Family Traditions - Photos

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I'm going to keep this short and sweet because tonight I'm behind on my family blog. 

That's right, I'm a double blogger. I've maintained a private family blog since my oldest was born, nearly seven years ago. It's how I got into this larger public blogging world, and the family blog serves as our scrapbook. 
Literally. Every year I print it out, and ta-da! Album done.

Which is a good thing, since the baby books are a mess and the "real" photo albums stopped about seven years ago. Some people are good at scrapbooking, some people are diligent about printing photos and putting them in albums. I'm good at uploading pictures and blogging. So, it's what I do. 

There are times when I long for printed photos, and I definitely panic when the note comes home, "Please send in a baby picture by Tuesday." I have not backed up all the photos (if this computer crashes, I WILL DIE) and they are not exactly organized. But, it's my system, and it's how I enjoy capturing our family memories. I enjoy it - and that's how I've kept it up all these years.
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How do you keep up with family photos? 
Or do you?
(No right or wrong answers - I really want to know!)


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8 Responses to “Family Traditions - Photos”

  1. Where did you end up ordering those albums from? I hope to start to do that! They look great!

    I used to order photo albums online with my digital photos, usually every 3 months. Easy enough, except that you have to write captions for each one! I have every photo organized on my computer by month and big events. Makes it easy to find a photo when I need it. Also after my lap top crashed a couple of years ago and I lost my blog and had to painstakingly recreate it, we use Crash Plan to back up. Do it, it will make you feel so much better!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jayda. I've actually been reminded that we have Carbonite backing up our computers, but still. A crash would send me over the edge since I don't have them all in a separate location. Need to do that . . . As for the albums, I inserted a link. Cutest Blog on the Block. It's like a giant photo book from any other site.

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  2. I love that you enjoy it! That's what makes us stick with things. I have absolutely no system, and not many of my kid photos are printed. So on my "Oh yes you will get this done" list of things to do is pulling the best pictures from each of the past (gasp) seven years and printing 4 x 6s and sticking them in an album. And from now on, I'll schedule professional portraits sessions for photos to hang wall, and stay on top of the photos I take. Print the good ones, put them in an album or stick them in frames.(We'll see)

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    1. I like your plan, Angie. This was our first year in a while without a professional family photo session, and honestly, it was a relief. We just didn't have time this summer (when we usually do it) and I wouldn't have enjoyed it - that's the key! :)

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  3. I usually do a Shutterfly book each year just with our favorite pictures of the year. It does very nicely for us. I've been scanned a lot of childhood pictures this year and plan to do the same with them. Do you print out your blog yourself or do you turn it into a book first? I've been wanting to do something with mine.

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    1. Hi Pamela - My blog book is basically like a big Shutterfly book. I upload it to the site (linked above) and they turn it into a book. I love your scanning plan with childhood pictures. I've recently come across some for me and my husband, and have been wondering what to do with them!

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  4. I don't really have a system. All my pictures are saved on an external hard drive. I do write an email to family and a few close friends a few times a month (the idea is for it to be weekly) with little updates or cute things the kids say and I include pictures. I save these to a word file and then print it at the end of the year.

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    1. Love the email/word document idea. That's basically what my private blog is, since only family has access to it. They can check in as they want, and it serves as our scrapbook, too.

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