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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What to do with a bazillion photos.

A bazillion?  Really, I'm not kidding.  I was an obsessed picture taker before
digital.  Took rolls & rolls of photos.  Developed every
last one...in duplicate...and kept them.  I shudder to think about
all the money I spent on photo processing.  Then digital cameras
came along.  And my obsession exploded!  I did a post about
what I do with all my dang photos on September 11, 2008.  At that
time, my iPhoto said I had 3,436 photos on my computer.  Today,
July 28th, 2009 it says I have 6,210.  That is 2774 photos...in 10
months.  And that's only what I kept.  Seriously.

So
as much as I'd like to tell you that I scrapbooked all 2774 photos, I
didn't.  Not even a reasonable possibility for me...or anyone
else.  All I have to say is thank goodness for the We R Memory
Keeper 4x6 photo sleeves!  Honestly, they've saved my sanity.
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You can read about my whole process & what I did with over 30 photo boxes filled to the brim with photos here. 

In a nutshell, what I do is print all of my photos.  Yep, all of them.  (I use scrapbookpictures.com
because I love their customer service, the quality of their prints,
that you have online storage for your photos...really, everything about
them).  Unfortunately, I seem to only be organized enough to do it
about every six months or so...which is why I print them all.  I
don't want to sit there & look at every photo & try to determine
if I really want to print it or not.  It would take hours that I
don't have. 

Then I put all of my photos into the We R
Memory Keeper 4x6 photo sleeves (one pack has 25 pages & holds 300
photos).  And then I put them in my favorite album, which is a We R
Memory Keepers Silverstone Linen 12x12 Ring Binder.  At this
point, I feel caught up.  Sometimes I'll leave a blank photo slot
to put a 4x6 journaling block or mini scrapbook page.  Other times,
I'll go back & scrapbook 2 or 3 of my favorite photos from an event
& journal.  That page goes right next to the photo sleeves in
my album.  That's why I use the ring binders.  It's super easy
to move your pages all around.  And one album holds up to 50 photo
pages.  When you start adding bulky items to your pages that
number goes down, but that's still an impressive amount of photos. 
And here's the deal, when your photos are in albums, you are caught
up.  Read that sentence again:  when your photos are in albums, you are caught up.  And feeling caught up is 99% of the battle of scrapbooking. 

I'd
like to challenge you to print your photos & put them into
albums.  I promise you, it'll feel like a weight has been lifted
from your shoulders.  Once they're in albums, you'll want to scrapbook again.  Knowing that you don't have to scrapbook everything is so...refreshing

One
last thing, the reason I use the We R Memory Keepers albums &
protectors is because I feel that they are the best on the market. 
Plain & simple.  They've been making albums for 80
years.  I think they have it down by now.  But just because
that's what I use doesn't mean you have to use them.  What you have
to do is get those photos off your computer....before you can't get them off your computer.  Know what I mean?

****just noticed on the scrapbookpictures.com
website that 4x6 prints are just .12 cents each until July 31st...all
of their photos are on sale...I'll be uploading tonight!****  (I'm
not affiliated with them in any way, shape or form...just someone who
loves the product they deliver)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the sale tip! I took nearly 900 in the past 4 weeks (not
    printing them all), but that is a little higher than the normal average
    due to traveling.

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