Episode 120: Memory Keeping On the Go


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The Topic:

Chari from Persnickety Prints joins the panel to discuss apps and tools we use to help document on the go. We also share a little in the mail section about podcasts we are listening to. Go ahead and have a chuckle as Steph’s podcasting pet peeve comes back to haunt her. It’s pretty ironic!

Joining the Discussion:

Chari Pack (Persnickety Prints)
Peppermint Granberg
Katie Nelson

From the Mail:

Show Notes:

Picks of the Week:

Chari: Pro HDR app
Peppermint: Camera FV-5
Katie: Diptic app
Steph: Cycloramic



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48 Responses to Episode 120: Memory Keeping On the Go

  1. Kinjal says:

    I’d volunteer for Peppermint’s intern job! :D

    • Courtney M says:

      Me too! No pay needed, just access to her amazing designs!

    • Peppermint says:

      You ladies are sweet. :) I think the packaging falls under the category of things that would be difficult to outsource. I have found *great* people to help me with most of the things I can farm out, so I’m very fortunate to have them. When it comes to things like packaging, though, I think I’m the only one that I can reasonably expect to sit up into the wee hours of the night at a moment’s notice. I wouldn’t subject another human being to that unless they were related to me.

  2. Valerie says:

    I haven’t finished the episode yet, but since you were talking about podcast apps, I thought that I would tell you I use BeyondPod for subscribing to podcasts, and it’s super easy. I used to use iTunes too, and I think this is just as easy. It also syncs with chromecast.

  3. Megan W. (Glumirk) says:

    Peppermint, DH is a podcast addict and listens to them all the time on his Android. He tried a lot of apps and loves one called Pocketcasts. He downloaded it free, but they stopped updating the free version and he loved it enough he bought it. He says you can search pretty much any podcast, and if you can’t find it you just need the feed URL.

    He also said that the podcasts downloaded in iTunes show up on his Google Play app, so you may want to look into that. That’s how he found the “Are a They Geeky Enough” episode I told him to listen to since he’s interested in upgrading my computer (I should thank you guys ahead of time for the SSD and RAM he wants to buy me!)

    P.s. I always shock my computer in the winter too! Usually it’s when I’m plugging in my iPhone, and the monitor fries until I restart the computer. The other day I even grounded myself first, but I still had enough static to shock my mouse so it didn’t work for a good 30 minutes.

  4. I loved today’s episode so much that I listened to it twice, back to back, just in case I missed anything. Loved hearing recommendations about apps especially from the view of Chari, who I consider the ultimate printing guru – printing confuses me so. Can you make Chari a weekly guest??? lol

    I was so happy to hear Steph list Cycloramic as her pick of the week. My husband and I also watch Shark Tank, and I RAN to get my phone to download Cycloramic as soon as I saw the demonstration on TV.

    Great show, as always ladies. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

  5. Dayna says:

    I love Shark Tank…and I too ran to download Cycloramic. I have an iPhone 5s. Took off the case, stood it on marble and on smooth wood–both times it vibrated and seemed to struggle to turn. Maybe I wasn’t patient enough. It sure didn’t spin like it did on Shark Tank. The investors probably earned it all back in the few days after the show. That’s good money! Will check out the other apps. Good show.

  6. Courtney m says:

    Need to finish listening, but Peppermint I totally recommend Pocket casts. I’ve never had a problem finding any of my podcasts, and it’s super easy to use. I’ve been using it for 2 years now, and love it!

    But if you install the google music manager on your computer you can easily add them to your Google music folder.

    Also, Npr has a podcast ‘ask me another’ which is awesome if you like trivia, but random ready trivia.

    • Peppermint says:

      I never even thought of adding them to my Google Music account. I have the Music Manager installed, but ever since I switched to Google’s All Access music subscription I haven’t been adding to my personal library. So .. I’m totally going to do that with my Podcasts. Because I already subscribe to them in iTunes, so I hate to set it all up again.

