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Organize Your Photos

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, there will likely be lots of photos taken! We all seem to have dozens (or hundreds) of family photos. But sadly, photographs, like other mementos, can be overwhelming. The holidays are a great time to get your photos organized for the next year. It’s a great opportunity while everyone is home and gathered together, you can make it a family project, reliving the memories while you sort and file! Remember to PRINT your photos from your phone and digital cameras.

  • Get rid of blurry, out of focus photos. Pick the best and get rid of the rest! There’s no need to keep several copies of the exact same subject matter.
    Keep your photo galleries up to date. Sync, download and backup often.
  • Categorize your photos. This can be done by season (Fall 2004), or by topic (Holidays 2003) (Vacations).
  • Print a few of your absolute favorites from events throughout the year. Have a specific place to keep photos. Invest in an archival-quality photo box one that is acid-free and lignin-free. These are sold at scrapbooking stores, craft and hobby shops, or online.
  • Store all photos in a cool, dry place – not the basement, attic, or garage. Same goes for your CD’s and USB Drives.
  • Scrapbooking is the ultimate act of love for family photos, but if it is too time consuming (or expensive) for you, try displaying photos under tabletop glass, or in frames. There are many digital options these days. Remember any display tells a story and includes the very best images to do so.
After clearing out the “clutter photos,” you’ll look and feel thinner (or at least your photo collection will)!

Family Craft: Year-in-Review Garland

It’s the end of the year, and your refrigerator is crammed with pictures, from decorating eggs to trick-or-treating. While you need to make some room for the upcoming year, it is so hard to take down those beloved pictures and put them away! Instead of putting them away, use them to create a decorative memento for the year! If you have your kid’s art projects, you can take photos of them and use prints to create your garland.

Gather photos from throughout the year, and cut them into uniform circles or stars. Glue to a decorative paper base, and punch a hole at the top. Finally, thread pictures along a sparkly wire garland. For a representation of the year, make sure to add dates, places, names, and ages! This garland will tell the yearly story of your family, and is a great way to decorate your tree, wreath, mantle or doorway for the holidays! What a prefect snow day family craft.