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

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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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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