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 I 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.
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:
- Slides scanned at 600 dpi, and imported into their own “family history” catalog in Lightroom for further sorting, tagging etc…
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!!
Not bad for a few days work! I’m excited to make more layouts with this kit and get more of our family stories told!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!