Archiving family photos haunts me especially when I fall behind..like now…I’m really behind. First, let me say that I am NOT a person who actively participates in the art form of scrapbooking photos (However, I do appreciate and admire those that can keep up with beautiful scrapbooks!) In years past, I managed to get a pretty decent ‘first year’ Creative Memories type scrapbook completed for child #1 and #2 (I am so sorry little #3!) with fancy layouts, papers, type, stickers and all. But, I quickly jumped off that boat. Despite being the artsy/craftsy type, scrapbooking is not for me. I think it was the pressure to make every page a work of art coupled with the falling behind feeling of drowning in photos that I personally couldn’t handle. Although here I am, all guilt ridden and drowning even with my simplified scrapbooking system.
Since the year 2000, I have been putting photos in chronological order with a short caption. I use photo books like the above which have a 4″ x 6″ photo slot and a space on the side of each photo for captions. Compared to trying to really scrapbook, this seemed more manageable. My system is as follows:1) transfer photos from digital camera to computer 2) upload photos (every month or so) from computer to Kodak Gallery
3) add captions to each online photo
4) digitally share album with family and friends
5) order actual prints (every few months) of all digital photos
7) hand write identical captions that appeared with online photo
8) breathe sigh of relief and enjoy feeling of MAJOR accomplishment
My thought is that with this system, I have both an online record (that I’m assuming is safe in the hands of the big K) and actual books that our family can hold, look through and reminisce. I can’t tell you how much my family enjoys our photo books. Completely worth it, but still time consuming especially when I fall behind. This morning I managed to catch up so that all pix have at least been through step #2. The bad news is that I have pix from September ’07 that are still stuck on step #7 so I’m over a year behind in my process (even though I managed to find time to make matching throw pillows for my office…see top photo…hmmmm). I’m pledging right now to myself and anyone reading to spend AT LEAST 30 minutes per day on family photos until I am caught up. You heard me…30 minutes per day. Archival guilt be gone.
Thanks to Cuteable for doing a write up on my Frustration Pencil kits last week. Also thanks Amy and Gary from the Cincinnati Enquirer who came to do a photo story on my new studio space. Stay tuned for that article coming soon!
I remember as a kid being enthralled by the brown paper grab bags often found at gift shops. You never knew what you were going to get (no fair peeking), but for sure it would be a deal and a little thrill to open once purchased. I don’t see them as much any more, but the Sampler kind of reminds me of that. If you’re not familiar, the Sampler is a super fun marketing and promotional tool for indie businesses. Each month, independent crafters, artists, shops, zines and record labels who run web-based businesses send samples and promotional materials to a contribution pool. All the samples are photographed, posted to the site, put in little packages and sent off to Sampler Subscribers, Sampler Contributors and members of the Media all over the world. You’re not guaranteed to get a sample from everyone who contributes, but you are guaranteed to get a certain amount of samples depending on the size Sampler you order.
Right now Samplers are on sale (peek over there quick!) I guarantee that you’ll be waiting anxiously for this package. Not only is it the most fun thing to open and go through during the doldrums of winter…it’s a great way to discover and then support indie businesses. It also makes a unique gift for that person in your life who has everything. Plus, if you are an indie business, it’s one more inexpensive way to get the word out.
extra credit: I was a contributor last month…can you spot my sample?! : )