Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Organizing Photos, Before & After

Recently, my crafty friend Danielle said that she needed to organize her photos and scrapbook supplies so she could work on her crafts. I offered to go over to her house recently to help with the organization.

Danielle is very crafty: she makes cards, scrapbooks, and makes cute Christmas ornaments. This idea that I posted in December about simple ornaments was from Danielle.

Danielle had been ordering photos online, but they were in piles

She had started to organize the photos, but hadn't gotten too far.
I will post more "before and after" photos of her scrap room another time, but for now, here's the photo project. She gathered all of her photos together, and started going through them.
After I left, she continued working. She put tabs in between categories and sorted the photos into plastic containers and photo boxes. Photo boxes can be purchased inexpensively at most department stores.
I am using my label maker to make labels for Danielle's photo boxes...I ran out of labels (eeek!), but I will get them to her soon.

MUCH better! Great job, Danielle. Now she can start making cute scrapbook pages again.
A few photo organizing tips:
  • Gather all of your photos into one place.
  • Go through photos and sort them into general piles. It's okay to pitch photos that are blurry or too dark. They are not going to get any less blurry or dark. I am giving you all permission to throw away crummy photos. Really.
  • Use index cards or simple pieces of paper to make dividers. General labels like "Wedding", "School", "Christmas" or "Kids" are OK. You may already have photo boxes or containers in the house, but if you have to purchase some they are usually only $4 or $5 apiece.
  • Put your photos into photo boxes with lids, to keep them dust-free and away from light.
Danielle and I love to scrapbook. However, even if you don't scrap, it's nice to have all your photos together so it's easier to look through them.

For more scrapbook organizing info: see this link for how I used my label maker to organize my scrapbook paper. Also see this link about the table I use to store my scrapbook supplies. Anyone need to organize some photos?

Linking this up to: Momnivore's Dilemma/ A bowl full of lemons/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/Somewhat Simple/Beyond the Picket Fence/Tales from Bloggeritaville/Fingerprints on the Fridge/A Little Knick Knack/Tidy Mom/Chick on a Shoestring Decorating/Frugal & Fabulous Design/We are That Family


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April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

You have some great ideas in this post - thank you for sharing them. I have years worth of photos I need to organise so your advice was very welcome!

Vicki said...

Love your site. Would like to learn more

Allison said...

You were so nice to help your friend. Always easier and faster when getting help! Followed your link over from Fab Friday. Drop by Atticmag and leave a comment for your chance to win Roxy bedding for Giveaway Friday.


Danni said...

I love that my mess makes me a blog piece ;) ha ha ha!!!! I love going down there now and seeing it all organized!!

Catch a falling star said...

I had painstakingly gone through all of mine as well about two years ago and recently we moved (3months ago) and it seems like new photos are appearing out of the wood work *sigh*. Seems I am going to have to go through a ton more. I deffinately need some more photo boxes.
Thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

well done!

Stephanie said...

Photo and scrapbook organization are a passion of mine. You can even find me reorganizing my scrapbook tools just for the fun of it. Funny what is fun for some people. How nice of you to help your friend out. I've helped organize a friend or twos photos and craft spaces as well.

Denise & Jillian said...

I just decided to start scraping again last week. It's been 2 years and i haven't even started one for my daughter who is almost 2. Now that I have my photos organized, I'm so ready to dive back into it again!

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