In Seattle today …

and tomorrow, helping my mom organize family history stuff …

Amazing old photographs and …

folders and folders of letters — this is a collection between my Grandpa James and Grandma Wanda McDougal …

and very old cards and valentines given my grandfather when he was teaching school.

We have LOTS of work ahead of us, but are hopeful and happy to be together.

I am loving the “What’s in your purse?” photos. Keep them coming. I’m going to do a purse dump with my mom later today!


  1. Wow, this is an overwhelming task. How do you go about organizing something like this. My parents have lots of this stuff too. I have a feeling it’s going to come to me someday.

    • wendy b. says:

      Sorry Stacey, but I have to interject here…Stefani, being that you forsee the family history stuff coming your way if I may give you a word of wisdom…
      Go through it now while you still have someone (your parents) to help you determine who’s who. My dear grandmother passed at the age of 92 last June and thankfully we had begun the process of going through some of it years ago. However, anticipating that we had more time we let it go and 5 years before she passed she developed macular degeneration — therefore she could no longer see who was who! So, for whatever it’s worth, make time for it now before life get’s in the way!

    • Love Wendy’s comment — thankfully my grandfather was very meticulous at writing names and dates on the backs of his photos and we have lots of letters, but there is so much “guessing” that we are doing because there aren’t any true stories. We have so much and I’m grateful, but I’m also more aware of the importance of pair photos with personal perspective and stories!!

      • Karen Schmidt says:

        Hi Stacy, My parents have given me I think all the pictures from there house. they are just sitting in a box and most of them are loose while others are very fragle. I go throught them from time to time but would like some advise on what kind of binder to put them in to keep them more protected them they are now. As you probably know they are all odd sizes so what do I put them in? Any advise would be great.


  2. This is cooler than cool. My family doesn’t have these treasures. You are so lucky to get this glimpse into your grandfather’s life.

  3. Oh wow, wow, wow…! When I see precious memorabilia like this I get an excited feeling in the pit of my stomach. What are you going to do with it all??? Please keep us updated as I am mentally planning my grandparents treasures that they are leaving to me.

    I have just “discovered” you from Ali Edwards blog. HELLO STACY!! I love how you love colour. I love your passion and your “happy” attitude. Life is now…to embrace and love. I love that you have 5 children!!! I have 4 ages 8 months to 7 years. It is just so wonderful to find someone with a few more kids than the norm who still finds the time to scrapbook. I am committed to recording Our Story. You and Ali Edwards are such inspiration. I’m Australian currently living in Saudi Arabia with my husband and babies. As you can imagine scrapbooking supplies and inspiration is difficult to come by out here…thank goodness for blogs like yours. I’ll be a regular “stalker”! Have a happy day! (PS-promise not to make my comments this long again…:)

    • Jodie,

      It’s delightful to meet your virtual acquaintance– thanks for reading my blog. I will surely keep you updated on all of my scrapbooking adventures. We have LOTS of Aussies taking classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking — I hope you’ll stop by and btw, I love long comments!

  4. Andrea West says:

    Cool stuff! I have a lot of stuff like this also. I would love to hear some of your ideas about what you are going to do with everything when you sort it all out. Have fun!

  5. I have spent the last 4 months working on just this project – scanning, editing (minimal) and sorting photos, postcards, and such. It is quite overwhelming, but – 3,000+ pictures later – I am starting to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I would love to hear about your process and progress.

    • Jan,
      Thanks for your comment. After just two days of working on this project I have learned so much — I’m thinking I’d really like to develop a class that helps students tackle a project this big! So glad to hear you are doing something similar — I think it’s so important!

  6. Great stuff–be glad you have it all!

  7. TracyBzz says:

    What a an amazing collection! Have fun with your mom :0)

  8. Molly McCarthy says:

    What a wonderful daughter you are!! Enjoy your two days with your Mom and organizing all that stuff!!

  9. How fun – I love looking back through treasured things like these! Enjoy your time with your Mom!

  10. You are a good daughter to help your Mom get all of those ‘treasures’ organized and achived. Enjoy all the wonderful finds.

  11. I’m lovin the old cards!

  12. what treasures to say the least!!!! I love the peek at the old photograph book with the white pen and of course fabulous cards! Have fun with your Momma:)

  13. Nicky from Canada says:

    What a fun task – I love old pictures and all that history and family!!! Have so much fun.

  14. awe-some! I have all of the old family stuff- and some of it is hundreds of years old – I had had some geneologists in my family & they died & I have all the stuff now – so I’m very interested in how you’ll be approaching this stuff.

  15. Just bookmarked your site, thanks for sharing!

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