people who matter most to you. For today’s blog, we’ve invited Nick and Krista Baum, founders of StoryWorth.com, a service that helps people record their family stories and print them in beautiful hardcover books.

What do you think is the value behind preserving people’s memories?

A lot of people think the value of preserving memories is in passing them on to future generations, and that’s certainly true. But in our experience, it’s just as important as a way for family members to connect and get closer. These days, we are all so busy and preoccupied with everyday life. Sharing a family story or remembering a moment captured in a photo can help us slow down and feel grateful for the ones who love us.

Where do organizations like Nixplay and StoryWorth come in?

It’s easy to think of technology as something that gets in the way of real relationships, but Nixplay and StoryWorth both use technology to help bring families closer together. Because StoryWorth makes it easy to share family stories, it inspires all sorts of fun conversations when family members meet in person–conversations that otherwise might never have happened. Similarly, the latest family photos shared through a Nixplay frame are sure to be a talking point for the next phone call!

What inspired you to start StoryWorth?

We started StoryWorth because we wanted to record Nick’s parents’ stories. They live thousands of miles away from us, so we don’t often get the chance to sit down with them in person. We knew that if we asked them to write their biographies, they would never have gotten started. So instead, we asked them to write one story a week, and now we have several hundred pages of their stories to share with our children when they’re older.


How does StoryWorth work?

It’s incredibly simple. You invite a loved one, for example, a parent or grandparent. Each week, we email them a question about their life. All they have to do is reply with a story. At the end of the year, we take all the stories and print them in a beautiful hardcover book.

What are StoryWorth’s plans moving forward to enrich customers’ storytelling experience?

I think one of the things that have made StoryWorth so successful is that we haven’t added a ton of features. Instead, we’ve stayed focused on making the experience as simple as possible, so people of all ages can enjoy it–we even have a couple of storytellers who are over 100 years old!

One of the great joys of working on this product is that we get lovely emails from our customers every single week, but the most touching [messages we get] come from customers whose parents have passed away. One customer recently told us he would be quoting from his grandmother’s stories in her eulogy.

“Just wanted to let you know that the work you all do is so important and touches the lives of both grandparents, children and their grandchildren. My memories of my grandma are forever held because of her writing. Thank you.“

We encourage you to make it more meaningful for your family this holiday season. StoryWorth is offering $20 off for all Nixplay followers through December 31, 2018!

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5 Items You Can Add to Your Digital Scrapbook

A digital scrapbook is a great way of immortalizing your favorite experiences, especially if you’re the sentimental type. However, you may be wondering what else you can add to your new digital scrapbook apart from standard photos. There are many things you can scan and add to your digital collection of memories, which is why we’ve provided you with these digital scrapbook tips to give you some inspiration!

1. Postcards

Although postcards are becoming less and less relevant in the digital age, they still stand as a nostalgic and quaint way to remember certain landmarks, places, or countries you’ve visited. What better way to remember your trip to Paris than a picture of the Eiffel Tower or an aged postcard of the Arc De Triomphe?

2. Stamps

Stamps, whether plain or one-off editions, could make a great addition to your digital scrapbook, sparking conversation with whoever should view them. Countries all around the world still release commemorative stamps to mark special occasions such as the Olympics or the anniversary of a historical date. You can also add to your digital scrapbook the stamps from the snail mail you’ve received.

3. Tickets

There’s no way we can list items you can add to a digital scrapbook without mentioning tickets! Tickets remind us of various trips and memories from our past, such as plane tickets, train tickets, concert tickets, cinema tickets, and theatre tickets. Including tickets of significant events in your digital scrapbook is a good way to spark your memory while viewing nostalgic objects from more carefree times.

4. Drawings

Even though your digital scrapbook isn’t a traditional paper one, it doesn’t mean that you can’t scan your drawings and include them, too. They could be drawings you’ve done yourself (whatever level of artistic talent you may have) or drawings that your children or loved ones have produced. Either way, they’re sure to add some life to your digital scrapbook!

5. Notes

Handwritten notes, especially ones which relate to significant events, are a unique and interesting reminder, as well as a brilliant talking point when you have guests round. Perhaps you found a handwritten note to buy a crib before your first child was born, for instance, keeping it as a memento in your digital scrapbook forever.

Now, digital scrapbooks wouldn’t serve their purpose if they’re just gathering digital dust on your hard drive. Display your digital scrapbook on a Nixplay Frame, place it in your living room or bedroom, and watch the memories flow!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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