Inspired by the I Heart Organizing project photography challenge, I decided it was time to organize our family photos.
I just did a quick check and I have only 4.69 GB of free space remaining. The photos are taking up a tremendous amount of digital
space on my external hard drive. I do regularly back up my photos and files but the process takes an entire day and sometimes they don’t all get captured as I run out of time to finish. I would be devastated if I were to lose these irreplaceable family memories.
My overall goal is create hard copy photo books so we can enjoy the photos and as a back up if the digital ones ever get lost.
I also want to capture the children’s art work as I have an entire Rubbermaid bin filled with keepsakes that I don’t know what to do with. I am considering Artkive or some other digital way to reduce clutter but still enjoy the children’s artwork.
I decided to start with the year 2008. My son was born January of 2008 and my daughter turned two that year. I figured it was as good a year as any to start with. I also have a plan of one year per month to organize the photos.
Here are the steps I will follow while I go through one year at a time:
- organize digital photos by month and event
- photograph souvenirs and wall photos, organize into appropriate digital folder
- write blurbs for each main event/cluster of photos
- edit digital photos on picmonkey.com
- choose digital program and insert album
- print family digital photo album
If you want to check out my progress, check out my Crafts page. I plan to update it as soon as each step is complete. It will keep me motivated (I hope) to continue on.
How do you organize your photos?