Friday Family Stories

 

I have to be honest in this space, between the Pandemic crisis and all that has been surrounding it for us here in Massachusettes (College students home two months early, hubby working from home, strict stay-at-home orders, business disruptions and lots of mask making) the economic turmoil exacerbated by the crisis and the horrific racial injustice and issues around white supremacy and systemic racism that maybe, just maybe we can now realistically address and start to dismantle…   Creativity has taken a back burner.  Those of you who know me in real life know I am at hear a creator and a maker and I am just now feeling back in the swing of things and wanted to share a layout I made last night that definitely falls under a “Friday Family Story”

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you summer of ’69 in Dallas Texas and yes, the is yours truly jumping off of the high dive.  The images in the page come from the family slide collection…which are now scanned, backed up and housed in archival slide boxes.  The beauty of digital conversion is not only can I use the images for creative projects such as this but I will be emailing a copy of the bottom left photo to my sister.. the little girl in pigtails.  It’s so so wonderful to be able to look back at this snapshot in time and I was completely surprised at how much I remembered of that particular place.  Images incredibly evocative and meant to be shared.  I’m starting to tell more of my childhood stories (as I am digitizing slides, photographs and negatives) as I am the only one left who really remembers them as our grandparents and both of our parents are gone now.   So it is up to me to preserve the memories and tell the stories!

If you’d like help organizing your paper photos, digitizing photos, or putting together albums or photo books, let Modern Memorykeeper help you get those images out of shoeboxes, preserved and remade into beautiful new projects to share with your friends and family.

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

Preserve your Memories and Tell your Stories!

Friday Family Stories

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This installment of Friday Family Stories is brought to you by the Triggs clan of Huntington, Indiana circa 1912, 1915 & 1917.    I am so fortunate that my Grandpa Triggs put together a book of family stories and photographs years ago so that we can enjoy them!   I have a large trove of Triggs family heritage materials… and almost as much stuff from my mom’s side (Kilmer).  I think somewhere in the boxes there are the originals of these which I will be very excited to scan !

What family stories and photos are in your boxes behind the couch?

If you’d like help organizing your paper photos, digitizing photos, or putting together albums or photo books, let Modern Memorykeeper help you get those images out of shoeboxes, preserved and remade into beautiful new projects to share with your friends and family.

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

Preserve your Memories and Tell your Stories!

Friday Family Stories

It’s the last Friday in November… 4 more Fridays and then it’s on to the new year! Hard to believe it’s almost that time but the last of the turkey has been eaten and the Christmas decorations are making their way down from the attic.  This weeks Friday Family Story theme is shopping (fitting right?)…being bored while shopping actually…

The text reads:   “It was the end of a long day of shopping at “The Mothership” aka LL Bean in Freeport. Auntie Tina and I had to examine everything in the Home Store and you for were done. You’d spent your gift cards at the main store and now it was time to home or go for ice cream, or both but please no more SHOPPING!”

 

Get It Scrapped Scrapbook Coach 21 Top Heavy Template No 1 by Debbie Hodge

Traditional Scrapbook page

 

Bored at bean simple

Simplified photobook page

So get your photos off of your camera roll on your phone and start telling the stories that are every day small stories, but ones which you know your kids will remind you of over and over (yes, my sister and I are still hearing about “that time you shopped at Bean forever” 4+ years later).

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

Friday Family Stories

The Friday Family Story this week delves several years further back into the archives for my favorite photo from a visit with Dad to the lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine near where my sister lives.   Text reads:  

“Grandpa was visiting New England, and of course we had to go see some nautical sights with Aunt Tina in Portland.  We spent the afternoon at Portland Head Light, just a few towns away from Tina’s house!  A beautiful fall day on the coast exploring the lighthouse and all the kids want to know is…Can we climb on the rocks? Why can’t we climb on the rocks? We manage to wrangle everyone for a photo to capture the fun of the day. Love that we live so close to Tina  and so close to the coast!!!”

2015-24-Lent-29-Portland Head Light 2007-PRINTA more embellished and artful presentation of the photo and the story

02-2018-10-19-PHL-Simple-JPGA 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:

all the photos

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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