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TOPS Chapter Scrapbook update

This is the plan I wrote up yesterday.

I’ve got one project that needs to be as finished as possible before I leave on May 13 for a TOPS State Recognition Day that’s 230 miles from home.  The project is to update the old (as in started around May 1969) TOPS Chapter scrapbook. It was kept fairly well until sometime in the 1980’s.  I’ve got some pictures from the year(s) 2000+ category (I first joined in 1986-9) that I will be adding.

(1) I’ve taken apart the old scrapbook as the cover was starting to wear badly and have put
      the pages all in page protectors in a more modern 3-ring binder scrapbook. I grabbed
      the TOPS related photos I’d already had printed (before I went digital.)
 (2) Go through all the pictures in my Lightroom® catalog and put them in a quick
        collection. [I did this and then hit some keys (butterfingers!) and managed to put the
        whole catalog of pictures (17,000+) in the collection.]
(3) Today I will go through that collection and move just the TOPS related ones into the
       SECOND quick collection – or research how to close a quick collection without deleting
      all the pictures.  I just want to get rid of that collection but not my photos. I’ll try an
       experiment with a collection or fewer photos. [ I went ahead and managed to fix the
       error – turns out that you can remove, i.e. delete, any collection without affecting the
       photos – they stay in the catalog and on your hard-drive or wherever you had them in
       the first place.]
(5) I will go through all the photos (there were 166, several of which are duplicates) and
      pick the best ones and do a quick clean-up of each picture (mainly white balance.)
(6) Then I will print the photos I’ve worked on. They’ll have to dry for a while so I’ll start
       planning the pages.
(7) Make a list of what pages I’ll need. [and what supplies I want to use.]
       A. Colors for bases (no more than 3 different ones that complement each other)
       B. Patterned pages – I’ve got hundreds of pattern papers and most are just single
            sheets in both 12×12 and 8.5 x 11. No more than two patterns per page or double
             pages – prefer one to be either checks, stripes, circles and the other floral.
(8) Create a new title page.  At the same time create a 3×3 title block for the insert in the
       front of the binder.
(9) I have a page designer kit that I bought when I first started scrapbooking but never
       really used.  It’s got page maps (sketches) and templates for cutting the parts.  Since
       I’m planning on using that with the family heritage albums I’ll be creating later, I’ll
        start with this one.
        A. Pick the page map I’ll use.
        B. Identify the card stock and patterned paper to use.
        C. Page Title and alpha die cuts to use.
        D. Put all in LARGE plastic zip-lock bag.
(10) Build the pages.
There you have it.  10 steps. Steps 1-9 I’ll allow one week (Step 9 will get 4 days.) The rest have about 2 weeks to finish.  I’ll let you know how it goes.
Actually I managed to do steps 1-6 yesterday – I was really on a roll – so now I’m on step 7. I still have to cut apart the pictures (and may have to spend some time checking the metadata on the pictures to get the dates.) But I can get started on the real work as I just added 4-5 days to what originally was going to be two weeks.

Happy New Year 2016

A new year and a new start.  I turned 67 today.  Hopefully I’ll post more this year.


September 13 List


The prompt for this was My Dream Job.  Since I’m retired and really not interested in going back to work, I decided to list various jobs I’ve had.  I forgot that I’d been a Tupperware Rep also in Charlottesville, Va.  I put my favorite job in red. I found I really enjoyed teaching.

The extras are from Lindsay Jane Designs Autumn Glory kit.

Writing Your Way to Happiness

Bloglovin led me to Lemon and Raspberries repost of this article.

Compassion for PEOPLE

By a dear friend. I couldn’t agree more.

IE didn’t work

Well – it looks like RPG is a no-go for me forever.  Still can’t order – the order form continues to empty itself and I just opened IE for the first time on this computer so there should be nothing in the cache.  Sorry RPG – I really wanted to get something.

December 30

Prompt: Skills to Work On Next Year

More computer problems, things are NOT back to normal. Main problem was that the external hard drive I had attached to a Hub was not being “seen”.  So I now have a contract with TLC and my external hard drive attached to the computer itself – but now BackBlaze won’t recognize it because it’s supposed to be Drive J but when I plugged it into the computer, it went into a connection Drive I.  Still have to contact or see if I can change that drive designation in Back Blaze (I tried, don’t know if it worked.)

Didn’t get to work on getting Brede ready to write, either. Spent close to 5 hours with TLC talking (and sometimes being ignored) to someone in India with a fairly strong accent.


At least Google remembered my link to my blog.

December 24

Prompt: Ways I Express Joy


Umm, did I mention I cry?

Computer Problems


I’m pretty much dead in the water right now as my C drive is full. I can’t download anything since there isn’t enough swap room, nor can my system back-up BackBlaze work because of the same issue. It’s a new computer. But when “they” built it for me, they partitioned the drives so that C drive only had 227 GB.  I got this honking big fast machine so I could use my PhotoShop programs.  It’s 5 days before Christmas – We have to shop for Christmas dinner today which means I need to figure out what I’ll need for every thing and do some pre-cooking. I really don’t have a lot of time to spend with Dell Aurora Support.  So it looks like my 30 Days of Lists is also shot. (And I was doing so well.  But now PhotoShop won’t work because of the space issue.)



December 19

Prompt: Things I will never regret

Being ME! – that’s the number one thing I will never regret.  I’m not ashamed of who I am. I don’t worry a whole lot about what others think of me (it’s usually their loss.) If I go to a party (which is seldom) I don’t need alcohol to have fun.   I can laugh and have fun without having to suffer a hang-over.  And I don’t have to wonder later just what I said.

I love teaching people things that help them at work. I was the go-to-person for how to use a facility maintenance software and eventually became the ‘official’ teacher of the software.

I generally treat children as if they matter, because they do.

I give everyone the benefit of the doubt when I meet them, but if the vibes are weird or uncomfortable – I’ll watch and make sure they’re trustworthy. I won’t let anyone physically abuse me and avoid the psychic vampires (of course I protect myself against them when I know they’re around. You can’t miss the energy drain.)



Two and Three are related – my children.  Both times my husband (the first one) knew I was off birth control. Although at times they drove me crazy, I don’t regret having them at all.  Though the marriage didn’t last that long (just under 13 years) I got two wonderful children out of the marriage.

Marrying my current husband.  We’ve been together over 34 years now and come February 14 – will have been married 34 years (he proposed about 5 weeks after I realized he was single and 6 months later we married – he chose the date.) He took me and my children.  I’m sure there have been times when he wondered if it was the right thing to do, but he has stuck with me.  We’ve had less than 10 disagreements in our life together and never a real “fight.”  A few discussions, but no fights.

I’m a Wiccan. I have friends of many faiths who know this. Sometimes it even results in good fun.

For example: one winter day, a few months after I’d come out of the broom closet at work,  it was a bitterly cold morning.

One of the other women in the office (there were three of us and 8 or 9 men) came in and, as she stamped her feet to get the snow off, said loudly, “Damn! It’s colder than a witch’s tit out there!”

The whole office went dead silent.

I answered “I BEG your pardon!  They’re not THAT COLD!”

Everyone in the office erupted in laughter (and more than a little relief.)

Overall, I don’t have many regrets and none that weigh heavily on my mind.