What do you do with extra photos?
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PeaNut 19,200
July 2001
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Posted: 7/12/2013 7:45:19 AM
Hello everyone! My 4 kids are almost grown (ages 12-18.) I have scrapbooks for them up to 8th grade (not all done but getting there!) I also have travel albums and a few other misc albums.

The big question is - what to do with all my extra photos?? I have thousands of kid photos from 1995-2002 that are not digital. Plus I have now acquired the thousands of photos I gave my mom before she passed away.

I've considered scanning them and putting them all on CDs for my kids - but would they really want them? Should I just sort through them and keep a small selection of them? Should I just box all them up, by kid and let them decide when they get older?

These are things that keep me away from my scrapping because it stresses me out, knowing I have photos all over the place!

Any suggestions???

Thank you!!

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PeaNut 579,055
January 2013
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Posted: 7/12/2013 8:03:14 AM
i would scan them, better to back them up now, just in case. maybe enlist the help of your children, in the long run, they will appreciate it!

my mother in law has a very limited amount of photos of her children growing up, and now that they are having families of their own, they would like their baby pictures. i scanned them all for her and now they are safe and sound and easy to pass on. it wasn't thousands, but so worth taking the time.


PeaNut 434,003
August 2009
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Posted: 7/12/2013 8:06:22 AM
I have mine all boxed up in chronological order. I spent a month on this project in 2009. I scanned all my favorites. I assigned a number to each envelope of photos and I have a notebook that I keep near the boxes that lists the numbers with a date (just month and year) and a short description.

I did this when I was ready to get back into scrapbooking because my photos from 1998 to 2010 were unscrapped. So I've been gradually going back and randomly choosing favorites to scrap, but I rarely look inside the boxes since my favorites are all scanned.

One other thing I did during this process was to purge bad photos - you know blurry ones, or the ones of the back of someone's head or multiples of the same thing. I was able to fit all my photos starting when I was a teenager in the 80s up to when I stopped shooting film in 2005 in six photo storage boxes. Good luck figuring out what to do with yours!


PeaNut 55,678
November 2002
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Posted: 7/12/2013 9:36:11 AM
Mine are all boxed up and stored in an old entertainment cabinet. I just went through some of them yesterday while looking for a pic for a project.

And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.



PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
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Posted: 7/12/2013 11:50:25 AM
I would keep the extra photos and separate them by child in Pioneer shoe boxes. I recently found out they are archival and they are very inexpensive. Your children will want these when they are grown and start having their own children-the Pea who said this is right!

You can also have them scanned, but with technology changing so fast who knows if the computers they have when your children are grown will be able to read your scanned files? And you don't want to have to scan them over and over to keep up with the technology.

Since the photos you have came from film before the digital ages they were processed in photo chemicals and should last a very long time. It depends on where they are stored (where you live, not in basements, garages or attics), and what they are stored in (not stick and place albums-they change the color of the photos), archival shoeboxes are best or albums. In the best conditions they can last over 50 years, if not more.

Then, when your children get their box of photos they can have them scanned with the technology current with that time.

That's my advice and I've been a professional photographer (not currently working due to chronic illness) since 1985.

Debbie in MD.


PeaNut 427,211
June 2009
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Posted: 7/12/2013 12:01:47 PM
My kids are now (16 & 20). I have all the "extra" photos that I know I won't scrap in archivial photo boxes. They are not stored by kid, but they are in chronological order with journaling cards in front of each section. They can divy them up if they so decide.

Back in the film ages when we used to get 2 copies of each photos (CRAZY), those I shredded (esp. if I already have a layout completed and the story documented). It got to be too overwhelming. I decided against scanning them on to CDs because technology is constantly changing and they can scan when they see fit.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

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PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
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Posted: 7/12/2013 12:19:51 PM
PS I'd like to add that if you do store your photos in archival photo boxes it's important to also use archival envelopes. They aren't very expensive and many places sell them-just do a search on Google to find them. If you use plain, cheap envelopes they'll probably have acid in them and that'll be next to your photos.

Like I said Pioneer does make archival photo storage boxes, but that's not what I use. I prefer the Exposures brand. They are a much higher quality. But Google those too.

I figure if I want them to last 10-50 years, even more than that, up to 100 I want to put them in the best storage possible.

Debbie in MD.

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PeaNut 6,487
September 2000
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Posted: 7/12/2013 1:59:48 PM
I guess I go the minimalist route. If the photos cover, for example, 2005, and I scrap chronologically so if I'm done with my 2005 album, AND the extras wouldn't add any more value to the album, the extras are not worth saving for me. If the extra photos would add value, I'd scrap the extras, add then to the book and move on. I can't see my great-grandkids ever sitting around, searching through old loose photos, and to have completed albums of 2005 so they can see what times were like for their ancient families, that's good enough for me. Every moment of every day (contrary to PL'ers!) is just overwhelming to me.

Keep the best and ditch the rest!
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