Put the off-the-wall things your kids say on your walls. When one of their precious sayings pop up, capture it with Little Hoots—a favorite of photographers Ryan and Ashley Swartz. Once your kid's words have been recorded, Little Hoots will customize the frame-able quote with an illustration or put it on a magnet so you can remember it with a smile every day.
As convenient as it is having digital technology to capture memories, it's often nice to see them in old-fashioned print, too. Thanks to Felt, you can create stationery or accordion-style "story frame" cards using photos from your phone. Plus, the program also lets you include hand-written notes to narrate the pictures. Send them along to family or friends, or just display them around the house.
Gone are the days of needing fancy editing programs to make a video montage. Thanks to Splice, you can effortlessly make family movies from your phone while having the options of adding captions, music and sound effects. Besides giving you a fun way to compile the memories from a family vacation, you're bound to get some very rare tech-cred from your kids.
For those memories you want to keep near and dear to your heart, transform them into jewelry with the help of Hot Mint. Whether it's a homemade "Get Well" card or your child's first drawing of your family, upload the artwork on the Hot Mint website, select the jewelry you would prefer (a pendant or a charm), review the proof and wear with pride.
Wish you had the time to download pictures from your phone, upload them onto your computer and spend five hours creating a photo book? Let Nowvel do all the work for you. Their "2-Minute Photo Book" will automatically curate and assemble your favorite memories from your phone or your Instagram into a book made of high-quality, eco-friendly paper for a flat $20. Your only job is to capture the memories.
Giving you "memory-making" prompts to ask your kids, the OneDayInstant Movie Maker helps you document their candid responses to questions ranging from what super power they'd like to have to talking about their favorite toy of the moment. The app automatically compiles the footage together and adds music to make fun videos you'll want to watch over and over again.
For a crafty, DIY way to document a year's worth of memories, place a "memory jar" in the kitchen with scraps of colorful paper and a pen close by. Each time a family member has a memory he wants to save, write it down and place in the jar. At the end of the year, gather 'round to reminisce and giggle over the memories you've made and collected as a family.
To encourage you to note new details about your kids'ever-evolving personalities, there's Qeepsake. The app, which officially launched in March of 2016, will send you a thought-provoking question each day about your child via text message. Text back and it will add the memory or anecdote you've texted into an online journal.
With the harried busyness of everyday life, it's sometimes easy to overlook the little things that bring us joy—watching siblings play together or hearing your child giggle as she and the dog run around the yard. Photo 365 encourages you to capture a moment from each day and documents the photos in calendar-form, so you can see how many wonderfully small memories can happen in a year.
In addition to being an all-in-one memory keeper that stores photos, videos and notes, Keepy offers a secure way of sharing them with close family and friends who can leave video, voice and text comments. Keepy is also a terrific tool for archiving your child's artwork or schoolwork (along with the option of providing more details about the piece with voice narration) so you can minimize the growing piles of paper around the house—guilt-free.
Since some of the best memories often revolve around food, document your favorite family meals and recipes as you stumble upon them. With the new cookbook builder, Cookbook Café by Bake Space, family members can add recipes or favorite meals from vacations or special events into an e-book or an iPad app that can be cooked again (and enjoyed again) in the future.
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