Welcome to my studio

Welcome to the workspace of My Beautiful Life Story.

Here’s a look at the projects created and equipment used. Here you will get a glimpse too of the materials used for legacy folk art and workshops under development.

Every project starts with photos, slides, film and collecting details about the materials

 After curating a collection, the archive process is begun. Photos, memorabilia and interviews are conducted. Using a scanner and other tech gadgets, images and stories are collected then digitized.

Once digitized images and stories are SAFE. At this point, originals can be stored, images can be reproduced and interviews or journals can be transcribed.

Business or individual projects

According to the client’s project scope My Beautiful Life story will produce business brag books or short business explainer videos. An individual’s project may include visual memoirs, photo books, personal history webpages, legacy folk art, and more.

A photo and transparency scanner is used for cataloging most collections. This equipment digitizes slides, film, negatives, images & memorabilia. Important document storage is recommended and this scanner can be used to create digital copies for safe keeping, a good idea in the event of an unforeseen emergency.

For book drafts or the beginning stages of artwork a Laserjet printer is used.

With this printer images are ouput for photo transfer. This is also where the book editing stage or design layout begins

Reclaimed materials are frequent building blocks

Reclaimed materials are used for much of the legacy art created. Recycled magazines are used for mosaic tile photo projects and reclaimed cigar boxes are used for commemorative boxes. Hand-made papers can be imcorporated which are composed of recycled materials or natural materials like plants or fabrics.

Workshop Materials

For commemorative art project magnetic backed canvas is one surface that can be explored.. This material is used during workshops and other materials or substrates may be included: polymer clay, acrylic paint. recycled magazines, matte medium. transparency film, photo copies, Plexiglas, wood or other objects.

Software & Equipment

I am self-taught computer geek. I create much of my work using inDesign, Photoshop, Pages, transcription software, WordPress, iMovie, iPhone, youTube and other platforms or software, project dependent.

Zoe

Zoe

Founder My Beautiful Life Story

At age six, Zoe rode her first two-wheeler into the world, discovering the stories, photos and secret hearts of her neighbors. She’s finally gone back to her roots, collecting stories, organizing photos, and making new friends on her journey.

Product Line Video 2019

Product line video for 2019 juried submission

Creating personal history artwork (I call it legacy folkart) will be a feature of My Beautiful Life Story’s booth, if selected by the Arts & Crafts judges at my local farmers market.

Digitization will be one of the product offerings. Visually the booth will demonstrate a variety of photo preservation and photo transfer ideas. While inside viewers will be invited to discover how their visual history can be used to create personalized books, commemorative art, personal history magazines, videos, biographies, folk art, collage and other cherished mementos.

*Geek Warning * This EVERGREEN concept video was created using Pages to PDF to .ppx to .mov (sure, ask me about this) No sound is added to this clip.

Other than getting my geek on, this is the week to get caught up on personal projects, among them completing my application to Salem’s local Saturday market.

I’ll be getting several projects off my plate but as a “test the market” project, the application to Saturday Market was #1 on my to-do (and DONE) list!

Zoe

Zoe

Founder My Beautiful Life Story

At age six, Zoe rode her first two-wheeler into the world, discovering the stories, photos and secret hearts of her neighbors. She’s finally gone back to her roots, collecting stories, organizing photos, and making new friends on her journey.

2019 Valentines Day photo transfer workshop Salem Oregon

My Beautiful Life Story brought a photo transfer workshop to the South Salem Senior Center. on Thursday February 14th. This was the fourth workshop that I’ve presented to folks excited to share their stories and photos at the Senior Center.. Workshop attendees created a small piece of commemorative art and left with the ability to recreate photo transfer techniques at home.

The workshops are offered monthly and give anyone who attends the chance to learn about preserving their own or family photos, negatives, slides and film. Returning guests to the workshops often come bearing their recent projects, filled with memories they unearthed while sorting through their collections.

During this month’s workshop, the Valentines Day group eagerly learned ways to use copies of their photos. They were shown the process of transferring photos using matte medium to create a type of ‘decal’ .

Once dry, the image is transferred to a substrate and then the backing paper is removed to reveal the image. I have a link to my INSTRUCTABLE (Lightbox-inspired-picture-shelf-with-battery) using this technique on the Legacy Folk art page,

Workshops are being offered at the South Salem Senior Center on the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 1-2:30 pm through April 2019.

If you are interested in hosting a visual legacy presentation or a workshop, feel free to contact me using the form located here.

Zoe

Zoe

Founder My Beautiful Life Story

At age six, Zoe rode her first two-wheeler into the world, discovering the stories, photos and secret hearts of her neighbors. She’s finally gone back to her roots, collecting stories, organizing photos, and making new friends on her journey.

Aging in the Willamette Valley Interview

ON January 1, 2019 I was interviewed by John Hughes, host of Aging in the Willamette Valley.  We talked about the services I offer with My Beautiful Life Story: "Life is busy. If arranging your photos & preserving your stories has been on your to-do list, there is no time like the present to make it happen. Memories, like photos, fade away, and time is fleeting. Photo albums that weren't archived can damage images, and memorabilia, slides, and images stored incorrectly can become a real mess to salvage."

My services preserve photos, memories, and stories for children and grandchildren who may not know the stories behind the pictures.

Zoe

Zoe

Founder My Beautiful Life Story

At age six, Zoe rode her first two-wheeler into the world, discovering the stories, photos and secret hearts of her neighbors. She’s finally gone back to her roots, collecting stories, organizing photos, and making new friends on her journey.