As scrapbookers we take a large number of photos of everyday moments, events, and celebrations. Most of us don’t get to scrap those photos right away, but we need to empty our memory cards regularly in order to be able to take more photos.
Delete and Organize as You Go
When I empty my card, I select the best images and delete the rest. Then I sort the selected images in folders marked by event, location, people, etc. For example, I label the images from our summer vacation this year as: SummerVacation2012_1, SummerVacation2012_2, etc. Depending on the number of photos I have taken, I would add subtitles like SummerVacation2012_1 (Swim lessons) or SummerVacation2012_2 (Trip_1) to make it easier to locate images easily and quickly when I have time to scrap them. I also print out the photos I need.
But if you ever had a computer crash, you know very well that that’s not enough. It is important to back up our images. I do this in three ways.
1. Hard Drive
The first place I save my photos is the hard drive of my computer. As I noted, I delete extra images as I go so I’m not overwhelmed.
2. External Memory Drive
Next, I save the image folders in a USB Drive or an external hard drive. This keeps my folders safe in case of a crash.
3. Compact Discs
Even though the external hard drive has significant storage capacity, it’s obviously not unlimited. So, I burn the image files into compact discs. I label the discs the same way I label my folders. That way, even if I mess up a photo on my computer, I don’t have to worry because I know that I have the original safely stored in my media library, and I can find it quickly and easily.
Scanning Film Photos for Archiving
Now, this system works well for my digital photos. But those older photos from film cameras, heritage photos handed down–they need a few extra steps to back up. I scan those photos and save them in marked folders in my USB drive till I burn them in discs and make prints.
Scan Using Your Phone Camera
One way to make this process easier is to download an app called Shoebox from 1000memories.com. We featured this app in the Tips & Tricks column in the September/October 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine (see page 20).
To use Shoebox, download the app for free to your phone (Android and iPhones are both supported) and use the camera function to scan old photos. You can then crop, edit, and add captions, as well as upload your photos to social media sites like Facebook. Moreover, your photos are permanently archived on the 1000memories website to be viewed and shared whenever and wherever you want.
Make sure to back up your photos for generations to enjoy!