Thank you so much for your comments. I do not feel that Simple Scrapbooks was a failure. The fact that is has failed to continue is a failure and while I do question my influence in that process, I am also aware of other factors out of my control — don't worry though, I am not looking on these failings in a self-destructive way. In any venture there are failures and I found the video I shared to be very insightful moving forward! Let's just say that NEW things are brewing.
Registration for the 2009 session of A Library of Memories is officially closed. LOM Alumni will be receiving an email shortly, explaining how to audit this session. The nervous anticipation is building inside of me and I'm tickled to announce my team of LOM coaches …
Rebecca, April, and Tamara (all returning) + Maureen and Monica (new this year) and finally, Kayla (our digital expert & coach) I adore these women, some of whom I've met in person and others only via the LOM class, email and blogs. Each has been open and honest with me and eager to share their ideas and insights. Each qualifies to be a coach this year, because they have made my system their own. I'm so excited for the NEW group of students that will learn from these girls!
AND NOW … what do you say we give away two FREE passes to A Library of Memories, starting in just a few short days? EVERYONE is eligible, even those who have already signed up (if you are registered and win, we will refund your registration fee!)
ALL you have to do is tell me in 15 words or less, why you need this workshop. Don't worry the winners will be selected randomly.
If you have time, here's some LOM Q&A …
[Questions from Nicole are in orange. Answers in black.]
First, I love your blog. It is one of the top 5 that I read. I have a couple questions about LOM. I don't have your books but I plan on buying them someday. The budget is very tight right now. So I have tried to figure out your system just by what I have read on your blog. I am in the middle of trying to reorganize my scrapbooking right now and I have some questions.
Do I have this right? You print doubles of all your pictures. One set go into photo albums. The other set goes into 4 category draws. You then pull from those draws to create your scrapbook pages. Those pages then go into albums based on the 4 categories (All About Us, People We Love, Places We Go and Things We Do).
You're getting close Nicole, but not quite. I absolutely believe in printing pictures and I often print doubles of my most favorite images. I do not print doubles of everything.
My printed photos are immediately slipped into storage binders (Pioneer photo albums) so that they are protected and so that I can see them and be inspired by them.
Overtime and in a very organic way, I pull, or remove a selection of my prints from my storage binders (organized chronologically) and place them into category drawers (by theme.) Category drawers are designed for long-term storage of a relatively small selection of prints. Category drawers help me draw personal and meaningful connections over time. I believe using and maintaining category drawers is the absolute secret weapon to authentic story-telling.
I pull pictures from both storage binders and category drawers to scrapbook and my finished layouts are not stored chronologically in annual albums, but rather in an ever-growing library of albums set up by the four categories: All About Us, People We Love, Places We Go, Things We Do.
Do the pictures in the photo albums stay there forever? I think you are going to say no. If the answer is no, why not?
My printed photos do NOT live
forever in my storage binders. These binders are working files that
enable me to be very productive with my limited creative time. I only
have 15 storage binders and so I am forced (in a very good way) to keep
pictures flowing through them. I do not want to keep or store ALL of my pictures. I do want to engage in the creative process of capturing life, editing the results and adding my perspective to our family's story. I want my family to enjoy an intimate relationship with the pages I create. Intimacy cannot be established when we attempt to scrapbook ALL or even most of the pictures we take.
Do you eventually scrapbook every or almost every picture you take? Is that your goal or is your goal to just scrap the really special pictures or moments?
See answer above. My goal is to be aware and grateful for life, to document what is a very happy existence and to have FUN. I do this best with a very small percentage of the pictures I take!
Where do you put holidays, birthdays or special celebrations? Do you scrap them or just put them in photo albums (there are usually so many pictures at those events)?
This is a great question. These special event photos are included in my library albums. I do enjoy an approach that I call photo-album scrapbooking that helps me displays LOTS and LOTS of photos from special events, holidays and travel.
Do you have albums for each of your kids? And if so does each kid have albums divided into the 4 categories. I have 3 kids 5 and under and I have been tortured for the last five years trying to figure out if I should just have one set of albums for the whole family or if each kid should have their own. Please advise!!!
Each of my children have albums in our All About Us section of the family library. These albums are about them, but they are NOT for them. These albums will stay in my home, when they leave. I create very condensed highlight albums for each of my children. These albums are called School of Life albums.
I have 3 kids 5 and under and I have been tortured for the last five years trying to figure out if I should just have one set of albums for the whole family or if each kid should have their own. Please advise!!!
I hope these answers give you some direction. I certainly understand the frustration and overwhelming confusion (torture is a good word) that can grow out of a desire to document life!