  7. Jackie Bremer says:

    Great show Ladies! I have a few questions:
    1. PROCESS: I am confused with all the apps – what is your process: take camera from iPhone; move to Camera+ to edit; move to Collect App; send via e-mail or drop box to computer…or possibly directly download to PP. Where does Camera Roll come in – do you store edited pics there? Can you batch send?
    2. Instagram – I have been on for some time and suddenly I try to open it today and it is asking me to sign in (I think I originally signed in via Facebook). I get nervous when it asks permission…do you routinely deny? Do you always put on a has tag?
    3. Many apps are also available on iPad – Katie have you tried iPhoto on iPad? do you pay twice for apps if you download them on iPad (Collect, Pic Fram etc)?
    4. Obviously if you use the self timer you have to take the protective case off? Does it matter if you shoot vertical or horizontal? Thanks Again Ladies – lots to get your mind around!

    • Chari says:

      Hi Jackie-
      GREAT questions!
      1. Workflow is completely situational. (I know! Not a huge help!) Here’s an older (last year) iPhone workflow chart I wrote for a local magazine: http://blog.persnicketyprints.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chari_workflow.jpg
      Typically, if I need to control light (low light) OR a self timer- I use Camera+, then edit and save to camera roll for later. For high def landscapes I shoot in HD PRO. Sometimes I shoot in VSCO. Currently I have over 3,000 photos on my camera roll & I empty it about every 3 months. I always backup to dropbox. My camera roll is like “home base”. All photos end up on the roll. From there I’ll pull into PicFrame or other apps for journaling/quotes/filters. Some I use on 12×12 digital layouts, and some photos I’ll print straight out and add to a Project Life pocket page: http://distilleryimage7.ak.instagram.com/11754c38965b11e3bf70122d16cbb6a3_8.jpg
      2. I use FB to sign into most sites- it doesn’t mean it will post on your FB page. It’s really a useful way to NOT have to remember different passwords!
      3. I’ll let Katie answer this- but I’m certain you can share your iTunes account purchases on up to 3 devices.
      4. Self Timer- I leave my case on. You can shoot horizontal or vertical. You can always rotate images later in the standard iPhone Edit feature. When I want to change perspective and shoot something from the ground up, I actually turn my iPhone upside down, snap, flip it back around and the picture flips around too!

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

  8. Jackie Bremer says:

    Whoops – I should have edited – process…take photo from iPhone; move to Camera+…

  9. Courtney M says:

    Dear Chari,
    I’m working on making a photobook for an aunt. Can I tell you how much more I appreciate Persnickety Prints right now? I’m thoroughly annoyed with the way it pretends to upload a double page at a high resolution, but it’s not. So, thank you Persnickety for making printing pages so awesome and easy. I love not worrying about margins on my 12×12 pages.
    A fan!

    In other news, I loved the audio problems ;) Good thing Steph didn’t diss her Mac as well!

    • steph says:

      Haha! I thought the same exact thing!!

    • Chari says:

      Hi Courtney!
      Your Aunt will LOVE you! Books are time consuming AND regardless of who’s printing them, unless they are layflat … there will always be .25″ bleed requirements. Books aren’t my favorite for a few reasons- bleed being one. Gutter issues another… and then there’s the color variance and longevity that varies. It may be easier to just add a .5″ white border on all of your layouts for the book?

      • Courtney M says:

        A bleed would be awesome, and I really really need to look into Wendyzine’s actions for that. Luckily, I anticipated the bleed, and it was just straight up the program difficulties.

        • StudioWendy says:


          I also have some overlays that are handy if you just want to check a layout and see if you left enough room for bleed. That’s what I use myself.

          I’d be frustrated too if I couldn’t upload a full resolution image! Hope you get that one solved.

  10. Deirdre says:

    I just paused the show to post this comment, though it is probably too late already for Peppermint’s roadtrip with her mom. I did a lot of research to find an app to play podcasts without using iTunes on our ipad (because it sucks up all our memory), and decided on Downcast. I think LifeHacker had a big write up—it’s free and allows you to choose how many for it to save, when to delete, etc. I love it because then I still have iTunes on my computer with ALL the episodes, but just the latest two on my ipad.

