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?!