Photo Failure

Photo Failure

I have a problem. I am failing at maintaining my photo organization. Stories are falling through the cracks!

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but not that much.

I’ve only printed one big batch of pictures once since we’ve moved. Three years. One printing.

I have printed new photos on a regular basis from the local Walgreens, but except for the ones that have ended up in my Project Life album most of my newer pictures are sitting on my hard drive, gathering proverbial dust.

My photo storage albums have gaping holes from photos being taken out and used on pages, and yet, I have no room to add the remainders of the last big printing I did do, or for new photos when and if I print a big batch.

I haven’t looked in a category drawer in ages.

My library of memories is getting rusty with dis-use.

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It’s not that I haven’t been scrapbooking. You all see a lot of what I create on a regular basis. It’s that the things I’ve been scrapbooking are, for the most part, the leftovers of projects and Project Life.

It’s time to take back the photo storage.

Officially on the to-do list:

Consolidate my photo storage albums to make room for more photos.

Add the photos I have printed but not sorted into the storage albums.

Purge photos that are less inspiring or duplicates from my storage albums and get them into my category drawers or the circular file.

Print photos from the last three years that inspire stories. Be picky. I’ve told a lot of these stories already.

Now to figure out when I’m going to do these projects.

Anyone else falling down on the photo printing and organization follow thru? What are you going to do about it? I think I’m going to visit my category drawers and make a page next week. That’s a good place to start, don’t you think?


2 Responses »

  1. Yes, I’m struggling with this, too. My “normal” system is to upload, select, edit and print photos monthly. When the prints arrive, they are filed by intended LO into the album directly. Theoretically, I pull out the photos, make the page, and return it to its spot, effortlessly preserving the chronology while not being forced to work in chrono order.

    Lately, I’ve been batching, forcing me to sort out which month it comes from later. Not efficient!! I have helped myself out a little by relaxing the strictness of “chronological”: if it’s in the right month, I’m good. Oh heck, if it’s in the right season.

    • Lately, the way I’ve been getting current photos is by printing a few extras when printing my PL photos. But I really feel like I’m missing out on well-rounded story telling that way.

What do you think?