Organizing your photographs
Keep a calendar of daily events. Write down notes on the calendar. This will help you remember when things actually happened. Keep a
notebook of important events. It is best to sit down after an event and
write down some thoughts while it is clear in your mind. Try to be a
specific as you can about where, when, who, what and why.
Decide how you want to display your
photographs. Do you want to have a book for an event, a child, a year of
life, a lifetime, a vacation, sporting events, birthdays, major life
experience, scouting, and many more.
have a book for each year of my children's life, a family book of vacations, an
entire book on a trip to Disney World (very fun book), a "Heart" book
collecting all the well wishes and events of my daughter's surgery, and books
with professional and school photographs in order from birth. The chronological
book of birth continued is a great way to see the changes each year of my
Separate your photographs in separate boxes
or containers depending on how you want to display them. That way when you
are ready to put the photographs in a book, all you have to do is grab a box
and start working. It is really helpful to put the calendars with the
corresponding box, when applicable.
use small Rubbermaid® containers large enough to hold a years worth of photographs,
ticket stubs, awards, brochures, post cards, programs, other memorabilia, and
Keep memorabilia with corresponding
photographs. This is a time to put those award certificates, programs, or
tickets to use. These items will date an event, as well as, add useful
information to your collection of memories.
Depending on the amount of photographs you
have for a book, decide on the size of book you want. You have several
||NUMBER of PAGES
||APPROXIMATE NUMBER of PICTURES*
||Small - Event
||1-2 per page
||3-5 per page
||3-5 per page
||5-8 per page
||6-9 per page
*The number of pictures per page
depends on many factors including the actual size of your pictures and how much
you crop. The estimates given are based on 4x6 photographs.
**The 8x10 book was actually
replaced by the 8½x11 book to accommodate the 8½x11 standard size sheet of
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Organize your pictures. This sounds like an overwhelming
job at this point but once you get started it all comes together.
pre-cut card boards cut to the size of book I am making. I lay out the boards in
two page spreads and fill up the pages with photographs depending on the theme,
subject matter, and color coordination. I then stack the pictures on top of each
other. If I find picture in my pile that I have forgotten, I can just add it.
This is a good time to think about your "page ideas."
With all your "tools" at hand, start laying out
your page. See "Supplies." This is a time to arrange your
photographs on actual memory book pages.
||To attach photographs, etc. to page
||To coordinate color with "theme"
||To crop pictures
||To round corner photographs
|Acid Free Pens
||To journal each page
|Stickers and Die cuts
||To add color to your book
||To make photographs and paper more decorative
I use the corner
rounder on almost every photograph I mount after I crop. This gives the page a
cleaner, more professional look.
Journal. Write down what, when, where, and who.
Your hand writing, no matter how good
it is, is very important to your collection of photographs and is part of the
scrap booking experience. You can use little letter stickers to write text or
just type the information on the computer. The large letter stickers are great
Cover your finished page with a clear protective cover
use a cloth diaper to wipe off fingerprints on photographs before covering page.
You can purchase a product called Googalies
that is a photo-safe cleaning cloth.