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 – random cuteness

Another Day another layout share!  I really really need to start paper scrapping again and get caught up with Project Life, but seeing as how my work table is buried under 3 tons of the girls stuff while we paint Gwen’s room and clean out Lilys…paper will have to wait, digital it is!

Kit for both layouts:  “Land of Nod ” from Little Feet Digital Designs.   I love love love the beautiful colors in this kit, and when I saw the sheep paper…hello layout about lambie!

LFDD-Land-of-Nod-Lambie-Bear-Love-WEB  I’ve been looking around at the older photos on my hard drive and came across these cuties!!  Getting ready to do the big back to school/yesterday today post on Monday because the girls start HIGH SCHOOL !!!! I can’t believe where the time has gone, obviously it’s flown because wasn’t it just yesterday they were these cute little munchkins!?   OMG so cute.  I used another template from my Masterful Scrapbooking Design membership at Get it Scrapped.  Debbie has just re-vamped her site and re-organized what was already a super collection of classes and resources and now it’s even better if that’s possible!! Go and check it out!

To-Sleep-Perchance…WEBand as a bonus, since the girls have left on a camping trip for the weekend, I thought I’d play with some filters in PSE and the beautiful stamp and sparkles in the kit….and what better for a kit with a sleepy theme?  A layout about not sleeping!  I’m hoping its just a phase 😉  But I wanted to do something simple for this layout and I’m really pleased with how it came out!

Yes, I’m still working on Week in the Life but have been so busy, have not had time to post about it! Now off to paint Gwen’s room before she comes home!

 

 

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Memory Keeping:: Layout Share – bright and fun

I’ve been doing a LOT of digi-scrapping lately and I think these are the last two layouts I have to share from the backlog.

Kit for both layouts:  “Little Inner Minds ” from Little Feet Digital Designs.    I just love the fun bright colors of this kit and all those lovely embellishments!

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Template:  Vim & Vigor t3 by Jimbo Jambo designs

I loved this template as a way to showcase the beautiful patterned papers from the kit, without overwhelming the photo of Charlie and the girls sking this past winter.  The girls jackets go great with the papers!  (but really didn’t plan that at all hee hee)

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Template:  Vim & Vigor t2 by Jimbo Jambo designs

I love this template for all the circular elements.   It was perfect to showcase all the awesome journaling strips and (swoon) badges that come in this kit!  I don’t really make a lot of layouts just for fun, I’m usually trying to tell the story but I took this opportunity to just have fun with making something and I really like the way it came out!

 

More layouts to come, am trying to stay up to date with posting 😉    What are you working on in your corner of the world?

 

Memory Keeping:: Layout Share – using vintage photos

Since last fall, I’ve been on a mission to shape up our “family archives” (another topic for several more blog posts) I’ve been scanning and digitizing, and also doing a little scrapbooking along the way.  The interesting things about using vintage photos from the archives is, I don’t really know the story behind the photos, so it makes story telling challenging.  Or maybe we just let the photos tell the story.

Kit for both layouts:  “Stories of Dad ” from Little Feet Digital Designs.    Janet excels in creating beautiful vintage kits!

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This layout is destined to be the cover page for albums that my sister and I made up from photo albums of my dad as a little boy.  I don’t usually work in 8.5×11 format so it was fun to change it up a little.  No journaling, just the facts about the photos in the book.

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Perusing my digi-stash of photos I found this one of my Grandpa, Dad and Uncle.  This was taken before I was born so obviously I can’t write a contemporary account, so I really wrote about my impressions seeing the photo and the memories of each individual that it triggered.

The journaling reads:  “1961- Clover Hills Drive, Rochester NY Grandpa Triggs, Dad and Uncle Jimmy hamming it up for the camera. I have not really come across a photo of all three Triggs men together. Lord knows, there are enough photos floating around to pick from. I love this photo as everyone is smiling, and it typifies how I remember everyone. Grandpa in his dress shirt and slacks (I never saw him wear anything else, except maybe a short sleeve dress shirt if it got really hot, and always a solid color). Dad in a plaid shirt, and khaki pants (his uniform of choice today, except *gasp* now there just might be a pair of “dungarees” in the mix) no doubt making some pithy comment about the entire situation that has cracked the other two up (still does that to this day). Uncle Jimmy in his flight jacket, which always fascinated me (of course he flew little planes so he needed that warm jacket), I asked him once how I could get one just like it and he said he could get me one just like his, but it might have a little blood on it (typical Uncle Jimmy). Yes, Grandpa and his boys, in the driveway on a crisp autumn day”

I love this layout, I’m super happy with the way it came out.

Template:  One Little Bird Designs:  Flight Plan No 16

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