Sunday, June 13, 2010

I thought I'd answer a few questions about how I store our memory/picture files. I take a ton of photos each month. Don't we all? The beauty of digital photography is that you can take as many photos as you'd like and then delete the ones that you don't like. It can be overwhelming to find a system that works for you. I thought I'd share mine in case it helps you out.

On the last day of the month(or sometimes the first day of the month),I don't stress if I am a day early or a day late. I take my memory card down to my local Wal*Mart and put our photos on CD. Lets face it, I am at my local Wal*mart a few times a week replenishing our milk, yogurt and bread supply :-). It makes it easy for me to remember to save my photos to CD each month. I love that the CD comes back to me with some thumbprints of the photos that were taken that month right on the CD. You also receive index sheets with a thumbprint photo of every picture that has been downloaded to that CD. Once I receive my CD with the thumbprint index sheets, I take my American Crafts Slick Writer and print the date & events that are on each CD right onto the sheet protector/index sheets. I will occasionally put the ages of each family member on there too. Saves me time with my math at a later date :-).

From there, each month is placed in a little black binder that can be purchased at Wal*Mart.

From there, I place the little album on a shelf in my scrapbook room with all of the other binders. I store our photo CD's by year. It makes finding a certain picture for reprints a snap.

One helpful tip/reminder is to delete the photos that you are not wanting to save. I take a lot of photos of my scrapbook projects/layouts for the GTKC. I certainly don't need 10 detail shots of each layout. Deleting those photos before having them put onto CD makes it so I don't have a ton of unwanted photos stored on my CD's.

This is the one system that has worked for me. I would die if my computer ever crashed...but I would not be heart broken because of the simple fact that all of my photos have been saved elsewhere and not just on my computer :-).

I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions :-).


katie said...

Amazing. I just store mine on my computer and hope the pictures are safe. I'm kind of thinking that might not be so smart now.

Lisa said...

This is a great idea, Raimi! I store my pictures on my computer's home server, snapfish and/or But I only print them when I need them, and I forget which ones I printed and where I uploaded them (Snap or Coscto?) so I have to go to both programs to figure it out. I like this idea, and may need to start implementing this! Thanks!

Morgan said...

I love that idea! I have to tell you that I had ALL of my pictures saved on my brother-in-law's hardrive while I waited to get my own, and his quit working, and instead of waiting to let me take it in and get it fixed so I could get my pictures off like I asked him to, he went in and exchanged it. I lost ALL of those photos, and I was heartbroken. So I need a good way to store my pictures.

lorelie said...

What a fantastic idea, Raimi. I love how you are so organized and that you pass your ideas on to us all!

Kerrie said...

thank you ! thank you! On my way to WalMart!