Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Photography Output Issues

For better or worse, I am always thinking about the end product.  When I was little, my mom helped us do all kinds of crafts and I would struggle with what to do with the product.  The process was fun but we had absolutely no need for the end result.

I do not like clutter although I can show you plenty of it in my life? so I usually try only to do something that achieves an end result I need or want.  So, what do we do with all the photos we take?  What is the end result... what I call "photography output?"  I delete as much as I can, but the photos I do keep, I do want to enjoy.  Not just keep in the computer netherworld.

For the past couple of years, I have switched from photo books to weekly project life pages.  I like the simple photo books (and they are Adam's favorite) because the end result is easy to manage.  It's not too big, heavy, or cumbersome- and they stack neatly on a bookshelf.

The cons for me are several:  they are a pain to make- It takes a lot of decision-making time at the end of the year and I find going through a year of photos overwhelming.    Plus, a lot of the "everyday life" photos are overlooked to make room for the "special event" photos like birthdays and holidays.  

Special events are important, but I want more.  Everyday life is what I am truly most interested in reflecting.

The Project Life pages certainly capture the everyday life and thoughts, which I LOVE.  But I have noticed that one year in a 12x12 binder is big, bulky, and heavy.  I may look into having the pages printed at the end of the year into a book like this one from

Any good photography output ideas???

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Steel Magnolias

Last week one of my sweet aunts moved into her new home.  She has Alzheimer's and needs more help now.  For years, all of her sweet sisters (those above, plus two more that weren't born when this photo was taken) worked together to support her in all ways, but when her only son died two weeks ago, the timing was right.

My sweet dad is pictured here second from the left.  Thinking about him and his brothers reminded me of a quote... Mary Fowler and I watched the classic movie Steel Magnolias the other day and when Sally Fields says, "I find it amusing.  Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something."

These 9 siblings LOVE each other.  They have something really special.  They grew up in a loving home but things were not always easy.  In fact, just looking at this photo kind of amazes me!  How in the world did they have enough of and the right sized socks, shoes, and clothes just for this one picture!?!  And how did the photographer get all 7 of them to look at the camera with all 14 eyes open??

The only way my mom and I could help with this transition was to clean out and organize my aunt's townhouse to ready it for sale.  It was not completely easy, but we had such a good time enjoying each other's company, taking small trips down memory lane, and ultimately feeling accomplished!

We started upstairs and sorted into TRASH, DONATE, or if we were saving, we GROUPED like things together!  It really turned out to be fun.  It also turned out to be inspiring!

When I got home to my house, I started tackling spaces I had been putting off.  And I used the same procedure.  Now my garage is straight and organized!  In fact, I have a table and chairs out there now that the kids and I have been using as a crafting table.  I grouped all the random "craft" things together so we can now use and enjoy them.  Shocker!

This week while the kids are at the lake with my parents, I hope to start on the attic.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Happy Summer!!  I have missed sitting at my computer but other things have needed attention around here!  Sara asked me to add another day of work so that makes 3 days a week and I can barely keep up with laundry!

We spent a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend with my sister and her family at the lake.  One night Lynn and I watched this documentary after the kids went to bed.  I really enjoyed it, but if you haven't noticed, I'm kind of interested in the topic:)  Not much new information to me, but I highly recommend for those who don't buy every book on the topic!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Project Life Week 1

Game Changer

Every once in a while, you see something on Pinterest and you try it and it works... and it changes your life.  This wooden paint-stirrer picture hanging trick is just that.  Pretty self-explanatory.

Please try not to focus on my weird smooshed up lobster claw hand.

When we remodeled Mary Fowler's bedroom the summer before 6th grade, I framed several of her school art projects in big white IKEA matted frames.  When it came time to hang them, the wires were just a little different on each one.  This trick saved my sanity.

I don't know how one would do projects like this gorgeous entry remodel below without it!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Welcome 2015!

As much as I LOVE the holidays, I am always energized by the New Year!  We had a great Christmas.  This year was a little different because we spent the whole two weeks out of town- first to Roanoke and then in Chicago to visit Adam's brother and his family.  We don't get to see them very often, so it was really nice.  I took a lot of pictures and I am slowly getting them into pages.  I love looking through my pictures and re-living the good memories.  

As always, I won't post the really personal ones, but I recently did this series of pages after being inspired by the top 3 pictures on the beach.  We spent a week at the beach with my mom's whole side of the family for Thanksgiving, and as I explain in the text, this was a moment in time for my two kiddos.  So special.  

That page made me want to look back at some pictures of Mary Fowler and Davis when they were little and try to show some examples of their earlier relationship.  

Mary Fowler has a birthday coming up so I think Davis will give her the Big Sister page.  I just noticed I failed to capitalize the M in Mary, but I'm not going back to change it :)