Organizing Everyday Life Photos

Everyday life photos are those that aren’t necessarily associated with an event or holiday. They can be broad in scope and don’t always lend themselves to chronological organization. When you’re trying to figure out how to scrapbook them, a great approach is to find ways to group them that lend themselves to corresponding pages.

Try this: At the end of each month (or sometimes at the end of a quarter) look through your photos and identify and group photos to be used–either by filing prints together or tagging digital files.

photos from “mini-events”

This mini-event could be making a snowman, having a squirt-gun fight, or working on a school project. “Hobos in March” is an example of this kind of page.

An everyday life mini-event or mini-story.

An everyday life mini-event or mini-story.

photos that are revelatory of more than the moment photographed

In Get It Scrapped! there is a page called “Garbage Night” that includes photos from one Sunday night and taking the trash cans to the top of the driveway. While the photos show one evening, the journaling talks about more than this one evening and describes the feel of spring Sunday evenings in our neighborhood. “Evenings in Oxford” shows one bedtime moment but talks about “how it is” in general.

An everyday life scrapbook page that conveys the sense of "how it is" by showing one moment.

An everyday life scrapbook page that conveys the sense of "how it is" by showing one moment.

stunners you can use on “moment” or “message” or “just-because” scrapbook pages

There will be photos that you want to showcase just for how they look–like the photos on “Hey, Girl.” You can also use these “stunners” when you have a message or meaningful story to tell for which you have no photos.

This photo from a summer day at Grandma's has no particular story but it's definitely worth getting onto a scrapbook page.

This photo from a summer day at Grandma's has no particular story but it's definitely worth getting onto a scrapbook page.

photos that will be grouped with others to go onto collection pages

The kinds of tags/categories I keep track of for collection pages include: with Grandpa, brothers together, around the house . . . The layout here, “All Told,” gathers both event and everyday life photos from my oldest son’s 6th grade school year.

Photos collected over the span of a school year fill out this scrapbook page.

Photos collected over the span of a school year fill out this scrapbook page.

Related links:

Scrapbooking Everyday Life


3 Responses to Organizing Everyday Life Photos

  1. James December 17, 2009 at 2:42 am #

    I found your blog doing a google search, and i must i am finally impressed. Someone got it right! Thanks!

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