I am surprised at myself for not sharing some organizing tips before now on my blog. I like to organize as some might enjoy going to parties. Sad but true, keeping order is how I get a thrill. And trust me, when I can find a photo no matter when it was taken, that is thrilling. Once Craig asked me for a picture with him and a buddy from high school. I went to the album and showed it to him within ten minutes. He just shook his head and told me there’s something wrong with me. Maybe so. Anyway, I’ve spent a week organizing my photos from Uganda. I took over 2000. Considering I can’t go to Africa whenever I feel like it I didn’t waste one minute without my camera in my hands, and I printed nearly all of them. (don’t do the math) When I got them out of their boxes I sorted them by subject rather than in chronological order. For example: safari animals, the teaching sessions, church, children, women, city life, rural life, the orphanage, our team etc.
I like the albums that have slide in pockets with four to a page and lines for writing along the spine. For this project I needed ten albums!
Each album has a few subjects in it. I think it’s important to label the outside so it’s easy to know on the shelf which one to pull out. I found this method in a scrapbook store and it works beautifully without costing a lot.
I do love to scrapbook special albums but it would be impossible to make albums for every picture I make. So this is my method for most of my pictures. Then I’ll make copies of my favorite photos and scrapbook a special book about it. This way there’s never any pressure to keep up with the scrapbook hobby. It remains a pleasure not another thing I have to do. I think the most important thing about a photo album is a high quality picture and some writing about why I took it, why I like it, and what it makes me feel. All the decorating is just for fun, but not essential.
Here’s how to make the label. I have paper clips that have the middle pinch. Some tags with metal lining. A pack of ribbons. Glue and a circle punch. (found mostly at an office supply store or Michaels)
I punch out a circle in colored paper and glue one on each side of the tag. Then I tie the tag to one of the clips and knot it good, then trim it. Clip it onto the spine of the album. The front part of the clip folds down to show the tag. The back part of the clip can be removed with a little pinch and lift. For fun I tie a couple little ribbons on the metal part of the clip to hide the ugly metal and dress it up a little. That’s it. They look pretty on the shelf and it’s easy to find what you are looking for. My kids LOVE taking the albums off the shelf and sit with them on the couch to recall old memories. It really is a happy thing to look back in time and have a little giggle. Please take this idea and make it your own way to enjoy the photos you take. If they stay in the drawers in a pile, so do your memories.