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Jan

3rd

digitizing david’s mission

Gift giving is not really our love language.

Sure, David and I have given each other plenty of gifts over the years — and there have been some really good ones. But both of us agree that when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays … it’s not the tangible gifts that matter. It’s our time together. We skip the gifts and create memories. That said, every time Christmas rolls around we check in with each other and agree that the kids should see us do at least something for each other. LOL

This year David hooked me up with some Apple AirPods (I love them!) and a sweet yoga mat and accessories, complete with a subscription to Yoga with Adriene on YouTube all set up on our TV because he knows I’ve really wanted to explore yoga, so this was really thoughtful and solution-based (speaking of love languages!). I’ll let you know how that goes. I got him a couple smaller tangible things, but my main gift for him — and quite possibly one of the best gifts I’ve pulled off — was digitizing his entire mission! This was certainly a labor of love. While “personal” in nature, I am sharing this with you because 1) I pretty much share everything I do in the “memory-keeping department” with you because sharing is caring! … and 2) I really feel like sharing my process will help / encourage / motivate some of you to finally tackle a project that you may have been putting off … and that’s part of my life’s work and passion — helping YOU!


ABOUT MISSIONS

First, a brief explanation on what a “mission” is, in this context. In our church, young adults have the choice and opportunity to serve a volunteer mission for a period of 2 years (for young men, as early as 18 years of age) or 18 months (for young women, as early as 19 years of age). Until a few years ago, the age for young men was actually 19 and that’s when David began his two-year mission to Washington D.C. North / Baltimore, Maryland — 1993 to 1995. These missionaries are not paid; in fact, they pay for their mission (and there is financial support for those unable to come up with the funds).

LDS (or “Mormon”) missionaries dedicate this specific period in their lives entirely to serving others and doing the Lord’s work in an area that they are called to serve in. They do not choose where they will serve. They are literally called to an area (ANYwhere in the entire world) and that’s where they go. They could be a state or two away from home or completely on the other side of the planet. Many learn a new language and as you can imagine, become fluent in that language. During one’s mission, they set aside the cares of the world. They take a break from dating and secular learning and hobbies. Instead they are focused on becoming the best version of themselves as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone who is ready to learn. They teach people about God and His Plan of Happiness and our purpose here on earth, and how we can obtain the greatest happiness. They render Christlike service to people on a daily basis — whether those on the receiving end are interested in what these missionaries have to say or not.


BACK STORY TO THE PROJECT

Okay, you get the point. So it’s a really, really big deal — and it’s certainly a significant chunk of a missionary’s life. David and I were married 6 months after he returned home from his mission and that happens to be when I was really, truly, deeply discovering my passion for scrapbooking. Luckily David had all of his mission pictures organized in a photo album (the kind where you slip the photos into the pockets) and some others in a box.

Being the ambitious scrapbooker and loving wife that I was (am) … I was determined to really “scrapbook” my new husband’s mission “properly.” The photo album just wouldn’t do! It needed to be more “special” than that! (*rolling my eyes now*) Ugh. You guys. That was silly! … but whatever. I removed all those photos from the photo albums and got a tote set up, complete with hanging file folders. I transported all his photos to those folders and intended to get it all scrapbooked in between my full-time school + work schedule.

Ha! I’m funny.

Turns out, that was unrealistic thinking. Go figure. Twenty two years have passed since that newlywed phase and David’s mission was still sitting in the tote this year. I can’t even claim “not enough time” as the reason for my procrastination, if I’m being honest. I mean … we all have 24 hours in a day and we can choose how to spend our time. And I’ve done a TON of scrapbooking in those 22 years! So why was I putting this specific project so far to the side? It’s important! It’s special! It’s a big deal! It’s two whole years of my husband’s life!

The truth? I revered his mission memories so much that I felt intimidated. I didn’t think I could really do it “justice.” But in the spirit of total transparency … I am really, really glad I didn’t “scrapbook” his mission back then. Scrapbooking in the nineties was all about creativity and we’ve come a LONG way (I have certainly come a long way!) and I cringe a little thinking of what I might have done with his pictures had I tackled that project back in the day.

So fast forward. Christmas is rolling around. David doesn’t need a single thing that he isn’t going to buy for himself anyway, and I’m on a mission (no pun intended) to come up with something that is meaningful and unique and a true sign of my affection for him. It took about a half a second for this thought to pop into my mind that went something like this: “It’s time! It’s time to get David’s mission digitized. No more procrastinating. Just block off the time and DO IT.”

