I wanted to share with you my process for preparing my photos to be scrapbooked. I don’t have a photo printer at home so I am dependent on printing my photos at an outside source. I haven’t decided yet if its worth it to have a photo printer at home or not but I am starting to lean towards a yes for when I want to print pictures for a specific project.
Back to the process, all my pictures are sorted in the creative memories software. I really like this software program because it gives me the ability to sort my pictures in the chronological order that I like them considering I am a chronological scrapbooker.
Steps that I follow:
Step 1. Import my pictures into creative memories software from my memory card from my camera.
Step 2. I sort my pictures into the corresponding folder. I create a sort box and in each sort box I have a folder for each month of the year. This really works for me but you can set up your sort boxes and folders any way that would work for you. That is one of my favorite things about memory manager.
Step 3. I review, edit and rate all my pictures. By doing this I am able to pick out the ones that I am going to print for my album. Anything that I deem print worthy I rate as a 3 or higher. Sometimes I just print all the ones that are rated a 3 or higher and other times I review the ones that I rated a 3 or higher and pick the ones that are really print worthy.
Step 4. I upload my photos to Shutterfly. I have albums in Shutterfly that are for each month of the year that way it is easier for me to keep track of what I have printed and what I haven’t printed.
Step 5. Wait for an awesome sale to happen at Shutterfly and order my prints.
Step 6. Receive my prints and go through them again. I generally organize my prints and divide them in to layouts while I am looking at them. I do this by taking 2 pieces of 12×12 white paper and I layout my photos. I generally have 3 to 6 photos on a layout so I like to see what it might look like. I then place my photos in my creative memories sort box with dividers and they hang out in there until I am ready to scrap.
Shutterfly always has great sales and promotions going on so its easy for me to get my photos in a cost-effective manner. My process works really well for me because all the steps are done in stages. I wish I could just sit and scrapbook all day but unfortunately I can’t so the process enables me to do bits and pieces at a time.
Of course I do all this while watching some mindless TV. All my favorite shows are back on such as Criminal Minds, all the CSI’s, Parenthood, Greys Anatomy and Private Practice.
Tell me how do you prepare your photos for a scrapbook album? or Tell me what your favorite shows are?!
Well if you are like me then chances are you have a Facebook and if you have a Facebook account, then you most likely publish your photos to your Facebook account. There are guidelines that you can follow when you post photos to your Facebook page. I wanted to share some of these guidelines with you because these guidelines can be used for when you create a scrapbooking layout as well.
Edit, Crop, Sort
1. Remember just because you have a thousand photos from one event it doesn’t mean that they all need to be uploaded to your Facebook account and posted. You should go through your photos, edit them and then pick the best photos that depict that event. The same goes for when you are thinking about creating a scrapbook page. Your photos should be edited, cropped and sorted into the order that you want them to be in so that you can get your photos on to your page quickly and easily.
Facing the right side up/Layout
2. When posting your photos to Facebook make sure that they are facing the right side up. I can’t tell you how many times I see someones pictures and they are upside down or at a 90 degree angle. It only takes a few seconds to turn that picture the right way and it makes a world of difference when someone sees the picture the way it is intended to be seen! The same concept goes with scrapbooking when you are planning your layout you should lay your pictures on to the paper that you have chosen and make sure that the pictures are cohesive with the paper, the layout and the embellishments that you want to use before you adhere everything.
Keep the pictures to a minimum
3. Keep the pictures to a minimum. If you went to the zoo with the family, it is not necessary to post all 200 photos that you took! Sometimes less is more. If you feel that you need all 200 photos then break them down into smaller albums, for example put all your photos of the gorillas in the same album! The same concept can be used with scrapbooking, just because you have 200 photos from your trip to the zoo doesn’t mean that you have to scrapbook all 200 of your photos. Pick the best photos and use them for your album. If you feel that you have 20 or more photos from that one outing and you want to share them all then maybe a mini album with those photos would be the best option.
