How To's for Preserving Your Life Stories

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What To Do with My Old Letters and Greeting Cards

There's a box of "things" that I've been moving around for years and before that, it sat in my parent's basement. A storage room purge led me to open it up. Inside the box was a bag... a bag of old letters and greeting cards. The newest letter in this bag was 36 years old and some of the messages inside had been written 45 years ago. Before you ...  Read More

What Qualities Make a Good Memoir?

The range of topics and styles in memoir writing is enormous. So to answer the question "What qualities make a good memoir?",  I decided to read customer reviews on a bunch of memoirs on Amazon.  I noted adjectives that were commonly used throughout the reviews. It was actually surprising to find the same words and phrases used to describe wildly ...  Read More

How to Write a Cookbook Memoir

Recently a friend shared with me cookbook memoir written by a friend of hers. As I looked through the pages of recipes, stories, and family photos, I knew this type of memoir would be a great fit for some of my readers, even some of us who don't consider ourselves "cooks". Many of us have memories that are either centered on or connected to the ...  Read More

Do You Have What it Takes to Write a Memoir?

Have you been thinking about preserving your life stories, but wondering if you have what it takes to write a memoir or autobiography? Most of MemoirHelper.com is geared for people who don't write professionally and are only hoping to share their stories with family, friends, and future generations. This simple exercise was designed to help ...  Read More

10 Tips for Staying Motivated!

Staying motivated through any big project can be a challenge. Whether you are recording your life stories, your family history, or putting together a special photo project, there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay motivated. Here are 10 tips you may find helpful: Define exactly what it is the you are going to accomplish and when ...  Read More

Cropping Photos for Your Project

Cropping photos allows you remove the outer portions of an image, which can have a tremendous impact. So let's explore why and how to crop photos. This image is the universal symbol for cropping. You will likely see it on any software or app that allows the editing of photos and if you haven't used it yet, you're going to love it! Today's ...  Read More

Family Photo Wreath

I came across this video on YouTube for creating a family photo wreath. It's clever, simple and it looks nice. Then I wondered if anyone would actually want to decorate with it. So of course, I asked myself that question and was surprised by my reaction when I imagined a wreath with my grandparents, parents, and other close family members. My ...  Read More

Taking Photos of Photos and Documents

Taking photos of photos and documents can save you a tremendous amount of time and money. This technique is not about perfection, but it is about getting it done! Most people won't be able to tell the difference if you learn to do this well. All you need is a digital camera, an iPhone or any smartphone that has a decent camera and of course the ...  Read More

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