The time has come for me to maybe not print quite so many photos. Don’t get me wrong I love all the photos that I print but I am starting to feel a sense of overwhelm. Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to find the time to print my photos out weekly and sometimes not even monthly or maybe its because I can’t seem to find enough time to get them in a pocket and tell the story. Either way I don’t like this feeling of overwhelm.
I have decided that the most pictures I will print in a month from now on is going to be only 20 unless that month has an event in it such as the 3 birthdays that my family just celebrated last month. I have decided that I can’t continue to print 100’s of photos for only two months which is pretty much what happened last year.
This documenting this is important to me and I will continue to do projects like 30 days of thankful, December daily and a week in the life but this everyday 365 thing and multiple photos in a day is just to much for me. I think that I can tell my family’s story with 20 pictures and maybe even less, then I can stop this guilt thing that I have going on all the time about not getting my photos printed and into the album.
We are already in February and I haven’t even printed out January’s photos yet and I can already feel the sense of overwhelm and guilt coming over me. This is the reason why I feel like I need a change, why I need to print less and focus more on the story. The hardest part is going to narrow it down to only 20 photos a month because of course I think that every photo of my babies is adorable.
My other goal is to get at least one photo a month of my teenager, hes going to have to let me get those photos of him this year because I can really feel how close I am to him actually leaving me and going off to college in a few years. I would really like a photo a week of him but I am not sure how that is going to fly!
With that being said I have finally finished editing my last few months of 2014 and have sent them over to Persnickety Prints for printing along with a few 12×12 prints that I completed with the Project Life app.
Let’s recap here for a moment and review what my tips are for not having photo overwhelm:
1. Print the photos that really tell the story. Don’t feel obligated to print every single photo that you have taken during the month and if you have kids, like me, don’t feel obligated to print every adorable photo that you have taken of that kid.
2. Complete projects such as 30 days of thankful or December daily, etc… but don’t feel the need to duplicate those photos in your project life album.
3. You don’t have to spend a ton of time editing your photos. Project life is meant to be simple, your goal is to get the photos printed and the only way to do this quickly is by not spending hours, cropping, editing, and adding text to your photos. This tip goes for your iPhone/Android photos as well not just your actual camera photos.
4. Remember to regularly get the photos off your phone. Regardless of how you get the photos off of your phone, whether you download them to an external hard drive, upload them to Shutterfly or another photo printer, you have to remember to upload them on a consistent basis. If you do not upload your photos on a consistent bases you end up stuck with a lot of photo editing at one time.
5. Last tip is to not stress and to not compare yourself to others. Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun and a creative outlet for yourself so enjoy it and document your memories.