The Red Album Project is my journey to scan and scrapbook all the photos in my dad's earliest photo album. Dad was an avid photographer when it came to his family. I'm blessed to be a scrapbooking daughter of such a person. Dad would take photos and write names, sometimes addresses, notes, and something about the photo. To me he was the earlier form of scrapbooker.
One problem with the Red Album: this was the beginning of Dad keeping everything documented and he was still learning. Half the pictures have no references. Many of Dad's brother and sisters are gone now or I don't know how to contact them.
My challenge is to put on my detective hat and discover something about the photos. Are they relatives? Are they important friends or events? If I can, I want to discover everything I can about the photos and why they were important to Dad.
I challenge you to be a detective for your old photos. You don't have "old" photos? Well, unless you scrapbook everything I challenge you to document on your photo (hard copy) or digital image (computer copy) who is in the photo, what is going on, and why it is important to you at the time. Your children and grandchildren will love it.
Follow along the main blog post as I work through my dad's red album. Below are the layouts I've done so far. They are not in any order. That will come after I've completed the project.
Perk & Mary
What I Learned: Mom and I talked about the birth order of Dad's brother and sisters so I could get an idea, by age, who was who. Dad had 15 brothers and sisters.
What I Learned: make sure if you are making an educate "guess" at names that you have a back up piece of the element you used for journaling. I thought the baby my Aunt Helen was holding was Dad's younger brother, but actually it's Aunt Helen's little boy. Now I've got to go in and change it.
Dressed To The 9"s
What I Learned: to include even a photo I don't know about or understand. It was important to my dad to include it in his book so it is important to me. I also learned it is important to identify photos for future generations.
What I Learned: I'm learning to "guess-ta-mate" my dates by looking at surrounding photos and events. I got this one wrong. I remembered that Dad's journal has a log on year, month, and place of event section that I totally forgot about. Listed for 1956 between October and December is a note "T.D.Y. School in Japan." Tada! The photos are from Japan but the date is wrong. Fixing this one ASAP!