Ok, you have a computer…you have your program. Now what? Well, you are going to need to have photos on your computer. 😉 If you have a digital camera then you probably already have loads of photos to work with, but what about all those old photos stored away in boxes. If you are to work with older photos, you will have to scan them on to your computer.
It would save you a lot of frustration and time later on, if you would take some time to get your photos organized. There are tons of ways to do this. There really isn’t one proper way…just do what makes sense to you.
You may want to save them by year, and then by month…or by who is in them… or by where they are from… or by event… See I told you the possibilities are endless, so just do what seems the most logical to you.
I have my photos saved onto an external hard drive, but because I don’t want to have to go back and forth when I’m scrapping, I also have a file on my computer desk top, labeled, “photos to scrap”. It only contains a few folders of photos that I am working with at the moment.
Getting things organized is an area that I really need to work on. So it is on my “to do list” for the near future! 😉
One more note… there really is no “fail proof” safe way to make sure your photos are always safe. For that reason, I recommend, external hard drives, memory cards, flash drives, and internet storage. If your computer crashes, you have them saved in other places… If your hard drive crashes, you have back-ups. Nothing lasts forever. It is super important to also print some of your favorite photos. I read something the other day, that really made me stop and think. It said, “The most photographed generation, will have nothing to show for it, 50 years from now!”
Ok, have fun, looking through all those photos and all the memories they bring back and get them organized!
I would love to hear any of your tips or ideas for organizing your photos!