Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saving Memories Forever {Mosaic Review}

I have family members who tell the most hilarious stories!  There is nothing worse than sitting down and trying to re-tell that story to someone else and forgetting the details, or worse, the punchline!  Saving Memories Forever is an new app that is designed to help you record your family history and save it to be enjoyed for generations!

From their website:  "Have you ever wished you could remember your parents’ stories about their childhood? Do you have relatives who you only see once in awhile, but whose stories you’d love to capture and keep? Have you planned to write down your family history, but just haven’t had the time? Saving Memories Forever helps families record, save, and share family memories 'one story at a time'". 

Saving Memories Forever was developed by husband and wife team Harvey and Jane Baker.  About 20 years ago they assembled their family tree but soon after realized that there were holes in their history!  They felt like, on paper, they didn't really get to know their relatives.  Their stories were still untold.  They wanted the ability to listen to their family members crack their famous jokes.  From this desire Saving Memories Forever was developed.

Isn't this program such a great idea?  I had a lot of fun playing with it and I'm glad I have an opportunity to share how it works with my readers!

The program is in 2 parts.  You will need a smart phone to use the program and you will need a computer to manage the stories that you record.

I have an iPhone but this product is available for Android devices as well.   So, the first thing to do is go download the free Saving Memories Forever app.  The app is simple to use, it will walk you through the process to record and download stories.

Start by opening the app on your phone:

Click the Get Started button, it will walk you through a simple set up:

Next you add your Storytellers.  In addition to myself, I added both my girls!  Once you type them in, you can add a photo.  

Once you have chosen your storyteller you choose which era of life this story will fall into.  I had my kids record some stories so I chose Childhood.

Next it gives you a list of questions that you can answer, or if you scroll down further there is an option for "other."  

Here I have chosen the question, "What did you want to be when you grew up?"  Hit record when your storyteller is ready to talk and stop when you are done.  It is so easy!  It will give you the option to playback before you submit it as a final recording.  Upon hitting submit it will also give you the option to share it on Facebook.
My kids LOVED hearing themselves and I can't imagine how precious it will be to have their adorable little voices saved forever tell me stories.

Now, once you have submitted your story you will go to the website to manage them, share them, attach documents or transcripts, etc.

It really is a very simple, easy-to-use way to record your favorite memories!  We are loving it and I can't wait until I get a chance to record some other family members!

Interested in getting started?  Visit SavingMemoriesForever.com to watch a great how-to video, download the app, or set up your account!  The Saving Memories Forever app download is free and they offer a limited use free version that you can try out but to get the full benefit of the Saving Memories Forever app you can pay only $3.99 per month or an annual fee of $40.00 to enjoy unlimited storytellers, stories and more.

Thanks for stopping by and hearing about the fun we are having with Saving Memories Forever!  My friends at Mosaic Reviews also reviewed the Saving Memories Forever app.  To see their thoughts on this fun family history tool visit mosaicreviews.com:

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