    Also—my latest podcast love is “By the way, in conversation with Jeff Garlin” a comedian you might know from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Just him and a favorite comedian of his having a casual chat, which are often hilarious. I just listened to the one with Amy Poehler and was dying laughing. I also think you’d like 99% Invisible, which is about design. And BBC radio’s In Our Time with Bertrand Russell is a good random one. Katie, our family loves “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” too:)

    Okay, back to your show…

  11. Listening to the show now :) My husband has an Android and listens to a lot of the same podcasts I do (I have an iPhone) using the Double Twist app.

  12. Sarah Walker says:

    Hey Ladies,

    Before I ask my question, I have to comment that I have been a subscriber for a few years and have many playbooks (and PDFs) to upload on my iPad. I’ve never looked at the Playbooks you create … until now!! I was blown away with the indepth help and links you provide. As a teacher, I get really excited to learn more. I only wish I had a way to capture all the layouts that motivate me without bookmarking – hmmm… still trying to figure that out.

    My question is about being “on the go” but in a different way. I am visiting my mom for a few weeks and every time I come, I have a bunch of scrapbooking to catch up on! I just signed up with iDisk for EHD backup and was sad to see that I couldn’t easily access my supplies. I can’t imagine you scrapbook on vacations BUT if you were to advise someone who does, what is the most efficient way to bring along supplies?


    • Courtney M says:

      I think it depends on how long the vacation is, what your equipment is, and what you want to accomplish. If you know you want to use a certain kit, maybe a large flash drive would work? You could put the zipped file on it, and then unzip it where you are scrapping.

      Of course, you can always download the current months digi files if you have internet :)

      When I go to my mom’s, I take my laptop. I have pictures from the last two years, as well as pretty much all my kits (I have to offload some soon, so I’ll offload the ones I don’t use as much). When I finish a year, I’ll offload the photos. But that works for me because I have a dedicated laptop with my PSE installed.

    • StudioWendy says:

      I carry my laptop and a portable EHD with me when I travel. My portable EHD has a copy of all my complete kits on it. If I knew I needed something else (ie. templates) I’d add it on there. But, it’s just a backup copy, so if something were to happen to the drive, it would be no big deal.

    • Peppermint says:

      Laptop and a portable EHD for me, too! I used to try to sync all my scrapbooking supplies and photos to the portable EHD everytime we traveled, but then I started to acknowledge the fact that my eyes are usually bigger than my stomach (so to speak) when it comes to “catching up on things while on vacation”. I always think I’ll have more downtime than I actually do. So eventually I stopped spending time syncing everything up and would just add recent photos and some products I wanted to use.

  13. Mary-Kay Tilden says:

    I’ve looked and looked and can’t seem to find an app on Android that is as good as Collect or Notica and have had no luck. Has anyone found something that can do anything similar? LOVING the show as usual!!!

    • Chari says:


      We’re always being asked if there’s a similar app for Android… when I find one, I’ll be sure to let you know!

  14. Sallie says:

    Can Chari be on every week? :)

    Panoramas: I have been doing panos since PhotoShop 7. My goodness, PS has come a long way since then. Did you know that you can not only take the photos sideways but also stack them. In Bryce Canyon I did a pano that was 4 across by 4 high. PS took all 16 photos and magically stitched it all together correctly. I currently have PS5 and it even blends all of the exposures so they seam together perfectly. I have even used more photos for a pano and PS puts them together everytime. I like to use .jpg instead of Raw for panos, because the processing time for RAW just about causes my computer to spontaneously combust, haha.

    We are on a trip right now and I have taken a few panos but forgot to take a photo of my hand in between panos so I will have to study the photos to separate out each series because the vista around here is similar.

    Podcasts: I am such an addict to any podcast about scrapbooking of any kind! Paperclipping was not mentioned and I still love it. Either I learn something or it just makes me giggle that digi is so much easier and above all not messy or a room hog. BTW, I am NOT bashing paper. I love to make adorable mini books for gifts.

