Sorting and Storing Photos – Step 3 of 3

Step 3 – Welcome back. You will need a table to spread out on, a multi-year calendar, a notebook, a pencil, your photos, the Power Sort System, and time.

Look at your photos. How many years do you have to go through? Can it be broken down into decades? Months? Years? Centuries? Pick the biggest chunks. For example, if you have just 10 years worth of photos, you should sort them by year. If you have generations worth of photos, you may wish to start with decades.

  • Start by sorting your photos into decades or years. The smaller boxes that come with your Power Sort System allow you to simply place your photos right in the box. I had decades of photos to sort so I  sorted by my parents photos, my childhood, and then 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. That is five piles/boxes.
  • Sort all of the photos until your mountain of photos is all sorted into the boxes. 
  • Take ONE smaller box at a time. Empty out the photos and begin to sort those. I sorted by year. With my parents’ photos, it was much more difficult. I just tried to guess which photos were first and which ones came after. I knew I was older than my sister, so pictures of me as a baby went before pictures of my parents with my sister. The Power Sort System comes with tabbed cards just for this purpose. You can write on those cards and put them back in the small box. Now it is easy to simply look at the photo, determine what year it is (to the best of your ability) and put it behind that tab. Don’t worry about order yet. 
  • Once you have the photos all back in the box and behind the correct tab, tackle the next box.

Sorting And Storing Photos – Step 2 of 3

Step 2 – Now that you have the photo system ordered and on the way, gather ALL of your photos. Search drawers, cabinets, under the bed, in the closet and anywhere else you might have them hiding. If you have rolls of film to be developed (it could happen), then get those done and add them to your pile.  Ok, go do that now.

This is a great time to get with mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, Aunt Jo or anyone else that might have photos you want copies of. A lot of the newer scanners have great photo scanning software built into them. I know the one I have even has a photo fix option that works beautifully.

Your assignment for today is to simply gather up all of the photos you have lying around or that are hanging out in an attic somewhere that you feel responsible for, or want to add to your collection.

Is this helpful? Is anyone following along? Leave me a message and let me know what you think 🙂

How to sort and store your photos (1 of 3)

When I first began to scrapbook, I found the biggest barrier was myself. I would look at the mountains of photos and just freeze. I would never get through all of that. I don’t have the time. I just did not know where to begin. After a decade of working with photos, scrapbooking and helping others; I think I’ve found a good way to get over that barrier. The first step is to tackle that mountain – one step at a time!

This process will not be accomplished in one day. Set aside a place where you can spread out and work for several (or maybe even many) days.

Step 1 – In order to organize the photos, I highly recommend the Power Sort System by Creative Memories. I’ve used it for years and it really saved me! The one I have holds 2400 photos, the newer ones are half that size but just as amazing. So the first step to successfully tackling sorting your photos is to purchase a Power Sort System. This incredible system allows you to sort AND store your photos in an organized and photo safe environment.

Please note that plastic containers, old shoe boxes and baggies are NOT photo safe environments. It is very important that you store your photos in a photo safe environment so that they are not being exposed to destructive elements. Most scrappers (another name for those that create photo albums) would never consider putting something questionable on a layout next to their photos. Yet, they are okay with storing them in a questionable container. The same chemicals that can leach out of an unsafe embellishment and destroy your photo can also leach out of the container and destroy ALL of the photos stored there. This is so important. It would be devastating to have photos stored for years, finally get the time to scrap them, and then lose them later to chemicals that you weren’t even aware of being present.

Step 1  is to purchase a photo organizing system. Simple, right? Click on the link above to see what I’m talking about. This is the best way I know to get this barrier under control. Purchasing a photo safe and reliable system is the BEST way to get started.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be glad to help any way I can.

I’ll post Step 2 tomorrow.

Thank you!

Owner ScrapbookingClasses Group
Scrapbooker for over a decade now


Creative Memories To Offer Exclusive Cricut® Cartridges from Provocraft

Creative Memories and Provo Craft today announced a partnership to offer exclusive artwork on two new Cricut® Cartridges – Cheerful Seasons and Reminisce Accents. The partnership is a first in the scrapbooking industry.
Reminisce Accents sample


PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 02, 2010 – ST. CLOUD, MINN. – Aug.1, 2010 – Creative Memories and Provo Craft today announced a partnership to offer exclusive artwork on two new Cricut® Cartridges – Cheerful Seasons and Reminisce Accents. The partnership is a first in the scrapbooking industry.

Creative Memories pioneered modern scrapbooking nearly 25 years ago and Provo Craft revolutionized the paper crafting industry with the 2006 launch of the Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter, a portable machine that uses cartridges to cut paper, vinyl, chipboard, and fabric into thousands of shapes and fonts.

“We’ve worked together to create two exclusive new cartridges that marry the Creative Memories style with Cricut convenience”, says Eve Miller, Product Marketing Manager at Creative Memories. “This partnership provides a new source of art and design that will help our customers be even more creative.”

The new cartridges feature the Reminisce Accents and the Cheerful Seasons designs and fonts. Together, the pair of cartridges provide hundreds of unique designs in a variety of sizes. The cartridges are available for purchase from Creative Memories Consultants and on www.creativememories.comwww.creativememories.com.

The new cartridges are compatible with the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter., Cricut® Create, Cricut Expression®, Gypsy™ Handheld Design Studio, and Cricut Cake™.“Launching new content is always exciting,” says Matt Wilburn, Chief Marketing Officer at Provo Craft. “We get to see what incredibly creative people do with it and it absolutely inspires us.”

For more information about Creative Memories, visit www.creativememories.com. Become a Creative Memories Facebook Fan at www.facebook.com/#!/creativememoriesofficalpag.
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About Creative Memories
Creative Memories is dedicated to preserving the past, enriching the present and inspiring hope for the future. As a leader in the memory celebration industry, Creative Memories specializes in selling premium quality photo albums, scrapbooking supplies, digital photo books, and software. Based in St. Cloud, Minn., Creative Memories markets its products at in-home “Get Togethers” through more than 40,000 independent sales Consultants worldwide.

About Provo Craft
Provo Craft is a creative technology company that enables people to achieve their creative best. For 40 years, Provo Craft has invented new products that bring industrial technology to the masses, including the Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter, the Cricut DesignStudio™ software, the Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Yudu™ Personal Screen-printing System, and the Cuttlebug™ Die Cutter and Embosser. These innovative tools help people bring their creative ideas to life in a personalized, professional-looking way at home, in schools and the workplace. Provo Craft products have won dozens of industry awards and are available through leading mass retail, craft, home décor, office, and education outlets nationwide. Visit www.provocraft.com or call (800) 937-7686.

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