I Heart Us Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian I Heart Us  Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.


If you arrived from  Doreen’s blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share your response in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’sI Heart Us  collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with I Heart Us. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

The I Heart Us  collection is available until the end of April 2019.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.

This rainbow of delight is an addictive collection!  The colours are bright but not bold – if that makes sense!  They tone in with so many photos.

Today I am sharing how you can adapt the Workshop Your Way, Standard & Deluxe, to your  photo needs.  These layouts are part of a travel album and we always take way too many photos because everything we see is new… and interesting… and different..and fun… and we may never visit the same place again.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with I Heart Us. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

First up is Layout 1 from the standard I Heart Us Workshop Your Way (G1171) The original design featured 5 photos but you can squeeze 10 on without making it look too crowded.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with I Heart Us. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

Layout 2 is also from the Standard I Heart Us Workshop Your Way (G1171).  Use the 5×7 photo mat on the left hand page as an anchor point for a group of smaller photos and make a double row of photos on the right hand page – voila!  5 photos turned into 11 and the lovely design still holds firm.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with I Heart Us. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

Finally, this stunner is from the Deluxe I Heart Us Workshop Your Way Kit (Z4508).  This woven effect is super easy to achieve using the rainbow paper from the pack.  One again, use the larger photo mat as an anchor for smaller photos.  The background wash can be created using the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush rather than watercolours.  Stamp your title in rainbow colours to tie it in with the papers. The instructions are for a single page but it’s easy to turn into a double by making a similar right hand page to the one shown from the standard kit. 

Create bright, fun pages and cards with I Heart Us. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019
Create bright, fun pages and cards with I Heart Us. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

The I Heart Us collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .You can also download the instructions for these layouts from the  link in the online shop. A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post. 

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the highlighted link and move on to Doris’s blog, Creative Inspirations, see the projects she has designed for you. I’m sure it will love it ‘cos she is so talented!

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

G1171 I Heart Us Workshop Your Way

X7242B I Heart Us Paper Pack

X7242C I Heart Us Complements

Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins

Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim

Z4210 Sugarplum Shimmer Brush

C1725 Simply Said Alphabet Stamps

Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink

Z6505 Carolina Exclusive Ink

Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Ink

Z6508Bluebird Exclusive Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Ink

Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen

B1416 Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet Stamps (retired)

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S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Kara’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Heartfelt Sentiments (S1902) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month.

S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments- February 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during Feb 2019

This big bold stamp is perfect for scrapbookers like me. There are so many things that make my heart happy which I record in my albums.

Every summer a number of outdoor cinemas open in and around Perth, Western Australia.  The evenings here are balmy, perfect for a picnic dinner and a movie.  Our favourite movies are the ones shown as part of the International Film Festival.  Most are a little quirky, frequently in another language and always give insight into the way others live.  Each year we try to introduce new people to the pleasures of this pastime.

Record the things you love using Heart Happy papers(CC2193) and S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments- February 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during Feb 2019

I drew inspiration for this layout from Pattern 5 of Make It From Your Heart Vol 2.  The papers come from the gorgeous Heart Happy collection which is only available until the end of this month.

How to stamp with S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments- February 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during Feb 2019

When stamping with large stamps (this one is about 6” x 4”) I prefer to dab ink onto the block then apply stamp as usual but flip the paper and block over to rub with my hand.  This helps ensure all the ink is applied to the paper.

Record the things you love using Heart Happy papers(CC2193) and S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments- February 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during Feb 2019

Once stamped in Sapphire ink, I added colour using the Mint and Red Shimmer brushes.  The fine point of the brush is great for detailed stroke work.

Record the things you love using Heart Happy papers(CC2193) and S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments- February 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during Feb 2019

I was thrilled to discover the Curlicue alphabet stamp set in my stash – it compliments the font used in the Heartfelt Sentiments title and perfectly fits the banner from the Heartfelt Sentiments.  Stamp one letter at a time so you can follow the curve of the banner. Begin with the middle letter and work out. The Curlicue set was part of a Cricut collection.

Heartfelt Sentiments  (S1902) is only available during February, 2019.  Full retail price is $29.50 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 when accompanied by an $82.50 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog , Creative Inspirations , to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All current items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant.  

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Project

S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp Set

CC2193 Heart Happy Paper Pack

Z4241 Decorative Borders Thin Cuts

D1630 Curlicue Alphabet Stamp (Retired)

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink

Z6503 Mint Exclusive Ink

Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Ink

Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush

Z4225 Mint Shimmer Brush

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Something Fierce Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Something Fierce Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.


If you arrived from  Doris’ blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share your response in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s  Something Fierce collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with Something Fierce. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

The Something Fierce collection is available until the end of April 2019.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.

