Month: April 2015

Memorabilia
Personal History
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photographing High School Rings

I’ll admit, while I was in high school, I wore a lot of rings. I wore my mother’s high school ring, a gold letter D ring, a silver James Avery Flag Girl ring, and a silver dolphin ring. That’s four rings, not counting the rings of boyfriends when we were dating. When I was a […]

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Personal History
Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Christmas in the 70s

It’s time for another installment of personal history scrapbooking with those oh so wonderful 1970 era photos. Last time I shared my big failure of a layout. The biggest problem with the layout was the clashing colors. Christmas Left Page:   Christmas Right Page When it comes to photos from the 1970s, especially if they […]

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Memorabilia
Personal History
Treasure Chest Thursday

Treasure Chest Thursday: Mother Daughter Rings

Remember the post High School Rings Have Two Sides? In that post, I shared how I wore my mother’s high school ring while I was in high school. When I obtained my senior ring, I didn’t want to stop wearing my mother’s ring. That ring was now a part of me, just as my own […]

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Preserving
Scrapbooking

Power Scrapbooking: Labeling Hard Copy Photos

How many of you have a stacks of photos that look like this? Aaackkk!!! They’re everywhere! For the vast majority of folks with this kind of photo collection, your photos are on glossy photo paper. The proper term is a coated paper. In any case, what you need to label these photos is NOT A […]

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Personal History

The process of writing a memoir

I’m working on yet another book! Book writing has become much like the Pringles commercial, “Once you pop, You can’t stop.” The newest writing endeavor is a personal memoir about my pageant experiences many years ago. The process has been rewarding and captivating. It is even more enlightening than the things I discovered about myself […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photograhping Masonic and Eastern Star Rings

In August 2012, I received two pieces of family treasure that I didn’t know existed or would ever become mine.  Good things come to those who are patient. I thought I would share the two rings together as an added bonus. I love word plays, so I hope the pun on the Mason fraternal organization […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: It’s Okay To Fail

I’m going to reveal something few people are comfortable doing. Regardless, I want my readers to learn and they can not do that if I’m not totally honest. I failed. There, I said it. The author of two eBooks on scrapbooking has failed. Shocking, I know. I made a scrapbook page and I thought it […]

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Revisiting Old Journals
Personal History

Revisiting My Old Journals and Finding Genealogy Gold

While I revisiting my old journals for a personal history project, I found genealogy gold. Many people have written and kept journals throughout their life. For myself, I found a connection between my mother’s teenage interests and mine even though I had hoped to find details about the main memoir topic. What triggered a revisit […]

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Memorabilia
Personal History
Treasure Chest Thursday

Telling A Story With Your Keepsake Photography

Our treasures are often not stand alone objects. They are often part of a collection. Part of an overall story. When photographing my personal and family history items, I pay attention to the story the objects are trying to share. What stories do my rings they tell? The obvious story is that I graduated from […]

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Family History Consultant
Genealogy 201

What makes a good source… beginner version

Previously, I discussed my desire to challenge the way we invite folks to “Look for Cousins.” My consultant mantra is “Prove It.” There is one word of caution when challenging budding family historians to attach sources to their trees. What makes a good source? Much is written about what is a good source and what […]

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