Get Your Photos off Your Computer |Quick Tips for Memory Keeping

Once you commit to a 365 project, eventually you will be faced with the question, “What do I do with all these photos?”  or “How do I share these pictures?”  One way to do that is through scrapbooking.  Each month, Creative Team Member Diane Feldt will be sharing tips on using your photographs in a scrapbook.  Today, we learn a little about Diane’s scrapbooking journey and a few quick tips for starting your own digital scrapbook.

I am so excited to share how I combine my 365 project and my love for scrapbooking with the CY365 community each month.

I have been a memory keeper and a scrapbooker since high school.

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Old School

I was a pocket scrapper in college way back in the ‘80s before it was even cool.  Then, while my girls were little, it was all I could do to get the pictures printed and into albums. I began to paper scrap in a 12 x 12 format in about 2004.

 

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Pocket Pages

I used pocket pages to efficiently record my eldest daughter’s five years of high school dance team experiences. I had hundreds of pictures and lots of memorabilia to preserve, so it was perfect for that type of project. I purchased the Turquoise Core Kit and put the bulk of the album together in a marathon scrapbook day with a friend.

I joined CY365 in the spring of 2012 and used Photo 365 on my iPhone to collect my daily pictures. I also kept a Smash Journal for that year.

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Going Digital

My first “official” digital Project Life album was for 2013. I had a few Photoshop Elements classes under my belt and had taken Jessica Sprague’s Digital Project Life class, so I was ready! I used Becky Higgins Project Life  templates and primarily used journaling cards and elements from the Cobalt digital edition throughout the year.

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A Few Ideas For Getting Started

1. Choose a program for creating your layouts. I use Photoshop Elements, but there are many options including free programs like Picasa.

2. Give yourself some time to learn about your new software. Take a class or explore YouTube videos.

3. Obtain digital supplies like templates, journaling cards, and embellishments. There are tons of freebies out there, or you can subscribe to a monthly service like the DIGI FILES at the Daily Digi and receive lots of supplies each month for a subscription fee. Get the Captured cards that coordinate with the CY365 monthly prompts.

4. Figure out a starting point and plot out a strategy for your page creation. Starting in the current year is perfect if you are pursuing a Project Life book.

5. Look for inspiration online. CY365 has added a Pinterest board devoted to scrapbooking.

In the coming months I will be giving you a peek at my methods and addressing topics like photo management, printing options, note taking, and including yourself in your weekly pages. Come along for the ride and get some ideas for your photos off your computer and into an album!

 

What methods have you used to get your photos off your computer?

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1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed reading your article Diane. It has motivated me to get my digital albums off my hard drive and into print form. Thanks so much for sharing!!!


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