Mini Album | Photo Organization

Written by ingrid lim

Hello… It’s Ingrid of papermadebying once again for 3 things today. Hope you’re having a wonderful start of the “LOVE” month.

First, let me share with you the mini-album I created to document our recent December – January holiday in our hometowns in the Philippines. I initially wanted to use a We R memory Keepers 4×4 album that I have been keeping for a while now. However, as I started to embellish my mini got chunkier it can’t fit in the album anymore. So, at the last minute, I decided to create front and back covers from my leftover chipboard and bind the entire mini using card rings.

For this month, I used my January and February DT kits.

Every time we go on vacation or a quick getaway, I tend to keep something as memorabilia which I try to incorporate in my mini-albums or Project Life. Here, I have kept a few memorabilia from our vacation. I kept the boarding passes (except for our Cebu-Davao boarding passes which were digital sent to my phone), bus tickets, gift tags, ice cream cup. french fries cup, chocolate sachet, a leaf, shells/corals, hair clips, fast food paper bag, and even the air sickness bag from the airplane. I have a few restaurant tissue napkins from where we ate which I kept in my tissue collection box.  I collect anything from our trips then choose from those which ones I will use. The rest are thrown away. I believe these memorabilia have memories attached to them. 

Then the photos which were SO many. I have printed 80 photos in total but because I make a collage of most of my photos, they were actually more than 80 photos. This process is the hardest for me, whether doing mini-albums or Project Life. I find it a bit stressful, choosing which photos to use. Thankful for Paislee Press’ minimalist photo templates, editing my photos were less time-consuming. Eventually, I’ve even created my own photo templates that I can use over and over again which I based on her templates. For this mini-album, I already added the journaling to the photos and decided not to incorporate my own handwriting this time.

Since I planned on a 4×4 album, I had my photos in 4×4, 3×4, and 5×4 layouts.  After printing my photos (I used Canon Selphy photo printer), I cut them to size and arranged them according to how I wanted them. After which, I chose the papers to use on some pages of my mini. I also used a few 4×4 and 3×4 page protectors for some of my photos and memorabilia. Punched holes for the rings and added the covers. By this time, I was ready to do my minimal embellishment. I always try to start at the beginning. Flip every page and decide whether to embellish or not. I do this process of flipping through my pages from the start to the end a few times until I am satisfied.

Some details.
My youngest son gave me a handful of seashells and coral from the shore when we went to a beach. I washed and air-dried them. I created a small pouch using a page protector and fuse tool. Punch a hole and added an eyelet. 

How I used the paper bag and the air sickness bags.

The boarding passes.

Created an envelop for my special message tag using the chocolate drink sachet from the resort that we went to. I liked it because there’s “Create the Moment” phrases printed on it. Perfect for my mini.

Inserted the gift tags from my friends , ice cream cup, french fries cup, bus tickets,  and a piece of pine leaf from the resort.

I also created a paperclip bookmark using a flair from my DT kit. I just thought it would be a cute embellishment to add to my mini. 

And one of the hairclip that my youngest son gave to me. The story was while they were waiting for me inside the salon, they went to a an amusement center inside the mall and exchanged his game tickets for a pair of this to give to me. He’s such a sweet little guy. This is so worth including in my mini album because of the memory accompanied with it. As for the french fries box, I’m going to insert K’s woodblock rubbing artwork from the Changi Ariport.

Here’s a flip through of my mini-album. I hope I get to inspire you to make your memories into mini-albums.

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Second, I’d like to share with you my own digital photo organization process/style. I’m not an expert in organizing my photos and up until now, I still try to look for ways to organize my photos, both in print and in digital. There are so many articles about this which you can find helpful. However, I have this style in organizing my digital photos that I have been doing for years now. All our photos, from my phone and digital camera, are stored in my portable external hard drive. Then I have another external drive as a second storage. I sort out my photos first as to what to keep and what to delete. Then I organize them by year. Then inside that “year” folder, I have a “monthly” sub-folders (ex. 2017-01-January, 2017-02-February, etc.) and a separate folder for “videos” taken in that month. Inside that monthly folders, my photos are organized by dates with year-month-day set-up (ex. 2016-12-25, 2017-01-01, etc.). And I rename my photos according to the date the photos were taken (ex. 0101, 0131, et.). I organize my photo usually every first week of every month. Every time I start to plan for my Project Life pages for the previous month.

Having an online storage system as a backup is an advantage, you just have to choose which provider is best to suit your needs. I used to have a 48 GB free Dropbox space for two years (a promotion from purchasing my Samsung laptop).  I used my Dropbox as backup storage for my videos. After, it got expired and reverted back to the basic 2 GB free storage. So, I had to save a delete most of the videos I saved there. I’m thinking of upgrading though but no definite decision yet as of the moment. So, far this style works for me. Whatever process/style it is as long as it is working for you, that’s what’s important. I hope my little idea on digital photo organization helps you in organizing your photos.

As much as possible, I always try to keep my Project Life pages updated. In this way, I can always have physical/printed photos in case my hard drives crash (God forbid. “knock on wood”). I’m also trying to get my past years (2009-2013) photos printed and put into albums. PRINT YOUR PHOTOS because you just never know what can happen to your hard drives (and backups). It’s always better to have tangible photos that you can flip through and be reminded over and over again of those memories. And it makes you happier.

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Third, we are bringing back our ‘Show Us What You Made’ contest. Pretty Paper Studio is turning 5 years old in April and this contest will run from February until the end of April.

See terms and conditions below:

1. Make a project using supplies you have purchased from our store – www.ppsuae.com.
2. Your purchases can be old or new but your project HAS to be new – made after this contest was announced (February 5, 2017). Please don’t pull out old photos from your archives.
3. Upload them to the Member Gallery on our website. Please list the name of items you have used in your projects in the description. Our tutorial here will guide you on uploading projects to our Gallery.
4. This step is optional – if you share your project on social media, please tag us @ppsuae or use the hashtag #madewithppsuae. Kindly note that your profile has to be public for us to see your projects.
5. We will pick one winner at the end of every month – February, March, and April – and the winner will receive an AED 100 prize pack. Three winners in total.
6. Start crafting!!

Have a nice day everyone.
Happy creating.

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