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8 Simple Tips for Stress-Free Photo Organization

You’re so busy with life’s daily demands that downloading your camera’s memory card is a cause for celebration. Sound familiar? These hectic times make it all to easy to push family memory keeping to the back burner.

8 Simple Tips for Stress-Free Photo Organization

Fortunately, there are small steps anyone can take to grab the reigns on a disheveled photo library. Use these tips to prioritize your energy and build momentum for new routines in memory keeping.

1. Make a list. While most everyone is using digital cameras these days, all but the youngest family photographers have traditional film prints and even negatives hanging around. Roughly inventory your entire photo library to get the lay of the land.

2. Download, now. If you found that some of your images are still living on photo memory cards, change that right now. Start a habit of downloading your photos within 24 hours of snapping the pic so there is no burdensome backlog.

3. Don’t overthink. There are an endless array of software solutions for photo organization and storage, but not everyone needs them or has the time to leverage their capabilities. Start with a simple folder system before jumping into complex applications.

4. Skim the surface. When you have a lot of photos to sort, don’t focus on the details such as tagging each image. Think about the big picture and work at that level of get things in a baseline sense of order. You can always come back later to add tags or sub-folders.

5. Start labeling. It’s often easiest to work backward. Start with your most recent digital folder and decide on a labeling scheme. Use both the date and the event title in a folder for easy retrieval later.

6. Multitask. Scanning can seem like such a repetitive chore. Set up your laptop and scanner on a card table in the living room so you can stay entertained while making progress.

7. Backup. Every hard drive will eventually fail. Keep your images in at least 2, preferably 3, locations to ensure their safety. Remember that offsite storage, whether at your office, out of town, or online will add a layer of protection.

8. Be patient. A lifetime of memories cannot be organized overnight. Consider your effort a work in progress and be OK with that. Work in blocks of 15 or 30 minutes to feel the most accomplished.

Organizing your photos need not be a monumental task. Just getting started will help you feel in control and reduce your memory-keeping anxiety. Stay focused and keep it simple to find more time for what you love.

This post previously appeared on Complete Organizing Solutions.


Download a Free Issue of Spark Magazine | Limited Time Offer

Download a Free Issue of Spark Magazine | Limited Time Offer

Spark is the Simple Scrapper membership magazine, a monthly periodical that offers exclusive content to help you simplify scrapbooking. To celebrate this holiday weekend as well as reaching the second half of 2014, I’m giving away a sample issue for a limited time.

This downloadable PDF issue includes 5 exclusive sketches, 12 storytelling prompts, and 35 sample layouts from our talented creative team. Plus, the magazine features my personal introductions to creating space for scrapbooking and how to start feeling more focused.

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This link will expire at 11:59pm CDT on Tuesday, July 8.


5 Mid-Year Resolutions for Organized Memory Keeping

A few weeks into any given new year most people have lapsed on their resolutions. Some counter the tradition by not setting any goals or try to go minimalist with just one actionable item. And by mid-year, most of us are ready to start fresh.

5 Mid-Year Resolutions for Organized Memory Keepin

When it comes to your family stories, there are several easy commitments you can make that won’t leave you fearing failure. These are the building blocks of honoring your memories.

1. I will take my camera with me. Avoid missing outstanding photo opportunities by making a habit of having your camera in your purse or bag. Search for “project 365” to find clever ideas for daily photos.

2. I will protect my memories. We used to save negatives in a fireproof box, but your whole computer can’t live inside that box. Backup your images to the cloud or external hard drives.

3. I will share my photos with others. Your pictures are not pleasing anyone sitting on your hard drive or in a box. Upload your images to Facebook or Flickr. Print doubles and hand out to family members. Keep several frames for rotating images.

4. I will journal on a regular basis. Your words are as vital as the photographs you take. Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard each week to detail your life as it is right now.

5. I will tackle my backlog. Where are your photos from 1994? Use the marvels of modern technology to digitize and archive your prints. Set small goals to make it less challenging.

Like any hobby or creative endeavor, memory keeping takes time, patience and commitment. Use the baby step approach to tackle one resolution at a time. Focus on the importance of your memories to stay motivated for the rest of the year.

This post previously appeared on Complete Organizing Solutions.


July Membership Reveal + Free Calendar Printable

Our Simple Scrapper members are already enjoying brand new content for simple scrapbooking, but you can join today to get immediate access to the following:

  • The new issue of Spark, our membership magazine.
  • Membership in our active members-only Facebook group.
  • A suite of must-have planning tools for scrapbookers.
  • Five new sketches and layered templates, plus a huge library.
  • Access to our Focus scrapbooking productivity program.

July Membership Features at Simple Scrapper

Membership is the best way to receive support in your journey to simplify and focus on what matters most, in scrapbooking and in life. Our community is supportive and welcoming! Click to learn more.

This Month’s Inspiration

Thank you to Jen Chapin and Stephanie Howell, whose layouts inspired two of our sketches in this month’s collection.

Years are Short by Jen Chapin | Inspiring July's Membership at Simple Scrapper

Centro by Stephanie Howell | Inspiring July's Membership at Simple Scrapper

This Month’s Free Calendar Printable

Each month at Simple Scrapper we’re sharing a new free calendar for you to download and print. Use it to jot down memorable moments and make creative time a priority. We’ve even included Simple Scrapper events, so you never forget!

New! The planner now has fill-in fields so you can type and print.


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Community Show & Tell

Each month our team works with the new membership materials to create inspiring layout examples. You can see their favorite layouts in the monthly team gallery.

Community Show & Tell at Simple Scrapper

To celebrate each month’s gallery reveal, we’re hosting a Community Show & Tell. The team will be linking up additional layouts posted to their blogs and galleries. Their entries will be noted with (CT) after their names.

You’re invited to join this monthly event by sharing something of yours. It can be any scrapbooking or card project you’ve recently finished and want to share.

Welcome to the Show & Tell

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