I held my breath, closed my eyes and reached. My first object taken off the shelf, Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, according to my new project adventure. An old beige photo album measuring 11 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, the kind with sticky pages. A far cry from any scrap-booker dream. Simply pull back the plastic sheeting, position the photo on the adhesive background and wha-la. Approximately 42 pictures in all. Try pulling them off that adhesive after 25 years.
The Temptation: to put the album in a box. The Taboo: (taking an object that has been forgotten for years, from one shelf to another) The Problem: only to revisit it in some other closet down the road.
So instead, a trip down memory lane.
- Our apple tree in full bloom in the front yard of our first home together. It got cut down after we moved. No, I couldn’t talk the new owners into building their front porch around it
- Dating pictures of me, when perms were still in, one word – “fried”
- Me, pregnant with our first child
- Lloyd’s 30th birthday in the backyard
- Russ Nelson, and Lloyd Palin up to their hips in Gull Lake, waiting to be baptized by Pastor George, 1990
- One of our last birthdays together, my sister and I. Born on the same day, the same minute, two years apart. With marriage, little people and homes quite a distance apart, we stopped celebrating them together, 1988
And now the task of sorting and deciding what pics to send whom.
The Plan of Attack:
- Scan them.
- Save them to a labeled desktop folder
- Post your favorites to Facebook.
- Send some nostalgia to friends via email.
- Optional – upload the entire bunch to i-photo for editing and possible future projects
- Post a couple hard copies to your bulletin board or fridge
The Challenge: come up with some sort of photo project, and throw all the extra hard copies out. When you can save them to a hard drive – why let them take up space on a shelf*(&^%$##?
The Question? When was the last time I looked at that album? Oh the silly things we hang onto.
The Key: to make sure the next item I take off the shelf is slightly different. Gotta keep it interesting. And now I have a formula – so to speak.
Are you ready to take on a similar project? Use my formula and let’s compare notes:)