4. Title your pictures or your layout if you feel it’s necessary. Sometimes you have a picture and the person looking at it might think “ok that’s a great picture, but why is it here”. When posting your photos on Facebook label some of them so that your friends and family will know what you were thinking when you took that picture. The same concept can be used for scrapbooking in regards to titiling your layouts and journaling on your layouts. Journaling is a key component to scrapbooking because it tells your story. So don’t forget to tell your story!
These are just some of my thoughts on how to upload your photos to your Facebook accounts and how to prepare them for a scrapbooking layout. I have all my photos in albums on Facebook and you can find them here!
Let me start off by saying that we are tech junkies in my house. We have tons of electronics all over the house and I won’t even mention all that we have because you might think that we have gone tech crazy. The real question is, can smart phones and scrapbooking go hand in hand? I have had a smart phone for many years now and my choice of smart phone is the iPhone. My boyfriend thinks that I am silly and that I should have an android phone but I am going to stick with my wonderful user-friendly iPhone! Not to say that I don’t know how to use my boyfriend’s yucky android phone but I definitely prefer my user-friendly and awesome app toting iPhone! Now that I sound like I am in an Apple product cult let me get back to my original question.
Can smart phones and scrapbooking go hand in hand?
The answer to this question should be yes unequivocally, but then there goes the issue about how do we make it happen? How do we make our smartphones and scrapbooking go hand in hand? For years all I have ever done with the pictures from my iPhone is dump them onto the computer every once in a while due to fear of losing them. Ask me where do my iPhone pictures go after that? I’ll tell you where they go, they sit on the computer. What kind of nonsense is that? Who is this person that has pictures that don’t exist in any albums and has no plans to put these pictures in an album? Well, I’ll tell you,
I am a Scrapbooker!!!
I am a scrapbooker that completely forgot about her wonderful iPhone pictures that she takes almost on a daily basis. I kid you not, I take a picture almost every day with my iPhone. So, I got to thinking my iPhone has given me the opportunity to create a project life project for my family. I already have all the photos. So the question now becomes what is the next step? So I have come up with a plan of action to get all these fabulous photos off of my computer and into a scrapbook by the end of the year.
Am I crazy?
You read me right, I plan on getting all 2012 photos off my computer that I took with my iPhone into an album by the end of the year. Here is my plan of action:
- Start going through the photos and weed out the ones that are scrapbook worthy. I am going to start with the ones that are currently on my phone because I can send them directly to shutterfly from the phone with the shutterfly app.
- Send the photos to and print them.
- Put them in a picfolio album from creative memories.
- Add journaling and call it an iPhone project life album (I’ll come with a better title but this is what I am going with for now!).
Lately I have been seeing a ton of posts and questions in regards to photo storage. I backup photos on a regular basis but in reading about how other people backup their photos I have realized that there are many different ways to back up your photos and ensure they are not lost. Tragedies happen and photos can definitely be lost and I for one do not want to ever lose the precious photos of my family and friends.
My method of backup is to save all my photos on my portable hard drive and all the pictures that I end up printing are obviously backed up on Shutterfly. Shutterfly is where I do the majority of my printing from. There are many reasons for this. One, the print quality is awesome. Two, my photos are always shipped to me in perfect condition and quickly. Three, they always give deals throughout the year. Four, if you have a baby and use Pampers those gift to grow points are great for getting free photos printed through Shutterfly 🙂 Five, when you join you get 50 free prints so it never hurts to at least try them out. Six, if you’re not like me and you don’t have a blog or a Facebook you can always sign up for the fast and very user-friendly share site. Seven, picture storage is free and unlimited. Eight, you can always pick up your photos at your local Target, CVS or Walgreens and sometimes you just have to get a few photos quickly for a project. Nine, your photos are securely stored at full resolution. Ten, they have an iPhone/iPad app and for me that is always a plus.
I have decided that I am going to start uploading all my photos on to Shutterfly and not just the ones that I print so that I can ensure that all my photos are backed up. This option will not cost my frugal self any money and it’s just one more way to ensure that if my portable hard drive or my computer goes awry I will still have all my photos. This makes me a very happy scrapbooker 🙂
So what are your photo storage solutions?