You will find the bright colours in this pack very addictive – I’m on my 3rd pack of papers!!  Today’s layout is the third in a series on our visit to Camden Markets in London.  As the photos were black and white I had free range for my choice of papers to use.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with Something Fierce. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019
Create bright, fun pages and cards with Something Fierce. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

The Love of Colour Book is an invaluable resource we all need to own.  It shows colour combinations that work together!  I flipped to the Bluebird page as that is one of the colours featured in Something Fierce. The 4 colour combo suited this pack well.  Whilst it isn’t exactly the same shade of yellow and pink in the pack, the combo works well.

Close To My Heart's 'Love of Colour' book is an invaluable resource for scrpabookers and card makers. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Having pulled out papers, stickers and cut apart images in this colour combination, I was ready to create. The suggested layout in Love of Colour worked brilliantly for these photos.  The bright colours really help my black and white images stand out.  The charcoal accents tie it all together.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with Something Fierce. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

This cluster is a combination of images from the cut-apart sheet, sticker sheet, fussy cut scallops from the paper and a PML card I cut up.  The rest of the PML card provided the boxes for the journaling on the pages.

Create bright, fun pages and cards with Something Fierce. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

I felt the layout needed something more and so I reached for my Alphabet stamps.  The title is made using Simply Said and Brushed Letters – my two favourite sets in the current catalogue.  Looking at the punctuation stamps in Brushed Letters, I decided to add the single dot either side of ‘Camden’ and the 3 dots as borders above and below my papers – not exactly even spacing but it’s OK.  Done is better than perfect, right?

By the way, Alphabet Stamps are 35% off this month!

Create bright, fun pages and cards with Something Fierce.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2019

The Something Fierce collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Nell’s blog, Nelliebligh to see the projects she has designed for you. I’m sure you will love them ‘cos she is so talented!

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

X7240B Something Fierce Paper Pack

X7240C Something Fierce Complements

X7240E Something Fierce Picture My Life Cards

9045 Love of Colour Book

E1041 Brushed Letters Alphabet Stamps

C1725 Simply Said Alphabet Stamps

Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Ink

Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen e

S1901 Card Captions – CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the our first Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop for 2019.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doreen’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Card Captions (S1901) stamp set which is January’s Stamp of the Month.

S1901 Card Captions is January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

At first glance this stamp set appears to be only for cards but as a diehard scrapper I could see potential for use on celebration pages too.

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Today’s page features photos of a birthday celebration.  I took inspiration from the placement of sentiments on the carrier sheet and arranged all the birthday-ish stamps along one edge of the 5” x 6” block.  The little line drawn images fill any spaces beautifully.  I stamped in Pebble ink as I didn’t want the words to dominate on the page.  Once completed I felt these sections needed a little ‘pop’ so I stamped ‘Happy’ onto scraps of the yellow stripe paper, fussy cut and glued over the original stamping.

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

This layout design was featured on Close To My Heart’s Make It From Your Heart blog during December.  I loved the simplicity of it and printed the pattern.  The newly released Mix-in papers suited my photos beautifully.  Once completed I played with two new stamp sets for the decorative elements. 

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using C1749 Something Fierce Cardmaking Stamps and S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The balloons and streamer clusters come from the Something Fierce Cardmaking set.  My tip for stamping the string is to stamp on the background first, then stamp the bow on the balloon and layer over the image on the background.  Pop the front balloon up on foam dots.

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using D1827 Years of Sweetness and S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The cupcakes are from Years of Sweetness.  I love the effect of shading the icing with two different stamps and ink colours.  There is a matching Cricut cut for this cupcake but I fussy cut it quite easily.

Card Captions  (S1901) is only available during January, 2019.  Full retail price is $29.50 AUD but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 AUD when accompanied by an $82.50 AUD order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Nell’s Blog , Nelliebligh, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant.  

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Project

S1901 Card Captions Stamp Set

X9003 Mix In Paper Pack

C1749 Something Fierce Cardmaking Stamp Set

D1827 Years of Sweetness Stamp Set

Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Ink

Z2824 Linen Exclusive Ink

Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots Z3341

Oh What Fun CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Oh What Fun Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Vandra’s blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share your response in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Oh What Fun collection!  When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Oh What Fun collection is availalbe to purchase until Dec 31, 2018. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Oh What Fun collection is available until the end of December 2018.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.

Today I’m using my December Craft with Heart Subscription Kit which features the Oh What Fun collection.  The backgrounds are all pre-printed so there is no cutting and gluing required until you add the smaller paper pieces (which are also pre-cut) and embellishments.  This makes a super-fast project.  The kit includes stickers and die-cuts too. The top photo is my layout and the lower one is the one shown in the printed instructions that come with the kit.

