Every year about this time, I pull out my big binder that houses all my worksheets and handouts for the 16-week workshop, called Library of Memories that I teach annually at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Every year as I begin to pour over these lessons I am reminded of some aspect of my own system that has either been ignored for a long while or isn't quite what I want it to be. As I reacquaint myself with all the pieces and processes I invariably find something that I want to tweak or improve and I become very excited about the new year and another chance to teach this class.
Library of Memories is now open for registration …
I meant for this post to go up on Monday, so I'm a couple of days behind on the blog — been orchestrating Christmas for my family and training some new help on the personal side of things.
Look what's happening in Spokane today …
I was headed to the post office to get some gifts in the mail, but after picking up Addie and driving past at least four accidents on the Interstate I have decided to stay at home and cross my fingers that the school buses arrive safely!
Anyway … with LOM 2009 just around the corner, I'm hoping to post more frequent Q&As and share some of the great questions I have sitting in my inbox.
Here's a great one from Angel. My answers are in orange.
I've just finished re-reading Photo Freedom for the 3rd time and am in the process of setting up my LOM system. The question that keeps coming up for me as I am sorting my pictures is this. The storage binders are supposed to be for "event" pics. I have A LOT of pics of everyday stuff and face shots of the kids. I can't imagine that I'm going to put all of these face shots into my category drawers but they're not really event-oriented and I don't think they are ready for cold storage so what am I supposed to do with them? (Great question. You are right that the bulk of your event related pictures that you want to scrapbook will patiently wait inside your storage binders. You are also not alone in having LOTS of everyday pics and what I call personality snapshots of your children.) Do they live in my binders for a while? (The short answer is YES.) The longer answer is also yes … the vast majority of ALL your "scrappable" pictures, including the everyday stuff should remain in your binders for a while. As you peruse your binders, you are making your pictures a part of your visual memory, which is a very good thing. You may find that as you are looking for a particular event-related photo or group of photos, you feel inspired to scrapbook a non-event layout. You can then pull a handful of personality pictures from the same binder (this means they will also be from the same season or time frame) and happily scrapbook some aspect of your life that is likely personality or relationship based (this is really cool.) The important thing to remember is that you are "living" with your most recent memories and seeing them over and over again. The intimacy that develops with these printed pictures in your binders is an important part of your personal creative process. As you live with and "see" your pictures you are engaging in sub-conscious prioritization — I just made that up, btw … sounds smart huh? It's true though. Without even realizing it, you are inviting inspiration and making choices and preparing to make additional choices down the road. Do I put them in the category drawers? (You may also find
that recent life experiences prepare you to see a personality picture
in a new light and you suddenly want to pull it from the storage binder
and place it somewhere in your category drawer. Bravo! Doing this will set you up for either a GREAT "Aha" moment and/or personal connection down the road, or just some fantastically easy photo retrieval that makes you feel uber-organized and very powerful!) Other than this, so far, I am LOVING this system. It is so stress-relieving to know that I have a place for my photos. I came across a photo of my hubby and his friend at this friend's wedding. A month ago, I would have said "great pic but where should I put this so I know where to find it?" Now I know exactly where it goes. (Such a happy feeling!)
Thanks so much for sharing this great system and your awesome philosophy! You're welcome!
If you have the book, The Big Picture. Turn to "So Different" on page 17 for an example of what I was trying to explain in my "long answer" above. The layout, "Chill-dren" on page 26 is another example of finding and using "personality photos" on an everyday, seasonal, non-event layout.
Happy Snow Day!
p.s. I just got word that my friends Jennafer and Meagan have opened an online jewelry store called Happiness on a String. Cute eh? I think you should check it out!