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Posted 1/2/2013 by learhea in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 508,749
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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:43:19 AM
How do you do it?
What are your tips and tricks?

I have so many photos and so many "bad" photos that are going to get scrapped but I wouldn't dare delete anything.
How do you all keep it all organized?
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PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
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Posted: 1/2/2013 9:25:00 AM
When I import the pictures, they all go to a folder on my desktop and are arranged in a sub-folder by date. I delete the really bad pictures and rename them based on the event or subject. Then I move them to my main picture folder where there is a folder for each year then there are folders for each date/event. If it's a one day deal it'll be 2012-12-25 Christmas. If it's for a vacation or something that spans several days, it will be 2012-12 Disney Vacation.

If I take pictures for something specific, selling something for instance, I'll put them in a separate folder and delete it when I am done.

Now, I order pictures pretty regularly for scrapbooking but when I used to place a big order for crops, I would copy the pictures I want to work on to a separate folder to upload to shutterfly for printing. I would delete the folder after I upload them. It was easier for me to keep track of the pictures I wanted to print and I didn't have to worry about deleting my only copy.

I still need to sort through older pictures to delete the really bad, out of focus pictures. DH was on a picture taking kick and tried his hand at taking firework pictures. For every picture with a firework burst, there's about 8 with nearly nothing in the frame. LOL I have to get rid of those.


ca angel

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November 2008
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Posted: 1/2/2013 10:33:20 AM
I name my photos like pp. I used to to mdy instead of ymd but realized that if I had photos that spanned more than a calendar year they would not be in order when I sorted by name. Now I need to go back and rename my files.

I have folders on my HD by year, month (01 January), day/event ( 2013-01-01 new years).
I use Picassa and it let's me see the actual folders and organization as above. Then I use the album feature to group picture together. This way I'm not actually duplicating the files. When I'm ready to print I export those files to my computer and upload to Costco. This way I can just select all the files in one folder for uploading which makes it very fast. I delete the upload folder after I finish scrapping, just in case I need to reprint something.
I'm still struggling with using tags in Picassa, just now sure how detailed I should be tagging.
Ca angel

ca angel

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November 2008
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Posted: 1/2/2013 10:39:42 AM
I totally understand about not wanting to delete bad photos. During my kids' first years I did monthly photoshoots. I took over 100 photos each time. I have so many that are similar but different!

That being said I try to be ruthless about deleting bad photos. I have realized over time, that for me, sometimes less is more when it comes to scrapbooking photos. For small events/moments, at the most I just need 3-4 good photos. After that it gets harder to put them all on a one page lo.
Ca angel
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