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I have many clients (moms) who have such intense guilt about not putting their family's photos into perfect, chronological photo albums. So since it's January, it's still GO (Get Organized) Month and it's a new year, I thought I would talk a bit about a new way to organize and print your digital photographs.

NOTE: This entry is NOT about scrapbooking—a clutter-building, time-sucking, guilt-inducing hobby that, as an organizer, I detest. Scrapbookers, please don't send me hate mail. If you're of the 10% of people who are good at it and keep up with it, it's great and creative and I applaud you. If, however, you are of the 90% who get sucked into it, buy all the supplies, but never actually find the time to put them together so that the supplies take up space and your mounting, unmanaged photos create guilt and depression… well that's when I object.

Anyway, back to photos.

I have such fond memories of looking through my grandmother's photo albums when I was a kid. I never got tired of them. And when she passed, she left them to me and I still look through them today.

Fast forward to today. I do appreciate the convenience of a digital camera!
• The ability to take 400 pictures at a single event and simply delete the bad ones at no cost means anyone can be Anne Geddes or William Wegman and catch that perfect kid or pet photo.
• The convenience of printing your own pictures at any time in your pajamas is a plus (especially if the photo is something you don't want a $5-an-hour-Photo-Mat-college-kid to see).
• Photoshop. I like that I can manipulate the dark circles under my eyes or smooth out tan lines, just like the supermodels.
• Sharing photos online. I am a Shutterfly BUG. I am the friend you love who brings a camera to every event, takes tons of pictures, then shares them with everyone the very next day on Shutterfly. It sure is convenient, fun (and FREE!) to be able to do that.
• New school "slideshows". There are several photo programs out that that let you create slideshows by burning your digital photos onto DVDs. Set to music, these can be real tearjerkers. Just stunning. I always wonder what the soundtrack to the movie of my life would have on it. Now I can make my own.

All that being said, the point of any photograph is for it to be looked at. Photos that never make it off the computer are worthless. Further, you have to be diligent about backing up your computer's photo folder onto an external hard drive for insurance.

There's a great article about how to manage your digital photos in the January/February issue of Blueprint magazine

The article doesn't appear online, so you'll have to buy the magazine if you're really curious, but here's a sample:
From the January/February issue of Blueprint magazine, article by Tom Samiljan
"Published" photo books may be the answer if you've been good about printing out your photos but now they're all piling up in boxes. "They are my preferred way of saving memories now," says Hughes. "All my old photos have sticky residue on the back, and some have been damaged from being inside crappy photo albums." Sites such as apple.com/iphoto, blurb.com, and kodakgallery.com offer dozes of templates, layouts, and cover materials to choose from. You simply insert your favorite photos and, if you want to, annotate them with text. About two weeks later, a hardbound book with all your pictures printed (not glued, taped or sleeved) inside will arrive in the mail. And if selecting which photos to put where is just too challenging or time consuming, you can let a program like iPhoto automatically organize the set of images you've chosen. These books will preserve your pictures for decades, and you can always order more copies if you lose an album, spill something on it or what to give one as a gift.

Ahhhhh—perfect! It's like the online solution to scrapbooking! No muss, no fuss, NO little stickers or cutouts!

Incidentally, here are some of the book templates Shutterfly puts out: http://www.shutterfly.com/shop/product_c40700/Guided_Books

posted on: 1/21/2008 10:30:00 AM by Heather Lambie
category: Paper

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The Pile High Club--how NOT to become a member

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My Husband - "Honey, how thin can you spread yourself before you're no longer there?" Me - "I don't know. But I'm in it to win it, so we may have to find out."

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Favorite Websites

  • The Sartorialist
    This site appeases my hunger for all things New York, reminds me of my time there, and gives me great ideas for unconventional looks.
  • Toffee To Go
    They are located in Tampa, very near me, but they deliver/ship nationally. They have THE BEST toffee EVER. It's buttery, salty, sweet--all my favorite things in one bite.
  • The Container Store
    I know this is a no-brainer for an organizer...but this place really turns me on!
  • The Poetry Foundation
  • Because I Said So (blog)
    As a mom myself, this mom of 6 (!!!) has me in stitches.
  • Michael Buble
    If I wasn't happily married, I might be stalking him. Bar none, the best voice and best sense of humor!

Quotes That Move Me

  • General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
    "The truth of the matter is, you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
  • Ivern Ball
    "Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "The secret of education is respecting the pupil."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
  • Abigail Van Buren
    "The best index to a person's character is how he treats another person who can't do him good, and how he treats people who can't fight back."
  • Dorothy Galyean
    "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
  • Aristotle
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
  • Mark Twain
    "To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich."
  • Jackie Kennedy
    "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."

Places I'm Dying to Visit

  • Hawaii
    Any how, any way, any time.
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • China
  • Japan
  • Alaska (via cruise ship)
  • Marbella, Spain

Places I've Already Been

  • Australia (Sydney)
  • New Zealand
  • Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora
  • London
  • Paris
    Spent only one day here (took the Chunnel from London when I was there) but it was one amazing, beautiful day where I walked the flea markets, visited the Louvre, people-watched and used all 6 senses to experience it.
  • Trinidad & Tobago
    My husband is from here, so we go several times a year to visit family.
  • Italy (Milan, Vicenza)
  • Jamaica

Things I'd Like To Do Before I Die

  • Run a leg with the Olympic torch before the games begin
  • See the monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico
  • Ride a horse on the beach (in the water)
  • See a prize fight (boxing) in Las Vegas
  • Run the NYC Marathon
    I ran the Disney Marathon in 2000 (pre-kids). Would love to run another post-kids, to prove I can.
  • Have washboard abs.
  • Eliminate self doubt.
  • Own an apartment in Manhattan.
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
  • Take an RV trip down the coast of California.

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