Musings of a Museum Fanatic: April 2018

4.30.2018

Preserving Your Family History: Photos

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Wahoo! We've conquered our documents and now it's time to move on to bigger prey. Yup I'm talking about photos. I think most people save photos more than any other item. They're easy to save so many since they don't take up too much space and photos are worth a thousand words so they say. Remember when you're working with your photos and negatives to wear cotton gloves. Both of these are very susceptible to the oils on our hands.  

There are so many different tools that can help you preserve your photos. Since my family seems to have an insane amount of photos I decided that I needed to go whole hog and went straight for the High Capacity Photo Box with Envelopes. This bad boy fits up to 1,700 photos. If you don't have so many photos to corral feel free to message me and I can give other recommendations. 

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

You might see a reoccurring theme that's beginning to emerge but I'll say it again. You'll want to start off by pulling together the photos and starting to organize that way. I would highly recommend that you use the same organizing system throughout all of your documents, photographs and other items. It will make way more sense when you're referring to and labeling everything in the same way. As I was going through stuff I found a ton of photos from the 60s and 70s when my mom and dad were in high school and college. Many of them were in the original packaging and it was in bad shape. These were perfect candidates for a housing upgrade.

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It seems that lately envelopes are destined to be my new favorite thing! I know I know I'm so lame but seriously I had no idea what I was missing out on with the 80 lb. Text Print Envelopes. They're like photo envelopes you used to get when you took your photos to the drug store with the little pocket in front for the negatives but won't actually harm your photos and negatives since it's made from archival materials. 

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

When you use these make sure to write the subject of the photos on the outside. They hold up to 36 photos in each envelope so if you combine photos you can get more detailed on each line of the front flap. Since the high capacity box has four sections it makes it really easy to split it up between the four family members as I'm sorting through. 

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

With most photos you get negatives. Sometimes we're good about keeping them with the photos but the reality is with most people over the years the negatives have become separated. The Negative Box Storage Kit helps you to start corralling all of those different negatives that might have lost their photo partners.  

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

The 2.4 mil Polypropylene Self-Locking 35mm Negative Sleeves that come with this kit are ideal for potential handling. You're able to protect the negatives but also look at them in the future. I decided to use these sleeves for negatives that didn't have photographs with them. Since I wasn't taking time to look through and scan the negatives at this point, it made sense that I would be handling them again soon.

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Preserving your family photos using Gaylord Archival products by Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

For organizing and more protection the kit also includes 80 lb. Buffered Text Negative Strip Envelopes. You're able to put up to 12 negatives alone or six in the sleeves in each envelope. So this is the next step to add the sleeves and loose negatives to the envelopes. Be sure to label the tabs according to your organizational system that you started before.

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With being able to share photos on your phone at the snap of your fingers they are definitely what most people want to share. While you can scan and share that way there is just something about being able to see  and flip through the real thing. 


While Gaylord Archival has many options since this was my first time using an archival album I went with the 1 1/2" D-Ring Photo Album Kit. Everything is there for you! You can pick from creme or black colored pages. Since I really love the look of old scrapbooks I went with the back pages. 


First, you'll want to figure out what images you want to add to the album. Do you want to do all from one event? Or a number of different ones from your parent’s childhood? Or your own childhood? Figure out what you want to showcase and how you want to showcase them is definitely the most important part. Especially if you're dealing with different sized images you don't want to put down your Self-Adhesive Paper Photo Corners and realize you didn't want to put that odd sized photograph there! How embarrassing right?


Once you've added all your amazing, cute and hilarious photographs it's time to label them. No, I'm not talking about writing on the photo themselves. You almost made me cry that you thought that one! You write on the page using the fabulous silver pen that was included with the kit. I love how the silver looks on the black page. It reminds me of the scrapbooks you see from the 1920s. Put them back into the protectors to keep away oily fingers and you're good to show. 



Now go forth and tackle those photographs! Don't forget to check out the giveaway in the Preserving Your Family History: Documents post!

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4.27.2018

Preserving Your Family History: Documents [Giveaway]

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I am so stoked to finally be bringing you this blog post series. This is something I've been thinking about doing since I started Musings of a Museum Fanatic and I'm excited to be partnering with Gaylord Archival

Preserving your family history can be a daunting task! I totally admit that even though this is literally what I do for a living that the idea of doing it for my own family's history seriously stresses me out. That's why I'm going to be sharing over the next 6 posts easy ways for you to start preserving that history! I'll be sharing what I think are probably the most common things you'll be wanting to preserve. We'll be starting of this week with your documents. 

Gaylord Archival has made starting super easy! They have several different types of kits including this My Family History Kit. It contains everything from cotton gloves to folders to a family history chart that will start your process off smoothly.


Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

First I want to share a few best practice tips.

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Now that you've got a good basic foundation let's jump in! This might seem like a no brainer but if you're able to pull together all the documents you want to preserve so you're looking at them all at once it makes life so much easier. If you're not able to it's not the end of the world. You might have to go back and do some reorganizing along the way. I decided for my project since the vast majority of the papers I'm working on preserving are relating to my immediate family that I would break them up by family member. 

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

The Classic Full 1" Tab Letter Size File Folders that come in the kit are perfect for those really important documents, like graduation programs, report cards and other documents.

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Labeling your folders is extremely important. When you go back later or when your grand kids look at this years later it will be nice to know who this document related to and when the event happened. I decided that since I was preserving documents relating to myself, my parents and my brother I would start with the family member it was relating to on the top left, then the type of document and the date if I know it or it was on the document.


Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

I've never used the 80 lb. Text Buffered Long Side Opening Envelopes but I actually really love them. With a lot of my dad's documents he has several of the same time from throughout the years, like the business cards you see below or programs from various events. It doesn't make much sense to put those in the other folder, they'll probably fall out too! These envelopes corral everything nicely and allow for more

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Preserving Your Family History: Documents from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Now for an amazing giveaway! Gaylord Archival wants to start you off on the right foot preserving your family history so they're giving away a My Family History Kit!

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4.20.2018

5 Websites That Will Help You Conquer Your 101 List


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Conquering your 101 in 1001 List can be tough business. You've got every day life competing with these large, long term goals. They can cost money and take up time. I've found that there are websites out that can help you organize and fund those 101 list tasks. Here are four that I use regularly to help conquer my 101 lists. What websites help you complete yours?

1. Day Zero Project
There is nothing I love more than a good to do list. For a 101 in 1001 list a normal to do list just doesn't cut it though. There can be many moving parts and multiple tasks within a list item that need to be tracked ongoing, like doing something with Mom & Bethany once a quarter. Day Zero Project helps you organize your list, what you have started and you can write comments. I love the comments feature it definitely helps with those ongoing tasks. 

WikiBuy is an awesome browser extension that helps you save money on anything and everything from suitcases to an Ancestry membership. It helps you save by scouring the internet for the best prices showing them as you shop from retailers like Amazon and other listings as well as finding out coupons that were successfully used by other people. I found out later that you can use it to get money back on other items like an Ancestry.com membership! I'm so stoked to get that membership at a discount I have so much work that  needs to be accomplished so I can update the family binders. 

3. Groupon
So much of my list and most of the lists I see out there are to do, see and eat locally. This is probably a no brainer but Groupon will help you do most if not all of those things at a discount. Especially the doing part. Touristy things can be quite pricey especially if you're like me and have a few on the list. 

Paying for your 101 in 1001 List can become quite pricey. Between all the spa days. new mattresses and other new items we want to work on upgrading in our lives. Swagbucks has helped me to earn gift cards to pay for a number of those big ticket items. Remember that full day spa day I saved up for on the last list? Well most of the money came from Spa Week gift cards I earned through Swagbucks. I feel like not having to pay out of pocket makes crossing the list item off just that sweeter. 

5. Google Calendar
Holy busy Batman! I know many of us have busy and hectic lives. This can make accomplishing a list of such magnitude really difficult. I rely on my Google Calendar to keep everything sorted out and on track. This includes the entire task and sometimes tasks to get the task done, like a reminder to follow up with Becky and schedule what shenanigans we're going to get up to this quarter. Having items you want to on your calendar makes it harder to forget. 

I'm ready to tackle my list with the help of these websites and cross every last one off this go round. What about you?

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4.18.2018

7 Disney Cartoons that Scared the Sh** Out of You


Kevin and I were talking the other day about our favorite Disney movies and it turned into Disney movies that scared the living daylights out of us. Since I hate horror and scary movies but Kevin loves them I thought he'd say none of them ever scared him. Boy was I wrong! He definitely had some strong opinions about some of those scary Disney movies. Today we're looking at 7 Disney cartoons that scared the sh** out of us. What Disney cartoon scares you the most?


Lady and the Tramp 
Kevin says "Stormy, dark scurrying rat, the dogs freaking out, the music, the search! The baby!" I definitely agree this scene always freaked me out when I was younger.


Lambert the Sheepish Lion from Silly Symphony
Kevin says "The wolf. Coming down and taking the lamb, the creepy music, howling, night, white eyes."


The Black Cauldron
Let's be honest almost the entire movie is scary as all get out but this scene where the Army of the Dead awakens is just down right terrifying!


The Princess & The Frog
Anything related to the shadow creatures in this movie is scary. Then in Facilier's demise voodoo dolls pop out of the ground and a he gets eaten by a voodoo mask and grave. Yikes!


Night on Bald Mountain from Fantasia
This was actually always one of my favorite scenes in Fantasia. I love the song. Do not love all the creepy spirit things flying around. Nope Nope Nope.


Hunchback of Notre Dame
Frollo is pretty creepy throughout the entire movie and definitely gets his just desserts in the end. You really see how crazy is in this song though.


A Christmas Carol 
Kevin says "Scrooge being thrown into the grave, fire billowing up, the Pete character with WHITE eyes and NO pupils, the depths of hell! So CREEPY."


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4.13.2018

Happy Birthday Louie!

Happy Birthday Big Brother!




Happy Birthday to an awesome big brother who is always there for me with a smile and a clearly awesome sense of fashion (those shorts!). You're the best big brother I could ask for.  






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4.11.2018

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

Getting to know people can be a very interesting experience. Sometimes you can know someone for years and not know certain things about them. I've had several instances of that lately with people I've known for years and consider very close friends! So I thought it would be fun to share 10 thing that you didn't know about me! What's one thing that people don't know about you?

I played violin for 14 years

When Kevin and I first met online he tried to stop talking to me. I wouldn't let him though!

I was hit in the head with a baseball bat when I was a little kid. I still have a little white scar on my forehead.


My middle name is Celeste after my mom

I was actively involved in my college radio station. By my senior year I had two shows, was Promotions Director, active in the sports team and the news team.

My family lived in Minnesota for five winters.

I met Stephanie when she came up to me in a bar because I guess I was looking lonely with a bunch of coats. She said "you look like a girlfriend, you're having shots and we're going to be friends." You might think I'm exaggerating but that is literally how we met and now she's one of my best friends!


I once caught a 34 inch Silver Pike fish. It's a quite uncommon fish so it was pretty awesome to catch one that size.

I have a masters degree in museums.

I hate have major issues opinions about food.


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