In March, I decided to start challenging myself to scrapbook a little each month. I had just signed up with Close to My Heart and thought I would try their Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kits. This has been such a great experience and I have completed so many layouts. The only problem I ran into was how much time I was wasting searching for the right pictures. I had pictures everywhere! They were in 4 or 5 different organizers, Shutterfly envelopes, and plastic boxes.
I decided I needed a better system to get this chaos under control. The small organizers used to work for me when I was scrapbooking more frequently. I also take way more pictures now that I have children. I decided to order the Large Organizer from Close to My Heart. This organizer is designed to hold their stamp sets. Once I started looking at it and the dimensions, I realized it would be perfect for photos.
Instead of scrapbooking in the month of August, I decided to get my photos organized. Here are the steps I used:
Cut multiple 6 X 6 squares from cardstock.
Since all of my pictures are 4 X 6, I decided that I could easily cut four squares from 12 X 12 cardstock with my paper trimmer to use as dividers in my organizer. Close to My Heart sells really nice tabbed dividers but I knew I would need way too many and did not want to spend a fortune on this process.
Gather all your photos.
I gathered all of the photos that I could find and put them all on my dining room table. I went ahead and ordered even more prints from Shutterfly that I knew I had not yet printed. They have free prints when you order from their app. The shipping costs makes them roughly 10 cents a print though.
Group photos together and label the cardstock divider.
Having some of the photos already somewhat organized really helped me with this part. I was able to take them out of their boxes and label them with the date and event. Using the cardstock dividers really helped because I could add notes about the event that I did not want to forget. I would like to think I will get all of these scrapbooked in the near future but I’m not overly optimistic.
Assemble the groupings into the organizer in chronological order.
This was the easy part! I loved seeing them all go into the organizer. I did realize that I have quite a few more photos that still need to be printed. I am going to try to be more selective about which photos I have printed. I am really bad about uploading them all and printing them all. I end up not even using half of the photos in the scrapbook.
This leads to my next problem…..what do I do with all those extra photos? I asked my friend Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts and she had actually done a post last year addressing this exact problem. She uses photo boxes to store them and I think this is a great idea! You should check it out!
Now that all (most) of my photos are organized, I am looking forward to jumping back into my scrapbooking challenge next month. Close to My Heart has a whole new set of kits for fall and winter coming out that I am excited to work with!
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