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Photo Organization Part 1: Prints

If you have tons of printed photos you’d like to scrapbook “someday”, but you don’t know where to start, then you have to check out this webisode by Tasra Dawson, author of Real Women Scrap. She goes over the basics of getting your photos organized and safely stored – ready for you to put in a scrapbook! Even though my printed photos are already organized, I still enjoyed watching this fun and informative first episode of Real Women Scrap TV.

Photo Organization

Here are my own favorite tips for organizing your printed photos:

  1. Store them in an environment that will not be damaging: away from papers containing acid or lignin, and from excessive light, heat, moisture, dust, etc.
  2. Store the photos in an upright position (so that they will be less likely to be bent or indented by things pressing down on them).
  3. Keep your negatives! Treat them with just as much or more care as the prints.
  4. Have a labeling system in place.  I like to write on photo-safe cards and keep the cards with the photos, but if you must write on the photo itself, use a photo-safe marker.
  5. Try to do your labeling as soon after getting the prints made as possible! Trust me, you won’t always remember your college roommate’s boyfriend’s dog’s name :).
  6. Organize the photos in a way that will make sense when it’s time to do your scrapbooking. If you scrapbook chronologically, store the photos chronologically.  If you’re making a Christmas scrapbook, keep all of the Christmas photos together.
  7. If possible, store duplicates of your photos in a separate location. This way, you will have copies in case something happens to the originals.
  8. When choosing a photo storage system, try to find something that is somewhat portable. Remember, the goal is to eventually scrap the photos, so you want to be able to grab them and go. Get multiple smaller containers if necessary.
  9. If you have memorabilia that you want to include with the photos in a scrapbook, store them with the photos. Make sure the memorabilia are NOT touching the photos if they are not photo-safe (you can keep them in specially made plastic sleeves).
  10. Most of all, have fun with the organization process! Come up with a system that appeals to you, or you won’t stick with it.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, I bought my photo storage boxes (pictured above) at Hobby Lobby. If you pay attention to the sales, you can get them for 1/2 price too!

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