SAVING and STORING
Now you have to decide the best way to save and store your photos.
Just remember, perfection is not the goal!!!
I will tell you the information you need to know about long time storage, because all the scrapbookers in America will be upset with me if I don't!
However, prior to sharing that information I will tell you that if you are going to put this project off because you have to go out and buy all the perfect supplies, ignore what I am about to tell you and march on! Just work with what you have at the moment and worry about long term storage later. When you are looking at the list below (Things to use when storing photographs) - just, for now, ignore the words acid free and use what you have or what you can easily acquire. The only exception, would be the acid free pen -if at all possible, purchase an acid free pen to label photos.
The most important thing is getting them sorted and in a manageable order.
Things to avoid when storing photographs are:
Storing them in excessive heat, light or humidity
Storing them in magnetic albums
Storing them in envelopes, shoe boxes or dresser drawers
Using ballpoint pens to write on the back of the photos
Putting sticky notes on the front of photos
Using tape or rubber cement to put them in albums
Storing photos with newspaper
Things to use when storing photographs are:
Acid free photo boxes
Acid free envelopes
Acid free file folders
Acid free pens to write on the photos
Acid free photo albums
Acid free paper lining any envelopes, shoe boxes or dresser drawers
Do you see a pattern? Acid-free is key to storing photos the best possible way you can.
Acid free products can be purchased online, at craft stores or specialty scrapbook stores.
You get to decide if you want to store your photos in photo boxes, in albums, in envelopes, in folders. Just store them in a way that works for you and in your space. It doesn't have to be pretty, it doesn't have to be perfect, and it doesn't have to look like you spent hours doing it!
Remember, the goal is to get your photographs organized, easily accessible and easy to look at when you are ready to take a trip down memory lane!
I hope this information has proven to be helpful. If you need any additional information or help with any of your organizational needs, give me a call.