Scrapbooks, photos and home videos are the traditional ways of preserving and keeping precious memories; yet, oftentimes, these scrapbook projects and memory cards full of photos and videos sit collecting dust. Alternatively, today’s tech allows you to capture and share special moments with the entire family. Here are just a few apps and tools that can make it happen:
iPad Mini 3
Point-and-shoot camera technology has come a long way over the past decade. Today, you and your kids can easily navigate your way around some of the most advanced camera technology without having to read through extensive instruction manuals. For example, the camera on the iPad Mini 3 boasts a 7.9-inch retina display, and the 5-megapixel iSight camera technology was designed to help you capture memories at a moment’s notice. The viewfinder makes framing photos easy, and you can even capture high-quality video of your baby’s first steps or your daughter’s first homerun.
Storing your family photos is now much easier thanks to digitization and cloud storage. While some cloud storage services charge hefty fees, Flickr gives users one terabyte of free storage, which is enough even if you can’t seem to stop taking pictures of your baby in every cute outfit he has. Flickr is available on both Apple and Android devices.
Nikon Coolpix S1000
The family experts from Parenting Mag cite the Nikon Coolpix S1000 as one of the top digital cameras. Why? Its built-in projector feature lets you display your photos with the push of a button, anytime and anywhere. This Nikon model is the first camera with this type of built-in technology. It also has a 12.1-megapixel resolution, which enables you to print photos as large as 16-by-20 without diminishing the quality. Projecting your photos at a family dinner or reunion is the perfect way to share your family’s memories with your relatives. And, young kids will love seeing photos of themselves projected onto a wall.
Leave the mess behind and bring your scrapbook into the digital age with Smilebox. Simply download Smilebox onto your computer and start designing. It’s compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems, and you don’t need an Internet connection to work on your project. Choose from more than 100 layouts, and customize your scrapbook with embellishments, photo edits and a journaling option to add captions. There’s even an option to customize your scrapbook by occasion, such as school, sports, weddings, reunions, holidays and travel. After you’re finished, share your scrapbook via email and Facebook with your friends and family, or print it at home or in store.
While you might always be behind the lens snapping photos, your children will likely express interest in taking their own photos. ToonCamera, an app available on all iOS devices, makes taking pictures fun by turning photos into comics with a cartoon filter lens. After a photo is taken, you and your kids can save and share your pictures. And the easy-to-use editing tools help your kids fine tune their photography skills.