You climb a mountain one step at a time!


    I’ve pulled the drop leaf table in the sun room out into the middle of the room and it is now Album Restoration Central.  This was taken on about the first day and doesn’t look nearly as messy as it is now.

   This is what had started happening to some of the pages.  They would just flake off around the edges.  Whenever I would look through one, I would end up with black flakes on the floor around me.

   As I’m doing the new pages, I’m using a white pen to sometimes tell a little something about the people on a page.

   For this group I wanted to tell who they were, but they were sooo close together!  So I made a copy of the picture at 150 percent to blow them up a little (and I mean that in the kindest way), then cut apart the copy into three smaller groups that were easier to label.

Each page presents its own unique challenges.

I’m about two-thirds of the way through this first album.

  There is at least one other album in the stack I have here right now that will have to be done.  And all the really old albums are still at Martha’s!

Yikes!  What have I gotten myself into?

Seriously, it really is fun to look at all the old pictures.  It’s funny that I feel like I “see” them so much more clearly when I take them off the page and handle them each personally.  That reminds me that I heard one time that if you really want to remember something, use as many of your senses to “experience” it as possible — like touching it.

I keep reminding myself that every journey starts with the first step, which I’ve already taken.  And, after that, you (I) just have to keep taking one step after another — and definitely avoid looking up too often to see how high the mountain is!

11 Responses to You climb a mountain one step at a time!

  1. Angela says:

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance of just getting started! We can let life overwhelm us, but your positive reminder of baby steps is going to help me get through the day! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary Bowlin says:

    Sandy, what a great job you are doing restoring the albums. You and your family will cherish this for years to come. You are lucky to have so many pictures. Good job!!!


  3. Sandra says:

    Angie — I’m so glad if I inspired you to take some baby steps on some big project! You go, girl! 🙂

    Mary — I do feel fortunate to have all these pictures, but I am kind of wondering if I will ever be able to complete this goal I’ve given myself. And when golf starts — I’ll probably have to rush right home to do this instead of going to lunch! Or not. 🙂

  4. Suldog says:

    I should really do something similar. I have many envelopes full of photos. Nobody who finds them after my death will have the slightest what at least half of them are about or who is in them.

  5. Sandra says:

    Suldog — AFTER I finish Mama’s albums, I hope I still have the energy to start on some albums of my own! I have boxes of loose pictures in the attic just waiting to be identified and organized. “Envelopes of photos” sounds manageaable. I recommend you get them in hand before they multiply! 🙂

  6. Chrissy Witt says:

    Look at you Sandy!! Your doing it, your totally doing it! the hardest step was starting and you did that! I pray and wait for the completion of your project! It is absolutely amazing! You are unbelievably blessed to have such photo albums, and even more blessed to have the desire to see something more with these photo albums! Your really really doing it, I am so blessed! Go gett’em Sandy! Honestly, my prayers are a bit selfish, sorry, but I really enjoy your photos and the stories that go with them! Now, even if you never share another story again about your albums, I really do pray you see this project to completion! I am so happy we had that one chance to actually meet, but I know I would love you regardless!

  7. Mrs4444 says:

    What a wonderful legacy you will leave for your children MANY, MANY YEARS FROM NOW. I think you should print this post out and put a copy in front of each of the albums 🙂

  8. carlahoag says:

    Have been thinking about this post of yours for a few days. It reminded me of my mother’s photograph albums, one had a leather cover and the other a wooden one, both with the black pages. She had written in white on them.

    As I am very traditional, this seems to me the “right” way to do scrapbooks. Some of the new style are okay with me, but they seem to be so demanding of my attention. This old style with the black pages help me to focus on the photos and I like them so much better.

    You get 2 gold stars from me for not only restoring the albums, but continuing it in it’s original style. Did you say if your mother started them?

  9. Sandra says:

    Mrs4444 — I think that is an EXCELLENT idea. I will definitely do it in the front of each album I re-do. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

    Carla — Yes, the formidable number of albums that Mama produced over the years are the ones I am working on. If/when I get “done” with them, I plan on starting on the boxes of loose photos in boxes in the attic — making albums for both of our children. But for THOSE, I think I’m going to take the easy way out and use new (of course) albums that have the plastic pages with individual spots for each picture. I am already tired of dealing with “corners” although I am very very grateful that at least the new ones are self-sticking and I don’t have to lick them! 🙂

  10. C. Beth says:

    Wow, it’s wonderful that you’re taking the time to do this! What a treasure for your family.

  11. Sandra says:

    That’s what I was thinking, Beth. I hated to see Mama’s albums just fall apart. I’m hoping future generations will enjoy looking at them. 🙂

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