Do as I say, not as I do (but I AM changing..!)
Like all parents, my husband and I are constantly taking happy snaps of our kids on our smartphones. Sports, dancing, holidays, at the beach, holding a snake or a certificate, it’s so easy these days, you don’t even need a camera anymore. So what happens next with these beautiful photos..? If you are anything like me – NOTHING MUCH (until this year).
I have a confession… for my first child I produced a fully worked scrapbook album for her first two years, along with dedicated photo albums of all the happy snaps we took of her. Number 2 has an unfinished scrapbook album plus a dedicated baby album covering his first 8 months. Child number three got the beginnings of his own album that didn’t really eventuate into anything significant.
Now my kids are 10, 8 and 5 and things haven’t really improved much. I have barely printed a picture, except for when they need one for school, let alone popped some into an album for future prosperity. Instead they build up on my phone, until there are over 1000 of them. Suddenly, at the worst time possible moment, when I have a great picture all lined up, I get the message “memory full" . So that moment is gone, while I am frantically trying to delete some photos to clear some space on my phone.
This year my goal is to try and finish some of these overdue and unfinished projects, plus I have a great new “Photo Management System” which I started in January (sounds impressive doesn’t it!). It’s a really simple way to organise all these treasured photos, and doesn’t take much effort.
There you have it, such a quick easy way to manage your photos, the only hard part will be dedicating the time each month to do it.
Your School Years Photo Frame is also another way you can stay on top of managing photos of your children. We all love it when the kid’s school photos come home, but we know that these are often stashed away in a cupboard and rarely looked at. Adding your annual school photo into your School Years Photo Frame is just a 5 minute job, and the results are amazing. You will see how your children have grown and changed over the year, and it’s a great use of these expensive and underutilised photos. Best of all you have also created a beautiful photographic piece that your child can keep forever.