Let me start with this fun fact, there are more pictures taken every two minutes than were taken throughout the 1800’s. It is estimated that ten percent of all photos were taken in the last twelve months. (fstoppers.com) This led me to think about all of the clients I have worked with over the last six years. There are alot of pictures without permanent homes. Oh sure, the computer could be considered permanent but is it really?
The latest article I read said 1.4 trillion photos would be taken in 2020. That’s quite an increase! Chances are you’ll probably never see 99% of those again in the near future! This is soberingly true, isn’t it?
So, what are people doing with their pictures? How can we actually see the photos you’ve taken? With a large amount of photos living on social media sites, we need to save them. You see, they are the property of the social media site. Additionally, we have plenty of photos right inside our phones and computers. There are also printed photos in a variety of places throughout the home. What can we do to organize them?
Sharing a few tips with you to simplify this process.
One of the first tips I want to give you is to create a way for you to see and share your photos.
The second tip is to have a plan. What project would you like to work on in particular? Do you want to do a milestone book, a trip scrapbook, etc.? For the plan to be effective, let’s put together some simple steps.
Step 1- Purchase supplies
Pick out a photo album you want to use, the proper adhesive for your pictures and any other embellishments you desire. (Items can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and www.creativememories.com or any other craft store)
Step 2- Schedule the time. This is really the best way to complete any project. If we leave it up to chance, probably won’t happen.
Step 3- Find some friends to do this with you. It makes it more fun!
Step 4-Start with one particular project. This can be overwhelming, find a trip or an event you would like to start with. Gather all of the pictures before you start.
Step 1-Pick a project. There are so many, it is best to start out by choosing a specific occasion or a trip. This is likely to have less pictures overall which makes completion a greater probability.
Step 2- Upload to a site(Shutterfly, Snapfish, Costco, etc) Time consuming if you aren’t tech savvy.
Step 3- Create the book. It will be a blank slate, you are the artist.
**If technology is not your thing, try a different approach.
Preserve by digitizing photo/video
Again, if technology is not your thing, outsource. There are companies waiting to help you. It is a simple process.
Now, you will still need to find a way to display your pictures. The thumb drive can load all of the pictures on your computer. You can hook them up to your television and look at them or just view them on your computer. The thumb drive can also be used to upload the pictures to a company that is listed above in digital scrapbook.
The last tip I would like to share is to enjoy your pictures often. Get them out and look at them. Photographs make nice gifts. It is always nice to see them out on display. They are part of your story. Remembering past events really grounds us and helps us remember where we come from.
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