One hallmark of another academic year ending is the distribution of the school yearbook. Students look for their own photos, collect signatures from friends, and reflect on the year as they flip through the pages.
Did your child bring home a yearbook? How many times is she pictured in it?
Are those her only printed photos from this school year?
In today's digital era, it's easy for parents to become overwhelmed by all of the photos they've taken and for a family's collection to wind up in digital disarray.
Without a plan in place, it would be easy to let a child's collection of school yearbooks become their only printed history of the first 18 years of their lives.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are a few ideas for how you can go from overwhelmed to at least semi-organized.
- Designate a place for any memorabilia or keepsakes. Perhaps a file folder or a keepsake box. Save items throughout the year - concert programs, field day ribbons, whatever you have - and then at the end of the year winnow down the collection to only those that tell the best story.
- Review your photos monthly and download new ones. Create a folder for digital images that are your favorites - 10 to 15 per month - and at the end of the year you'll have enough to create a digital photo book that can be printed, or print off the images to include in a keepsake scrapbook.
- Print your "Top 12" photos of the year and put them together in a single frame that showcases your year. Or design a canvas or wood wall-hanging to showcase your images.
- Create a system for backing up your digital images, to make certain you don't lose any if you have a technology crash. I recommend downloading and backing up to two places (for a total of three copies) at least monthly. Set a reminder on your calendar.
For more information, or my personalized help, contact me or search for a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (appo.org) near you.