I know you’ve seen this before. My friend Maureen Sargent (see pg . 110 of Photo Freedom) reminded of it.
When you start scrapbooking, the prospect of doing something fun and meaningful with your photos seems like a wonderfully sweet and doable thing. At some point, we realize that the conveyor belt of memories isn’t about to slow down and in spite of our best efforts to keep up and we exclaim with Lucy, “I think we’re fighting a losing game!”
I say, go buy a big bag of your favorite chocolates and come join me in Library of Memories.
I can help.
There are just just a couple of days left to sign up. Registration closes Monday night at 10:00pm.
Here are a few more answers to some of your questions:
Question from Cindy P.
I just finished your book, Photo Freedom and I’m ready to develop my system. I have scrapbooked chronologically until 2004 when I essentially stopped to have three babies. Now I’m looking to pick up where I left off and don’t know where to begin. I have my photos organized and I kept track of my journaling on a blog, but I want to adopt your system and get rid of chronology…it’s too stressful to always be years behind. My Four categories are Our life (all about us and every day life), Celebrations and Traditions, Places (travel) we go and People we love (family, friends). My Question is… can I keep my chronological albums as done and start fresh at 2005 with my categories, or should I move the layouts from my old albums into my new categories? I’d love to get your thoughts on this, thanks so much for your time.
Cindy, the short answer is absolutely. The longer answer — and this is what I tell students in my Library of Memories class, is keep anything that is complete in it’s finished and complete state. If you have years of annual albums that are finished, then leave them alone. If you have a few years of unfinished chronological albums and they are creating guilt for you — break up those layouts and incorporate them into your new library albums.
If it feels weird to have two kinds of albums in your home, and you need closure or at least a transition, then simply create a layout for the last page protector in your last completed chronological album. This layout should feature a photo of you (and your 3 kids) along with an explanation of how you are always learning and evolving and you are now approaching your scrapbooking in a new, more liberating fashion!
Question from Julie O.
I just finished reading “Photo Freedom”. I could not put it down. I really just stumbled upon it as I was recreating my scrap space in my home office. It has changed the way I think about my pictures, my scrapbooks and my photo ops. Could you give me a few pointers on “tagging” photos in my computer? What exactly is tagging? Is it the same as a rating system? (I am using Memory Manager 3.0 from Creative Memories). Thank you for sharing your system. I will definitely be sharing it with my friends, family and customers.
Julie, you are not the only one with questions about how to create a collection of your BEST and most scrappable digital images. Depending on the software you are using (I’m not familiar with the Memory Manager) you can rate or tag your photos — so that you can essentially search for those photos that you have deemed most valuable to you as a scrapbooker. The purpose in purging and sorting images is two-fold. One, we need to reduce the amount of photos we have to scroll through, so we can find and use our photos. We ALL take far more pictures than we can deal with and yet we don’t want to delete the additional 17 photos we took of our child blowing out her birthday candles (after all we *might* need those pictures someday!) so we end up with thousands and thousands of images. If you can rate (or tag) 3 of those birthday images and copy them into a highlights folder and then train yourself to scroll through the highlights folder when you need to find an image, you will save yourself time. The second reason I recommend highlights folders is they can be uploaded for online archiving. Once you have a highlights folder complete you can store it at a service like Shutterfly and have the security of know your very best images are safe and archived outside your home.
Question from Aileen O
I have been trying like crazy to figure out how you color coded your main tabs in your category drawers. I know you ordered acid free index tabs from highsmith, but I can’t figure out how you got them green, brown, etc. I love things color coded. It helps me think more clearly! I love ALL of your ideas and you have helped me tremendously!!!
Aileen, I have a Xyron machine and I simply run an index card through my Xyron to apply a fine layer of adhesive to front. I then adhere my sticky card to a piece of colored cardstock and use a craft knife to trim away the excess. I also use an emery board (or sandpaper) to sand the edges a bit–which cleans up the edges. If you do not have a Xyron — you can simply apply a thin layer of glue (glue stick) to the entire front side of an index card.
Question from Caroline E
Hi! I’m working on the “homework” leading up to the LOM class and as I go through my digital and print photos, I’m finding ideas for pages popping into my mind. I’m just jotting them down in a list, but I was wondering if you have a special notebook for scrapbooking ideas as they come up, or another system that you could suggest? Most times when I come up with an idea I am in the middle of something else, and can’t just drop everything to start right then – I want a good way to preserve those ideas so I can follow up with them later.
Caroline, This same exact thing happens to me and I just keep an ongoing list of ideas in a little notebook — sometimes I then take these ideas and develop them further on a “story card” — story cards are an LOM extra that I’ve introduced into my system since writing the book Photo Freedom. I will explain this process more in class! I also use sticky notes to note names, dates and extra details right inside my storage binder — hope this helps!