How’s that for a motivating kick-in-the-rear kind of prompting?

I didn’t think twice. I just DID it. I knew it would mean setting everything else to the side for complete focus (however long that would take) … and you know what? It worked. Sometimes you just have to stop thinking about something, get over feeling guilty about it, and just DO it!

You are quite likely familiar with one of my most significant philosophies when it comes to memory keeping, and that is: BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND! Yes. Always. So before I began this project and finally circled back to a good intention from 22 years ago, I envisioned the end result.

Guess what, guys? I don’t KNOW what the end result looks like exactly. I know (and David and I have discussed this in recent years) that it will be a photo book that takes up less real estate than a big album. Obviously using the Project Life® App makes the most sense (duh) and obviously doing it this way means it’ll be easy-breezy to make copies for each of the kids to have too (that’s the cherry on top). But how many pages and how / when that will come together is still to be determined.

But here’s the cool part: It doesn’t matter! Regardless of those details, I KNEW that everything needed to be scanned and digitized. So THAT would be the gift. THAT would be what I could pull off in time for Christmas. And THAT would be huge! So my end game for the time being was to do THAT! Sometimes projects are procrastinated because they seem so huge, so insurmountable. (Know what I mean? I’m sure you do.) Instead we should give ourselves permission to do what we can … however we can … when we can. I’m a believer in “batching” in memory keeping. Doing a bunch of something that’s all the same kind of work — whether it’s scanning, like what I’m sharing with you right now, or doing all the photo selection and printing for a physical album in one sitting, or catching up on a bunch of journaling at one time. You get the idea.


numbers

Total investment of my time: 12 hours

Number of photos scanned: 1,185

Number of letters scanned: 54


STEP BY STEP: WHAT I DID + HOW I DID IT

1) SHHHH. | First thing on my mind? Keeping this a secret, of course! This part likely doesn’t apply to a project you’re about to tackle. It just happened to be that this would be a surprise gift for my husband … but 99% of my memory-keeping projects are not secretive at all. Anyway — I knew that this would mean chipping away while my husband was at work and guaranteed to not be around. Even though I have a scanner set up both at home and the office, I chose to work on this project at the office. I wasn’t sure how long it would take, but I knew it’d be at LEAST a full work day so I blocked off the day, brought in a couple totes full of his mission stuff, and told the girls what I was doing (physically present + available but essentially not doing regular work).

And … I went after it! The work began!

2) ORGANIZATION IS KEY  |  As I mentioned earlier, that part was pretty much already done from all those years ago. In fact, I’d call the organizational component of a project like this “PHASE 1” … and Phase 1 is exactly where we left off 22 years ago. As I opened the lid to that tote full of hanging files, recognizing my own handwriting from those years, I was so grateful this part was done.

3) PHASE 2 = SCAN, SCAN, SCAN  |  I started with pictures. I went hanging file by hanging file. One at a time. Batch of photos by batch of photos. I placed a handful of photos in the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 at a time (this has been our go-to scanner for years), pushed the button to activate the scanner (which is always connected to my computer), and it automatically pulled the pictures through, one at a time, and very quickly.

4) STORE IN DROPBOX  | As each batch of photos was completed (which takes a matter of seconds, really) … I added (moved) each batch to Dropbox, in its respective sub folder. How I have it set up: In our main “Photos” folder, I have a sub folder called “David’s Mission.” Within that, I have sub folders such as “01 Pre Mission,” “02 Missionary Training Center,” “03 (First Area),” “04 (Next Area),” and so forth.

NOTE: It’s very typical on missions that the missionaries spend a period of time in one area, then be transferred to another and another so that within their greater geographical mission, they cover several specific areas in that state / region / country.

5) FILE RE-NAMING  | Once the now-scanned batch of pictures was added to their sub folder, and while the physical prints were still sitting there on my desk, and before I placed them back in their hanging folder … I re-named each and every file with any information David wrote on the back of the photos all those years ago (he did this along the way on his mission, thank goodness, so most dates / names / places were identified while it was all fresh on his mind). This was back in the days of printing a roll of 24 or 36, know what I mean? Back when we actually printed photos! There were definitely perks to that old method, before we got into the digital age of photography that we’re in now.

