Friday Family Stories

This fall here at Modern Memorykeeper,  I’m are embarking on a blog series I’m calling “Friday Family Stories”.   Each Friday I’ll be sharing a family photo and the story that accompanies the photo to encourage you to tell your family story.  Whether you are the keeper of the family archives (hand raised here), you’re the designated photographer and collector of all of the things for your family, you want to tell the story of your own life, your family life, your dogs life, or the history of your business…I’m hoping this series will inspire you to pair your photographs and memorabilia with stories.

In addition to photographs and stories, I’ll be showing how I put the photos and stories into a format where I can share with…whomever.  Most weeks, this will mean an example of an embellish more artful page and also a more classic approach.  Both examples appropriate for being incorporated into a bound photo book.

Let’s get started shall we?

The Friday Family Story for this week centers around the first of many ‘noreasters here in New England a few years ago that left over 100″ of snow by the time winter was over…  the copy for the story reads:

“The Beginning of the Winter of Too Much SNOW!  

Monday:  Blizzard warning starts, and huge lines at the market and gas stations.  Travel ban and State of Emergency in effect for almost two days, so no school for two days.  Blowing and snowing like crazy!  At times, we can barely see across the street.

Tuesday:  Still snowing in the morning and crazy wind but we still have power.  Later in the day…HUGE piles of snow and lots of snowblowing and shoveling…What does that mean in our neighborhood??  Yes, it’s a party!!  The kids were out sledding on the huge mountains of snow on the corner until it got dark and too dangerous with the plows out.  The adults hung around at the neighbors and had a spontaneous potluck supper with plenty of beverages…yes, the BEST way to ride out the aftermath of the blizzard.”

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A more embellished and artful presentation of the photo and the story

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A clean and graphic version

As you can see, telling your story doesn’t have to involve loads of photos or pages and pages of text (unless that is what you want, then go for it!)  One story, simply told as part of your family story.    Want help telling your family story?  Modern Memorykeeper can help you tell your stories while preserving your family memories.  Let us show you how!

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Friday Family Stories is a weekly blog series demonstrating how to pair your photos with their stories,  catching fleeting moments to share with those that matter most.

You don’t have to be First Lady to preserve your memories

This past week, Mrs Barbara Bush was laid to rest at 92, “Americas Grandmother” and beloved wife of 72 years to her Husband, mom of six children, grandma to many grandchildren and lover of dogs.   I loved Mrs. Bush, I thought she was a great inspiration for women of all ages and stages, I wish I could have had the chance to meet her.  Did you also know she was a scrapbooker?   Yes, the former First Lady of the United States was an avid memory keeper.   A video posted from television station KAGStv.com  Shared glimpses of Ms. Bushes scrapbooks .  

She saved letters, photographs, programs and newspaper clippings  all lovingly pasted into many, many albums.    She was an avid photographer, documenting her family and her travels which I am sure also found her way into her scrapbooks.  A small gallery of her photographs can be found here on her website.

Some of Mrs Bushes books are now part of the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.  I’m sure many more of them are being enjoyed by her children, grandchildren and friends.  

as an aside… I have never really researched First Ladies and there are SO MANY interesting sites and resources out there.  The Site  https://www.whitehousehistory.org is fascinating and has a lovely tribute to Barbara Bush as of this writing.  

As Mrs Bushes memory keeping shows, it’s a gift and a joy to take photos, tell stories and share them with those we love.  Do you need to have your own paper conservator for your memories?  Not at all, the most important thing is getting those memories, photos and stories out of boxes, envelopes, slides, negatives, whatever the format, and unite them with their stories.    Feeling like you don’t know where to start with your memories?

For a little encouragement, may I present my first scrapbook:

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I have to say, I’ve come quite a long way since those pages of documentation!  Today, not only am I documenting my own family stories and working on the “Family Archives” of antique scrapbooks, photographs and papers and more contemporary photos and slides… I helping clients preserve their memories and tell their stories. At Modern Memorykeeper  we can create beautiful memories out of boxes of photo chaos….and sometimes all it takes is finding one old scrapbook to start.  

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The new adventure is in the works

Starting anything new is exciting, thrilling, brave, terrifying, stomach-dropping and just about every other superlative you can think of.   Starting a company from scratch?  Quadruple that times infinity.  Modern Memorykeeper’s website is being update as we speak with new information about me, a new format and soon….photos and examples of projects we are in the midst of working on for our clients.  Thank you in advance (!) for your support and patience as we work through all the technology and so we can get to the business of preserving your memories.