Craft with Heart subscriptions are availalbe for delivery within Australia at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com
Craft with Heart subscriptions availalbe for Australian delivery at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

My photos had a different orientation for the RH page and I needed to fit a few more onto the layout so I tweaked it a bit by cutting the light green paper piece in half and added the pieces above and below the photos.  I also added a Flip Flap.

Craft with Heart subscriptions availalbe for Australian delivery at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I do love a bit of bling and wanted to personalise the layout to my style. I added some Silver Glitter Gems and Silver Embellishing Thread around the title and journaling box.   The silver thread will stick to the back of the title sticker making it easier to form the swirls.  You will notice some pink sparkly gems too –they are silver ones coloured with the Cherry Pink Shin Han Marker.

Craft with Heart subscriptions availalbe for Australian delivery at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Oh What Fun collection and Craft with Heart subscription are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my project appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ blog, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations to see the project she has designed for you. I always love seeing what Doris has created – she is so darn clever!

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

Craft with Heart Subscription (visit your consultant’s website and look for the Subscription tab)

Z2450 Cherry Pink Shin Han Marker

Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread

Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen

Overcoming Digital Photo Overwhelm Part 3

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Why do we need to overcome your photo overwhelm?

We live in a time when more photos are taken than ever before in history and yet fewer photos are printed or saved in an easily accessible way.

We have dozens…hundreds of images relating to individual events but in reality we only need a handful of those images to tell our story of the experience.

We do not have systems in place to store our photos together, to delete many, to keep the best and most relevant.

Let me help you create a bank of well curated photos that make it easy for you to choose what to print for your albums.

In Week One we gathered images

If you missed my live video you can read a recap here.  
The goal is to deal with a manageable number of images at one time.  
Your challenge was to gather and delete.

Last week we labelled our images

If you missed that post you can read it here.  
Labelling with generic names followed by detail makes it easier to search for specific images.  
Your challenge was to rename your test batch of photos and delete a few more.

This week we decide which photos to print

The safest place for a photo is still in a printed format.

I believe the most pleasurable way to enjoy photo viewing is sensory – flipping through a pile of photos; turning the pages of an album or standing close to an image mounted on the wall, enjoying the sounds and smells of the room it occupies. 

I encourage you to print your photos and tell the story that goes with them.  I make traditional scrapbooks and will focus on the process I use to select images for them but the same steps can be applied when choosing images for digitally created photo books and wall art.

What do you plan to do with your photos?

Before embarking on the next step, it’s important to decide what you plan to do with your photos.  How many images do you want to print?  Do you want to share all the details of an experience or just the highlights?  Which photos are your ‘must haves’?

One of the main reasons we feel overwhelmed by our digital images is that we feel a need to do something with ALL the good ones. I’m here to tell you that is just not so.  There are not enough days in our lives to keep up with scrapbooking all the photos we take.  It’s time to get really clear about your purpose.

In week one of this course I asked the Facebook event group why they take photos.  The answer was, “To remember”.  Think about what you want to remember the most – that will help you decide which photos you want to print.  Is it the emotion of the day? Is it the amazing sights you saw? Is it the story of growth? Is it progress made on a project?

Your reason to print will vary with each experience you photograph. As the reason varies, so does the quantity of images you require.  Be mindful of this as you follow the next steps in our process.

Identify images you wish to print

Let’s look at the folder you have been working on over the past 2 weeks. By now you have reduced the number of images by at least half.  In my sample I ended up with 12 good quality images I felt told the story well.  I have several choices for what I do with them:

  • Print just one really great photo of Mandy to frame as a Christmas gift or use as a single photo on a scrapbook page alongside the story of the event. 
  • Print my 6-8 absolute favourites to make a double page layout. 
  • Print all 12 and make 2 layouts OR include pocket protectors in the design of one layout
  • Make a mini album of just this event.

All these options are great.  All these options are ‘right’.  All these options will result in you holding one or more images that help you to remember. The point is, you need to make the choice and then print them.

Close To My Heart offer many different scrapbook albums.  Take a look through my shop to see what will suit your needs best.  Look for the following categories:

  • Story by Stacy (4” x 4” and 6” x 6”)
  • Mini albums (6” x 8”)
  • Albums (12” x12”)

Create a system to identify images you wish to print

If you are using the generic folder system on your computer you have a couple of options to do this.  One option is to highlight all the images you wish to print and drag them to a “Need to Print” Folder.  Another option is to add a ‘P’ to the end of the file name so you will know later which images you have already printed.

If you are using a system that allows you to tag photos and sort by tags, simply create a “Need to Print” and an “Already Printed” tag.

