My old friend Katie sent me an email that said this:
Have you thought about how you are going to do kids photos/family photos if you guys have more kids? I know it’s weird that I even think about these things… but when we take SO many pictures, I’m trying to figure out how to do albums and yearly pictures and what not when we have a brood. I am NOT pregnant… just a planner!
Yes, Katie, I have.
Here’s my answer. I thought a few of you may be interested as well…
I am going to do what Danelle Johnson does. I think this is BRILLIANT. I had the pleasure of meeting Danelle at Scrap Etc. 2008. Though I am sure she wouldn’t remember me, she had a PROFOUND impact on me.
Please go to her what works for me post, then read on. You need to read her post to fully understand what I am saying.
I love the idea of making a photo book for each year, with 300-400 of the year’s best photos for each child – and including family members in the pictures! Yes, it will be an investment, but what good are photos that are never enjoyed! If the book costs $80 and it has 400 photos in it, that works out to 20 cents a piece. Not bad… I am going to start doing a book a year starting this year. Maybe if I get really motivated, I will do one for last year too. I should. That way Elias will have books for his whole life.
In rereading her post, I got so inspired and fired up to do the same for my family. I do not use Photoworks, but I think I am going to start. I like that I can create a book of thumbnail images of all my photos from a year. What a great reference tool. If you use flickr, you can also import your photos from there (I don’t use flickr, but I know Katie does!). Danelle also mentions that they run sales. I love sales. (I bet none of you knew that).
I plan to continue doing Project 365 every year. I love taking a photo a day, though I do tend to miss a few days a month. It has been so rewarding! I am terrible at doing the journaling cards though. I need a different system. Maybe I should start writing the day’s card every day. Right now I haven’t written my journaling cards since MAY. Yikes.
I also will continue to paper scrap. I scraped this weekend for the first time in several weeks. It was so fun to put patterns of paper together, look at photos, jot down memories, etc. I don’t see that changing – though the number of layouts will likely decrease over time (Elias has around 60-70 layouts in his first year albums – I don’t think I will be able to do that for child #2).
A conversation about photos and scrapbooking must include mention of Stacy Julian’s book Photo Freedom. It seriously rocks my world. She is brilliant. If you scrapbook and take so many photos that you can get overwhelmed, you must own this book. (You also should own her other book The Big Picture… Scrapbook Your Life and a Whole Lot More. I will say, most scrapbook books are a waste of money. These two books are not.)
Lastly, I love this journal book Danelle does for her kids. Isn’t it an inspiring idea?