Don’t Forget to Finish

I was going through my old StoryBook files to create a Permanent Digital StoryBook Backup. I was surprised to find two photo books that were almost complete but never finished. I had simply forgotten about them. One of the books was for a trip to Australia for a Creative Memories convention. The other was for a family trip to Niagara Falls. Maybe I am simply trying to do too many things.


I have now completed these books and have ordered printed copies. How common is this? How often do you start a photo book but not finish? Please complete my survey and I’ll tabulate the results.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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5 Responses to Don’t Forget to Finish

  1. Very insightful. I especially like your “other priorities” option… as we all have the same amount of time, but we CHOOSE to spend it differently. And at some point, I CHOSE to do something else instead of finishing those books (probably pick-up my children from school or other mundane task)… and simply never got back to it or forgot.

    I wonder how many of us would choose to use a feature that reminded us of projects that were started but never ordered/exported/printed…

  2. Tanya Paul says:

    Like so many other consultants & customers, I too have a stack if projects started & not completed. Many of them have only one page done & then I change my mind on what u want to do. Of course I intend to go back to complete or delete, but that never seems to happen. A back up feature in sb4 like mm3 would be fantastic. A reminder that a project has not been printed & the option to delete it would help clear the back log of files not required. This would also be of great benefit when our trusty pc or laptop crashes.
    Now to focus on the storybooks I havent completed….

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  4. Ola Otto says:

    Mark – great topic and insightful survey! I agree with the fact that it would be great to have a back-up feature (like MM Shadow Copy or MM BackUp) PLUS not only a reminder of started-not-completed but a tracking list for that, something like a UFO log (unfinished objects…specific to SB).

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