I am going to start a new series on photo organization… and, no not digital photos! I am constantly getting prints made and am trying to find a way to keep them organized and accessible. I love photo albums and framing photos to hang on our gallery wall, but it’s not always realistic. If I framed and hung up every picture I wanted, we would have no wall space.
Since having our baby, I am certainly having more photos ordered than before. I’m taking more photos on Instagram where I sacrifice quality for the convenience of it being on my phone. I’m trying to be better at taking photos with a professional camera instead of my cell, but most of the time my laziness wins.
In an effort to document our kiddo’s first year and in an attempt to stay ORGANIZED, this photo organization series was created! My ideas are not rocket science, but maybe I’ll inspire some of you to get snapping, printing, and hanging.
First up in this series: ALBUMS.
Whenever I hear about photo albums, I instantly think of the sticky gummy pages of my mom’s 1980s style Walmart albums. Nothing sophisticated about them. I suppose they did their job as they haven’t turned to dust and the photos are still adhered to the pages, but I wanted something nicer to store my first baby’s photos.
I, of course, had the hardest time finding photo albums in the stores. I went to my usual places and did not find anything I really wanted. I turned to Amazon and even there I had issues. I finally just gave in and purchased this plain jane photo album:
The thing about this album I really liked was that it was 8″ x 10″. I wanted to have the ability to store 8 x 10s if necessary, but I also had the flexibility of putting any other size in there. Here’s what I have so far:
Basically I have been ordering my “favorite photos” of the month as 8 x 10s. I stick them in this album and they are kept safely until I decide to frame and hang them. We are in the process of moving, so I am not going to frame anything right now. However, after we get settled, I have several options of photos ready for framing. It’s nice!
The first page in the album is one of those baby fact sheets. They are totally cheesy but only about $10 on Birthday Keepsakes.
The album cover is sturdy and nice, and the pages are simple. Enlargements are averaging about $2 and some of my enlarged prints have actually been free thanks to promotions at Shutterfly and Walgreens. I might end up with a ton of albums over the years, but at least this one is relatively nice and inexpensive. It also has tons of room to expand with extra pages.
How do you store your little one’s photos? I’d love to feature your idea later on in the series!
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