Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Summer Bucket List

bucket I wrote an article in my last newsletter about keeping a summer bucket list to try and ensure that we make time for fun this summer. It tends to slip away far too quickly.

One thing I put on my list that, according to my DH, should NOT be there, is to take a picture of something every day.  Those of you who participate in Project Life and Project 365 will be very familiar with this idea, but it is new to me.

The biggest problem with this is that I already take FAR too many pictures.  Now, I already hear someone saying, "There's no such thing." But, my hard drive begs to differ.  Despite having a 640 Gb disk, it is still over 70% full.  Earlier this year it was at 90%.  I will admit to having had over 20,000 pictures in iPhoto.  It's a wonder that my computer worked at all!

So, I went Pro - Flickr Pro - to be exact.  For only $25 a year, I can get unlimited uploads.  That means all 20,000 of my pictures will be safely stored off-site.  Yes, I am a bit paranoid.  I have a Time Machine backup and most of my pictures are also saved on CDs, but that won't help if a tornado comes through!  Now I have 9,644 pictures on nicely organized and safely stored on Flickr. And only 11,808 more to go...

All of this is great (and no, I don't get paid for saying so), but it does not address a very cool feature I just discovered about my Flickr account: the archives  feature. I know it sounds like a boring computer thing, but check out this screen shot I took of my photos from June 2012.  How cool is this?

My Flickr Pictures for Summer - so far.
It is definitely going to be in my 2012 scrapbook.

If you want to use this, you have to start from Your photostream  and then you can select Archives.  Once you get there, you will have a choice to select the whether you want the pictures you've uploaded for a given month or the pictures taken on a given month. Make sure you select the pictures taken option if you want a cool calendar reminder of what happened that month.

It seems the Flickr will choose the last picture taken on the day to show, but if you want to change that, you can always go and change the time of the picture you want to see on the calendar.  It's a bit clunky, but it works.

Do you know any other cool Flickr features that are especially good for scrapbookers? If so, please share.

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