We took a pontoon ride last Sunday to relax and recharge after my daughter’s move. My granddaughter played in the sand at a beach and I filled my camera with photos. I so enjoy digital; when my daughter was young I had an inexpensive camera and couldn’t afford to take too many photos because of needing to have them developed (it’s wonderful to now take dozens of shots to select the best for printing).
These weeks sure come around fast! I work outside the home on Mondays, I watched my granddaughter on Tuesdays — this week I rode with my daughter and granddaughter to have lunch with my grandson; it was his 21st birthday. Thursday my granddaughter began Kindergarten. My dryer broke, so I hung clothes on the line — they do smell good! Then I spent many hours sorting files on my computer — I like to create directories to keep my kits, templates, and digital photos organized.
Hard drives and external hard drives are so enormous these days that it’s quite easy to forget what you have saved — unless you take the time to organize your files. It’s easiest to do if you keep it up. I got my first digital camera in 2000, so I have folders for each year. Inside those folders, I have folders for each month (201001, 201002, etc.) – by placing the year first, then the month, the computer sorts them in the correct order.
My digital scrapbooking files are kept in folders, too. I have a folder for kits, then subfolders of designers, and then subfolders for each kit. I do the same with templates, quick pages, and wordart. Organization helps immensely when working on a project. Backup is essential, also — I know there are online backup services, but I prefer my “handy-dandy” external hard drives (yup, I don’t trust one so I have two).
Along with the advantages of digital comes the reality that there are no negatives. I immediately save my digital photos to the computer and the external hard drives. I also keep a copy of each digital layout I’ve created – even though I’ve had them printed. Digital is such a special concept; so is protecting your photos by backing them up (CDs, DVDs, external hard drives kept in a safe place).
Well, I still haven’t ordered my wire bound book for my granddaughter’s birthday party — I want to make sure that I’ve spelled her friends names correctly. And now that she’s in school, I will have extra time to work on preserving the memories of her first five years. I still appreciate templates for placing photos on a page — the Taleweaver software at MyPicTales is wonderful for helping you place photos on your pages (but also allows you to import pages you’ve created outside the software).
May I suggest TaylorMade at Oscraps-dot-com. She has awesome templates for single-page layouts, and for complete photobooks.
Now, get to organizing your files — and do back them up!