6)  LETTERS  |  Then I tackled all the letters. Same process. I scanned all the letters that David had handwritten and mailed to his family in Arizona. His mom had kept them all (of course + thank goodness!) and gave them to David at some point. Those file names are the respective dates on which his letters were written. I love that the scanner has options, including “duplex” scanning, which means it scans both the front AND back of two-sided items / documents. This has really come in handy, as you can imagine.

So … that’s what I did! One full 8-hour day spilled into the next and I was able to get the whole thing wrapped up with an additional half day (4 hours). I felt really good about that! I feel like one of the most helpful things was being totally focused. I really did ignore my inbox pretty well and didn’t allow myself to get pulled into various directions throughout the day(s). I know how multi-tasking works and it usually results in me not doing a great job at either thing I’m working on. So for that day & a half, I was 100% focused on digitizing David’s mission.


NOW WHAT?

David was delighted with the gift! He’s stoked to have his mission digitized. I’m stoked to kick that guilt to the curb. Now … obviously I’m not totally DONE yet. I still need to actually make the photo book, of course. That’s PHASE 3 (the final phase of the project). But that’s not something I would do “behind David’s back,” you know? This was his mission. These are his memories, his stories to tell.

So what I think that will look like is this: David and I will sit down together for 20-30 minutes sometime, with Dropbox open, and go through all that is in there and get a sense for what he cares the most about, what doesn’t really matter much anymore (especially with all these years that have past), and that’s that! It will be then that I’ll know my direction for pulling together the photo book. I’ll determine how many pages it will be (100 pages / 200 sides is the max for a soft cover photo book through the Project Life App), then I’ll do the math and figure out about how many pages it will be per “chapter” (area in his mission). See what I’m saying? Working backwards like that makes soooo much sense in scrapbooking and it’s one of my best tips!

Then I’ll knock out those app pages (lying down and totally comfortable and without getting out any supplies — yay!), have him add some journaling, and that’s how we’ll get the photo book completed. We’ll order it through the app of course (including a copy for each of the kids), and … oh man. I can’t even wait to hold that in our hands. FINALLY!!

Anyway, I knew that no matter how and when the photo book would come together … it all had to be digitized, no matter what. That’s why the scanning component was so critical.


What about the stuff?

Now that all the photos and letters are digitized … do I toss it? Keep it?? Great question! Truth is … I don’t have all those answers. And because I’m not sure, and because I don’t feel comfortable tossing these treasures — even though they’re all scanned — I’m not gonna toss them! It’ll all remain stored and organized as it is and I’m okay with that.


how this applies to you

Alright. Let’s round out this fun topic by bringing it back to YOU! Are you ready to put a goal into ACTION??

1) IDENTIFY ONE TOPIC  |  Could be a trip / phase of life / special occasion / category of memories that you have, where a pile / box / drawer full of pictures (etc.) is just sitting, WAITING for your attention. This won’t likely take too much thought. I’d be willing to bet that something stood out in your mind immediately. It’s very likely that you have felt the nudge (or straight up guilt) to do something with those pictures once and for all. Okay — got it? Do you have it identified?

2) MAKE A PLAN  |  Perhaps that plan makes sense in 3 phases like David’s mission project. Phase 1 was the organization, Phase 2 was the scanning / digitizing, and Phase 3 will be making the photo book. Break your master plan into phases so that it’s easier to digest. If you think of it as one big “thing to do,” it’ll just remain un-done because it’s simply too overwhelming.

Make a plan. Break it up. Write it down.

3) START  |  As in … begin with Phase 1. Just do it! Seems so easy, right? I know it’s not usually that simple (hello, it took me 22 years to blow the dust off this project! I get it!) — but you know what really helps?? Two things: First of all, go with it when you’re FEELING it. Know what I mean? Like, the itch is there. You’re in the mood. Your vision is clear and you’re motivated. When you feel those feels … do everything you can to set everything else aside so that you can tap into that fresh energy and RUN with it! The second thing that I find to be helpful (as was the case for me in David’s mission project) is to give yourself a deadline and / or schedule the time. Like, actually add this as a calendar item. This Saturday from 12-4 you are going to blast your favorite tunes, get in the zone, and go for it! Or … each Sunday you are going to set aside an hour to chip away. Or … whatever works for you! You gotta do what works for you, friend. Always.

I’m cheering you on. I really am. I so want you to have memory-keeping success! It’s an amazing feeling to document the stories, preserve the photos, and savor the memories … no matter how you choose to do it.

