100 Days project … the warm up

OK, it’s really not the warm up…I thought it started today, not tomorrow.  AT ANY rate, I have been doing something creative every day so far in 2018 (I’ve missed one day).  I have however, not been documenting it.  So to add another layer of complexity to my life I am going to be participating in the #The100DayProject for the first time… I will be sharing my daily posts on Instagram, but I have to say probably not posting every day here, because that would be rather redundant BUT maybe several process posts ?  I’m not sure yet.  But for NOW 18-04-02-Halloween-1973-WEBI give you Halloween ca. 1973.  Charlie is in the middle flanked by his sisters.  I’ve been working on a Halloween through the years album.  The plan is to have as many generations as possible and so far I’ve got some layouts done of our girls, Charlie as a kid, and Charlie and I as adults.  I have photos of Charlie’s parents as young marrieds having a halloween party and somewhere there has to be photos of me (because there are so many the odds are in my favor).   So that’s been a fun little project on which to work.  A bit of warm up for the next 100 days.

I’m anticipating that my something creative will continue to be a mix of knitting, sewing, photo editing and scrapbooking.  I’m not sure if gardening will count if it ever finally warms up!  We’ll see how it goes.

 

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James M. Triggs b. June 4, 1871

I’m doing some family history research while managing the trove of family photos and documents so juuuuust leaving this right here so I can find it later…

Myrtle Datesman Triggs

Myrtle Datesman Triggs, my great grandmother

James M Triggs 1871-Studio Portrait circa 1915

James M Triggs My Great Grandfather

 

 

James M Triggs.  One of the men who have had a prominent part in upbuilding industries in Huntington and making good the motto of the city, is James M. Triggs, the founder and manager of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company.  Mr. Triggs started this business in 1907, when the company was incorporated with a capital of $30,000 under the name of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company.  It is a large and important industry.  The plant is in a building one hundred and thirty two by one hundred and forty feet, two stories in height, and equipped with the latest machinery, all the power being electric motors.  The payroll is distributed among some sixty employees, and the company manufacture furnaces, coal chutes, garbage receivers, and builders specialties.  The output is distributed all over the United States.  The business is on a solid basis of commercial success, and its stock holders enjoy large dividends on the capital invested.

Mr Triggs besides being manager is secretary and treasurer, and Peter Martin is vice president, while the president of the company is W. W. Hawley.

 

James M. Triggs was born in Jackson county, Michigan, June 4, 1871, representing an old family in that section of the state.  His parents were William M. and Innocent (Fuller) Triggs.  His youth was spent in his native country and while there he attended the common schools and subsequently hight school.  His school days may be said to have ended when he was fourteen years old.  His first business experience was in a hardware store in Morenci, Michigan, and later he went on the road as a traveling salesman representing a hardware house in Cleveland and covered the states of Ohio and Indiana for several years.  Later he left the road in order to take the management of the hardware store in which he was first employed in Morenci, Michigan, and after a broad and varied experience in business affairs, he came to Huntington and established his present business.  He was a leader and promoter of the enterprise, but associated with him some of the well known men of Huntington as stock holders.  His business has more than justified the early anticipations as to its success, and no list of Huntington industries would be complete without mention of the Majestic Company.

In 1892 Mr Triggs marries Miss Myrtle Datesman, daughter of Jess Datesman of Morenci, Michigan.  They are the parents of three children:  Kenneth, Helen and Lawrence.  Mr Triggs is affiliated with Amity Lodge, A.F. & A. M. and is popular in both business and social circles at Huntington, being always alive to any movement that concerns the welfare of the community.  His home is at 1011 Bryon street.

 

From:  A History of Huntington County Indiana   Compiling editor  Frank Sumner Bash, Vol. 1   The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1914

 

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Family History Strategizing & digi scrapping goodness

For the past several years, I’ve been working on “The Triggs Family Archives”.  Really what this looks like is a giant pile of boxes and slide trays behind the living room couch.  We have a mix of printed photos, lots and lots of slides and a box of super 8 movie reels which honestly makes me queasy just thinking about it.    I have been picking away at scanning for the last year or two and it is a slow process.

As I’ve been scanning, I’ve been thinking carefully about the end product of all this work and Ive been formulating a plan that looks something like this:

  1.  Slides scanned at 600 dpi, and imported into their own “family history” catalog in Lightroom for further sorting, tagging etc…
  2.  Certain groups of slides will be made into photo books for gifts (ie. my Dad’s Marine Corps slides were made into a book and given to him for his birthday)
  3. Other various Family slides will be part of digital scrapbook pages, some simple, some more elaborate.  I have already printed a number of these pages out and put them in page protectors in my giant mishmash of scrapbook layout albums.  I had considered photo books for these photos but the random nature of these photos means I don’t know if I’ll ever feel “done” enough to print out a complete book… so printed layouts for now.
  4. Physical photos that we have come across are slipped into 3-up photo albums and as much information as we know written on the space next the photo sleeve.  Multiple photos of the same event are tucked into the same pocket, this way they are safe and secure while I figure out what to do with them.

