We are continuing our series of tips on how to organize your backlog of printed and digital photos, media, and memorabilia . Check out last week’s entry here.


Tip #12  My Wish for you – Photo Book Ideas for Teens

It is easy to make a photo book for your baby or young child but it gets harder as kids get older. Often the baby books we make for our children are really for us, the parents. We are the ones who thrill at seeing the photos of chubby cheeks, dimpled hands and toothless smiles. Creating a photo book  just for your teen can be a simple way to pass on your hopes and dreams to your teen in a fun format. If you are at a loss, consider using the lyrics from a song such as My Wish by Rascal Flatts or I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. As a parent, we all have many hopes and dreams for our children.  One of the best ways for them to know that is to tell them. A book like this will be a treasured possession helping your child navigate the ups and downs of life.


Tip #13    Make a Family Year in Review Photo Book

With a little bit of pre-planning you can document your family life by creating an annual yearbook that celebrates the big and little events in a year. A quick way to prepare is to create a folder for each month. Now using a calendar make a note on the 30th of each month that says photo project. This will remind you that it is time to scroll through your photos on your phone and memory card. Choose your favorite 25 and add them to the folder for the appropriate month. At the end of the year you should have 12 folders and 275 photos, more than enough to create a beautiful year in review photo book.


Tip #14  Take Proper Care of your Prints

A printed photo remains one of best ways to ensure you will have a record forever. Light, heat, moisture, pollution and rough handling can harm prints. If your prints are stored in old shoeboxes or magnetic albums, it is time to make some changes. You should store you prints in closed albums and boxes that keep the light out. Make sure your storage boxes are acid-free and lignin free. Add a silica gel packet if you are afraid of high humidity.  When you handle your prints only touch the edges. Even if your hands are clean, they will leave an oil residue. You can always wear white cotton gloves. If you are going to write on the back of your photos use a specialty photo pencil and don’t press too hard.