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Posted 1/5/2013 by hotpinklpstck in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 508,490
May 2011
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Loc: Illinois

Posted: 1/5/2013 5:46:09 PM
So I now typically print from home, but I have a lot of leftover photos that I have ordered from Walgreens, shutterfly, etc. that I never used.
I have scrapbooked most of the photos but have some that never made it to my layouts. I feel weird throwing out photos...so just curious what you peas do? Throw them away or keep them?

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PeaNut 377,685
May 2008
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Loc: Ohio

Posted: 1/5/2013 5:54:53 PM
I date mine on back and they go in a photo box in chrono order. I bought a new camera last year and take and print more


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PeaNut 187,030
January 2005
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Loc: Eastern Shores of Mobile Bay

Posted: 1/5/2013 6:03:14 PM
Once I have scrapped all the photos I want, then send the extras to people hwo were with me at the time or just toss.

I don't have the need or room to keep all the photos I printed. So long as they are backed up somewhere, I'm fine.


PeaNut 453,032
January 2010
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Posted: 1/5/2013 6:18:09 PM
If u have kids, you can make gift tags with their faces on them.
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PeaNut 51,456
October 2002
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Layouts: 84
Loc: VA

Posted: 1/5/2013 6:23:06 PM
Now that my photos are digital a few peas here convinced me to RELEASE them and so I did! I have more space in my house for other things that make me happy.

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PeaNut 108,542
September 2003
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Loc: ND

Posted: 1/5/2013 7:32:25 PM
I usually toss the extra photos I didn't scrapbook. They are all digital and can always be reprinted. I don't have the space to store them.


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PeaNut 454,238
January 2010
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Layouts: 69
Loc: Central Louisiana

Posted: 1/5/2013 8:07:18 PM
I either put them in 4x6 page protectors in the back of my book, or put them in my kids' albums.

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PeaNut 95,467
July 2003
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Layouts: 0
Loc: N. Cal

Posted: 1/5/2013 8:08:54 PM
My friend taught me to have the freedom to rip them up and throw them away. I give the ones to other people if appropriate.

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
Posts: 10,537
Layouts: 139
Loc: Here

Posted: 1/5/2013 8:16:05 PM
I'm keeping them for now because they don't take up much space at all. I never look at them though, there's really no reason for me not to toss them. I guess I just feel kind of weird about it like you do, OP!

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PeaNut 164,636
August 2004
Posts: 13,774
Layouts: 317
Loc: Lewes, DE

Posted: 1/5/2013 9:19:00 PM
sometimes i give them to my daughter to scrap (she's 12 but doesn't really scrap much). lately i've been throwing them away more often. if it wasn't scrap worthy and i've already done a page or two about the day/event, why keep it?


PeaNut 250,994
February 2006
Posts: 161
Layouts: 1
Loc: Northern California

Posted: 1/5/2013 9:25:27 PM
I use a square punch and punch out the faces with the thought that I will do a collage page of faces at the end of each year or a person collage. I like the idea of gift tags with the person's picture.

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PeaNut 292,577
January 2007
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Loc: In the deep-fried south.

Posted: 1/5/2013 9:29:19 PM
I toss them into a big box in my scrap room and pretend that they aren't there so I don't have to actually sort and file them. Well, you DID ask me!

Really though, I have been putting off the project of sorting my photos for quite some time now, and I am almost out of excuses. Once I am done, I will be taking the "not so great" ones and tossing them, yes. As long as they are digital, I am fine with it.

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PeaNut 58,996
December 2002
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Loc: The City That Never Sleeps

Posted: 1/5/2013 9:35:51 PM
I still keep photo albums for the photos that don't go into scrapbooks. I don't scrapbook all of my photos, and my kids still enjoy looking through the regular photo albums. When one of them gets full, I put them into photo boxes in my closet. I really don't have too many leftover photos anymore, since I'm very selective about the ones I print/have printed.


PeaNut 606
June 1999
Posts: 396
Layouts: 7
Loc: SoCal

Posted: 1/5/2013 9:40:18 PM
I put mine into photo albums for my kids. They may want to scrap them differently one day. Or they may want to use them for a project of some sort.


PeaNut 418,377
April 2009
Posts: 1,365
Layouts: 28
Loc: SE Wisconsin

Posted: 1/5/2013 11:20:57 PM
You mean I can actually "RELEASE" my extra photos? Are you sure???


PeaNut 526,836
November 2011
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Layouts: 0
Loc: Beautiful HB, Southern CA

Posted: 1/5/2013 11:47:51 PM
I save all extras sorted chrono. Many times over the years I have gone through my photo boxes delighted to have a print of something...I have used them in December daily, and other theme albums, 25 th anniversary, Now And Then type layouts, etc. My kids are glad of prints when they need them for school projects.


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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/6/2013 12:14:37 AM
I save them, in chronological order for the most part, in a photo box. When I feel like trying something new instead of just scrapping memories, I have these extras to try out the techniques with.

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
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Layouts: 326
Loc: Ã…rhus, Denmark

Posted: 1/6/2013 1:36:12 AM
I'm very careful with what I print nowadays and I don't have that many extra photos because I print according to the way I scrap, but that wasn't always the case. And since I print quarterly, there is usually a few spare. One of four things happen to the extra photos:

1. I think if there is a different story I want to tell, if so, they go back in the storage binders (how I keep most of my photos), or into my box of stories with a note of ideas (including what is missing to finish the story). Where it goes depends on the situation.

