How to Organize Years of Photos Without Getting Overwhelmed

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When it comes to scrapbooking, one of the biggest hold-ups for people is feeling overwhelmed with organizing their photos. If you have years of photos piled up on your computer or photos spread between multiple devices, it can be easy to put off preserving your memories. The longer you wait to organize your photos, the more overwhelming it will become—so now is the time to start!

Because we believe in the importance of memory keeping, we want to help make the task easier, so today we’re going to walk you step-by-step through how to efficiently organize your digital photos for scrapbooking. It’s a process that may take some time, but which will be well worth it when your memories are all in order!

To give you an added incentive for getting started, we’ve teamed up with Persnickety Prints to get you a discount code for printing your photos so you can catch up AND save money! Continue reading for more details. 🙂

Step One: Consolidate Your Digital Photos

Upload all of your digital photos to one location on your computer. We recommend using a photo managing system, like Google Photos or iPhotos, to easily transfer photos from your phone onto your computer. If you haven’t transferred them already, go through the photos on your phone, your camera, and upload them all to this one location.

Step Two: Eliminate Unwanted Photos

Once you have all of your photos in one place, go through and eliminate any that aren’t worth keeping: repeats, photos with a blurry finger covering half the lens, photos of your to-do lists, etc.

Tip: Moving forward, make it a habit to do a Daily Delete—every day, go through the photos on your phone (or camera if you took pictures on it that day) and delete any of these types of photos. It will take you two seconds and save you tons of time down the road. You’ll be able to skip step two entirely in the future!

Another tip: Use the time traveling home from a vacation to do your deleting. That way when you get home, you’ll have already eliminated all the photos from your trip you don’t want to keep. Plus, it’s a fun way to relive those memories again while you’re heading home.

Step Three: Organize Your Digital Photos

In your photo managing system, create folders for each month and year. Then place the corresponding photos in these folders.

Step Four: Back Up Your Digital Photos

Back up all the photos in your photo managing system onto a CD or external hard drive. You can also look into online options, such as iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Step Five: Create To-Print Folders

Once you have organized your photos in your photo managing system, you’re ready to start thinking about scrapbooking them—woohoo! Even though all the photos you have left are photos you have deemed worth keeping, you may not want to scrapbook all of them. A great way to figure out which photos you want to scrapbook is to copy and paste a given folder onto your desktop. Then go through and delete any photos you don’t want to print. You can also edit any of the photos you’re going to print if you want to take that extra step.

Step Six: Upload & Print Photos

Once you’ve gone through all the photos on your desktop folder, you’re ready to print! We recommend creating a table, like the one below, to track each folder’s progress. When you have printed your photos, you can delete the desktop folder you created (remember, you’ve already saved these photos elsewhere!).How to organize years of photos without getting overwhelmed #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #photos #organize #digital #persnicketyprints #organization

Tip: Choose one day every month to do a print run. Some months you may be able to afford printing more photos than other months, but get in the habit of printing your photos on the same day each month.

PHOTO DISCOUNT: Now is a great time to catch up on printing your photos because Persnickety Prints has been kind enough to create a discount code for our readers! Use this discount code to save 20% on your entire order: CTMH20

This code expires August 30, cannot be combined with other discount codes, and is limited to one use per customer.

Step Seven: Organize Printed Photos

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Option 1: Use our large organizers and tabbed dividers to organize your printed photos.

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How to organize years of photos without getting overwhelmed #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #photos #organize #digital #persnicketyprints #organization

You can organize your photos by date, person, event…whatever you want! Think about the album you want to create with the photos, and organize them that way.

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Option 2: Create a work-in-progress album. Use one of our D-ring albums and divided Memory Protectors™ to separate out all the photos you’ll want for an album. You can group like photos together so you know how to plan your layouts.

And that’s it! The next step is to start scrapbooking away! If the idea of scrapbooking itself overwhelms you, a great place to start is with our Workshops Your Way® scrapbooking kits. You can also talk to your Independent Consultant (or find one online!) to help you know where to start.

We hope this post helped you feel empowered to start organizing your photos for scrapbooking. We know that when you take that leap of faith, you’ll find so much joy and satisfaction in preserving your family’s memories and stories.


