Vacation Video Using 1-Second Everyday App

Mr. P and I just got back from two weeks in Spain!

After our crazy trip around the world, I wanted to take it really easy.  That meant taking fewer pictures and relaxing.  But I couldn’t resist trying a new cool way of documenting our trip.

The 1 Second Everyday App

The 1 Second Everyday App is available for both iOS and Android.  Traditionally, this app has been used to snap 1 second of video for every day.  I’ve seen some really cool videos and love how the app makes everyday life really amazing.  In addition to the everyday mode, it has a “freestyle” mode that allows you to mash several seconds over one or more days.

Using Freestyle Mode to Document Our Trip

I snapped tons of videos on the trip.  It was really fun!  I took videos of things I wouldn’t normally take pictures of.

Originally, I shot the videos through the app itself.  Before we even got to our first city (of course I was filming on the plane), some of my videos would mysteriously disappear and reappear.  I switched to shooting videos using my phone’s camera app and decided to load them into the 1SE app and trim them later.  This meant that all of my videos were backed up on Google Photos (awesome) but caused some major headaches with the 1SE app later (not awesome).

Some Really Buggy Editing

I waited until I got home to trim all the videos.  I watched and deleted several of them first.  I sat on the couch thinking I could get the editing done in one night.  Wrong.

The app was SUPER buggy.  I would trim 2-3 videos, then the last two would disappear.  This happened over and over again, editing about 3 videos to lose two.  It was incredibly frustrating.  I almost gave up on it but I really wanted to see the final product.

What Did I Think?

It’s hard to say.  Finding things to shoot on the trip was really fun.  I loved that I got things I would never have taken pictures of (like the bus).  I love the movement that the video shows.  It triggers memories of the trip that are very different feelings than if I looked at pictures.

Still, editing was a big pain in the ass and I’m not sure I’d do it again.  Your results may vary of course.  Enjoy the video above.  Would you try this?


Scrapbook Layout: 2007 Recipes

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The Story: Mr. P and I cook a lot.  When we save favorite recipes, I try to note the year we first made them.  I really do that just for fun but put it to good use here in a layout.

Some Not Pictured: I didn’t have pictures of all the recipes, so I included some pictures and elsewhere I just listed recipe names.

Pictures from Various Years: Just because we first made something in ’07 doesn’t mean I got a picture of it back then.  I went through a ton of my “food & drink” tagged pictures from over the years to find these.

Recipe Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Nevis, Century Gothic, Pacifico, Klinic Slab Book | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook(scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: none.

What Do You Do with Your Photos?

Thesis Notebook and Notes by Natalie Parker

Three years ago, I became a graduate student.

I’m nearing the end of my journey to become an archivist / information scientist and I’ve shared small bits with you along the way.  I’m finished with my coursework and am working at how to top it all off so they’ll give me a diploma.  At this moment, I’m working on a research proposal.

Should I Write a Thesis?

A thesis isn’t mandatory to finish my program, but I found a topic that I’m really curious about.  I never ever ever thought I would be interested in original research.

A thesis is a lot of work.  That work would take me from this space more often and prevent me from doing other projects and things in my personal life.  Being constrained by school these last three years really makes me grumpy, no matter what I’m studying.  It hasn’t been easy — I am still working full time, pursuing my creative passions, and committing to writing here.

On the other hand, I am really interested in this topic and I feel like not pursuing it would be shortchanging myself.  Who knows where it will lead?  Not doing something because it’s hard isn’t the person I want to be.

What’s the Topic?

I’ve been studying personal digital archiving.  I want to study what people want to do with their photos.  I’ve done enough research to know that people are losing their digital belongings all the time.  But, research is starting to show that no matter how much we value these digital belongings and how much we know that we need to get organized so nothing gets lost, we aren’t doing anything about it.  In other words, you can’t shame someone into taking care of their stuff.  Saving everything doesn’t work either (at least not with current software).  I wonder if we can take a different approach and figure out what people want and taking that information to make the situation better.

What Does this Have to Do With the Blog?