Should you feel so inclined, leave a comment below with the project YOU’RE going to tackle this year. Let’s be ambitious and say … this quarter! Within the next 3 months … the first quarter of 2018 … what’s it gonna be?? I’m with you. I’ll set a goal right here, right now, to complete David’s mission book by tackling Phase 3 and getting it DONE!

Let’s DO this! *high five*

COMMENTS

64 Responses

  1. Linda Cutter says:

    I took thousands of photos and had them digitized by a company in CA. I admit, I was nervous sending them but it was worth it. For about $200 they did it all. Then I took the photos, divided them by ‘owner’ of who was the main person. If it wasn’t me or my husband, I offered them up. If they didn’t want, I tossed them out. Yep, THREW THEM OUT. Why? Because I had them digitally and I wasn’t goign to use them if we weren’t the focus. We housed them for at least 20 years and no one ever asked. I made everyone a copy of the disk and tossed. We still have a few of the originals if they were ours but even those, who is asking for them? no one! I should toss those too, since I have them digitally. My brother in law, 50’s, single about died when I tossed them but he does NOTHING with any photo he has ever taken so it was either come get them with in a week or I’m tossing. Hard core? You bet – I moved them countless times. Time to purge for new memories!

    • Robyn Wood says:

      Can you please provide the name and website of the company you had digitize your photo’s.
      I am not sure I want to invest all the money in purchasing a scanner like Becky has .

      Thanks
      Roby

    • Wow, Linda! Way to do what works for you! And I’m a fan of decluttering … even the “sentimental” stuff that’s not quite as “sentimental” as we once thought it might be. ; )

  2. Sean Eyring says:

    I loved the glimpses of the photos since I KNOW (well, knew…like 25 years ago) some of the people in them!

  3. Miriam says:

    I have precious memorabilia from my (and my husband’s) maternal and paternal sides back some (at least) two generations (along with our parents and us and our family!) in various forms and I simply must get them out of unmatching boxes, totes, albums etc., and just do this. I don’t have your scanner and I don’t know if total digital is how I want to go, so determining what direction/format I want to end up with is my task at hand. This particular blog (I have followed you for several years and completed Project Life app prints and one book) has alleviated some of the overwhelming intimidation that has kept me from tackling and obliterating this project once and for all! I see some light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you.

    • Oh Miriam, that makes me so happy! I’m so glad you’re less intimidated! Sometimes I think that THINKING about an overwhelming project is the most overwhelming part. ; )

  4. Janell Chaffee says:

    I saw your instastories last night and was excited to see what you had to say about the topic! I’ve been thinking about getting my husband’s mission scanned and put into an album (instead of it all being hidden away in a tote in our garage). Thank you for taking the time to lay it out for me! 😉😊

  5. Monica says:

    We do the SAME! Getting gifts is not our love language but serving is. We’d much rather serve others and gifts just are not our thing – – as much as we appreciate them, we do not give gifts to each other for birthdays, Christmas etc., we spend time together – – quality – special time together that is different from other days.

    However, loved this post!

  6. Debra Lee says:

    I’m so excited that you shared this process! I have been wanting to document our family vacations by years. We’ve been going to Colorado for over 20 years! I know we have photos of a few places that we visit each year that we go. I want to make a book for each of our 6 children with those wonderful memories. I had the idea for this year and got so overwhelmed with it that I didn’t even get close to starting. I love making scrapbooks and so want to get it going so I make these boxes of photos into beautiful memories for our family. You inspire me to get it going! Here I go!!!

  7. Angela says:

    I have started my son’s mission and even though he has only been out for 5 months I have done pretty good at keeping up with it. I want to catch up the last month due to the craziness of the holidays than I want to start my daughters mission. She has been home for a year and I had started it but as I started doing my sons I had ideas for her book. My children love my scrapbooks and it is so fun to go back and reminisce over the memories with each other. I am not a journal keeper but I do feel that scrapbooks can be used in place of a journal. I am thankful I switched to the digital scrapbooking because it takes seconds instead of hours completing a page.
    Thanks
    Angela

    • I love hearing about your successes, Angela — and what a remarkable gift you’re giving to your children. YES! Scrapbooks ARE a form of journaling. It’s photo journaling and it’s beautiful! Well done, and keep up the excellent memory keeping work!

