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  1. Unhappy Project-a-gram help needed for my Dad...

    Hi everyone,

    I am hoping you can help me. My Dad and I made making our yard the talk of the neighborhood on Halloween & Christmas a tradition for years. It was a passion of ours. We loved the neighborhood kids asking us in July what our plans were for this year's Halloween or Christmas display. We loved watching cars drive slowly by taking photos and having the kids come into the display to have their pictures taken with the latest vampire or Santa. Mostly, we loved doing this together.

    I lost my Dad a month ago this Thursday. My heart and life is broken into a 1000 pieces. I am struggling to pull myself through each day. And with Halloween coming, it is extra painful to think of decorating. I have had several neighbors come over and tell me they would be honored to help me to decorate as a tribute for my Dad. I feel I have to do it. We didn't last year because he had just been diagnosed with cancer and we were not up to doing it. All the kids were so confused and people were so sorry to know the reason our yard was empty. I feel my Dad would kick my butt if I didn't decorate. But the only requirement is I HAVE to have a tribute out for my Dad. And that is where I need help.

    I want to use our Project-a-gram to project a strip of a photo of my Dad and have it say something like, "Our tradition continues..in loving memory and tribute to my Dad, Ken." The Project-a-gram has film strips that fit in the machine that are on a mechanisim that roll the strip in front of the light. I have to figure out a way. I just don't know how to make a strip like this.

    If anyone has any ideas, any at all, I'd be so appreciative. My Dad was/is a wonderful man and deserves this. I miss him so.
    Thank you so much,
    Lisa

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    As sorry as I am for you and your loss, I also feel you may find a great sense of connectedness to your father by following through with Halloween and Christmas. I hope you find yourself smiling at some point when you realise your father would have been smiling at the same moment.
    I am unfortunately not familiar with the progector you have. My suggestion is to contact the manufacturer and see if they can help you. If I knew more about the machine I might be able to help you. Would you please post a picture of the projector and a typical film strip? For a blind suggestion, the plastic sheets used in theater lighting known as 'gels' are fairly heat resistant, and can be cut into a strip. Using glass marking pens or paints you could write on the strips. Glue the ends together and you would have loop. Hope you can do something with that.

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    I'm really sorry for your loss. And like the other poster, I'm not familiar with project a gram either. If you can't get it worked out, you could always try something else to pay tribute to him. For instance, a table with photo's and perhaps even a donation box for the cancer society of one of his favorite charities.

    Good luck and hang tough. I think you're dad is smiling down on you.
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    Try and get your projector to work first. If you can't make it work, what about using one of those new digital projectors? Create whatever you like on your computer and the projector will shine it onto anythng you like, they even do motion.

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    Sorry for your loss, I have felt your pain.

    You might want to try one of those holiday projectors. It it easy to put a slide into the projector and make your own custom images. You can use a slide made from 35mm film and put that into the projector. You can even add text if you wish. You local photo developer should be able to help you. Look for one that sells cameras and equipment not just a one hour place.

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    Sorry for your loss, i think that decorating for Halloween would be an awesome way to pay tribute & tradition you 2 did. Yes I can believe it will be hard this 1st year without him, but I think that would be what he would want- continue the tradition for the enjoyment of the ToTers that enjoy what your family have done on Halloween. On the projection, how about an overhead projector with poster; a pic & what you want to say on it...... can be cheap & found at salvation army places....
    unless you take the pics to somewhere that will place the pics on a film strip that would work on your projector......
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    So sorry for your loss.But agree that you need to keep it going in his memory and honor.

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    Truly sorry for your loss. I hope that you'll find peace in knowing that he is in a better place now, regardless of where your personal beliefs tell you that place may be.

    That said, a lot of people might find this strange, but as a haunter, my hope is that you'll "get it". What about some sort of reference to him within your haunt? It doesn't have to be as blatant as his name on your centerpiece tombstone, but anything that would have made your dad laugh...because that's what he'd be doing as he looked down on your haunt this year. It could be as simple as an inside joke or even a prop that he'd wanted to build for some time...the possibilities are endless!
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    From what I can find on the Project A Gram, you should be able to get some transparency film and use it to print the image you want and use it in the projector.

    Most office supply houses carry transparency film that is safe to use in ink jet printers. Measure out what size the films strips that fit into the Project A Gram are and shrink the picture in your favorite graphics program to that size. Print the image on the transparency film making sure to use your printer's transparency setting if it has one, cut and you should be good to go.

    The only problem I would see with this is if the light from the Project A Gram is too hot and melts the transparency film.

  10. Smile Thank you all!!

    Thank you all for your kindness and wonderful ideas. I know you all are right in telling me that my Dad would definitely want the Halloween & Christmas decorating to continue. I worry sometimes he'd be sad to think he is not able to help though. It just makes me cry to think about that. I hope he'll let me know somehow that he wants me to do it anyway.

    I have been writing out thank you cards for my Dad's service all evening so I haven't been able to figure out how to post a photo of the project a gram thing. I will try the transparency thing for certain. The film strips for the project a gram have little holes on the top and bottom and fit on the "teeth" of the project a gram and a wheel feeds the loop of film around and around so the scenes change and move. You know what I mean? So the transparency film would have to be flexible enough to withstand that. It's worth a try for sure. I am hoping to have some extra time this weekend to be able to try this and I will give you an update.

    And Ballston Manor, I totally understand what you mean about referencing him in the display. He had a favorite pumpkin that I carved of a cat with a witch hat on a broom on an artificial pumpkin. But somehow it got broken. He would always want me to re-do it and I always said I would, "later". I so wish I would have done it. But I will now and pray he can see it now.

    Msmeeple, I love your idea of the charity box. My Dad had adrenal cancer. There are only 300 people in the entire world who are diagnosed with this every year. The 5 year survival rate 1-2%. He was sick 10 months. There is virtually no funding at all for this type because of it's rarity. I think it would be FANTASTIC to put a charity box for him. Thanks for a lovely idea.


    I am printing out the thread and going to go to the stores and stock up on all materials suggested. Thank you to ALL of you who have given ideas and support. As soon as I can I am going to try to put a picture of the project a gram and the film strip up. In every year of my life before this, any time I didn't know how to do something, I'd just say, "Hey Dad, how do we do this?" and he'd ALWAYS know the answer. It's so hard to look in the living room and see his recliner empty. He's not there to ask. But he's lead me to you all here who are able to stand in for him.

    Thank you, truly,
    Lisa

 

 
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