Sunday, March 13, 2011
Organizing Photos and Scrapbooking
I'm a bit late with this.
Last week's challenge was organizing photos. I already have a system which I will share in this post (plus my system for scrapbooking), but if you would like to know how to get started or want some awesome tips, check out THIS POST.
I have actually started over this year since I have Little Blue. Prior to getting her I transferred all of my photos on the desktop to CDs. I am behind on scrapbooking about a year and a half (I think). I will go back to those photos at another time. Right now I am trying to keep current.
I transfer my photos from the camera to laptop regularly. Each month I start a new folder and keep all the photos from that month in it. Each time I upload pictures my laptop makes a folder for that set, so I have folders within a folder :) Super organized. At the end of the month I save that month's folder(and its folders LOL)to a USB stick(or whatever you call it). I also upload the pictures to Snapfish and get to work making collages out of them. When I need photos to scrapbook I place an order :)
I like making the collages because 4x6 prints are 9 cents, but if I can get a few photos on a 4x6 collage, I then save money! The collage print is also only 9 cents! Plus I can add a title and a color for the background. That way, I can also put it in an album without scrapbooking and it will look nice.
Once I get the photos back, I like to put them in photo sleeves. If I have enough of one subject I just keep them in there instead of scrapping them. (I forgot to take a picture of this)
For the ones I want to scrapbook I have a process. First, I count how many pictures I have.
Then I look in a binder I made to find a layout with that amount of photos.
Once I find one I look for paper and embellishments to model after the layout. I put them all(pictures, layout idea, paper and embellishments) in a page protector.
However, while preparing for a crop this past week, I found that looking through my binder was a bit tedious and chaotic. So I took an old photo album binder
and added sketch ideas I was saving
At the crop I found this even more confusing(most of the sketches did not specify what was the picture and what was empty space!) So now I am considering getting a layout book from Close To My Heart. It not only has photos of beautiful layouts, it also has sketches and tells you the dimensions of everything!
Right now I am toying with the idea of making some theme scrapbooks or starting another one for the year or half year. I was using binder albums, but a friend gave me some strap hinges that I can substitute in post bound albums I have. We'll see.
My goal is too keep up with my photos and also, little by little, go back and scrapbook my previous photos, until they are all done :)
I am linking to Week #5 Challenge -- Organizing Photos on A Bowl Full of Lemons