Friday Family Stories

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you but when the weather turns in New England, my thoughts turn towards the indoor projects I’m going be working on over the looooooong New England winter.  This winter, I’ll be working on some projects for my immediate family (no, I am not done with the “boxes in the attic” )  , and I’ll also be working on the large amount of heritage material from both sides of my family.

Todays photo and story are from some scanning that I had done of family photos and slides a few years ago….I present to you The 3 Triggs Men:

This is the page I made for our family history album, very easy to translate this idea to a simpler photobook spread if that is the direction I had wanted to take.  It’s such a treasure hunt, working with old family photos.  I had never seen this photo before I dug into the shoebox (yes, an actual shoebox – I know you have them too) of random photos!

The Original photo:

Is it the best quality photo?  No   Is there only so much you can do to improve it?  Yes  But, as I mention in the journaling below, I had not come across a photo of all three Triggs men at that point.  Even it’s not the most perfect quality, it’s the only photo I have so far so it goes in the album/photobook.

The journaling reads:

1961- Clover Hills Drive, Rochester NY Grandpa Triggs, Dad and Uncle Jimmy hamming it up for the camera. I have not really come across a photo of all three Triggs men together. Lord knows, there are enough photos floating around to pick from. I love this photo as everyone is smiling, and it typifies how I remember everyone. Grandpa in his dress shirt and slacks (I never saw him wear anything else, except maybe a short sleeve dress shirt if it got really hot, and always a solid color). Dad in a plaid shirt, and khaki pants (his uniform of choice today, except *gasp* now there just might be a pair of “dungarees” in the mix) no doubt making some pithy comment about the entire situation that has cracked the other two up (still does that to this day). Uncle Jimmy in his flight jacket, which always fascinated me (of course he flew little planes so he needed that warm jacket), I asked him once how I could get one just like it and he said he could get me one just like his, but it might have a little blood on it (typical Uncle Jimmy). Yes, Grandpa and his boys, in the driveway on a crisp autumn day.

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.


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

Digital Photo Management: The Daily Delete

Why I am practicing the “Daily Delete” and you should too…

IMG_2594Today I wanted to share about the first step in managing your digital photos, the Daily Delete, specifically on our smartphones.    In the 2 sample days I’ve taken 39 photos, which is approximately 20 photos/videos per day / 140 per week / 560 per month and 6,720 per year.  That number does not include kids soccer games, school plays, cute dress up outfits, holidays and vacations.    How quickly it all adds up.  This is where deleting your photos daily or even every few days or once a week can help curb the digital photo craziness and overwhelm. 

Before the Daily Delete the camera roll looks like:

Wednesday 10/9  total photos/videos taken:  14

  • 2 screen shots (weather report and lock screen to show my friend how to increase her sound)
  • 1 video (1:58 min sent to my friend in Houston)
  • 5 photos of daily life … sent to my friend in Houston  (instead of calling each other on the phone every day we text and send photos and videos back and forth)
  • 1 photo of the dog 
  • 3 almost identical photos of my workspace for future business blog/social media post
  • 2 photos of that days work in progress on the bathrooms that are being renovated here

Thursday 10/10  total photos/videos taken:  25 

  • 3 screenshots of my camera roll for this post
  • 1 photo saved from group text of girlfriends
  • 1 dog video 
  • 2 dog photos
  • 2 photos of scrapbook page I made one edited, one un-edited
  • 2 photos of me working sent to my friend in Houston
  • 2 photos of knitting projects explaining the term “playing yarn chicken” to text my sister
  • 2 screenshots one from instagram, one from feedly blog feed (one artwork and one color story)
  • 1 photo my daughter texted me showing the bat garland I made and sent her hanging in her college dorm room
  • 8 photos of the hydrangea blossoms I cut and brought in… 1 photo played with different filters and editing software… 
  • 1 photo to girlfriend showing my halloween bat decorations ( they were pretty cute)

After the Daily Delete, much more manageable:

Wednesday:  4 photos

 (2 construction related, 1 work related, 1 daily life)

Thursday:  12 photos

(3 daily life, 4 hydrangeas, 3 work related, 1 post to my personal blog, 1 girlfriend photo)

Total for the entire week:  40   Honestly still a little high but photos for work, personal blog and construction projects have been boosting the totals lately.  

What photos to delete you ask?  Here are some guidelines:  

  1. Anything blurry, out of focus, the inside of your coat pocket (don’t laugh I have a 10 minute video of the inside of my coat pocket from vacation this summer…it happens)
  2. The photo you took in the store to text your friend/significant other which decoration you should buy for the front porch.
  3. Cute videos or photos you text/email to someone, but you will not need to keep for your Family Memory Library
  4. The screenshot of that Amazon Prime show you have never heard about but want to remember to watch…start a list in Evernote, your planner or Trello and delete the photo, (I keep a running list of shows to check out on a little pad of paper in the basket with the TV remotes) 
  5. Multiples of the same shot… see 3 identical workspace photos above…I only need one and it doesn’t need to live on my phone, it needs to go in my business photos file on my computer.   So if you have 6 … pick ONE.  This also goes for kids sports photos… believe me I’ve been there, pick the BEST one of them kicking the goal and delete the rest.
  6. Similarly, multiple versions of the same photo for Instagram.    When you post a photo from your library to Instagram, the edited version that gets posted is automatically saved to your camera roll.  When you take a photo using the Ig app, you have the option to save the original image to your camera roll.  With this methodology, you potentially have two shots on your camera roll.  You really only need one.  Decide if you want the original or the edited Instagram photo and delete the other.

Take a minute at the end of the day or every few days and clear out the digital clutter.  Your future self will thank you for helping to alleviate the digital overwhelm.   What photos are you deleting today?!    Have years of photos on your hard drive and overwhelmed by the digital craziness?  Modern Memorykeeper can tame the digital craziness and get your Family Memory Library in order.  Get in touch today for a complimentary telephone consultation:

Friday Family Stories

Hello and Happy January!  I hope the new year is treating you well so far.  This long weekend here in Boston, we are getting ready for our first real snowfall of the season.  The snowblower has been gassed up, firewood has been brought in and snow shovels are at the ready!  It’s going to be a great weekend to cozy up and stay inside with some projects…which is exactly my plan.

This weeks Friday Family Story goes way back to 1966.  See that adorable little boy ?  That is my husband at about the age of 3.  This photo was taken by his mom at a neighborhood halloween party where they lived in the Bronx in NYC.  I have this image because several years ago I scanned ALL of my mother-in-laws photo albums for a birthday project for my husband.    Now, whatever happens to the original albums, we have full scans of each page digitally archived AND backed up in multiple locations.    The fun starts after all the technical work is done and I can extract photos to make scrapbook pages or a photobook layout as you see here.  I don’t really have much more information than the date and place and that it was Halloween.  The original photo has faded greatly, I could have restored it to color, but I chose to change it to black and white as I felt a black and white image worked better in this colorful scrapbook page.  One of my ongoing family projects is a Halloween through the Generations album which features photos from 3 generations of Halloween revelers from both sides of our family.

2015-09-charlie halloween 1966 lent6-print

Traditional Scrapbook Page

new clean page

simplified photobook page


Once the older family photos are digitized, the possibilities for storytelling, even with out a lot of detail, are wide open.  If you’d like help digitizing your family photos, or putting together albums or photo books, let Modern Memorykeeper help you get those images out of old disintegrating scrapbooks, preserved and remade into beautiful new projects to share with your friends and family.


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


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.”


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

Simple-grey border

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!

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  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 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.