  8. Emily says:

    This is very motivating, Thanks! I served an LDS mission to Romania and this has been on my to-do list forever. My only problem is that I started scrapbooking my mission when I got home in 2000 and all of my MTC pictures are cut down with fun scissors into cute shapes (ugh!). I feel like I need to organize the negatives and probably print these pictures again so I can properly digitize them. Or is there a better solution? I am all ears, if you have any suggestions!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Emily- I have the same thing! Cut photos, some put into real simple albums that take up WAY too much shelf space. I want to digitize and then condense.

      I have all of my negatives too and I bought this about a year ago to begin the process of scanning my negatives. I felt that this would be easier than scanning the photos and the resolution would be better. I’ve only scanned a few items but I was happy with the end result.

      Jumbl 22MP All-In-1 Film & Slide Scanner w/ Speed-Load Adapters for 35mm Negative & Slides, 110, 126, & Super 8 Films https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LU0XO3O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7hQtAbBM07K3S

    • Lauren K. says:

      The Canon CanoScan 9000F MKII Photo, Film and Negative Scanner, Flatbed will scan negatives! It was about $175 on Amazon. HTH :)

    • Hi Emily! I agree with Lisa, that digitizing + condensing is the way to go. That’s essentially the summary of my whole blog post. ; ) Good luck! You’ve got this!

  9. Krishna Adams says:

    What are the the tots that the hanging files are in? I need those to get organized!
    Thanks for a great blog post. I would’ve loved that gift! So thoughtful.

  10. Linda Sargeant says:

    My daughter returned from her mission to Rome in July. For Christmas I scrapbooked about half the photos she sent us on the Cloud using my phone Project Life app. I would have loved to finish them, but I only work on them during my prep period and lunch when I’m working as a substitute teacher. She absolutely LOVED the pages I’ve had printed so far. My project this quarter is to finish scrapping her mission photos!

  11. Lisa McAfee says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this process ! I have so many old photos and “projects” that I have put off due to intimidation as well. I already have a Fujitsu Scan Snap (an old one – a S1500M) so what I am waiting for ?! I have the scanner and Project Life App so I need to just do it ! I love your idea of file folders and I file box. I will have to do that as well.

  12. Kristina says:

    I just started the process of moving my old photos from smaller albums to 12×12 albums to save space and get them out of a box and on my bookshelf. I can’t believe how many photos I’ve thrown away. (I mean do I really need 75 photos from Christmas?) I thought I was going to have a hard time with this project knowing how time consuming it was going to be. But I’ve managed to take some time each day to sit and work on it. I am having a great time looking at all the memories that have been packed away in my basement. Thanks for all your inspiration!!

  13. Skye says:

    Knowing you have a lot of photos, what size dropbox do you subscribe to?

    Do you find it takes a while to upload from the computer to dropbox? I ask because a few years back a group did an event and hired a photographer I had them on CD and the person at the corp office wanted some for the website and newsletter and it took FOREVER to upload them so bad that I ended up emailing them. They were highres but not so bad that I couldn’t attach them.

    • Hi Skye, there are more variables than just which size dropbox account one might have. I have unlimited because I use it for our business and we need loads of space. I’m not familiar with the slow loading issues you’ve experienced, so I don’t think I’m very helpful with that — sorry.

  14. Alicia says:

    Wow! THIS post is THE post I have been waiting for! I have been using the Project Life App for a while now and have some beautiful books of our life, but I have boxes and boxes (probably seven) of letters and pictures of my mission and my husband’s mission. They overlapped. We have letters to each other and letters to everyone and I’ve ignored it because IT WAS TOO OVERWHELMING! Your three steps helped me realize that this project IS doable and that I can DO IT! I know Step 1 will take me lots of time, but I’m going to set aside time each Sunday to make it happen. Thank you for the inspiration. It truly made my day/week/YEAR to read this!

    • Alicia, your kind words really invoked some feelings in me. Thank you for reminding me why I continue to pour my heart (and time) into this work and into what / how I share. Anyway — THANK YOU. And yes! Blocking off the time to be intentional about working on this project “here a little and there a little” will be one of the keys to your success! I’m excited for you!

  15. Kassie says:

    Your post just reminded me that although I had a company scan all my paper photos 9 years ago, my husband’s mission pictures were not done! 😱 Years ago I took them out of the magnetic album they were in and put them in sheet protectors but there they’ve sat. So my goal is a copy of what you just did….scan those 35 year old mission pictures and do something with them! Thanks for your post!

