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To Scan or Not to Scan?

I’ve been organizing photos since high school.  I started filling bulky photo albums, painstakingly developing rolls of film each month and then adding dates and descriptions for every photo.  I now have six of these albums–the discontinuation roughly correlates with my marriage over two years ago, when things just got too busy to develop prints.  Plus, the albums take up a lot of space!

One shelf of my bookcase is devoted to their storage, with two more haphazardly crammed beside the dresser.  Not acceptable!

When I began putting prints in photo albums, I used those disposable cameras from Wal-Mart until I finally graduated to a point-and-shoot film camera in preparation for my trip to Europe after high school graduation.  It wasn’t until I was a sophomore in college that I got a digital camera, and from then on I’ve downloaded and neatly categorized all my photos into files labeled with the event, placed into bigger files by year, and saved them to an external hard drive.  But what to do with all those photos, both physical prints and digital images?

So that is one of my Invalid Goals: Decide what to do with my photo albums… Scan the prints and throw the albums away?  Keep special photos?  When everything is digitilized, then what?  Make Shutterfly albums?  Try digital scrapbooking?  Your thoughts, ideas, suggestions are welcome!

If I ever get around to scanning those old pictures, maybe I’ll share some funny photo memories.

2 thoughts on “To Scan or Not to Scan?

  1. I’m in awe of how organized it sounds like your digital pictures are! I haven’t figured out good naming systems yet, so the pictures folder on my computer is one of the few places in my life that’s just an utter mess. I’d love it to be better….but fixing it sounds way too tedious! Maybe someday.


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