    It always makes me so happy when a new show is posted and starts downloading onto my iPod. Thanks tons for your work. Plus the first day of each month is my happy day and time to download my treasures for the month.

    • Chari says:

      Ahhhh– thanks Sallie! It always amazes me how much new content Steph, Peppermint & Katie come up with! Every show is new and cutting edge!
      Thanks for your tips on panoramic’s in PS – I need to play in PS more! It’s a little sad, but editing on my phone is much more convenient:)
      Every single day at our lab, we’re helping local customers organize either weddings or funerals. We’re scanning photos for videos or enlargements. All I know is that we are making it REALLY easy for our people to throw our going away party! Hurray for digital!

    • Courtney M says:

      I listen to Paperclipping sometimes. But often, I find myself yelling at them “It’s easier in Digi!” or “It’s not messy!” or my favorite, “You don’t need tons of square footage when it’s all bits and bytes on your computer!”

      I’m not bashing paper, I just wish I’d switched to digi sooner!

      • Chari says:

        I STILL don’t have a craft room!

        • Courtney M says:

          I don’t have one anymore. I used to with paper, but it did double duty as an office, and collection for every bit of paper that come in the house. And the requisite crayons, coloring books, and other little kid crafts that come with it.

  15. Sallie says:

    Chari, BTW I am local! Just over the point of the mtn. from you. When you are on, it is so helpful to have your point of view. After all, digi is ALL about printing!

    That is so interesting that you mention funerals, just the other day I was pondering the photos for mine. :) or should it be :( haha

    • Chari says:

      I kid you not- I feel like I’ve got my funeral planned in my head! I mean- it seems like it is MY next big event! Sad! But hey- I’m prepared!

  16. StudioWendy says:

    I love Debbie’s new podcast. It’s called Give Your Photos Stories and I had a little trouble finding it at first. She picks a topic and each guest picks a photo and they discuss what stories come out of that photo. It’s really fun to get insight into the types of stories each photo can evoke. And I just think it’s fun to listen to other people’s stories! I use Downcast to manage my podcasts. I like it because it auto-downloads new episodes twice a day (you can control how often). Right now, here’s my playlist… I have a few favs that always remain, but I often remove a bunch and search for new ones, and then binge listen.

    Capturing Magic
    Design Matters with Debbie Millman
    Foolish Adventure
    Marketing for Founders
    Podcast of Interest
    Podcasters Roundtable
    Adventures in Arting
    Beyond Ink
    Beyond the To Do List
    The Candid Frame
    Capture Your 365
    Daily Digi Digest
    Digi Show
    Give Your Photos Stories
    Layout A Day
    Mac Power Users
    NPR Story Corps
    ONCE: Once Upon A Time Podcast
    The Once Upon A Time Podcast
    Paperclipping Roundtable
    TedTalks Art
    This Memory Keepers Life
    The Wired Homeschool Technology
    Wonderland Once Upon A Time

  17. Alexandra says:

    Not quite finished with the show either; I listen while I commute so I will get the second half on the way home. Just wanted to comment on favorite podcasts. I think the penultimate podcast is Desert Islands Discs with Kirsty Young. She has the most mellifluous voice and does an amazing job interviewing a wide range of guests. I always learn something listening to those. For the serious techy, Scott Hanselman’s Hanselminutes makes coding interesting. In a completely different direction, there is Rich Roll’s podcast about plant-powered wellness and fitness.

    I love The Digi Show and am so grateful you produce this great show for us each week. Thanks ladies.

  18. L Squared says:

    I’m going to give the collect app another try. We are expecting our first in May so I’ve been loving the O Baby app that Peppermind suggested a while back. I went ahead and got the plus version for myself.

    I’m wondering where people have ordered custom iPhone cases from & been happy with the mix of quality and price.

  19. L Squared says:

    When using the collect app – what prints on the export? I’m interested in starting to use it for PL but does what I type in the title and description fields export or just some of it?