I’ve been so amazed how everything I learn at school relates back to memory keeping.  You can even say my degree is in memory keeping.  I’ve shared what acid free paper means, the deterioration of paper, how the value of our memories is directly related to their accessibility, and more.  I’m going to keep taking bits and pieces and sharing them with you when I think they can help us learn how to be better memory keepers.

Plus, I’m trying to inject a little more of myself in this space.  I usually don’t talk about decisions until after they are made.  But, I figured I’d tell the internet so it would keep me honest when I decide.

Click here to read all of my archives-related posts.

The Different Ways We Keep Memories

FreeSTockPhotoPencils“The impulse to record, to collect, to store, and organize information is part of our nature as human beings.”Alyce Scott

Neat quote, isn’t it?  I’m taking a class from her this semester.

I’ve been thinking about the different ways we keep memories.  We are all memory keepers, we just each have our own way of doing it.

Some of us scrapbook.  Some of us use social media, some blog.   Some use oral history.

I started thinking about this when Mr. P and I were visiting some college friends.  It never fails when we are with this group — the same stories get told.  I could use a checklist to tick off each one as it happens each time we see each other.

The thing is, telling and retelling stories is just another way of storing information, of keeping memories.  In fact, keeping memories through oral history was the way things were done before us humans started writing things down.

Mr. P understands scrapbooking is my hobby and memory keeping is just something I have to do.  I understand to sit back and smile when it’s time for his stories.

What about you?  How do different people in your life keep their memories?

Image courtesy Rachael Smith via Creative Commons license.

Fun With Archival Theory

Scholarly Articles by Natalie ParkerI’m knee deep in readings for a summer class (learning even more about archives).  I’m always amused when I find bits of reading that are really applicable to scrapbooking.  Or is it that I have memory keeping on the brain all the time?

Here are some bits from my readings.  They relate to archival theory, but I think you will find them very pertinent:

… biography can only be captured — brought alive in the present — through placing its ‘single subject’ in relationship to other people.  (McKemmish, 2005 – paraphrasing biographer Richard Holmes)

What do I take from that?  Context matters.  The author was making an argument that records “live” and constantly take on more value as new records are placed with them.  The more context, the richer a record is.  You will always see me arguing for more context in scrapbooks.

Human beings are the sum of their memories.  The nature of their interaction with other humans, indeed their very identity, is determined by their memories. (Cunningham, 2005)

We tell stories for ourselves — to help keep us alive. (McKemmish, 2005 – quoting Thomas King)

I thought these bits were interesting because I always wonder sometimes why I’m compelled to scrapbook.  The truth is that we all keep memories in some form or another as part of the human experience.  I just choose to use this method.


Adrian Cunningham, “Archival Institutions,´in Sue McKemmish, Michael Piggott, Barbara Reed, and Frank Upward. Archives: Recordkeeping in Society. Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.: Charles Sturt University, 2005
Sue McKemmish, “Traces: Document, Record, Archive, Archives.” In Sue McKemmish,
Michael Piggott, Barbara Reed, and Frank Upward. Archives: Recordkeeping in Society. Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.: Charles Sturt University, 2005.
Sue McKemmish, Shannon Faulkhead, and Lynette Russell. “Distrust in the Archives:
Reconciling Records.” Archival Science 11, no. 3/4 (2011): 211-239.

The Value of Information

Value of Information

In my ever-abundant spare time, I moonlight as a master’s student.

Yep, I’m getting a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.  I’m focusing on archives and information organization.  I’m a little over halfway done with  my coursework.

What does this have to do with memory keeping?  Everything, actually.

It’s really interesting to see how my experience as a memory keeper affects my opinions on information management issues.  Conversely, I’m learning a lot of concepts that really apply to scrapbooking.

Here is something I learned in my Records Management class this semester:

The value of information is directly related to its accessibility. 

I couldn’t agree more.  Consider photos locked away on your phone or hard drive.  Keepsakes in a closet.  They mean so much more if people can look at them.

On that note, I just finished my finals for this semester.  I can’t wait to have more time to scrapbook!