|Posted: 10/1/2013 10:03:24 PM|
Hi Peas! I could really use some advice on this, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by my photo backlog.
For the longest time, I only ever scrapped vacation photos. I only started documenting the everyday type stuff in 2012. I've been doing pseudo-project life for almost two years now, and I am hooked! So hooked, that I would like to go back and scrap all of my older digital photos in this same style. We're talking 8 years worth of photos (2004-2011).
I've gone through the house and emptied out drawers and storage boxes in search of memorabilia and I've got a big pile to sort through. I've got all my photos stored into folders by year, and then by event.
But now, I'm stuck. The immensity of having to sort through 8 years worth of 'stuff' has hit me, and I'm not sure where to start or how to keep myself motivated.
So I could use some advice - how would you approach a project like this? Would you try to get ALL of the memorabilia and photos organized up front, then do all of the scrapping later? Would you focus on just one year or event at a time? Any other approaches that you can think of?
TIA for all of your help!
|Posted: 10/1/2013 10:24:08 PM|
I would start by getting all of the photos, by year, in D-ring binders. It doesn't matter if there is space on a page as that can be filled with PL cards or memorabilia next. I like to use different sized page-protectors so would add memorabilia into each album in fitting places next and then journal and embellish! I don't use an actual PL kit as I like an eclectic look but if you are.... You could keep the cards beside you as you put in photos to ensure a nice mix.
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|Posted: 10/1/2013 11:26:43 PM|
Since it sounds like you have most of the sorting done, I would just start throwing everything in the pockets. I wouldn't worry about journaling or filling in empty spaces. Once everything is in order, then I would go back and start filling in the blanks. This way, if you do give up mid-stream, your photos are in albums and can be enjoyed.
If you had to empty drawers, no one was looking at those photos, so even if the project doesn't get completed with journaling and memorabilia, you are better off than when you started.
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|Posted: 10/1/2013 11:55:28 PM|
I'm technically in the same boat but I'm just scrapping what I want and trying not to stress out about not being caught up (cuz that ain't never gonna happen!). I remember reading about some one doing one month at a time. So she would do January 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010... until done. Then move on to the next month. Depending how you do this that approach might work.
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|Posted: 10/2/2013 3:57:48 AM|I would go as some of the others suggested and start putting things in pockets in the order you want them. I wouldn't even put in paper or cards.... Just get your photos and memorabilia in those pockets. Once everything is in and in the order you want. Then you could go back and start adding cards, papers, embellishments and adding your journaling. Or you could just go through and add your papers and cards. Once you have everything in place THEN embellish and journal. Good luck. I know it can be a hard job to go back, but it should be fun too!
|Posted: 10/2/2013 10:27:35 AM|
Thanks for the help everyone! I think that is exactly what I'll do. I'll just start printing photos and organizing the memorabilia that goes with it.
When my motivation starts to wane, I think I will journal/embellish the parts of the album that are ready to go. Seeing some finished spreads should motivate me to keep going.
I just need to remind myself "one step at a time" so I don't feel overwhelmed again!
|Posted: 10/2/2013 10:36:00 AM|
Since your talking 8 years, I would use a larger storage system, either a large file with hanging folders or boxes. When I sort I do batches, so I start with the most obvious category then sort from there. So you can first divide into years, then months, then weeks or however you plan to do it.
My advice would be to alternate working on current projects/weeks with the old ones so you don't create another backlog. Also, if you mostly just want to get it done, try to find a balance between details and just throwing pics into protectors. Maybe find a reasonable number of stories you know you want to tell from each year, focus on those and just fill in the rest of pics in between.
Good luck, I agree, it does sound kind of fun!
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|Posted: 10/2/2013 11:12:10 AM|
I would do most of what the others have suggested but I would also go through and delete, shred, throw away the pics that you know you absolutely will not use, don't like, don't want, etc. I did the same thing and what overwhelmed me the most is having SOOOOOOO MANY photos (esp. the ones I knew I would never use) I saved those to a CD/it's own SD card and a separate box for those that were already printed. This step cut my sorting down once that was done.
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|Posted: 10/2/2013 3:11:31 PM|
I put all my photos/memorabilia in manila envelopes, label them, then stash them in magazine holders in general order.
I don't actually scrap them chronologically, so I use the 3-ring binder style books. That way it's easy to pop in extra pages wherever I need to.
|Posted: 10/2/2013 5:42:09 PM|
Thanks for posting this and for the great replies. I am just starting a similar project, and it makes SO much sense to get the photos in the pockets first and then go back and add the cards and journaling.
I really appreciate this idea -- so smart!