I am amazed at how the last 6 weeks have flown by. It really seems like I just wrote my first post for Resolutions In Motion, which you can see here. My goal for this round was to organize my digital photos and my digital scrapbooking items.
It was a lot more daunting than I thought.
The first thing I tackled was the scrapbooking side because really, I had more than a thousand photos not categorized or edited and it was scary. I began by sorting everything into kits and then by type. A lot of what I have are full kits (papers, elements and alphabets) so moved those into their own file and then into subfolders like Christmas, Sports, Girls, etc. I also deleted the kits that aren't really my style anymore or that I just haven't used.
The second part of the scrapbooking part was sorting through the "other" pieces. I have frames, tags, overlays and so much more that are just basic pieces that can be used with a lot of different things. I did the same thing with them as the kits and sorted, purged and categorized everything. I then moved it all to my external hard drive so all those files weren't taking up space on my laptop. It's almost 2gb of files that I moved and it took forever to transfer. Staring at that little moving file folder is very tedious.
Finally came the photos part. I was procrastionating starting this because I really didn't know where to start. How did I want to sort my pictures? How did I want to back them up? So many things and I didn't know where to start. I googled a lot of other bloggers to see what I could find and after reading through many articles and seeing what my software offered I came up with this solution.
I upload all my photos into Photoshop Elements and I started by creating a main YEAR folders (2012, 2011) and MONTHLY subfolders which I labeled as "01-January". The numbers to have them in numerical order and the month because my eyes pick up words better than numbers when I glance at something honestly. I didn't get them all edited but I'm only about 2 months behind at this time which is better than the 15 months that I started with. As I was sorting them I did deleted duplicates and ones that I didn't like.
That was actually the easy part. I spent a lot of time researching how I wanted to back up my photos and where I wanted to print them. In my PSE I can directly share my photos to Shutterfly. It's so easy. I just selected the photos I want to upload and click a button and they go right to my account. No more exporting to jpeg for me! I also choose Shutterfly because I can also print my photos at my local Walgreens as well.
But I didn't stop there. I wanted to have all my photos in one place but I also wanted a site where I could back up ALL my photos not just the ones off of my camera. That is where I found This Life.
I LOVE This Life. It's a cloud style service that I can load ALL my photos into. I can pull my photos not only from Shutterfly, but also Instagram, Facebook and Twitter automatically. I love automatically. A lot. Another great thing is that I can sort photos into "stories" and include text to narrate that story. This helps out a lot in my scrapbooking because usually its a few weeks (or months!) before I can scrap that story and the details are not as fresh in my mind. There's a great FAQ page where you can learn more.
So that's where I'm at. I managed to complete all my goals except having everything edited but I think that for times sake I am just going to edit as I go. Why edit a picture that I'm not going to print? And lets hope it sticks!