The first in a series of projects from my Thirty Before 30 list done while I was 30.
3. Print digital photos and put in albums.
I'm pretty proud of this one. I organized all of our digital photos and uploaded the ones I wanted to print onto Snapfish. Then every time Snapfish was having some sort of deal, I ordered prints. It took almost the whole year, but I now have all of the prints printed and most of them have been put into albums. I also did scrapbooks for a few important events.
I'm still working on backing up and cataloging all of our digital prints. I have burned CDs and backed up everything onto an external hard drive. Every year except 2012 has been backed up and I have only cataloged a couple years so far, but the project is definitely more manageable now and I have a system set up so that it should be easy to maintain.
Okay, so the ones on the left and middle were completed this year. The middle stack is for 2011 alone (you take a lot of pictures when you have a kid). The stack on the right consists of old albums that were done before I started this project.
These are my favorite type of albums. They hold about 200 pictures and I like to use one per year (pre-baby year, at least). There's a spot on the front for a picture, but I just stuck some kraft paper in there and used my embossing label maker instead.
I don't organize in any special way, just chronological order. And yes, I do write last names, even for immediate family (although erased for The Internets). We also have an album that is just photos from our trip to New Mexico and an album for wedding/honeymoon photos that didn't make it into the scrapbook. Speaking of...
I don't really scrapbook like how you picture scrapbooking in your head - gaudy, overworked, with the photo almost as an afterthought. I basically treat it like a photo album, but I add in a few paper mementos like ticket stub, maps, etc. That may seem kind of boring, but the other way just isn't for me.
I moved them to the master bedroom closet and labeled the outside with hang tags attached with binder clips. I'm not really loving the way it looks, but I'm not sure how else to label the outside in a non-permanent way. Any suggestions? Smaller hangtags perhaps? I saw some zinc hangtags somewhere that you can use chalk to mark them that looked pretty cool. I'm not sure how practical that would be though.
I have a blank photo album on the way and I can't wait to fill it with photos and memories. Now that I've tackled this project and set up a system to organize and maintain photos, it's so much more enjoyable.
Note: I apologize for all of the layout changes lately. I am just trying to find something plain, but the last one tabbed all of my writing weirdly and I couldn't stand it. The starry thing is okay. Ideally, I want a simple layout with a personal photo as the banner, but I don't know how to do that with Typepad. Typepad has been irritating (for example, when I last saved, it reverted back to not just the previous save, but the one before that. grrr) but it is hard to even think about switching servers when you've been with someone since...Jesus, since 2005.