Last weekend was a rare weekend. There was absolutely nothing on our calendar...nothing! No meets, no parties, practices, book promos...nothing.
So you'd think I'd scrapbook all weekend, well...almost. My studio was a wreck from packing and unpacking from book promos and black history month events.
I decided to "straighten up". Which I intially intended to just put things away...I still have Kwanzaa display stuff to put away!
I was feeling energized from meeting Stacy Julian and reading her new book, Photo Freedom, although the topic is not new to me, for some reason, meeting her and taking her fast paced Finish Line album class, I returned to her photo sorting philosophy with a fresh perspective.
Here's the deal, last year I took her on-line class called a Library of Memories, which is closed this session, but watch for it in the future, if on-line classes are your thing. I tried to keep up with the reading material from the class last year, but just don't do well with routine events. Plus I wasn't really feeling her whole sorting philosophy because I've scrapbooked our family & children's albums through 2004.
Well, last weekend I came across a BUNCH of photos that one, hadn't been scrapbooked, nor really sorted. So I set out to give her system a try which is basically about sorting in categories/person instead of chronological (which I do). Because I couldn't put my finger on ALL of Grandma Bryant's photos when she died last month I decided to re-sort a few years worth of photos using her category method. What I ended up with (besides a bunch of new projects to work on) was an entire box of Talisa's photos (which I am thinking of sending off to be scanned so she can have them electronically...watch for these details in my next newsletter, sign up in the box in the right side bar) and a box of "Family Branches" photos of family members that can go into those "Branch" albums my Dad has started, that we carry to family reunions, weddings and funerals. Family loves to look through the albums looking for themselves.
I'll be demonstrating this method detailed in Photo Freedom on March 22nd at the crop in Bowie, MD...if you are interested in attending and participating in this photo sort at 2:00 pm, contact me and I'll give you the prep details.
Here's a few before and after shots of my organizing frenzy.
Starting with top left...my super cluttered work table, My messy embellishment counter, my untidy photo boxes.
middle row: the boys helping with the tags used to label some of my drawers and cabinets, my clean embellishment area (look Jerry the laptop playing itunes songs instead of Mary J Blige's Growing Pains cd over and over), the cute tags the boys stamped.
bottom row:My idea list of pages to do after seeing these themes in Jerin's photos while sorting, neatly stacked photo boxes (about 1/3 of what I have), A DIY basket of mini-projects I plan to grab and take with me to crops and work on.
The Photo Freedom, I experienced was that while I was sorting photos and recalling memories, I actually did the journaling for three pages I want to complete and clipped them to the photos...why, because the memories where fresh and I'm not afraid of my handwriting and it felt good to get those memories down on paper and out of my head! I did mark the backs of some photos with the year and who the children were...Jonanthan and Joseph look so similar and the clothes are passed down...I didn't want to make the mistakes my Dad did in putting the wrong kid in the wrong album!
Did I mention I did all of cleaning and sorting with my Dad? Now how many of you do that with your Dad? It was fun, we chatted about his childhood, projects we want to do together, research we want to accomplish this summer and how we can fine tune our family history presentations...GOOD, GOOD Times. Just the dose of BALANCE I needed in my life at this time...being creative and organized makes me feel good, free to move on.
Don't have another free weekend until April 26th.