  16. Monique says:

    Awesome post! This will help me with our daughter’s Make-A-Wish memories, which totally feel daunting due to their special place in my heart.

    • I hear you, Monique! It’s so common for us to put off the “biggest” (most significant / special to us) projects because we make them more of a daunting project in our minds, oftentimes sub-conscientiously.

  17. Anne-Marie says:

    Way to go Becky! I love how you broke it down and make it feel doable. We lived in Italy for two years with 7 children and we’ve been back for 10 years (and now have 8 children). It was an amazing experience as you can imagine. My husband says we called ourselves on our own mission. I am going to do Phase 1 this quarter. I know that making a book for each of our children would be very meaningful (make one and have 8 copies printed). Thanks for the motivation Becky! I have been more of a collector these past few years and can’t wait to jump back on the bandwagon!

    • Anne-Marie, how incredible! Not just your family’s experience but the fact that you’ve gained CLARITY on how you want to tackle this once and for all. I FULLY agree with your approach to do the ONE book and make copies for your children! Awesome.

  18. Lisa says:

    I’m commenting so that this becomes a goal and not just a wish. 😉

    My aunt passed away this last February and after her funeral, all of her most personal items (photos/awards/scrapbooks/playbills/etc) found what looks like s permanent home in my basement. I’ve already sorted things into different categories (childhood/teen/college/career/acting/travel) but now I need to begin the scanning process. My ultimate goal is to have a finished book for her mom, brother, and sister, as well as one for my sister and me (which covers my entire family). With an extra copy or two, they can all be passed down to my children. My aunt never married or had children of her own, so I feel the responsibility of keeping her memory and accomplishments alive.

    There. A wish has just become a goal. 😊

    • Lisa! I have goosebumps! YES! You grab tight to that goal and RUN with it, sister! I’m proud of you for taking that on and think you’ll be amazed at your progress when you just get going with it once and for all. So neat! Your family will cherish those books you pull together.

  19. Beth says:

    My big project this year, is to complete my daughters’ photo album before she gets married. We had a fire in 2008, and thankfully many of the photos were able to be saved; but the mess, the organization, the time… I’m so overwhelmed just trying to organize what survived the fire, I haven’t even printed anything since then. I’m want to do this for her. Wish me luck.

    • Beth, I’m so sorry to hear that you guys went through that — and I admire you so much for having that deep desire to pull that off before your daughter’s wedding. Now it’s a matter of putting good intentions to WORK. You’ve got this! I’m cheering you on!

  20. Jinny says:

    I have a load of pictures from our two week family trip to Korea – our two daughters were born there; one connected with her birth family, we met our daughters’ foster parents, etc. First phase – get them to Dropbox and OFF my phone!

    • That’s right, Jinny! Just break it down and think of the process in phases so that you’re less overwhelmed. This project will be incredibly special. I’m so glad you’re doing it!

  21. Berht says:

    At the moment I am so overwhelmed, I have started so many things but have nothing finished. This actual post has nothing much to do with what I’m focusing on but I still found it so so helpful and inspiring. Everything you write helps me and the steps are just what I needed!! It’s so simple and makes me feel like actually I can do this! Thanks for sharing everything you do… Please never stop!! Xx

    • “Please never stop!” — Wow, Berht! That actually motivates me so much, thank you! Seriously, it makes me happy to know that even though this particular (and very specific project) isn’t relevant to you, what you GAINED from it is beneficial. Thank you for taking the time to share that, and best wishes as you focus and zero in on perhaps just ONE thing you can tackle next. : )

  22. Ursula says:

    I went through a box of my Mom’s belongings and found the most amazing treasure. In the box was a scrapbook she had to make as a senior project. It was a scrapbook of every year of her life. Newspaper clippings, invitations awards, speeches, news reports, etc. It even included the speech she gave at her graduation describing the political climate during the Korean War. I want to scan the pages and put them in 12 x 12 page protectors. My problem is the pages and clippings are so fragile they can’t go through a scanner. Does anyone know of a scanner that would be good for this type of project?

