Organizing photos is no different than any other type of organization we’ve discussed. It all starts in your head and them moves into the real world.
Whether your organizing photos for storing, sharing or scrapbooking the steps are all the same.
- Organize chronologically.
- Sort into groups by event.
- Include notes and information with photos.
- Label storage containers appropriately.
If you’ve just got piles of photos and you need to get them under control, simply putting things in chronological order is the best way to go.
Organizing Photos to Share
Are you getting ready to head for a family or class reunion this summer? Are you having friends and family over for a Fourth of July celebration or some other celebration? Photographs are fun to share and passing around physical photos is much more fun than passing around someone’s cell phone. Consider filling a Fab File of photos for each family or group that will be coming to your event. It’s the perfect Memento to send home with them. After the event you can print and send a few more photos they can add to their box. This works especially well with Family Reunion/Class Reunion type events.
Organizing Photos for Scrapbooking
This is the most detailed system of organizing. The goal here is to sort and store images by layout. There are a couple of things that will really help.
First – Decide how many photos you will use on a 12×12 layout (or whatever size your are working with) – my number is 6. Yours may be larger or smaller, this is just a guide to help your brain make fast decisions. Write this down and post it where you can see it when you’re sorting.
Second – Before you even start sorting photos of a particular event, decide how many layouts you will do for that event. Again, this is a guide. The easiest way to do this for larger events – like a trip to Disneyland, is to write a quick list of the layouts you want to include and the number of pages you want to do of each event i.e.
- Rides – 4 pages = 24 photos
- Characters – 4 pages = 24 photos
- Parade – 2 pages = 12 photos
- Fireworks – 2 pages = 12
- Trip Snapshots – 2 pages = 12 photos
I generally have a double page spread at the end of ay major layout group as a way to include pictures that don’t fit within the defined layouts.
Third – Put your photos into a storage container. Include your notes on how many layouts and what events. If you have additional pictures stored elsewhere you could include those notes as well.
I’ve used a 5×7 Fab File so I could include some larger post cards I bought at Disney.
Tip: Don’t store thousands of photos together in large boxes. Choose a container that is small enough to easily bring to your work space or take to an event. Large containers of photos create a sense of overwhelm and can be distracting. Think in terms of “projects” when you’re organizing for scrapbooking.