The hardest part of a large photo organizing project is that it may take some time to get printed photos organized and scanned. And once they are scanned, you’ll need some time to get your digital photos organized and tagged before you can move onto the FUN stuff like creating photo books, photo art, and wall displays.
Photos are meant to be shared and enjoyed NOW so this week we’ll talk about a few quick, simple ways you can have some fun with the photos you have been working on. You don’t need to wait until you have everything done to celebrate!
First, you’ll need to rely on your home scanner or a local shop where you can scan a few photos. I will be talking about scanning your entire collection in a future post, so, for now, you just need immediate access to a scanner for a few ‘quickies’.
Here are some fun ways to make time stand still.
Choose one or two of your favorites to display in a frame.
Choose several and create a gallery wall.
Try a fun DIY project and make your heritage photos the star attraction!
For more fun ideas visit our Pinterest Boards for inspiration.
If framing or DIY projects are not on your list right now, then just have some fun sharing with the people you love by email or on Facebook! Thursdays are one of those days that you can have fun on social media by ‘looking back’ with the popular #TBT – Throw Back Thursday.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate those photos now, just do it!
Don’t wait to celebrate…..
What about you? Can you think of a few photos you want to share and enjoy right now?
When Lisa Kurtz lost her mother, grandmother, aunt, and uncle in three years, she was left holding a box of unidentified photographs with nobody to ask about them. Lisa embarked on a lifelong quest to discover and preserve her mom’s story, for herself and her kids, which led her to a career in professional photo organizing. Today, Lisa is the Founder of Pix & TALES with her daughter and together they help busy moms manage their pictures and tell their family stories.
Lisa, I love your message regarding how important it is to bring those photos back into our everyday lives!
A few months ago, I wrote a similar post on my blog featuring some fun and decorative ways to display photos…http://www.refinedroomsllc.com/phabulous-photo-display/
Thanks for sharing your ideas Natalie. Love them! Wall displays can be so quick and gratifying.
I have videos, some as old as 60 years. Is there a machine that will convert all of the different formats to dvd.
I have slides, reg 8, super 8 and more. HELP!
Donna since your videos date back as old as 60 years then I recommend you work directly with a professional rather than purchase equipment to do this yourself. Your video tape is already deteriorating and needs special handling. Services that specialize in this area have already invested heavily in equipment, education and manpower to do this correctly and safely. I recommend two different companies to look into both on opposite sides of the country depending on where you live. Pro8mm is in California http://www.pro8mm.com and FotoBridge is located in New Jersey http://www.fotobridge.com/ – both of these companies are top notch!
I love finding new and fun ways to display my family photos. Thanks for including my DIY Chalkboard idea!
We love your blog Leigh Anne, thanks for being so generous with your gifts and talents 🙂
I loved your interviews on Clutter Interrupted! I learned so much! I want to start organizing my digital photos from Nov. 2014 and start working back. I have a MAC computer and that is going to be my HUB for transferring all my pictures. I have years of photos saved in folders by year that have been transferred from a PC. I have not started to organize them in i-photo yet. It seems very complicated to learn. Could you give me some direction on where to start? I have read mixed reviews about i-photo. What do you recommend? Is there a course that could teach me the basics of tagging? Are there companies that are compatible with i-photo so after I finish organizing I won’t ever have to do it again–I want something permanent so I never have to change my system.
Thank you for your insight!