Tired of Watching Basketball? Try this Sketch

You can use 4-7 photos on this layoutAre you about basketball’ed out?  I know I am. The nice thing is I am not drawn to the television when the games are on and can get some much needed scrapbooking chores done. I took all the pages out of my albums and photographed them, then began sorting them into piles by child. I have always struggled with whether to scrap chronologically or by theme. When I was just beginning it was easy, everything went into the same album but here it is 15 years later and I have 4 kids, 12 grand kids not to mention the adventures of my husband and I.. then there are the genealogy pages and all the relatives… I get dizzy just thinking about it. I finally made a definitive decision.  I separated the piles by our children and their families. Each of those albums begin with the engagement photo of the couple and is usually followed by their wedding picture unless college graduation happened in between. I really like the D-Ring Albums for albums that I will add to consistently.  I will move the pages to a standard post album when I know there is nothing more I will be adding. If you have liked my Facebook Page, you would have seen me working with pages and organizing them this past weekend.

It gets a bit trickier when the pages have more than one family – this is one of the reasons I photographed each layout. The other reason is to have a copy of the page in case (GASP) there is a fire, flood etc. I know what the odds are, but considering my husband had a Corsair jet fly into his apartment (with his practice wife) and level the place, losing everything, I have to be prepared. Since he has nothing from his growing up days, I want to make sure my kids at least have pictures of the memories they have made.  I will talk a bit more about the photographing tomorrow, but for now… here is your sketch for the week.

 

Chronologically or by Family Unit?

 

Using Studio J as a SketchI am in a quandary and hope you can help me. I have been scrapbooking for 15 years and  I have 4 children with children of their own. Last year I told you about a great service that I was sending my scrapbook pages to have them all scanned – this didn’t work out very well after all. I could never open the file they sent me. I did finally get all my pages back, and they have sat in the 12 x 12 bags ever since.  I have now indexed each page (so I know what I have already scrapped) but I can’t decide how to put the albums back together.  I have a couple of albums separated… like life before I met my husband, his before me album, genealogy, and my son’s sports & Army albums.  But now I have piles of each of my kids with their kids. This is where I get stuck.  I could do an album for each child/family – but then what about those pictures we are in them too?  Do I put those in the album with my husband and I starting with our marriage?  I just don’t know… what are your thoughts?  How do you keep your own scrapbooks? Please leave me a comment and share your thoughts about putting your scrapbook layouts together.

How Do You Keep Track of Everything?

CTMH PlannerTrying to keep track of everything going on in your life, along with your kids lives can be a daunting challenge. Our smartphones are great but do you ever wish you could see everything at once, like in the days before smartphones ruled our lives? There is something to be said for “writing it down”, it helps commit things to memory.  It actually helps to see time laid out in front of you. Maybe you think planners are boring compared to the techie manner of keeping your calendar. I would like to share with you the planner Close to my Heart debuted last month. Everyday Life Binder - Black Z3208

You can build your planner they way it works for you.  With a beautiful hardcover black album with gold foil design. 9⅜” × 8¼” × 1½”; 1″ 3-ring. The binder is even covered inside with photo safe paper.  Close to my Heart has reduced the price of the 2016 page pack from $15.95 down to $4.95! They even have page protectors that fit in this binder so you could use the special Picture My Life cards.  These cards are great for recording birthdays and special occasions that you can use year after year.  Click here to order yours today!

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of our new Close to my Heart planner system.

A Funny Thing Happened When I Began to Shred

What to do before tossing taxesWith the beginning of a new year comes that clean out bug… and so I decided I could use that spot in the garage that held past tax envelopes .. like 1995!  But a funny thing happened when I opened the envelope and started looking at all the supporting documents. I found dates!  I knew I was only going to scan the tax document itself – I can’t truly toss them from my life as there is something about the Ghost of IRS Passed that seems to linger in the back of my mind. Anyway as I was saying. I found dates.  I found a check for a trip to Gold Beach for my youngest son’s basketball camp. I remember doing a scrapbook page about his camp, but I had never dated the layout or journaling. Now I have a clue as to when the camp was held and can add that to the page.

You never know where you will find details to help your scrapbooking and memory keeping. . Keep an open mind and your eyes wide open for hints that will complete the story you are trying to tell. Another hint is to date the back of your scrapbook pages so you can see your progress and style over the years.

Carol

Organization in the New Year

Do your photos look like this?
Pile of old black and white family photographs on a table

If you are like me your computer is full of photos, maybe even 2 or 3 copies of the same photograph. I have a goal for this year that you might want to tag along with and that is to organize the photos in your computer (s). I have never been very dilligent when it comes to labeling my photos – thinking there is plenty of time to do that later. Well, since I just found and labeled Christmas 2010 I find that thinking flawed. So as I plan and begin to get all my photographs sorted, I thought I would take you along for the ride.  Please leave comments below if you think it is a good idea, have a suggestion about how I am doing it – I don’t think of everything, and if so inclined, work on yours along with me. I will set aside 15 minutes each day to sort photos. Life is busy and it is easy to get lost in old photographs. As you may know, I am a traditional scrapbooker, but I will also upload some pictures for Studio J Digital Photographs, which can simply be added to an album when printed.

I truly believe all photos should be backed up to the web, because of a failed external drive and not having a clue what pictures I may have lost. However, Cloud storage got me where I am today – lots of clouds with no sort of organization. Making sure your storage on your computer is available is really the first step. I found lots of unused storage on mine.  You will want to download all your photos from the various clouds you have them stored in. After we clean up the copies so there is just one of each, labeled and tagged, I will upload the entire lot to Amazon because as a Prime member, you have unlimited storage of photos.

Here are the first steps to an organized set of photos:First Steps to Organizing your Photos

  1. Write down all the clouds you have photos on – we will use this later
  2. Starting with the pictures that are currently stored on your computer.  (In my case, I have 2 computers and 3 external drives.) I am using my laptop as “home base” as it is the easiest to use while watching tv with the family or not just sitting at my desk.
  3. Create a few main files, Mine are listed as “People 1/1/2016,Misc Pics 1-1-2016 and Craft 1-1-2016.” These will be further sorted later, but this is my first step. Duplicates are easier to find if in the same folders.
  4. Spend 15 minutes to sort pictures on your computer into these files. I suggest setting a timer since it is easy to get lost in this process.
  5. After your 15 minutes are up, Take a look in each folder, do you see duplicates yet? If so, delete one of the photos after making sure your information like date picture taken, or tags have been added to the picture you are keeping. Also delete any blurry pictures if you can’t identify what it was you were trying to take a picture of.

This step will keep you busy until next Saturday morning when we will start dealing with the clouds. If your weather is really cold, this is a great way to still make good use of your time.