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Life Scrapbooks - If You Don't Do Anything Else, Do This
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Life Scrapbooks - If You Don't Do Anything Else, Do This
Last week, we went on a treasure hunt to locate all of the memorabilia, slides, film, photos, documents, and other materials that we want to save and track in our Life Scrapbooks. If you are like me, you might have felt a little overwhelmed at the volume of materials you found. You might be thinking, "I don't know where to begin!"
That's how I felt, too.
Then I remembered the article I wrote to you in December named, Note from Ro: This Could Be the Most Important Muse You've Ever Read. If you haven't read the article yet (or if you'd like to review it), you can read it in the Scrap Girls Blog in a special category we've started to track this product. The article is located here.
In the article, I shared a story about how panicked I felt on the morning of a surgery I recently had because I realized that since I am the caretaker of all of our important documents and finances, a lot of people would be in a big mess if I suddenly passed away. I also knew that the likelihood of my layouts, the photos on my computers, and years of my writing would be lost, as well. After I wrote my article, I shared it with my husband and asked him what he thought. He said, "You're right. We probably wouldn't spend a lot of time poking around on your computer and we wouldn't know which things are important."
I have to say that his confirmation of what my gut told me has scared me silly, but it's good that I talked to him.
I was right. I have to do this - now.
Here's what I've accomplished so far:
I've printed out most of my layouts. (Still working on redoing some of the clunkers.)
I've been moving home movies and audio tapes onto my computer so that I can then burn them on DVDs. This turned out to be a wise move because the condition of the videos and audios was far worse than I realized. If I hadn't started this project, I could have lost them all.
I've been collecting the supplies I'll need to file everything away (page protectors, albums, etc.) I'll tell you about this in a future article.
I've located everything that needs archiving, saving, and filing in my home.
But what I haven't done yet is the most important thing of all. I haven't organized and filed our important documents and financial records in an easily accessible way. Even though I know this won't be the most enjoyable part of the project, it is the most IMPORTANT part of the project, so that's what I have begun tackling.
FINANCIAL RECORDS: What do you keep? How long do you keep it?
The first thing to do is to figure out which records you do and do not need to keep. As I researched this topic, I found a couple of excellent articles to share with you.
HERE IS HOW I AM BEGINNING
1. Digitizing my paperwork
Between the Scrap Girls business and my family's documents, I've found myself drowning in paperwork. I've known for some time that I'm holding onto papers that I no longer need, but getting rid of certain types of things feels a little scary to me.
The answer for filing papers in a better way came to me one day when I saw a television commercial about a document scanner. I realized that I could solve my problem by creating electronic versions of my paperwork.
A document scanner is different than the regular flatbed scanner I use for photos because it allows the user to insert stacks of paperwork at once. Then the scanner quickly scans in both sizes of the document and then creates a PDF file. The PDF files can then be stored and backed up in the same way that you back up other digital files. To be safe, I will store mine in an Encrypted folder on my computer and I will also burn them to DVDs. I can file the DVDs in my binders and put copies of them in our fireproof safe.
After doing some research, I chose the Fugitsu ScanSap S1300 because customer feedback about it on Amazon was so enthusiastic. I may experiment with it and see how it does with photos. If it turns out well, I'll report back to you.
2. Documenting the contents of my home
One of my friends lost all of her belongings when her home burned down. Another one of my friends lost all of the contents of her home during a cross-country move when their moving truck was stolen. Both of them told me that one of the hardest things they went through was trying to remember what they owned so that they could have it replaced by their insurance.
There is a fairly easy way to prevent this from happening to you - and digital scrapbooking can help.
Here's what I'm doing:
I am taking photographs of all of the contents of my home.
I am using the photographs to create simple inventory layouts. The layouts will contain the descriptions of the rooms' contents along with price we paid for the large, big-ticket items.
As I work on going through my financial records and documents, I will keep an eye out for receipts or documentation for our large purchases. As I discover them, I can add the information to the layout.
Once the layouts are completed, I will print them and file them in my binders. I will also burn a DVD of the layouts, scans of the documentation, and original photos to be stored in our fireproof safe.
Because it will be a lot easier to keep my eye out for the receipts and documentation I need for this photo inventory of my home as I work organizing my documentation, I decided to get the photo tour layouts of each room ready to go. That way, I won't have to go through my paperwork twice.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU: Do one small thing today.
I know putting this together can feel overwhelming. I feel that way, too. I think that there is something about assembling records like this that tends to make a person's eyes roll back in their heads. But it's so important for us to do this that we need to soldier through it somehow.
If you'd like to, we can talk about what we are doing with our own Life Scrapbooks projects on the Scrap Girls forum. It's a great way to support each other. I know that I could use some pushing. When you guys keep asking me, "How are you coming along with your project, Ro?" it motivates me to keep going. If you need a little cheering on, I'm happy to do that for you, too!
Here's the thing... If we accomplish no other thing this year but organizing and protecting our important financial and legal documents, we will have done our families a great service! So let's do it! Go team, go!
