Monday, June 25, 2012

Documenting

Dear Readers,
Ok so I take a lot of pictures. I mean a lot of pictures. Between my iPhone and my regular camera, I probably take somewhere between 25-50 pictures every single day. Sometimes even more. Kind of obsessive, I know, but what can I say? I love love love photos. And I love love love my little guy; I just can't help myself!

Anyway, I'm great at taking pictures, but not so great at doing stuff with them. So I've been trying to come up with ways to organize and use all the pictures I've been taking lately. I still don't have a plan for all my nice 'real camera' photos, but I am pretty excited about what I've come up with for all my daily iPhone/Instagram pics. I've been making weekly collages, using picmonkey.com (really easy to use and free!). Next March, I'm going to turn them into a photo book to document El's first year--a collage for each page. I figure they will make great grandparent gifts too (act surprised in about 9 months you guys!)

I am already amazed at the changes from week 7 (when I started Instagramming) to week 13. Crazy to think what he'll look like and what new things he'll be doing in the weeks and months to come!

Just thought I'd share my idea for organizing pictures, and I'd really love to here what other mamas out there do with theirs, so please share in the comments!

Happy Monday!

-Kristin










5 comments:

Ashley said...

Love that idea!!

Lori said...

Oh girl! I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures every day! (In fact, I am cleaning my computer off right now because I have 43000 pictures in my iphoto library and am out.of.space!

I love the collages too! I did a picture every day of Luke, and then used Creative Memories to put a book together. Their Mac application is no longer, though, so I use my publisher...check them out,really often, they have a sale on these little bitty books...like 75 cents for one with 20 pictures and they are GREAT little things to sneak into John's wallet or give to Grandma and stuff. SUPER fun!

hrw102779 said...

That's a great idea! When my second child was about 4 months old it was time for Christmas gifts and things were super tight so we took a wooden end table that my we or my parents (I can't remember which) already had and I Modpodged pictures of both my kids from birth to that year all over it. I then had a pievce of glass cut to fit the size of the top, it is displayed in their gathering/family room for all to see. That was 10 years ago this Christmas and it's still my parents favorite gift. When they have guests over or geatherings everyone always comments on what neat idea it was/is. I've recieved requests to do serving trays for other family memebers as my kids have gotten older. It's fun, a great way to show off photos, and everyone loves them :)

Amy said...

I LOVE it! I have taken a picture every week of my girls in the same spot on the couch. At the end of a year I put all the pictures into a book through snapfish and and the grandparents get a weekly look at how they have grown. It helps that I take all my pictures off my camera every week and have them organized by month and then 4 sub folders within the month of the weeks...

Crystal said...

Great idea to start doing something now!! Baby pictures get overwhelming very quickly! My oldest is now 4 and I'm so far behind... ;-)

I have all his pictures and videos saved on an external hard drive that I keep in my fire safe. The goal is to also burn them onto DVD's and store at someone else's house, like my mom's or mother-in-law's (in a fire safe) as an extra backup. (I'm paranoid about his pictures. My aunt lost every single picture of her son in a house fire a couple years ago. Now, all she has of his 30+ years of life is what she has collected from family and friends.) I have a folder for each month of his life and, within those, I have separate folders for birthdays/holidays/etc. It really helps when I have time to digital scrapbook to be able to have all the pictures from a certain time frame in the same spot.

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