Faster is not always better. If you are using your phone to scan your family heritage photos, you will want to read this article.
You see, I’ve stumbled across something that I should have known but didn’t think about until I was trying to answer the increasing number of scanning questions sent my way. In fact I was very close in recommending one of these apps to a number of friends, but decided I had better do a bit of checking before I hit the Enter key. I was getting caught up in the tempting prospect of taking one photo of one photo album page and almost instantly receiving multiple single images — all nicely cropped — all ready for me to simply save them and then upload them for use in my heritage project.
Do you search through your digital files or are you a browser? When it comes to scrapbooking, I’m definitely a browser. I love to see all my things laid out in front of me, paper or digital, so I can pick and choose exactly what I want to add to my layout. You’re right there with me, aren’t you…?
back of photo: Nathan, Paul, Grandpa George, and baby Max.
What to do when you have a family heirloom photo that has nothing else written on the back but the names of the people? First of all, it is a good thing to actually find names on the back of old family photos. It’s just that when I only have one photo like this, I really would love to know some sort of back story and in this case, all four generations are now silent. In order to give this special photo some of that interesting background, I have to do some hunting.
Whenever I look back at my scrapbooks, I am always drawn to the journaling. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the pictures a lot — and the layouts bring everything together, but it is the journaling that fills in the blanks and brings it all to life.
It’s the same with journaling in a heritage scrapbook as well. I can be tempted to stick with names, dates, places and the facts that we can glean from the backs of the photos, but to really bring them to life, I feel the need to add some background information.
“Handwriting is an Imprint of the Self on the Page” -by Dr. Rosemary Sassoon.
Does scrapbooking get any more personal than when we add our own handwriting to the page? How is it then that my fourteen year old daughter recently mentioned that she only knew my handwriting from my grocery lists? Seriously? How could this be?
Knowing who our family WAS reveals part of who we ARE.
I love this quote and it speaks volumes to me as I continue to share my family history with my own children and relatives. When I started my journey to share my love for family history, the heritage photos and stories that go along with it all, I knew that my ultimate goal was to share it in a book form. I want to combine beautiful pages with stories, photos and documents that will entice my children and family to WANT to read them and learn more about their family history. This is where Chatbooks really excels with its’ size easy to ready and cute size.
Sharing my Family History on Instagram
Once I discovered Instagram, I “instantly” knew that this would become a platform that I could use to catch the attention of my kids – you know… one post, one story at a time with a beautiful photo. We can combine our love of scrapbooking to provide the beautiful photo and then include the story in the caption of our post. That is the essence of scrapbooking but on a smaller scale.
Being fifty-five, you would think that my first thought when I read the topic for this month, “Magical Beginnings,” might have been about my kids as they begin their adult lives or even my grand-daughter who is just five and started kindergarten this year. Funny, but that wasn’t what seemed to pop in my mind at all; it was more a picture of myself and my own change of course with my life. Really diving into my own family’s history and the family heirloom photos that have found their way to me, I am discovering that it is very important to release myself from any sense of duty to “get it all done” and to slow down, focusing on each photo and each event — and most importantly, making sure to enjoy the process. (Which is one of the reasons that I found my way to Scrapaneers!)
Do you ever feel like summer gets shorter but more hectic every year? Fall brings a slower rhythm to my life and I can seem to get some organizing done before the next big rush of the holiday season. Summer already feels like a blur and I have a lot of pictures that I’m determined are not going to be stuck inside my phone or Dropbox storage. I need help to remember all the little details so I’ve been using the Day One app on my phone and it has been a life-saver when it comes to journaling about those little things that happened this past summer. Behind every great picture, there is an even better story which is why I’m so excited to share with you how to use the Day One app — I love passing on great things that make my life easier and give me a way to cut down on mental clutter!