I use a program called Historian on my Windows computer.  This program allows me to store, curate and edit my photos in the one place.  Two features I love are the ability to star rate my photos and the option to tag images as “Need to Print” and “Already Printed”.  I find this invaluable as rating the images helps me see which ones are most important to me and keeping track of ones I’ve already printed makes life easier. 

You can download the software for a free trial here https://www.forever.com/historian  I am not a rep for this company, I just love the software.  If you need someone to help you with details search the website for a Forever Ambassador in your area. 

Work with manageable portions

Your challenge this week is to look through the photos you curated last week, decide what you want to do with them and select the ones you will print.  It’s OK to print more than you use.  Prints are cheap and sometimes we need to hold the printed image to know if it is a ‘keeper’.

Remember, you are working with one recent event or a recent, specific time period – NOT all your digital images.

Visit www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au to view scrapbook albums

Overcoming Digital Photo Overwhelm Part 2

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Why do we need to overcome your photo overwhelm?

We live in a time when more photos are taken than ever before in history and yet fewer photos are printed or saved in an easily accessible way.  We have dozens, hundreds maybe, of images relating to individual events but in reality we only need a handful of those images to tell our story of the experience.  We do not have systems in place to store our photos together, to delete many, to keep the best and most relevant.

Let me help you to leave a legacy of well curated photos that others can navigate to find what they are looking for.

Last week we gathered images

 If you missed my live video on Facebook you can read a recap here.

The goal is to deal with a manageable number of images at one time.  
Your challenge was to gather and delete.

This week we continue working with that same set of images

Having deleted the obvious duds – those that are out of focus, had people running in front of the subject, badly framed, duplicate photos – you should have reduced the number of images you are working with.

Rename and delete some more

When we import photos they have an alphanumeric file name.  Your first task this week is to rename the images in a way that is meaningful to you.

Here’s how I do it:
Highlight all photos from one event and give them the same name.  In this example, the photos taken were at an annual retreat known as ‘Ab Fab’.  I had 51 images left after last week’s first cull (24 shown here).  They were still labelled with the alpha-numeric code my camera generates. 

Overcome Digital Photo Overwhelm - Learn how to make the overwhelming task of sorting and selecting digital images doable

The fastest way to rename a batch of photos is to select all images and type a new name once.  Depending on the system you are using this may then show your images as Ab Fab 1, Ab Fab 2 and so on or it may show them like Historian, which I am using, with just the title repeated on each image. 

Overcome Digital Photo Overwhelm - Learn how to make the overwhelming task of sorting and selecting digital images doable

Now you can fine tune your photo names.  Select like images and add extra words to the name. In this case ‘Dinner’ and ‘Celebrate Mandy’

Overcome Digital Photo Overwhelm - Learn how to make the overwhelming task of sorting and selecting digital images doable

Now you can sort by name and have another go at deleting. In this case, I chose the photos that were flattering to Mandy but also highlighted the fun element to her gift opening.  I had many food photos but chose to keep just a few to highlight the quality of the meal. Finally, I chose the best group photo and deleted the other 2.

I am left with 12 images that highlight the fun and fabulousness of our gift giving ceremony and meal.  I have gone from needing 178MB of storage to just 65MB. This is fairly usual to only keep 30 – 40% of the photos I take.

Overcome Digital Photo Overwhelm - Learn how to make the overwhelming task of sorting and selecting digital images doable

What are the benefits of renaming files and deleting so enthusiastically?

The greatest benefit is in knowing you have the best photos to look at.  Friends are happier to scroll through 12 photos versus 31.  The images you have tell the story, are good quality and are not repetitive.  It is also faster to scrapbook fewer images!

You need less storage space.  It’s really easy for us to keep buying more or bigger hard drives but do we really need to store ALL the images we take?

You (and others) will be able to look at your archive in the future and know what the photos relate to.   You will be able to find photos more easily

By naming files in this way you need fewer folders.

 This week’s challenge is to re-visit the batch of photos you gathered last week and rename them in a way that is meaningful to you.  Then go back and see if you can delete two-thirds of them!

Overcome Digital Photo Overwhelm - Learn how to make the overwhelming task of sorting and selecting digital images doable

Try this trick if you really struggle with deleting images:  
1. Create a new folder called ‘Photos to Delete’. 
2. Drag photos into this folder that you think should be deleted, making sure they are removed from the original folder. 
3. Check through what is left in the original folder and decide if you are happy the photos tell the story and include the best images.                            4. Bring back extra photos if you think they are needed. 
5. Empty the ‘Photos to Delete’ folder.

Good luck this week.  Persistence makes the job easier.  Next week we will discuss what to do with the images still on all those other devices.