I recently received this note from Louise M. I hope she won't mind that I am sharing it, but I loved hearing that she had taken action.
You recently wrote a great article on scrapping your life book. It was in this article (Note from Ro: This Could Be the Most Important Muse You've Ever Read) that I realized there were some things I could do to help so my survivors didn't have to go through the wondering and anguish of final arrangements. I thought about that for a few days and today took some action. The statement about those that you leave behind when you die really hit home with me.
In the last 10 years we have buried both my parents and went through the anguish of final decisions. So, today, I gathered all the pertinent papers for myself, my husband, and my elderly mother-in-law. They were all sorted into stacks and categorized. No, I didn't make scrapbooks out of them, but they are all in plastic sleeves in our own individual three-ring binders. Should anything happen to any one of us, the others can immediately find all the information they need to see us to our final destinations. Your information was extremely helpful to me, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all you do for those of us out here in cyberland.
Thank you, Louise. Getting your note helped get me moving on this part of my own Life Scrapbooks project!
P.S. I keep mentioning my fireproof safe. I feel that this is a "must-have" item for all homes because it is the spot for keeping things like birth certificates, Social Security cards, and titles for your vehicles. You can also file DVDs of photos and layouts, etc., in them. You can buy a fireproof/waterproof safe for as little as $40. We have a safe that is bolted to our home for extra protection.
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Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Mac OS
I have plenty of photos of the children in my life having fun - and I bet you do, too! Nothing brings a smile to a munchkin's face quicker than a fun toy. Children especially enjoy ride-on toys... the faster, the better!
Today, we are going to use Brush Set: Tike Transports 1 to accentuate these action photos while color coordinating these doodles to match our photos or layouts. Digital scrapbooking doodle brushes are fun to color and a great way to add a special touch to your layouts. Put your skates on and get ready for a ride! (Sorry! Just couldn't help myself.)
I've decided to use the skateboard brush in this set. It comes in both ABR and PNG files. Load the brush and stamp the image on the bottom layer in a new document. If you prefer to use the PNG file, simply open it and drag the image onto your layout. Resize the image as desired.
Here is my skateboard doodle:
Let's begin to color the image using several different methods.
First, place a new layer under the skateboard layer. This will eventually contain your fill. Use the Color Picker to choose a foreground color. Return to the skateboard layer.
You are now going to use the Magic Wand Tool to select an area of your image to color. However, before you do that, be sure to use the "Add To Selection" option. You will find that option at the top of your tool bar. The icon looks like two overlapping squares. Click on it. Also, be sure to check the "Contiguous" box. Now, click inside the main area of the skateboard. You should see the selected area bordered by "marching ants." There is also a small area near the rear wheel that is a part of the skateboard itself and it needs to be added. Click in that area, and it will be added to your selection. (That is why we used the "Add To Selection" option.)
Now, return to the new layer under the skateboard layer. With the marching ants still visible, use the keyboard shortcut Opt+Delete (PC: Alt+Delete) to fill the area with color.
While this color is pretty, I'm thinking I might like a pattern instead. I'm going to clip a paper to this fill by placing a paper from the I'm Yours Collection Mini above my fill layer. By using the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Opt+G (PC: Ctl+Alt+G), I'll clip the paper to the fill. Why don't you try this yourself?
Now, continue to color the remaining areas of the doodle skateboard using the same methods. Be sure to create a new layer under the skateboard image for each new fill area. Here's my skateboard so far.
I think the wheels need some pizazz. I'm going to add a style on my wheel fill layer. I think Sarah Batdorf's ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aluminum Foil 6501 will work nicely. You could complete your skateboard by adding a color, a digital scrapbooking paper, or style to the actual doodle line drawing itself. But I'm not going to do that for this project because I like what I've come up with. Here is my completed image:
It's easy to customize doodles to match your photo, layout, or craft project. Take a look at all the doodle brushes available in the Boutique! So many doodles and so little time! Have fun!
Article written by Kim Meeder
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Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, January 28th - 6:00PM MST
It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping and created the layouts, now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too! If you haven't done so, you can check out past swaps in the Swap Crop Gallery!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 1st - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 1st, we'll do a Patterned Paper Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple patterned papers - at least 2 different patterns! Mix it up! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
January Message Board Game: Jumpstart January!
It's time to kick off the new year with fun and focus on scrapbooking! And a few prizes thrown in never hurt, right? Join us on the message board this month for "Jumpstart January!" This is a message board game and challenge to start your year with fun and focus on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have completed several layouts and been challenged and treated to some fun along the way.
A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge/task every Monday through Saturday during January. Some tasks will require message board participation, email responses, or gallery posting. Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm MT on January 31st will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
January Monthly Layout Contest: With the beginning of a new year, many people set aside some time to set goals. It might be an exercise plan or establishing better eating habits. It might be getting your life more organized. Or maybe you set goals for your digital scrapbooking output for the year. Post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on January 31st. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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