Have additional tips for organizing and printing your photos for scrapbooking? Share them in the comments below!

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Is your handbag a winner?

We had so much fun reading through your comments on this post! We feel like we know each of you a little better now after getting a tiny peek into your everyday life through the contents of your bag. Thank you for sharing!

So, are you ready for the big reveal? Here they are, our three random (and very lucky) winners:

Debbie Gauvin, who found in her bag a plane ticket from her trip to San Diego to visit her daughter. (Commented March 4, 2015 at 10:41 AM)

Sharon Wade, who found in her bag her husband’s reading glasses, a highlighter, and a Relay For Life donations envelope, among a plethora of other paraphernalia. (Commented March 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM)

Patricia Jacobs, who found an umbrella from a Dole Whip, a map of Disneyland® Park, and a FASTPASS® ticket. (Commented March 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM)

P.S. ^^^ Reading this comment made us even more excited for July when we’ll all be heading to Disneyland for Convention 2015! Dole Whips, get in our bellies!

If you’re one of the lucky three, please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with “What’s in your bag? Contest Winner” in the subject line and your mailing address in the body copy so we can send you your small organizer!

Thanks for playing, everyone!

And happy Friday. 🙂

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What’s hiding in YOUR bag?

“Who steals my purse steals trash; ‘tis something, nothing;”
—William Shakespeare

This month is officially dedicated to organization! With spring coming around the corner and the new incentive for the exciting March recruiting campaign, we felt discussing organization on the blog would be quite fitting. We’ll be sharing all sorts of innovative ideas this month on how to tame your messes and channel their power for good.

Whether we hide them away in basement closets or spread them across kitchen tables, messes are simply a fact of life. There isn’t a person out there who isn’t hiding some kind of mess.

Many of us even carry our messes around with us every day of our lives! This kind of mess can easily go unnoticed because it hides behind the façade of fancy purses and bags that convincingly mask the chaos lurking beneath.

But messes aren’t all bad. Just like everything in life, we believe there is something to be learned from them. So to kick off March with a bang, we went rummaging through Close To My Heart COO Brian Holman’s bag to see what we could find (and learn)!

With photographer in tow, we headed to his office, where he dumped the contents of his bag out on his desk for everyone to see. After seeing what was inside, all we have to say is if you think only women know how to pack a bag ready for anything, think again, folks.

Here’s what came tumbling out of Brian Holman’s bag:

  • 5 Great Value™ Blueberry Açai Energy Drink Mixes
  • 1 Great Value™ Pomegranate Lemonade Energy Drink Mix
  • 1 Aulani Hawaiian Sea Salt Lotion
  • 1 red pen
  • 1 black pen
  • 1 Walt Disney black pen, complete with a light on the top
  • 1 pair of headphones
  • 1 pair of earplugs
  • 1 ZEISS Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipe
  • 1 Kleenex® On-the-Go Pack
  • 1 stylus
  • 1 eye mask
  • 1 pack of batteries
  • 1 padfolio
  • 1 bag of toiletries (Band-Aids®, Advil®, antacid, etc.)
  • 1 Apple power adapter
  • 1 Amazon Kindle
  • 1 USB car charger
  • 1 Walmart receipt
  • 1 bottle of Germ-X® Pink Berry
  • 1 glasses case
  • 1 PowerPoint clicker
  • 1 pack of Tic Tac® Freshmints

After inspecting this bag that is basically a portable arsenal decked out to combat anything from low energy levels to infected hands, we’ve come to the conclusion that Brian Holman is a man who is both on the move and exceptionally prepared. “I can put any woman’s purse to shame,” touted Brian, while repacking his belongings.

So unfortunately we have to disagree with Shakespeare on this one: A purse is not nothing—it can tell you a lot more about a person than you may realize!

Think the contents of your purse are zanier than Brian’s? We’d love to see what’s lurking in your handbag. Grab your purse or bag and dump it (or just reach in and grab something random) and let us know what you find in a comment on this post!

We’ll randomly select three winners and announce them on Friday, March 6. What is the prize, you ask? Your very own small organizer! Just our little way of helping you get a jumpstart on organizing your one, spectacular life.

Let the games begin!

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