This App Is Your Secret Weapon to Winning Every #TBT Ever
Say goodbye to your scanner. Oh, wait — you already did? Yeah, us too and yet there’s still a stack of things we want to capture in the cloud and then immortalize on the Internet. Namely, we want every photo taken pre-Instagram digitized so we can craft thoughtful gifts for friends and family each birthday, anniversary and beyond… and, yeah, so we can always have the right pic to post each + every Throwback Thursday.
We recently got our hands on Heirloom, a just-launched app that’s the key to making those memories actually last forever. Foreals this time. We, like probably all of you, have resorted to making it work with the occasional smartphone snap on a weekend trip home to mom’s, but be serious. That is some low quality ish that you and your Instagram followers are just better than.
Heirloom is an easy-to-use app that elevates photo scanning via smartphone so that your beautiful memories are treated as such on their journey to your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Using Heirloom, you take a picture of a photo and it finds your photo. Like, really, like, no need to spend minutes lining up your photo in a box that keeps disappearing. The app’s edge detection is flawless; you snap a picture and it finds it and crops it to the right size and it’s saved in all of its high res glory. There’s some serious genius behind this simple, but oh-so-essential action thanks to cutting edge technology normally reserved for motion graphics. Heirloom founder Eric Owski recruited Willi Geiger, who lead computer graphics teams on major blockbuster films for the last 13 years to turn Heirloom’s scanning function into something worthy of taking care of your special effects.
With Heirloom, you could go through every one of mom’s carefully organized albums, grandma’s chest of old school black + whites and any stack of pictures from disposable cameras of proms and school dances past in an afternoon. Once they’re on your phone, you can store them in albums and share socially or with fellow Heirloom users in private, invite-only groups where you can comment about how cute you
used to be are. It’s important to note that right now there’s also no storage cap (like with, say, Dropbox’s Carousel) so go crazy.
What better time to DL Heirloom on your smartphone than right before you’re about to head home for Tofurkeyday? We’re giving you permission. Ask your mom too and download the app now for free (!) on iOS and Android.
Have you ever taken on the family photo scanning project? Will you now with Heirloom in your pocket? Share below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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