Looking at old photos can be a great way to reminisce, share stories, and connect with your loved ones. But if those pictures haven’t been organized, your trip down memory lane can turn into an overwhelming task. Here are our top tips to organize a photo album so you can enjoy the memories for years to come.
Gather Your Photos
You can’t begin the process of creating and organizing photo albums before you know just how many photos you’re working with. Printed photos tend to end up just about everywhere–on the fridge, in boxes, and even tucked away in dressers or closets. Digital photos aren’t much better and can end up on many different devices. Take time to gather all the pictures you’re wanting to organize in one location. This will help you stay focused and motivated when you find yourself knee-deep in photos.
Choose Your Tools
Depending on how you choose to organize your photos, you may opt for some different tools to help you. We would recommend photo-safe storage boxes that are acid and lignin-free because they’ll preserve your photos from light-damage and moisture. Other helpful tools include pencils, sticky-notes, and index cards for the sorting process.
Sort Your Photos
It’s easiest to sort your photos directly into photo boxes before placing them in albums. Although the most common way to sort photographs is chronologically, you can also choose other organization themes like vacations or birthdays. Use the index cards to create broad labels, such as “Kids – Elementary.” Don’t worry if your sorting isn’t perfect, you can always narrow your labels and adjust them later!
Make sure you remove photos from plastic bags and developing envelopes as these can degrade your photos over time. Get rid of any duplicate or blurry shots. Label a box with a question mark and use it for photos with unspecified dates. After you’ve finished sorting all of your other photos, you can return to this box and figure it out.
Now that you’ve taken the time to prepare your photos, it’s time to get creative! Choose a photo album you love and spend some time laying out pictures, writing notes or stories in the margins, and decorating it with stickers, tape, or other embellishments. There are many scrapbooking accessories that you can use to make this project your own. You can create a photo album around your themes of sorting or follow a chronological order — there’s no wrong way to make a photo album.
Above all, enjoy the process of putting together these photo albums and taking a walk down memory lane. Consider this a hobby, not a project on a strict deadline and have fun creating a family keepsake.
Building and organizing photo albums is a great way to share your family history and try a new hobby. At The Canopy, our care facilities are designed to provide as many great experiences as possible. Give our staff a call today at (386) 515-7215 or visit us online and check out the wide range of activities our locations have to offer.