Photos are the key ingredient to scrapbooking, so being able to find specific photos when you are ready to scrapbook them is essential!
As a scrapbooker you probably take a lot of photos, and if you’ve gone digital, you probably take even more than those still using film cameras. That adds up to a lot of photos to go through in order to find what you are looking for!
I know that some of you may be avoiding photo organization because the thought of organizing all the photos you’ve taken up to today makes you feel a little faint. No worries! Forget about the past (and put away those smelling salts) for now and focus on organizing the photos you take from this point on. Then, once you get your system down, you can slowly go through your older photos as time permits.
There are two things to keep in mind when organizing your photos:
1. Choose a system that works for you.
2. Stay on top of it by organizing your new photos at every download (from digital camera to computer), once a week, or once a month.
Choose Your System
Choose an organization system that works best for you. One that will allow you to find the photos you want to use both easily and quickly.
- Topic – home, school, kids, friends, vacations, etc.
- Project – organize your photos based on project or scrapbook pages you’d like to create with them.
- Person – each member of your family has their own category.
- Chronologically – if you scrapbook chronologically this is the method for you.
Printed Photo Storage
Whether you shoot with a digital or film camera you probably have printed photos that haven’t been scrapbooked yet.
Organize printed photos in:
- Albums – place your photos in pocket sleeves so you can enjoy them until you are ready to scrapbook them.
- Photo boxes – you can store a lot of photos in these types of boxes and they can be labeled based on your organization style.
- Photo docking system – these boxes make it very easy to organize and access your photos.
- Photo display – use a magnetic board to display the next photos you plan to scrap and simply replace them with new ones as you scrap them.
Digital Photo Storage
Since going digital I’ve found that I take a lot more photos. And while organizing digital photos doesn’t take up physical space, it does take up hard drive space, which fills up pretty quickly with all those digital photos! Here are some tips for digital storage and organization.
When organizing your photos don’t be afraid to delete the bad ones or duplicates. You probably don’t need 20 shots of the same person in the same pose. Pare it down to 5 or 10, or less if you are brave enough.
Believe me, you do not want to learn this the hard way, but it is essential to back-up your photos! You can back them up online or with an external hard drive. It is best to back-up to another location (such as an online option) in case of fire or natural disaster.
There are a lot of digital organization options to choose from. Here are a few worth checking out:
So choose the system that works best for you, schedule in some time to regularly organize your photos, and soon you’ll be able to find the exact photo you want to scrap in no time at all!
For another chance to win a copy of The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker, leave a comment about how you organize your photos!
-Cindy Tobey, contributing writer