Here are the winners, randomly selected from comments yesterday. You have each won, one set of the Croppin Companion drawer files. Please email me with your address, and let me know if you would like 4×6 or 5×7. Congratuations!!
Posted by: Nancy S. | 27 May 2008 at 06:34 PM
Just got your book and can't put it down. My goal this summer is to catagorize, catagorize, catagorize!
So. . . it would be helpful to have those drawers!
Posted by: Michelle B | 27 May 2008 at 12:11 PM
I love Photo Freedom! I have organized my flickr pictures using your system. check it out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mbostinelos/collections/
Thanks for being you!
Let's start today with another fun email. This one from Kelly.
Okay, I admit it: After my first reading of your new book I thought "this woman can't seriously think I'm going to abandon four years of a chronological scrapping mindset!". Well, then I started really thinking about your system and what kind of changes it would make in how I approach my hobby and I realized something: there have been numerous times in the past 6 months or so that I have resisted the urge to grab my camera to capture a moment. Why? Because I didn't want to face yet another page of the baby crawling or the older one dressing up like a princess. And I knew if I took the pictures I would feel compelled to scrap them. That was my "ah-ha" moment. So I'm getting things set up. I'm laying the foundation for the Library. It feels like I'm about to jump off a 1000' cliff into nothingness. But I'm kinda looking forward to it!
One of the things I love most about my system and especially category drawers is the fact that I have a place to "age" random, everyday photos, so that A) I don't have to do a whole page about messy pudding face, or dinosaurs and legos — or whatever and B) I don't have to keep track of specific pictures and page ideas. All I have to do is select key photos to store by category and then essentially forget about them until some spark of inspiration urges me to revisit a category and there find instant connection and the illustrations I need to bring authenticity to a story I want to tell. The magic girls, is in our photos — we just need to harness it and unleash a whole new kind of creativity.
Question from Sara
I'm curious why you use the storage binders and category drawers. I might be missing something, but that seems to be a redundant step to me. I'm sure it's not, though, so if you could please explain why to me, I'd appreciate it. Also, will you be offering another class online? If so, what are the details?
Storage binders are temporary, chronological storage for printed photos that I want to consider scrapbooking. I print pictures if I'm 90% sure I'd like to scrapbook them. Once printed they are stored temporarily (up to 5 years or so) in a binder, where I can easily see and use them on (primarily) event or chronological layouts.
As time goes by and I browse these binders (over and over) pictures and memories are prioritized, without me really even being conscious of it. I automatically pull and scrapbook those pictures and stories that "feel" important. As pictures are pulled and used on layouts, I invariably have leftovers. These leftovers often live on in my category drawers. Quite often, pictures in my storage binders get picked over and even passed over, time and again and as this happens I pull a picture here and there and place it in a category drawer. Storage binders then are active short-term storage that help me keep pictures flowing through my consciousness, whereas category drawers are long-term storage designed to show me a photo outside of the context in which it was taken and in fact, show me that picture alongside other pictures that will teach me about the people, places and things that matter most.
I need both types of storage to sustain and enrich my creative process.
also, I offer my Library of Memories course every year, beginning sometime in January or February. As long as you are registered at BPS, you'll get the notifications that we send out.