  20. Krisi says:

    Loved the show – so many great apps and podcast information.

    Wanted to share the ones I listen to (which I do when cleaning, on the computer or driving):

    In no particular order (except the ones at the bottom I don’t listen to as often):

    The Digi Show
    Dave Ramsey
    3 Moms and a Mouse
    The PassPorter Moms
    Stories of the Magic
    WDW 4 Families
    WDW Prep to go
    WDW Radio
    Generation Mouse
    (yes we are planning a WDW trip …. some of these may go away after)
    The Daily Digi Digest
    Capture your 365
    Taking Control – the organizing podcast (in 1.5 or 2x speed – anyone else listen to some podcasts faster than “normal”)
    Sunday School Bonanza
    Beyond the To-Do List
    The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes
    Engaging Gospel Doctrine
    Entre Leadership

    BUT … would love to see what you guys are listening to and add some other ones too.

  21. Michelle says:

    I had to empathize with Peppermint when she was talking about not being able to sync her podcasts. I had an android and could not get the digi show to download on my phone and it wouldn’t play from the browser either. I subscribed to the podcast on my iPad, but I like to listen as I clean or when I am in the car and hardly ever found time to listen. I got an iPhone for Valentine’s day and I cannot believe the difference it makes with listening to podcasts!

  22. Denice Lingen says:

    You guys totally rock!! I listened to this episode during my workout today, and I’ve now spent ALL AFTERNOON looking at iPhone apps!! And THANK YOU for putting links in the show notes for all of those apps that were mentioned during the discussion, but that were not picks! I was thinking I was going to have to listen to the whole show again and write everything down, but I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at your website and found them all there in a nice list! Awesome!!
    Also, regarding the Collect app – if anyone is interested, I noticed that if I export my cards to flickr, whatever I typed on the back of the card becomes the caption of the photo, and the keywords export with it as well. I haven’t played with it enough yet, but I’m quite sure there’s a way to download from flickr with keywords and descriptions intact. I’m like Peppermint; I use apps for short periods of time, and their usefulness is often limited by whether or not the things I change are actually saved with the photo and can be accessed by other programs. I know Collect is iphone only – sorry! – but I thought someone would want to know.

  23. Amy says:

    A memory keeping app I’m loving right now is Heyday. It was a recommendation by Ana Cabrera on Papperclipping Roundtable. It uses the navigation feature on my iphone to keep track of where I’ve been throughout the day – every day, without me doing anything. If I take a pict with my phone, it puts it with that location in the app. At the end of the week(month, year) I can look back and remember where I was and usually what we did. You can add journaling and comments if you want to help keep track too. It is a great app that remembers for me!

  24. Katie Scott says:

    I don’t comment over here all that often but I do listen every week! Just wanted to pop in to say this paper scrapbooker still loves The Digi Show. Thanks for all you do.
    :) Katie Scott.

  25. Aino says:

    Hi there! Great show as usual.
    Just wanted to drop by and say that I am also an Android user and I have used several podcast apps.
    The one I currently use is supersimple AND searches iTunes. It is called Podcast Addict and has easily found all podcasts searched for.
    I generally download episodes, put them in the player and they play continuously.
    The smallest and easiest podcast player I have used. AND it searches iTunes (which I happen to use on my PC.) ;)
    Take care. ~Aino.

  26. Tiffany says:

    What a perfectly timed episode! I just returned from a 10 day Disney World/Disney Cruise trip, and had such fun trying out all of the scrapbooking on the go apps on the airplane and during our between-parks downtime! I listened to the episode once before I left and once on the plane while I was playing! So much fun! My niece just loved a sparkly page I created for her with her photo with Princess Aurora..it was so cool to scrapbook with my iPad while I was still on vacation…thanks! And a special thanks to Chari for her blog post on the book she created on the go…so many great ideas there!

    And I’m so glad you answered my podcast question! It’s great to have some new ones to help me get through my housework :)

    You guys are the best!
    ~Tiffany in NH