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!!

09-24-Triggs-Clan-1961-WEB1961-Clover-Hills-Drive-RITP-WEB09-22-LFDD-RITP-FST+LFT-1961-WEB2015-39-The-3-Triggs-Men-WEBNot 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!

 

 

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Home Made Goodness

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!

Printing it out

I got a wonderful package to open BEFORE Christmas… yep, Christmas came early…

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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…

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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!

 

 

Memory Keeping:: Layout Share

Happy Friday everyone!

A quick departure from December Daily shares for… a Christmas layout!    Because as I look out my window right now, it looks a lot like the photo below…but 40 degrees colder!    Kit and template are from Joy to the World Bundle (buy the bundle, get the templates and the kit yippee!)  by Little Feet Digital Designs.

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I wonder what the weather gods will bring for us this year?!  Santa, can we have enough snow to look pretty but not enough to really have to work hard at shoveling?!

Happy weekend crafting!!!

 

 

Memory Keeping:: Layout Share

 

Happy post-turkey-coming-out-of-the-food-coma day!!  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here (insert post-election stress eating), and this weekend we are thankful for friends, family, home and the quiet hum of everyday life.  While the teenagers are sleeping until noon, I wanted to pop in and share some layouts I made for Janet’s CT 

First up:  Caught on Camera which uses Little Feet Digital Designs beautiful new kit Cornucopia of Thanks currently available at her Gingerscraps shop and at coming to her Forever shop on December 2, 2016.  I am working my way through scanned family slides and dug around until I found this one of mom circa 1963/64… love it  and I remember wearing that skirt years later for a school play.  Template from the Get it Scrapped Membership class Scrapbook Coach 21 “Top Heavy”.  Getting back in the swing of working on my scrapbooking classes as well.

Caught on Camera

Next up … the layout I made from my post-election blog post “What I told my Daughters”     Kit:  Cast your Vote by Little Feet Digital Designs by Janet Carr currently available at Gingerscraps and Forever/Artisan.  Design is my own.  This layout may look a little odd sized, this is a 1 1/2 page layout…a 12×12 layout on the left and a 6×12 on the right.  These will be hinged together once they go in the page protectors with the 6×12 folding over the larger layout… Not sure what I’ll use for the back of the 6×12, I may go back in and design a 6×12 using other kit elements and papers for that side.

What I told My Daughters

That’s it for now… the rest of today will be dedicated to some more scrapping, some sewing and a run out to Jordan’s to purchase a new bigger bed for us !  Happy Post-Turkey Saturday everyone!!

What are you making this weekend?