Hi and welcome to Over the Moon. This month I’m joining in on a month-long blogging project created by The Nester, you can find the rest of the participants at 31 Days. This is day twenty of 31 days of Craft Storage Ideas. Storage is at a premium in our little cottage and unfortunately I don’t have a craft space of my own. One day, I’ll turn one of the bedrooms into my studio.
How to Organise Digital Photos
I love using my smart phone to take photos much more than using my camera. Which is why upgraded from my iPhone 4S to an iPhone 6, although when I have a specific photo to set up I’ll break out the camera. This of course means my Picture Library and Photostream get full very quickly, which in turn slows down my computer. This is how I’m going to keep them organised.
Create a folder for the year and within this folder create folders for each month
Nest folders for Special Events
Create folders within the respective month’s folder for special events. Photos from a birthday party in June? Create a folder, in the June folder, labeled “Birthday” and drop the photos in there.
File Photos Immediately
As soon as you upload your photos file them in their correct month and/or special event. Copy and paste photos from Photostream (on iPhone and iPad) to their respective folders.
Don’t forget to take a good look at your photos as your filing them. Trash the blurred photos and the ones with everyone’s eyes closed, anything really that doesn’t look the best. Be ruthless, you will thank yourself later, especially if you have a tendency to umm and ahhh about which photo to use in a layout. You really only want to use the best photos you have, don’t you?
Routine – Rinse and Repeat
Add back up dates to a calendar so you don’t forget. See the previous post Digital Storage
Edit your photos. I just do a basic clean edit to all my photos using an action in Photoshop Element. If I make any other drastic edits I usually make a copy of the original, just in case I want to use the clean edited original instead.
Print your photos. You don’t need to print them all, I usually print out the best of each month. Sometimes I like to hybrid scrap some photos using digital and real elements. If you prefer 100% digital you don’t need to worry about this. Find an archive quality storage solution for your hard copies. Make envelopes from acid free paper and write the month and year on the front along with important events.
A Short Recommendation on Organising your Digital Scrapbook Kits
Read this post at the Daily Digi for some suggestions on organising your scrapbooking files. Choose the one that makes the most sense to you and seems most natural. And don’t forget to back up those files either!
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