How to Prepare Photos for an Album

I wanted to share with you my process for preparing my photos to be scrapbooked. I don’t have a photo printer at home so I am dependent on printing my photos at an outside source. I haven’t decided yet if its worth it to have a photo printer at home or not but I am starting to lean towards a yes for when I want to print pictures for a specific project.

Back to the process, all my pictures are sorted in the creative memories software. I really like this software program because it gives me the ability to sort my pictures in the chronological order that I like them considering I am a chronological scrapbooker.

Steps that I follow:

Step 1. Import my pictures into creative memories software from my memory card from my camera.

Step 2. I sort my pictures into the corresponding folder. I create a sort box and in each sort box I have a folder for each month of the year. This really works for me but you can set up your sort boxes and folders any way that would work for you. That is one of my favorite things about memory manager.

Step 3. I review, edit and rate all my pictures. By doing this I am able to pick out the ones that I am going to print for my album. Anything that I deem print worthy I rate as a 3 or higher. Sometimes I just print all the ones that are rated a 3 or higher and other times I review the ones that I rated a 3 or higher and pick the ones that are really print worthy.

Step 4. I upload my photos to Shutterfly. I have albums in Shutterfly that are for each month of the year that way it is easier for me to keep track of what I have printed and what I haven’t printed.

Step 5. Wait for an awesome sale to happen at Shutterfly and order my prints.

Step 6. Receive my prints and go through them again. I generally organize my prints and divide them in to layouts while I am looking at them. I do this by taking 2 pieces of 12×12 white paper and I layout my photos. I generally have 3 to 6 photos on a layout so I like to see what it might look like. I then place my photos in my creative memories sort box with dividers and they hang out in there until I am ready to scrap.

Shutterfly always has great sales and promotions going on so its easy for me to get my photos in a cost-effective manner. My process works really well for me because all the steps are done in stages. I wish I could just sit and scrapbook all day but unfortunately I can’t so the process enables me to do bits and pieces at a time.

Of course I do all this while watching some mindless TV. All my favorite shows are back on such as Criminal Minds, all the CSI’s, Parenthood, Greys Anatomy and Private Practice.

Tell me how do you prepare your photos for a scrapbook album? or Tell me what your favorite shows are?!

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  1. lindaluke

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m considering a photo project and I have not done anything like this before. Your post is a great start.

    1. Beth

      I’m so glad it helped you I have lots of great ideas on how you can get started if you need any help please don’t hesitate to contact me!

  2. Hi, Beth!

    I use the Creative Memories Memory Maker software, too. I was glad to hear you are using it also. I absolutely LOVE it! I have been trying to get all my photos starting from 2000 on it.

    Many of my photos were taken with an APS camera, so I am taking them to a local photo shop to have them scanned and put on cd first. I prefer to do that rather than send them off somewhere. I am also having them scan my 35mm negatives and some photos for which I have no negatives. They have done a great job for me.

    Thanks for the great description about how the Memory Maker software works. It was a great review for me, and I am sure there are those out there that will be helped by it, too.

    1. Beth

      Thanks Marcia,
      I have managed to get all my photos that I had all over the place digitally speaking into Memory Manager this year. I had digital photos on usb drives and cds and I needed to get them all in one place. I have stuff from as far back as 2003 but I haven’t managed to go and edit all these photos yet. I am looking forward to upgrading memory manager and using all the new tools that it has to get the photos organized and tagged even more! I just recently printed some photos from a roll of film that I found but I didnt bother getting a digital copy of them. I just figured I would work with them the old fashioned way! Crop them and put them in a scrapbook! If I come along a photo that I really like I will probably scan it and input it into memory manager though.

      It sounds like you have a lot of photos to get into memory manager, how is that working out for you?

  3. Doreen Vasquez

    Usually when I am sending my pics in to be printed, I know which pics I am going to want to scrapbookso I order 2 of those pics: one for scrapping and one just to have on hand in my photo box w/ the rest of my pics. If I decide to scarp a pic I don’t have an extra copy of, that’s when I use my photo printer. I think being able to print at home is a wonderful convenience but it can get expensive!

    1. Beth

      I thought it would be nice to have a photo printer on hand for when I have those emergency times when I need to print something. I like New Girl too and Broke Girls! I used to print doubles but then noticed that i wasn’t using them that often and I started to feel like it was a waste.

  4. Doreen Vasquez

    Oh and my fav shows are: Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, and New Girl.

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