Ideas for organizing and printing your digital photos

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How many of you are like me and can’t stop taking pictures of your kids? I’m definitely guilty of being overly snap happy when it comes to my little ones. And, since there’s no end to the amount of iphone shots, instagram photos and “real” camera photos I can rack up, I’ve quickly fallen behind with actually printing any of the photos you see above.

This year, I’ve made it a priority to “spring clean” my digital photos and finally take my bazillion photos off my computer and put them onto something both beautiful and tangible that we can enjoy for years to come. And, I’m excited to share what I’ve found with all of you!

First, I wanted to quickly highlight my two favorite sources for tips on organizing your photos which you can read here at PC Magazine  and Clickin’ Mom.

For me, the biggest issue was going through years of photos and deleting ones that I wouldn’t want printed (or were duplicates) and then categorizing them in a way that makes it easy to find what I’m looking for quickly. I followed this simple format:

Pictures > Year > Month > Activity

I promise you that once you take the effort to organize your old photos, you’ll be so much more conscious of how you import and catalog your new ones, making next year’s spring cleaning much easier!

Printing your digital photos

Now here’s the fun part – finding great resources to print your photos!

I’m so excited to try Artificat Uprising. They have the most beautiful albums offered in both hard and soft cover and the layouts are not overly designed, which I like. I think I’m going to start with their instagram books using a few of the photos you see above.

Blurb is another fabulous resource for printing photo books, or any other books for that matter. How fun would it be to make your own cookbook of your family’s favorite dishes? I love the variety of options this site offers and will definitely be using them in the future.

Unique Photo Gifts

Lastly, I am in love with this idea from Pinhole Press of creating a personalized memory game using family photos.

You just choose 12 favorite photos (of friends, family, pets, vacations, whatever you’d like), and Pinhole puts them on thick cards with graphic backgrounds. This is definitely a game everyone would love to play at your next family get together!

Are you guys good about capturing and printing life’s little moments? I’d love to hear how you do it and what methods you use for staying digitally organized. I can definitely use the help!

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  1. 1
    Jen says:

    I am so in love with the Instagram books AND Blurb cookbook ideas! What a fabulous post! Thanks for sharing all these finds!

  2. 2
    Susanne says:

    I am LOVING the memory game- what an adorable gift/keepsake for a special little someone. Thank you Aimee!

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    Anne says:

    Scrapbooking has become so much easier, hasn’t it?!

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      aimee says:

      Hi Anne – I was never much of a scrapbooker myself, but I love the digital options available now. And I know they’ll be so fun to look at many years from now.

  4. 5
    Jen says:

    I have to say, digital photography, has revolutionized scrapbooking! So many cool options now!

  5. 6
    Amy says:

    Aim’s LOVE the memory!

    • 7
      aimee says:

      Thanks A! I know, I love that one too.

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    Jenn says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing this! Now it’s time to print all the instagram photos 🙂

    And thank you for the tips of organizing photos with this flow:
    Pictures > Year > Month > Activity

    Really useful indeed.

    Regards,
    Jenn

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    ANITA PESCE says:

    GREAT IDEA AND BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!

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    Donna says:

    Wow! Love these ideas, and just in time for Mother’s Day!

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