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!

layout – Grandpa Dease (WW2)

I will admit I have been procrastinating about starting work on a Family History Album.  Oh, who are we kidding, I’m sure it will end up being a series of albums.   Well, I was inspired this evening by one of my fellow Creative Team members who posted a lovely page with photos of her mom as a little girl.   I decided it was time to JUST START…so I did.

I kept my choices simple for this layout…

Templates:  Template Blends #1 by Little Feet Digital Designs,

Kit:  In the Headlines Today by Little Feet Digital Designs,

Font:  Remington Noiseless

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This is a digital layout of Charlie’s grandpa Dease who was in the Army during WWII.  The photos are from a DVD that Charlie’s uncle had made of photos that he’d scanned.  Now, I do not know any more details other than Grandpa didn’t go to Europe until after the war ended, I’ll have to get Charlie and his mom to fill in more information, and I’ll go back in and add the info as I get it.

I have no plans for a the structure of a Family History Album Series (other than this project is kicking up toward the top of my to-do pile) and quite frankly, that has kept me from making layouts because I didn’t have a plan.  I am trying to “begin with the end in mind” on big projects but now that I’m really starting to think about it… I may just start and see where it all leads!