As we continue to grow in size and volumes (of users) at Digital Masterpieces, a fundamental part of our company’s values are about understanding our users well and how we can provide the best-in-quality apps for them. With that, we cultivated a practise of constantly connecting with our users – keeping the user-centric values of the company in continuity – but what we have enjoyed the most is getting to know our users from all walks of life, and today, we would like to feature, Nina Lewis, where we chanced on her blog one fine day as she featured the BeCasso App. Enjoy the interview!
Tell us more about yourself!
I’m Nina Lewis, a 68-year-old retired grandma to 10 awesome grandkids (and mother to 3 fantastic kids.) My husband and I live on 2 acres near Salem, Utah, U.S.A.
I enjoy growing flowers and trees and shrubs, reading, traveling, and doing long-arm quilting. I love spending time with my family and especially doing crafts, baking, playing games, and reading to my grandkids.
Moreover, we are extremely curious: how did you first come across our app(s)?
Since I’m always on the lookout for ideas, I hang out with Pinterest and Google. A lot. One day (I can’t remember how), I stumbled across those apps. Oh happy day! I was enamored with them, sure that we would become BFFs.
And I was right.
We found you off the interwebs where we stumbled upon your blog featuring our app! Could you tell us more about how the idea of starting a blog began, and why you created your blog?
When I found out that my husband and I were going to become grandparents, I was elated! I squealed with delight. I jumped for joy. I turned cartwheels. (Well, at least figuratively speaking.) Because I loved my grandmothers, I couldn’t wait until I became one myself. Shortly afterward finding out about our soon-to-arrive grandchild, I booted up my computer and searched for ideas on the Internet for fun things that a grandmother could do with her grandchildren. Do you know how much I found? Zip. Nada. Diddly squat.
What I did find was post after post ad nauseam of women distressed over what they wanted their grandchildren to call them — Mimi, Oma, Nanna, Grammy, Memaw. And posts agonizing that they felt far too young to be a grandmother. I was FAR more concerned about what my grandchildren and I would do together!
Being a lover of technology, I decided that I would remedy the situation and create a website that had lots of ideas of activities that grandmothers and grandchildren could do together that would strengthen their relationship. Thus, my website GrandmaIdeas.com was born.
Example of images edited by Nina using BeCasso.
How do you feel about our app(s) ? Did it enhance your life, or the way you create crafts in a new way? Tell us more!🙂
I’m overflowing with ideas of what I can do with my creations from these apps: print on playing cards to give to friends, a picture for my bedroom, and a luggage tag for my suitcase. I can’t wait to make them all.
And, everyone knows that when kids become teenagers, finding something appealing for them to do is a conundrum. BeCasso and Oilbrush came to my rescue! Now, we take pictures (using our cell phones) and then turn those pictures into beautiful masterpieces using these wonderful apps.
Nina’s favourite Oilbrush edits and the original input photo.
We understand through your blog that your focus is all about ideas for family bonding, so if you had an advice for homemakers and grandparents like yourself to create more family moments through crafts, what would you like to tell them?
I have 3 criteria for the things I do with my grandkids: it’s gotta be cheap, quick, easy. That’s my motto. Many grandmas are on a fixed income. Many are pressed for time. Many felt that they lacked crafting skills. (Plus, kids don’t have a long attention span.) Everything I do has to fit within those parameters.
I have one piece of advice for grandparents — and really any parent. Be intentional about making time to do things with your grandkids (or kids). Don’t just mosey through life passively taking it as it comes along. If you do, unimportant things will fill up your days and weeks. Don’t let that happen. Make a conscious effort to spend time with your grandkids because building strong families is of the utmost importance.