Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kerrie's Choice: Scrapbooking

Jeez, you’d think my digital photos were alive the way I struggle with which ones to NOT print out for scrapbooking purposes. And I even have time distance on my side (I’m going through ones on the computer from 2007)… which should make it EASIER to weed them out. But it’s still hard, and so similar to the movie Sophie’s Choice.

I have to say to myself, “Is this one good enough to pay 10 cents to print it out and then spend the time to crop it and paste it on a page and journal about it?”

Usually my answer is, “YES YES YES! These are my babies from back when I only had 3 babies and was pregnant with my 4th. EVERY picture from EVERY day is special, darnit.” To give you an example of my problem, I have 806 photos to print from just 5 months of 2007. Yikes. There’s a 12-step program for everything else, so where’s mine for my photo/sentimental problem?

You hard-hearted women who can print out like 50 pictures of 2 kids for a whole YEAR baffle me. I picture myself in 30 years with a box of Kleenex, a huge Dr. Pepper and TONS of scrapbooks (at this rate I’ll need an entire chilled room for my scrapbooks, like a photo wine cellar) reveling in my past.

One of my biggest fears: my computer crashing before I can get an external hard drive filled with pictures and placed safely in a fireproof box.

How do you organize your photos? Or have you just given up? Or do you at least PRINT your digitals and then just let them sit in a box?

To any New Agers who read this blog: Lately I’m getting better at LIVING the moments instead of taking pictures of them, but my memory is getting worse and that’s why I treasure photos as memory triggers.

2 comments:

  1. I keep telling you if the next picture looks almost like the first ~ you don't need it! How about on the birthday parties, if you want to get all the gifts in the picture, crop the kids out and make a collage of all the gifts and just use one or two pictures of all the kids. That could cut down on the number of pages in the book but you'd still be printing off the pictures. We try to watch the paper for deals but anymore it seems 10 cents is the cheapest you can get them. As far as getting it done... if someone would cut back on their quilting the scrapbooking could get worked on....... maybe next year............ Your Step-Witch

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  2. Winkflash was having a sale on digital photobooks in January. I spent $120 for 5 of them and they were each about 100 pages long. I had the year embossed on each book - 1 book per year. It was over a 60% savings. I love them and it was worth the investment. Now I have a hard bound book of every year. You can add comments for each picture if so inclined and you can organize pictures and backgrounds on page as you see fit. It was a budget hit but I just couldn't deal with the printing out of the pictures and organizing them.

    Also I don't delete the pictures on my memory card until they are on my computer and winflash/snapfishs site. I also save on disc. Yeah I know a little paranoid but you get get these timeless pictures back.

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