Memory Keeping Monday: Two Weeks of Project Life and Thoughts on Photo Selection

I pruned the Knock Outs today after their first flush and I realized again how true it is that so often beauty emerges from the elimination of everything that’s not beautiful.

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And this thought, of course, as with many gardening epiphanies, applies to so much more than just rose bushes. I got another urge to tear through the house and fill bags with things that aren’t “useful or beautiful.”

digital project life
digital project life

And I also thought of my Project Life albums, specifically in terms of photo selection. One of my goals is to get better at chipping away at everything that distracts from the photos that really tell the story, our story.

digital project life

digital project life

One photo can speak so much more than four that show nuances of expression, etc. Too much of a good thing dilutes the impact. (Actually, that’s one good reason to get those photos out of computer land and into real life: It forces you to cull and makes the mass consumable.)

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What are your tricks for selecting photos for your albums?

Comments

  1. I love seeing how you’re doing PL! Mine looks very different, as I do it in Shutterfly — which has its pros and cons, but does seem to save me space and time. So looking briefly over your other PL post, it looks like you do your pages digitally (because the writing is typed) using the kits and maybe Photoshop? and then print the pages one at a time to slide into an album?
    However you do it, the results looks fabulous. I hope your children enjoy poring over the finished products as much as mine do. It makes the hobby doubly rewarding for me. :-)

    • Shifrah Combiths says:

      Thank you, Hannah! I’ve done a vacation in Shutterfly and love how it turned out. But I get nervous with the kids looking through it because of the pages possibly ripping and I want them to be able to look through without a hovering mother, haha. Yes, I do them digitally and print out and slide into an album. They are definitely more bulky than photo books, but as far as time, I *think* I’m getting fast/efficient. My kids love them, and I agree, this hobby has got to be one of the most rewarding because it just keeps on giving: when I work on the pages initially, when the printed pages come in the mail, and every time the kids (or other family members, especially my Mom when she visits) look over them! I think the albums we saw at your place all those years ago inspired me so thanks for that too! =)

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