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I Have Ten Bazillion Photos – How Do I Choose? Help!!!!

We all have one or more lurking in our basement or closet…..


Relax, we’re not going to tackle this job today!

What we are going to do is to choose some photos for our first scrapbook page ever.  I just heard a giant roar from all of your “Hermans” out there.  Ok, everyone, tell him to hush and go sit in the corner.  Maybe give him a cookie to keep him quiet.

Now that you have your basic tools and are ready to begin, you find you are lacking one thing – photos.  How do you choose?  Let Mama Donna offer some advice.

For your first project I would suggest that you do not start with heirloom family photos.  Nor would I suggest starting with the 8,000 photos you took on your trip to Disney World.  Let’s begin small, manageable, non-Herman-like. 

Today we are going to think about digital photos.  You know, all those pics you have on your computer hard drive or still in your digital camera?  Why?  Because you can print as many of them as you need.  I want your first scrapbooking experience to be fun, worry-free and joyful.  If you are panicked you are going to ruin a priceless family photo, there will be “no joy in Mudville.”  If you make a mistake or your page doesn’t turn out the way you want, you can just print another copy(ies) of your photos and try again.  You won’t be out a ton of money and grandma’s wedding photo will still be intact.

How are you going to choose from the ten bazillion digital photos you have?  Start by browsing through them.  See those great shots of your camping weekend last year?  How about the day your baby lost their first tooth?  Remember the day the whole family had a bbq and played volleyball?  Yesterday your flower garden was in full bloom and you took some great shots?  How about that time Rover turned from white to green when he rolled in the freshly cut grass?  You are looking for one single, manageable event.  Doesn’t have to be a milestone or something life-changing, just something with meaning for you.

Let’s pretend you want to showcase Rover’s day.  What story do you want to tell?  Do you have a shot of him chasing the mower, then rolling in the grass, then one of him standing looking all sheepish and green?  Maybe you just have the one of him where he is green.  The point is, whatever you have you can work with.  Print out Rover’s picture(s).  Most of the time you’ll want to work with standard-size prints (4 x 6), but feel free to print whatever size works for you.

You are probably reliving the day of Rover’s transformation by now.  That’s a good thing.  What were you thinking?  “Houston we have a problem!  Look at my Martian mutt!  Typical Rover.”  Guess what?!? You have just thought of a title for your page!  Who knew?  You haven’t even touched a piece of paper yet and you’re already thinking like a scrapper!

Now, armed with your photo(s), you are going to make a trek to buy some paper.  Your trek can be in the car or on the web, doesn’t matter.  Why are you taking your photos with you?  Because you can “audition” them on the paper in the store.  You can hold them up against the paper and see if that paper “works” for you.  Maybe you find a piece of cardstock (that’s the heavier, single-colored paper) the exact same shade as the grass or the same shade as the non-Martian Rover.  Oh look!  There is a piece of paper with grass printed right on it!  Hmmmmm… if I put the grass paper right behind the photo and then put that on top of the cardstock that is the color of Rover – it looks GREAT!

I can heaaaarrrr youuuuu!  You’re thinking, “Oh big deal. I have two pieces of paper.  Boooorrrinnngggg!”  Yup, I agree, it is.  That’s why you are now rounding the corner of the paper aisle into an aisle full of ….. STICKERS!  Who ever thought there could be so many stickers!?  Breathe here.  As you make your way down the aisle, you notice the stickers are arranged mostly by theme.  Hey!  There’s the section with pet stuff in it and it’s right next to the section with outdoor stuff!  Here’s a package with a tree, and a lawnmower!  Here’s a package with a silly looking dog!  Now you’re in the groove.  Don’t go too crazy here.  Choose one or two packages containing stickers that help tell your story. 

You’re on your way out of the aisle when you stop dead in your tracks.  There is approximately a mile-and-a-half of alphabet stickers.  Remember that clever title you thought of?  Alphabet stickers are a great way to spell it out.  Look at your photos, paper and stickers.  There is going to be an alphabet in a font style and color to go with your theme.  Before you grab one, check to be sure it has enough of the letters you will need to spell your title.  If it’s Martian Dog – you just need to be sure the package has 2 letter “A”‘s in it as all the other letters in the title are used only once.  Your title can be in all caps, all lower case, or a mixture of both – it is up to you.

Congratulations!  You have just chosen the supplies to create your first layout.  I am so proud of you!  You should be proud too!

Next time we are going to create your first layout EVER!  Can’t wait!

Until then,

Mama Donna




About mamadonna58102

I am a 40 -year-old Domestic Engineer. I live in Fargo, ND with my husband of 26 years. I have two grown children, one son and one daughter. I also have two fur boys - an 11-year-old cocker spaniel dog and an 8-year-old British shorthair cat. I've often been called "Woman of a Thousand Hobbies" by friends and family and have a love for all things crafty. My favorite passion; however, is scrapbooking which I have been doing for just over three years. I also sew, embroider, crochet, knit, bead and I LOVE to cook and bake. I am always eager to learn something new. Thanks for joining me here!

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