Well, if you have made it to week three of this challenge…CONGRATS! You have made it through the hard part and now we get to the fun!
This week is all about getting those photos OFF your camera and into your hands so that you’ll have them for generations to come. Here’s the plan.
MEMORY ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE – WEEK 3
Monday: Scan in your old photos.
Last week you organized all your old photos, and it’s time to get those turned into digital! If you don’t have a scanner there are a few options to get your photos digitized. This is SO important to preserve the photos for years to come. Paper photos are easily damaged when stored and would be destroyed in a flood or fire.
- Use a service. There are many photo services that will do this for you and it costs anywhere from one cent per photo up to sixty cents per photo for damaged items. ScanMyPhotos, PhotoCafe, and GoPhoto are a few you can check out.
- Buy a scanner. You can find a quality scanner for $100 or less.
- Use your iPhone. This option is not as high of quality, but there are some great phone apps that work exactly like a scanner! My favorite is Google Photoscan.
Tuesday: Add your photos to your iPhone albums.
This should be an easy step for you since your photos and albums have already been organized by year! Just add those scanned pictures in to your iPhone albums.
Wednesday: Get your digitals on USB Drives
In my opinion USB drives are the best way to get your photos off your phone and into your hands so that you can hand them down to your little ones. Each of my own babies has a wooden box that I put their USB drives in labeled by year. Here are a few USB options on Amazon if you need them. Just use your computer to log on to your iCloud and download them to the USB.
Thursday: Back It Up
During the first week of the challenge we made sure your phone was backed up to your iCloud! Here is how I recommend backing up your photos and videos:
- Two hard back ups: This could include your iPhone, back up drive, computer, or USB drives.
- Two online back ups: in my opinion, these are most important because your hard back ups are highly likely to fail if enough time passes by. Hard drives crash, phones are broken, etc. so make sure you have those backed up in cyberspace. Here are a few ideas for online back ups: iCloud, google photos, backblaze, shutterfly, smugmug. The other great thing about online backups is there is unlimited storage space. Yes, you may need to pay for it on sbut at least it’s available! Side note: Google Photo is free and will complete automatic back ups for you.
Here’s my favorite part. Get your photos into albums! I promise you will not regret it and it can be done in an affordable way. I print one photo album per year for my own kids and make two copies so they can each have a collection of albums when they move out someday!
This should be easy since you already have all your photos backed up and organized. My very favorite album company is Artifact Uprising. They have so many options to choose from at every price point. It’s very user friendly and their album quality is top notch. You can even make albums directly from your phone! One other company that has great quality you may want to look into is Mpix.
Stay tuned for week four where we’ll be talking about converting VHS home videos!