Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Digital Memories of the Most Photographed Generation... Where do you start?

Good Morning Everyone,

After yesterdays article, I received some comments where readers told me they were so far behind in
printing their photos they don't even know where to start.... they are frozen by the overwhelmed feelings they have. So today I thought I would talk a little about how to push through that phase and get started. 

For me personally, there are 2 approaches I would take.

The first would be to decide weather I wanted to work from my oldest photos forward, or start with my current ones and move backwards. There are pro's and con's of both options, and truly it comes down to a personal preference and the way your mind works. There is no right or wrong choice, you simply have to decide. 

Once you decide, my recommendation is to get a small spiral notebook (that you can keep by your computer) and create a Month & Year Page title for each year. By doing that,  you can record what photos you have in each month. 

I do this for 2 reasons. 
1. If allows me to see in a snapshot what events or activites I took photos of that year so I can start thinking about what I want to scrapbook.

2. It allows me a place to record what I've printed or scrapbooked, once I've done it. It's a record system for me so I don't duplicate prints or scrapbook pages.

Now, once the photos are organized you are ready for the next phase of scrapbooking: Deciding how you want to approach getting those photos in an album. There is no right or wrong way, other than not having pictures to look at. :)

Here are 3 different Styles to consider:

1. Traditional Scrapbooking with paper, adhesive, trimmer and embellishments. 
This is the approach most everyone thinks of when they  hear the word "Scrapbooking." It's how I got started, and one of my favorite ways to relax and do something I love.

2. Digital Scrapbooking where you do it all online and have your pages printed and shipped to you.

This too is pretty popular but for many, the term digital scrapbooking reminds them of something that is difficult to do, requires purchasing many different software programs or  memberships. Studio J is different. Its FREE to use, and very very user friendly... just click, drag, drop and done.
3. Pocket Style Scrapbooking using Picture My Life kits.
This is the newest approach to scrapbooking that has hit the market for this group of crafters and it too is awesome. If you are not keen on digital scrapbooking, but feel like traditional scrapbooking is just too far out of your comfort zone, THIS is the answer. I love it too.

Now that I have given you a few things to consider, please be sure to come back tomorrow for another post in this series: My Photos Are Ready, Now What? In this post I will jump right into each of these modes of scrapbooking. Memory keeping IS important... let me inspire you to believe you can conquer it.

With a smile,

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