2. If they are great photos, photos I love, photos that might mean something over time, a photo with a good face shot, etc., I put them in my category drawers (shoeboxes of photos arranged by person/thing/place). I love going to these drawers when I want to make a layout using photos of a period of time. I love these layouts because they show things differently than a single-moment/event layout.

3. If they aren't 'good enough' to keep, I give them to my daughter so she can 'scrapbook'. She has a small box, and will only get more photos if there is room in her box.

4. If my daughter doesn't need them, I simply throw them out. I'm not keeping what I won't use.

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PeaNut 482,725
September 2010
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Layouts: 3

Posted: 1/6/2013 5:48:52 AM
I have digital files so I generally print what I need to scrap or my favorites. Generally, I throw away the extra photos, especially if they are not "good" photos. They aren't worth the effort of filing and keeping (to me).

Even if my printed photos were beautiful and beautifully organized in a box, I doubt I would ever look through that box. I tag my photos on my computer and it is much easier to sort and find photos from my digi files and reprint. Plus, I might want them resized for scrapbooking.


PeaNut 6,074
August 2000
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Layouts: 0
Loc: NJ

Posted: 1/6/2013 6:52:07 AM
I do one of two things:
1. Depending on the size, I may use them to art journal or make tags
2. If they are to big for those projects I toss them since I am all digital and reprinting a picture is not at all expensive.
SOMETIMES, depending on the subject matter, I offer them to my girls (ages 10, 10 and 8) to put in their albums. My girls have hoarding tendencies like their mommy so I try to avoid that.


PeaNut 503,801
March 2011
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Loc: West Texas

Posted: 1/6/2013 7:18:04 AM
The digital age of photos has burned me more than once. The computer crashes. Photos lost. Burned to CD's. The new technology won't open them. Photos lost. Post to a photo sharing web-site. Site goes out of business and photos deleted. Photos lost.

I have lost so many precious photos. I print everything now. Nothing is better than a photo in hand. I store in photos boxes in date order. It's amazing that I have several years worth of pictures and so far just 3 boxes with the actual printed photo. Doesn't take up as much room as all my scrapping supplies.

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PeaNut 224,352
September 2005
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Loc: Right here

Posted: 1/6/2013 7:49:20 AM
I toss them. I try to only print what I am going to use, but I do end up with leftovers from time to time and in the trash they go. I don't want the clutter and I know I am not going to use them.

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PeaNut 543,365
February 2012
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Loc: East Texas

Posted: 1/6/2013 7:53:25 AM
I have taken up a new process:

If the photos are good enough to display, but I don't want to add to a scrapbook, I will put them in photo protectors with the scrapbook page (hybrid scrapbooking).

If the prints are so bad that you don't want to display but want to keep, I put them behind good photos in the photo protectors or store them behind the scrapbook page.

If the prints are bad and I don't want to keep...I trash them.

* These are all digital photos....not sure what I will do when I get to the non-digital prints. I may get them scanned and do the same...haven't decide yet.

***I am moving away from photo boxes entirely.***

I used to keep a box of photos I have already scrapped or was never going to scrap, but I am moving away from that too.


PeaNut 547,251
March 2012
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Layouts: 24
Loc: MS

Posted: 1/6/2013 8:06:13 AM
I also have a box that just throw them all into. They do need to be organized but not today! I keep them in case my daughters want them for their little scrapbooks or if a family member happens to want one.



PeaNut 508,490
May 2011
Posts: 85
Layouts: 1
Loc: Illinois

Posted: 1/6/2013 8:04:18 PM
Thanks for everyone's input on this! I think I'm going to toss them.

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PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
Posts: 5,098
Layouts: 1

Posted: 1/7/2013 5:30:30 PM
If my digital photos were good enough to send out to print then I figure they are good enough to save.

I don't use every photo I've had printed in my scrapbooks, that's part of the design process for me. The one's I have left over go into my photo storage boxes I've been collecting and using since 1990.

I have one box per year or event (like a trip). 90% of these are from my film days. I have 32 of them and they are stacked on top of the 4 bookcases that line one wall of my scrap room. 90% also haven't been scrapped yet Each box can hold 1,000 4x6 prints-to me that's not worth worrying over them taking up space. Using pocket albums would take up a ton more space!

There are lots of times that I go back into a box from a year or event I have scrapped to find a photo for another layout or use. I also like to just take a box down sometimes and just have fun looking through the photos. It can spark so many memories and ideas for future scrapbook layouts.

I cringe just thinking about throwing away a good (non-blurry) photo. I'm a former professional photographer from the 1980's and I'm sure that has something to do with the unwillingness to toss out a perfectly good photo.

Debbie in MD.


PeaNut 544,425
February 2012
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Layouts: 0
Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 1/7/2013 7:41:43 PM
I was going to ask this - thanks so much hotpinklpstck! After reading through the responses, I completely agree with KVRLVN. I've been burned too many times or thought I'd lost all my photos on my computer. I don't scrap as much as you all must because I have lots of photos I haven't scrapped. I love the hybrid version idea. My kids still love looking at them. thanks!

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PeaNut 14,521
April 2001
Posts: 37,572
Layouts: 31
Loc: Washington State

Posted: 1/7/2013 9:21:53 PM
Keep them in a photo storage box. Sometimes my dd likes to use them.

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