Taking photos is the easy part. It’s keeping them organized that’s the real challenge.
What are some of the biggest problems we face as scrapbookers with photo storage and sorting?
Just to name a few:
- Printing pictures to scrapbook and then not having time to scrap them…
- Printing photos out of order…
- Remembering the dates photos were taken…
- Forgetting how you organized your photo storage in the first place…
- Figuring out where to put extra photos after making a scrapbook page…
- Finding ways to enjoy photos before there’s time to scrapbook them…
Take a deep breath, photo organization is within reach.
Photo Storage: Step 1
First, start by stocking up on the essential materials you’ll need for short-term or long-term photo storage. Either purchase online or visit your local craft store for things like index cards, photo storage boxes, photo safe pens and photo sleeves.
Photo Storage: Step 2
Choose a sorting scheme. Consider what’s wrong with your current photo storage and how you can better organize photos for future scrapbooking. You have several options when it comes to sorting your photos, so pick what works best for you.
Sort your photos using a loose chronological series. If it seems intimidating to remember every date your photos were taken, consider making things easier on yourself. Break your photos out by decades, years, seasons or months.
Sort your photos by event or celebration. Whether it is a new baby, family holidays (all years grouped together), or travels, sorting your pictures by event can be less stressful. You’ll still know exactly where they are when it comes time to scrapbook, but you don’t have the pressure of remembering dates.
Sort your photos by subject. If you plan on creating scrapbooks for each child or other family members, it might make sense to sort your photos by who is featured in them. Keep sections for each person and at some point, you can even choose to organize these chronologically.
Photo Storage: Step 3
Now the work begins. To start out, create three piles. Make a toss pile, a keep pile, and a pile to give away to family or friends. This will drastically reduce the number of photos you even have to worry about organizing.
Once completed, use the index cards and photo safe pens to mark off your categories. Start sorting your photos into the storage containers based on your new categories. You can even make notes on the back side of photos to document any dates, memories or names.
If you are unsure about certain photos, put them aside and come back to them later or place them in a miscellaneous category. Larger photos can be safely stored in photo sleeves for future use or framing.
Once you get the majority of your photos organized, it will be easier to continue the photo sorting as you print new photos. Then, you’ll never have to deal with the common problems associated with photo storage solutions again.
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