First round of LOM Q+A begins now.
Quick reminder: The full (two-page) class description and informational audio message can be found HERE. Please read both pages of the class description, listen to the audio and then print and read the class syllabus and the initial supply list. Many of the questions I’m getting are answered in this class description.
The prize for most frequent question asked goes to:
Is there anything alumni students can be doing while “we” wait for our registration email?
The short answer: YES! Spend time with your pictures.
- Work on purging photos from 2009 and creating 4 seasonal or quarterly highlight folders.
- Upload these 2009 highlight folders for online archive
- Flip through all of your storage binders with someone you love.
- Scrapbook. Make a page a day if you can, pulling photos from your storage binders.
Even more specifically: If you have changed your email address, be sure to update your account at BPS. We will send you an email on January 26th with instructions on how to register as an alumni. Please don’t worry about space — we have reserved a spot for all alumni. As an alumni, you should have received information on a hidden URL that will give you access to the pre-classroom materials. If you have not received this contact firstname.lastname@example.org and Kiley will assist you.
ALSO … Regarding alumni students. Please keep in mind that we are eager to grant you two additional consecutive years to retake LOM free of charge. This means if you took LOM as a paying student in either 2008 or 2009, you will be able to audit this session FREE of any charge. If you originally took LOM in 2006 or 2007 you may join us again this session at a discounted rate. Again … more information will be sent to you on January 26th.
I’ve broken the rest of the questions into two parts: Logistics and Content I’m hopeful this might save you a few minutes finding the answer to a question you have too!
Question: I am reading and re-reading the Course Syllabus and the updates look fantastic. I purchased Photo Freedom when it first came out and have implemented your system and used it for a couple of years. I would love to take the BPS class for further inspiration, but don’t consider myself a newbie to the LOM system. Is this a class for someone like me, or is it more for those who are just getting started?
Answer: If you have already implemented the basics of my system using Photo Freedom, you will not only LOVE the additional information and guidance inside the classroom, you will be super prepared to go deeper and fine tune all that you are currently doing. You will LOVE the community and the chance to discuss subtleties with others that are also using LOM. PLUS … there are so many updates this year designed to give you a more comprehensive view of memory keeping that you won’t want to miss out. I know I sound like a well-trained sales girl at your local used car lot, but I am serious — if you don’t LOVE the online experience, I will personally see that you get a full refund. I wonder if I couldn’t get a part-time job selling cars?
Question: The supply list said to wait to do any ordering of supplies (the essentials). I just want to confirm that, we shouldn’t order the essentials before class begins?
Answer: You are welcome to order supplies whenever you’d like to. Library of Memories is a chance for me to “hold your hand” and I would hate for someone to make a purchase that they later regret. I personally use (and love) the products I recommend on the supply list, but I also prepare a slide presentation that gives students more information, insight and options once class begins. For this reason I suggest waiting.
Question: Is it ever too early to start your LOM? My kids are small (8 to 6 months). I am not sure there are connections to be made through the category files just yet. My pics are already sorted by event, though not in a binder. They are in a box and most have a note that outlines some things I don’t want to forget. Isn’t it early for cold storage?
Answer: I don’t think it is ever to early to learn and adapt a system for finding and using your best photos. The sooner you start triage with your photos, the sooner your category drawer will age them and show you magical things. I’m also a firm believe in viewable storage binders vs. boxes. Boxes can work for awhile, but from my experience, storage binders are worth their weight in gold — and they can get pretty heavy! If you don’t feel inspired to scrapbook pictures and they are creating a sense of obligation for you that is preventing you from telling stories you feel compelled to tell, then it is never too soon to put those photos into cold storage. I would put one or two from each event or time period into my category drawers and then move them out of sight and out of mind!
There have been many, many questions about digital highlight folders. I am working on a post that will hopefully give you some additional direction with this very important piece of my digital workflow. Stay tuned …
Question: Could you ever offer this course in the spring or fall? I ref basketball and the first two months of this class I am busy nightly with this seasonal activity, and have little time to produce LOs, never mind sort photos. I wonder if there are others who are limited by activities at this time of year.
Answer: I’m sure there are others who find the February through May time frame challenging. Right now, early in the year is the only time that I can manage teaching on top of my work and family responsibilities. I’ve entertained the possibility of a summer session, but there is no plans for that as of yet. The good news is with forever access at BPS, once you are registered you can access the classroom anytime. Even if you could join us, commit to a slow start and follow along with reading the assignments, while participating on the forums and in the chats — you would be ahead of not starting now. Make sense?
Question: Can you give us a ballpark figure for what “a fair amount of money” (investment) means? I want to take the class, but if it’s going to cost me hundreds for supplies, I know I won’t be able to do it. Thanks so much for your attention to this!
Answer: I hesitate to give even a ballpark figure simply because there are so many options for students beginning this process that I would hate to deter anyone from joining in simply because they cannot afford to purchase all of the organizational products I use right away. But, you asked, so here goes:
storage binders are $16 each. You need enough to hold 5 years of printed pictures. This will be somewhere between 2 and 10 binders. If we start with 5 binders we are at $80.00
category drawers are $53 dollars each (exactly what you see here) and are worth every penny. You do not need to start with these sturdy metal drawers. You can start with simple photo boxes — I did. When you are ready to purchase drawers, two drawers (exactly what you see here) will likely suffice for quite awhile. You will simply store two of your main categories in each drawer.
You do not absolutely need to purchase new library albums to house your finished scrapbook pages, so I sincerely believe that these are the products you need to jump in, learn, progress and begin to adapt this system to your life. Keep in mind you will also need to print photos. If you have NOT done this for awhile, then there might be a significant expense in printing.
I think realistically, you could be well on your way for $200 — make that $300 with the class itself!
Hope this helps!
If you have a question I have not answered here, please feel free to email email@example.com and put LOM QUESTION in the subject line. Again, I am working on a post regarding highlight folders.