  23. Doorly says:

    A few things :-) : 1- I hope you enjoy Yoga with Adriene. I’ve followed her for years and am enjoying her 30 Days this month. It’s exactly what I needed. 2- This is really inspiring! I did Kevin’s physical mission a few years ago but he still needs to journal. This is inspiring me to tackle a family history project for my mother in law. I felt overwhelmed every time I thought about it, but now, I feel like I can wrap my head around it and take baby steps: scan, organize, document. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Scan, organize, document. Yes! You’ve got this, Doorly. What an awesome daughter-in-law you are! And yoga? Yes, I like HER … and I really liked the ONE time I’ve done it this month (haha!) and really, REALLY need to step up my game and get back into that morning habit. The struggle is real. ; )

  24. debra eaves says:

    I am currently working on a small memory layout booklet for a dear friend who has recently become engaged. They are Morman, which for me has made things difficult because I’m not Morman. I want to have things in the book that would be meaningful to the couple being their journey together, but I don’t know what that something would be because I’m unfamiliar with their faith. For me, this being booklet is important because I want to put words that would be meaningful and helpful for them during their engagement time. The wedding is tentatively set for July 2018, so they will have at least seven months of engagement and preparation into the life phase together. Can you give me some help in words department that would be meaningful to them?

    • Debra, you are such a dear friend! I love that you’re doing this. Honestly, I would ask THEM because what’s significant / important / special to them isn’t necessarily what ALL Mormons find significant / important / special, you know? We are each unique. I would definitely glean insights from the gift recipients if it were me. ; )

  25. Cassandra says:

    Thanks for sharing! This is awesome, and I’m sure that photo book will be a treasure!! I have so many projects, I have no idea where to start. But now that I’ve read this, I will make a goal to start somewhere in 2018. I have been married for over 18 years, and 7 kids later, I haven’t done any scrapbooking since 2003! My photos are not organized (digital has been tricky and I have not had a system, unfortunately, and I’m completely overwhelmed at where to begin). BUT this past November, my husband and I went to Hawaii and I made my first project life album of our trip! It was such a small thing, in relation to how much I have to catch up on, but I needed to start somewhere, and I figured a 10 day trip is less intimidating than figuring out how to catch up on 7 kids and 15 years of memories. I feel like you truly are cheering me on in my memory keeping journey, no matter how dismal it seems. So once again, Thank You!

    • Cassandra! That’s AWESOME! You could have done NOTHING … but you chose to make SOMEthing and I totally agree with you about tackling a “smaller” / more manageable project because what that experience has likely helped you with is CONFIDENCE to do more, right?? So cool. (Also — yay that you guys got away!) Now just look at the next project you want to tackle, break it down into phases, and get to work. You’ve got this! And yes, I’m 100% cheering you on! : )

  26. This is a great idea! The thought and process of digitizing our old photos is so daunting, but taking it on one project at a time is probably best. My mom has photos of a trip we took to Hawaii when I was young for my brother’s Make-A-Wish and I’ve always wanted to scrapbook those photos myself. I never knew quite how I would do it, but this may be the best solution and I can work on it with my mom to be sure we get all the memories down. I don’t think my brother’s are that into “scrapbooking” albums, but the thought of doing this PL style and printing in the softcover book may be the best solution. I can totally see it sitting on their book shelf! Do I dare challenge myself to do this by the end of March?! I think it’s worth the challenge.

    • Julie! CLEARLY you’ve had your epiphany! Yes! I think getting all those pictures scanned and pulling a photo book together, and ordering soft cover copies, is 100% do-able by the end of March! And if you’re feeling REALLY ambitious, you can get it done over the weekend because we’re having a sale next week — 15% off all prints and photo books ordered through the app. (We never have sales through the app; just saying.) ; )

  27. Tanya Napier says:

    This was a great post- I’m so inspired right now! The project that popped into my head right away is actually not creating something, but getting all my pages (traditional and PL app) into albums. I have several bins full of pages, but no one can see them! Step One: Sort pages by Year. Thanks Becky!

  28. Ashlee says:

    My goal is to organize printed Christmas photos from years past, and digitize them. I do have a question, does the scanner you use have the ability to scan negatives and slides? Thanks for the inspiration

  29. Vanessa B. says:

    This is just the kick in the “you know where” to do my husband’s military career album. I have most of it in two scrapbooks with ALL the doodads that were just so cool back in the day. That’s not remotely what he needs or (I bet if you asked him) wants. Thank you!!!

  30. Toni M Chase says:

    Great post! I should probably do this for my husband too. :)

    • Um, yes. You absolutely positively 100% should do this. You BOTH would love it — and your KIDS would love it! And how timely with this season of your family’s life!!

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