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!
In an effort to ATTEMPT to spend my time creating more and consuming less (GoT excepted)… tonight I sat down and instead of scrolling FB endlessly…I made a scrapbook layout (!) gasp. I know, I know. We have actually been super busy in a good way this summer so lots going on but not a lot of sharing. In an effort to remedy that, may I present…
yep, Christmas baking layouts in August! I had bought the cutest baking kit from Pink Reptile Designs and a template kit from Scrapping with Liz at The Lilypad (one of my fave digi-scrapping shops) and tonight was the night to use it.
Last night I spent my evening catching up with my 2016 photos in Lightroom, and I’m thrilled to say that I believe that 2016 is all done, edited, rated and tagged. That is why I could find these photos about baking…from my “baking” keyword. I have a lot of memory keeping to work on. I have realized that I’ve been catching myself thinking 2 more first-days-of-school until the girls go to college, 2 more back-to-school shoppings until the girls go to college … you get the idea. One layout to make a dent in the memory keeping list!
Once school starts and we are on a more normal schedule, maybe more posting (?!) best of intentions…. enjoy!
I got a wonderful package to open BEFORE Christmas… yep, Christmas came early…
57 layouts that I had printed through Persnickety Prints. I love their quality and their customer service. A few times a year, they sell print credits for different sizes so I can print a 12×12 layout for half price. The credits are perfect because they never expire, they just sit in your account until you are ready to order so…In keeping with my “print it out” mantra, I went into my files and discovered that there were layouts from 2015 that were waiting to be printed (!) no time like the present so I uploaded everything and off they went to the printers. A week or so later, back came a lovely stack of layouts…and of course there they sat in my studio for two weeks until I finally got a moment to open them…
Yay for printed out layouts! I’m so happy with how they all came out. Now, the next thing? Getting them all in an album….The thing after that? Re-organizing my albums by year…because they are all completely random…half a dozen+albums crammed full of randomly filed layouts. Put it on the to-do list for 2017!
On to more post-Christmas fun!! Happy Wednesday everyone!
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.
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!
I managed to eek out another layout this week…working in bits of time between dinner prep and soccer pickup and finishing up in the morning after everyone left for school. I am really fortunate to have a “room of my own” where I can leave a layout or project out on my worktable and let things percolate for awhile… or until my Studio Assistant knocks things onto the ground.
This layout was for a class at BPC called Stashbusters Anonymous and week 1 was layouts to help use up your paper stash. I’m writing up a post now on de-stashing but wanted to share one of the layouts I did featuring chevrons … 1/2″ strips across the whole page…then I realized that my base paper was 12×13 not 12×12…needless to say there will be some trimming of the left side going on but that’s OK, it will only reinforce the asymmetry of the page.
And while I will take a formal portrait of the page when it’s all trimmed and adhered to a piece of card stock (the edges are curling up right now) I really kind of like messy slice of life photos that show some studio details too.
Enjoy and here’s to a beautiful spring weekend ahead and a joyous Easter tomorrow! What projects are you working on over the weekend?