Organizing Childhood Memories

  • Start with a wastebasket. There is no law to stop you from throwing away bad photos. You can toss any that didn't turn out -- whether it's bad lighting, poor aim, camera moving, subject moving, someone making a face or something in the background you don't like. Go ahead. No one is looking. Toss 'em.
  • Share photos with family and friends. Send away any that don't have special appeal for you or your immediate family. Get rid of any double prints.
  • Decide which photos will be keepers. Select photos that are important to you and that illustrate the story you want to tell. Save a few favorite shots for each child's "baby book" to remind you of the ages and stages. You might want to get some boxes to sort the pictures until you can see what you really have.
  • Choose a photo album. You may also want to get some frames that hold several snapshots for display. Whatever you want to do, start small, but START.
  • Get creative. Remember, it is okay to cut photos for your album or display -- REALLY! Use sharp scissors for a clean cut, and go for it. Cut hearts or stars or ovals or whatever your heart desires. Cut out the background and just position the people on a page. Include captions that describe what's happening on each photo. Set everything out and arrange -- and rearrange -- until you get it just the way you really like it.
  • Take a class. Consider signing up for a class in photo album arranging if you are looking for ideas or motivation.
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