Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Starting a scrapbook from one or more large containers of photos can be overwhelming to a beginner or anyone. How does a scrapbooker take such a big task and make it to the end goal? Here are some tips for storing, organizing and sorting large amounts of photos.
First, it is most important to keep the photos safe from sunlight, water and other elements that may destroy them. They can be kept in albums or envelopes, but with a large amount of photos, itís best to keep them in some kind of boxes. The box can be as simple as a plastic tote, paper based photo boxes or fancy archival boxes. It is always preferable to have something that is acid free to store photos. Cover as many bases as possible Ė light, heat, temperature changes, water, acid free, even old style adhesives that may deteriorate the photos Ė and start on the scrapbook as soon as possible.
The next step is to sort and organize the photos. Depending on the number of photos, this can be a huge job. One of the best first steps to organizing is to decide on how the scrapbooks will be laid out. Will they be chronological, by event or maybe by person or travel trip? This decision will help tremendously in sorting the photos.
Letís say the scrapbook will be about one of several children. As sorting begins, it would be best to pull photos that show that child. When itís time to move on to the next child, it will be easier to sort the photos with the first child completed. The same can be true for sorting by events (pull Christmases or birthdays) or trips that have been traveled.
Sorting chronologically is a bit different. If the scrapbooker is lucky, the photos were printed with a date on them somewhere. But that isnít always the case. It may be helpful to sort in a large space. Some people sort their photos in photo boxes or using systems created by companies who can help with the project. Photos can be sorted by year or by decade if they span more than 10 years. It may take several passes to get through all of the photos.
Photos can be sorted in any number of ways, but sorting can be very beneficial to the scrapbooker. It helps group photos together so that layouts can be easily completed. Page planning can be easier. And hopefully, there wonít be any forgotten photos that should have been added to a particular layout. So, take the time to store photos safely and sort them by whatever means works best for the situation and there will actually be less stress scrapbooking.