Oh gosh, where do I begin today? First……I’m linking up with Friday Finds and THEN I’m including a bit of my Be Still Fifty Two, both with Kim Klassen. I’m also going to throw in some
tips actually more like reminders.
So, let’s start, shall we?
First……..for my Friday Finds……I’m on a mission to declutter/deep-clean/and organize my home. I’ve been working in the basement, going through totes of things I’ve been holding for years. One particular tote I went through held my oldest son’s stuffed animals from when he was a baby. I collected the Winnie the Pooh animals (not sure why I never got Piglet……sigh). I debated on what to do with them. After all, they’re ONLY 36 years old. Chad just celebrated his 36th birthday on the 9th of this month. Boy, am I getting OLD!!
After thinking on it for awhile, I decided to arrange them and take a photo. THEN I went on to try washing them in the machine on a gentle setting. The photo was taken just in case it all went wrong and they fell apart. I’ve decided to pack them carefully up and give them back to him at Christmastime. He’s old enough now to appreciate and enjoy taking a walk down memory lane. Then HE can decide what he wants to do with them. I’ve been taking photos of my own belongings that I’ve had for YEARS and do nothing but sit in a tote or box in a closet, scrapping the photos and then tossing the oldies that noone will want after I’m gone, NOR will they want to sort through things they have no clue about……….but they will through my scrapping! And it won’t take up NEARLY as much space.
Okay, IMAGE #1 – Friday Finds – Chad’s stuffed animals rescued from a tote.
TIP/REMINDER: DO NOT get in a hurry. These photos turned out blurry simply because I didn’t pay attention to my shutter speed NOR did I up my ISO!! I think we all forget to do one thing or the other now and then.
IMAGE #2 – This was his favorite, a little lamb which he called……..what else?………lamby……..slept with it, carried it around too. Poor little fella is missed an eye, as is the green parrot. That’s okay, it’s nothing more than proof they were loved!
And again, STILL wasn’t paying attention to the numbers on the camera! Grrrrr!
Okay…….enter BE STILL FIFTY TWO
What an adventure this year-long class has been and WILL still be throughout the coming year.
This week’s “lesson” introduced us to a brand new (to me) way of memory-keeping. Let me explain with my images!
IMAGE #1 – Chad’s stuffed animals, fresh from the dryer (and they didn’t fall apart!!) BUT……..along WITH the animals, I added a photo of Chad AND grabbed his baby blanket that his grandmother (my Mom) had crocheted for him before he was born! That’s basically what this week’s Be Still Fifty Two was about……..pure awesomeness, especially if you’re a scrapbooker!
This image will be added to a layout with full explanation and go into his album. Even without journaling, should Chad see this photo itself, he’d recognize his stuffed animals and his photo lets the viewer know who they belonged to, that there is a connection…..I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS IDEA!! It’s definitely one I’ll be sure to use again and again as I’m going through my home!
Another momento/memory documented and I’m FREE to let go of things I’ve been holding onto without worry! They will all move onto their rightful owner to do with what he chooses. I’m sure his children will enjoy seeing these things and the images/memories will be forever documented in an album.
IMAGE #2 – just a crop of the same image.
TIP/REMINDER: Check the shutter speed!! I’m not one that likes to raise my ISO too high with the D90…….do NOT like the noise it adds. SO, don’t be shy on grabbing the TRIPOD to help gain a sharper image when it’s gray outside, you’re using an aperture of f/16 and you don’t want to up the ISO!
I hadn’t intended to create such a long post but I guess I just had alot to say and share today. I sure hope you enjoyed taking this journey with me and now I’m going to check out the other posts from Friday Finds, Be Still Fifty Two, and THEN……….I’m going to spend the weekend scrapbooking and being crafty!! I sure hope you’re enjoying time to be creative as well!