Sunday, April 03, 2011

{Hard Copies}

You -- if you're like most people in the 21st century -- probably have way more digital
photos then you have printed ones.

I was right there with ya. But it occurred to me, I put a lot of effort into documenting and
trying to get good shots. Those photos shouldn't be buried in a external hard drive or
electronic folders that are only ever seen by me. They're part of our memories and our
story. I wanted to be able to physically flip through hard copies.

So, I made a goal for myself to get photos printed and put into albums during the month
of March. Progress has been made! I ordered a ton of 4x6 prints -- over 800 -- from
pictures I took primarily in 2009 and 2010. Then, I put them in this album ($13 at
Walgreens). It has space for 500 4x6 photos.

Look at all these glorious pages filled with actual pictures! This album contains 475
photos, in all. (I left spaces in it to create titles and make notes.)

To keep it easy on the eyes, I made sure the photos on each page were either all
horizontal or all vertical.

Pretty much each page or set of pages has it's own topic. I had to do a little counting and
preplanning to accomplish that. It gives the album a sense of organization. And I tried to
get a good variety too -- events, people, pets, and artistic snapshots, etc.

Finally, I was able to use up a bunch of letters and stickers in my stash by making simple
titles on some of the pages.

This album is 100% complete. (I'm so pumped about that, and I've looked through it well
over a dozen times.) I've started a second one that has 199 pictures in it, and it's ready for
more. I still have to do the title inserts and notes in this book. I'm hoping to actually keep
up with photos as I go in 2011.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my little project!


Adriana said...

Wow! that's what I could say....the album looks did such a great job. I myself need to get working on the same project...I have a box full of photos that need organizing.

Lindsay Teague Moreno said...

You are so good. Can you please come visit me and help me do this? PRETTY PLEASE?!?!?! I need your organization in my life.


Trujen said...

So inspiring, you are! I love this! And the photos I glanced at in your album are beautiful! Full and color and life. :o) I think once we settle into a new house (fingers crossed!) I'm going to start this project myself!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Love you!!!

Hendricks Family said...

Congrats my friend! I know you must feel a huge sense of accomplishment - you should. Can't wait to see it in person.