My albums date back to 1991 when I graduated from Creighton University and ended with 2008. With the advances in technology, from 2009 onward, I used digital picture frames (for a few years) and saved photos on USB drives.
But there was still the problem with what to do with all of those albums. They were eating up so much space.
A few weeks ago, I find inspiration on Pinterest. I came across these photo storage cases::
These Container Store brand storage cases hold 12 separate cases inside, each is suppose to hold up to (100) 4x6 pictures. They run about $25. Yikes!
I posted the idea on FB and my friend Mary told me about the IRIS brand at Michael's that are usually always on sale.
The IRIS brand from Michael's have 16 cases (4 more!) inside and each holds up to (100) 4x6 photos. I bought these on sale for $20.00 each!!
Bigger and cheaper. I like that.
I used up 2 1/2 of them eliminating 20 photo albums!!
I forgot to take a "before" picture after starting the project ::
I eliminated 20 every day photo albums, keeping the vacation photo albums as is because those are the ones that really get looked at.
My after photo ::
I organized in chronological order, and the more kids that we had, the more cases an album filled up.
I'm so excited to have some more shelf space to work with!!
A few years ago, I decided to organize the photos for my kids. I started scanning every. single. photo. from the albums (starting with 1999, when Miss Sally was born) onto USB drives. I made a USB drive for each of my children. All the USB drives are up to date.
THAT was a huge HUGE project, but totally worth it. The kids were a huge help, helping me scan the photos.
I told my mom that when she passes away, I'd love to have all of her old photo albums and recreate the same project so that each of my siblings (there's 9 of us) would have photos from our childhood.
In the end, the best thing about this project was reliving my life from 1991 onward. Oh! The trip down memory lane. I would text images to my siblings and we'd die laughing remembering the good ole' days. The saddest year was 2006, the year my father passed away. That conjured up a whole host of emotions. All in all, I am profoundly aware of how BLESSED my life with David has been and what amazing parents I had been raised by. So many memories.
~ Patty ~