Because it can be time consuming to organize all your digital photos, your challenge this week is to continue with this project from last week.  As you are going through your pictures don’t be afraid to delete some of the unnecessary ones – duplicates, many of the same shot, poor lighting, eyes closed, and just plain bad pictures.  When we switch to digital we often end up taking way more pictures than we need in hopes of getting the perfect shot – just keep the good one (or a couple) and delete the rest.

This was originally a topper/title that I made for a swap.  I had extras so I made an instant card with it!

Most of the elements on this layout are swap items. Cinderella is a 3D sticker and the letters were cut from my Silhouette with 3D stickers added.

Today we will start a 4-week segment on getting those photos ready for your scrapbooks.  These days most of us have switched to digital photography and that’s what this is all about.  With that change comes a need for more organization.  It’s very easy to let those photos pile up and get out of control and it becomes impossible to find what you are looking for when you need it.  Your challenge this week is to find a system that works for you for sorting those photos on your computer and to begin to use it.  When I first started I used a folder system with main folders like family/friends, and folders beneath those for each person.  For that last couple years I have been using Adobe Photoshop Elements.  There are many to chose from so I encourage you to shop around but I have been very happy with this program.  I now have my photos automatically sorted by date and red-eye removed when they are imported into the program.  My work is to “tag” each photo.  I will say it takes time if you are starting with 1000+ photos but once you get your initial ones posted it’s just a matter of keeping up.  I have people, places, and event tags.  So a vacation picture of my family would be tagged with each family member and Walt Disney World (or wherever we went).  What I love about this is as I am doing a scrapbook for one child I just click on their name and it separates out all the photos with that child in them.  This also comes in handy if a relative asks “do you have any photos of Grandpa?”  I just click on Grandpa’s name and it shows all the photos with him in them.  This can be done for multiple people as well.  If I want pictures of my entire family I select all of them and it will give me the pictures with everyone.  The timeline allows me to go to any date quickly.  See what’s out there, pick something that will work for you, and get started!

This originally was an advertising box that came in the mail, I think with CDs in it.  I don’t even remember anymore what it first looked like.  I knew when I got it though that it should be altered as opposed to thrown away.  It’s amazing what a little acrylic paint can do.  I painted it, covered it with paper and pictures using Mod Podge, added embellishments and rub-ons and turned this trash into a treasure!