About MODjot

What's up with the name?

We used to be www.PhotosPlusWords.com. It was a long URL to type. Which takes me to the first thing to know: MODjot is all about making things simple and a lot easier to do.

The MOD part of the name is short for modern and modifying—as in using modern tools and techniques to modify your photos and words in creative ways. The jot part of the name is all about stories and keeping your memories from vanishing into oblivion (jot that down!).

MODjot is about turning your memories into modern stories. But, let me back up a bit.

You know that feeling when you want to do something more with your photos, but it's a bit overwhelming to get started?

Me too. I know how hard it is to get started (or restart), stay organized, and find creative time. Likewise, I know that when you gather together your photos and words, turn them into a story, and share that story with others, it's deeply connecting. I can see myself in your story. You can see yourself in mine. Our common stories bring us closer.

Even if you keep your stories to yourself, creating them helps you remember (and, sometimes, discover), celebrate, and calibrate your life. Reflecting on the journey—the easy parts, the hard parts, and everything in between—can help you grow into a better version of yourself. It's powerful stuff. Plus, holding your story in your hands summons some pretty awesome emotions as you remember the events of the story.

Which is why the mission at MODjot is world domination through storytelling.

Hah! I'm kidding. For realsie, my aim is to provide high-quality supplies, tools, and encouragement in a way that makes storytelling easy and fun.

Supplies and the supplies library were built to suit:

  • your time
  • your creative appetite
  • your storytelling and design intentions.

Further, it's all been designed to help you:

  • document what matters
  • be organized (make the tools do the "lifting")
  • combine your photos and words in creative ways

...all so that your important experiences and what they mean to you aren’t lost or forgotten.
(We can focus on world domination later.)

Who is Liz?

Liz Ness lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the geeky engineer-turned-photographer-turned-visual-storyteller behind MODjot. A former writer for Photoshop Elements Techniques Magazine (and blog) and a freelance graphic artist, Liz is eager to share stories and some of her favorite tricks, tips, and tools of the trade with you.

Super power: Though Liz is often flummoxed by fashion and what to have for dinner, she finds it easy to beat the 1 in 10,000 odds of finding four-leaf clovers (and is beginning to wonder if that’s a made-up statistic).

Also, Liz thinks it's funny to talk about herself in the third-person.