Did I mention this is only one half of my family???  There are “The Kilmer Family Archives” that I need to work on as well…different set of parameters for that group of items!

A few years ago, I scanned a page of family photos all taken at the same time / day in 1961 at my Grandparents house in Rochester NY.    I made a layout a few years ago with one of the photos and my friend Janet’s “Rooted in the Past” kit from her company, Little Feet Digital Designs.  Last month she re-issued the kit and it’s HUGE !!!  Honestly I could scrap for months.  This iteration also contains Templates from Dagi’s Templates and the whole bundle of wonderfulness is wrapped up under their joint brand:  Partners in Crime Digital Designs.  I went on a little bit of a digi page making tear this weekend and managed to finish up working with all of the photos from that series!  whew!  So without further ado…. a completed set of layouts!!

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

 

 

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Memory Keeping:: Layout Share I promised!

Happy Weekend world!!

I promised you a layout Thursday to go along with the adorable photo I had of my mom as a little girl…so without further ado…

 

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The Facebook Freebie kit from Little Feet Digital Designs is available now on the Facebook page so if you’re a digi-scrapper…go now and pick it up!  This freebie is also an add-on kit for a gorgeous collab collection that Janet contributed to called “Oh Snap” that is on special for  iDSD  at Gingersnaps.  For the above layout, I used only items that were in the freebie mini-kit.  Proving that you don’t need a 75 piece scrapbook kit to make a gorgeous page.  BUT it is fun to have ;-).  I’ll be busy this morning spearheading a big clean-out day at church and then (of course) there is a soccer game happening but I will definitely be making time to check out the iDSD sales at my favorite online shops !

Have a lovely weekend!

and happy scrapping!!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Mom & a little photo restoring…

I don’t know about where y’all live but here in New England….I think it may be finally thinking about starting to be fall!  It’s definitely cooler, it’s actually been damp and chilly yesterday and today.  After a summer with almost no rain it was a bit of a relief I will say.  Time to dig out fuzzy socks and fleece over here.

Fall, closely followed by Winter means more inside crafting time around here.  There is still lovely outdoor time to be had in October but I’m definitely feeling the tug to come inside and make stuff!

Today would have been my Mom’s 83rd birthday.  (she’d kill me if she knew I said how old she was)  I was looking through some family scrapbooks and came across this photo of mom with her doll carriage at around 2 1/2 years old.  Love it.  In complete opposition to my usual scan it and make it perfect routine, I snapped a quick photo with my iPhone and tweaked it in PicTapGo (my go to phone editing app).  Here’s the before and after…

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I used probably about 4-5 different filters and heavily used the slider to get just the right adjustment.  My objective was really to up the contrast and bring out the details of the photo.  Since I’m working with a purely digital image, I love the flexibility to play around with all the options…

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Pic Tap Go Filters: Auto Contrast +Fade to Autumn (appropriate yes?) + Equalize (just a touch)

Pic Tap Go Filters: Auto Contrast +Metropolitan

Pic Tap Go Filters: Auto Contrast +Metropolitan

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Pic Tap Go Filters: Auto Contrast +Sweet Tooth+Crispity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can go on all day with this.  So I’d better stop, eventually the people I live with will want to eat dinner ;-).  You get the idea.

Most of the photos in the albums are faded out, which isn’t surprising considering…they’re 83years old.  A number of them are even older.  Fortunately, they were stored in albums that were laid flat and did not really see the light of day too much.  The were also not stored in an attic or (even worse) a basement.  Several of the albums even zip shut, which is pretty cool and help keep the images away from sunlight.  So I’d say we’re doing pretty well all in all on antique photos.   I have stacks of albums and a big box of slides to scan and work with ….hello winter project!  I’ll share my progress with the project (and another new big project I have up my [long] sleeve) here as I go!

I have a sweet layout all ready for it’s unveiling using this photo… but it will have to wait until Saturday which is iDSD  (international Digital Scrapbook Day…. didn’t know there was one did ya!).  I’m using a freebie kit from Little Feet Digital Design which will release on her FB page on Saturday morning!  This freebie will also coordinate with a lovely collaboration kit at Gingerscraps which will be having all sorts of amazing sales on Saturday so if you’re a digital scrapbooker, you’ll want to stay tuned for that!

Check back Saturday morning for the layout!  Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day!!

 

*working out blog-kinks so hoping the photo formatting doesn’t look too wonky on your end!