In the attic, in the closet, in boxes on the bookcases… we all have photos scattered around the house that we just don’t know what to do with. While most opt for the shoebox method of storing their loose printed images, this isn’t always the best way to ensure they aren’t damaged or lost. For all those photos you keep finding around your home, try one of these ways to preserve your printed memories.
Photo Storage Boxes
One of the best and quickest ways to get loose piles of photos organized is with a photo storage box. They are easy to find online or can be purchased at any local craft store. My professional tip is to be sure the photo boxes are of archival quality.
Albums or Scrapbooks
Putting your printed photos into an album can seem like a long process. You don’t have to get fancy or specific, just slip your photos into an album in the best chronological order that you are able to do. If you want to get creative and add in some extra special memories, create a scrapbook of your photos.
When choosing albums make sure they are made with acid and lignin-free paper, they use non-PVC plastic, and that they do not have magnetic or sticky-backed sheets. The best albums are ones that can accommodate various sizes of photos from wallet size to 8×10. My professional tip is glue and adhesive are a no-no, refraining from these will allow you to change photo placement as you may change your mind.
Wall Art and Frames
Don’t forget about the picture frames around your home. You can rotate the pictures in your frames or buy some new ones to hang on the walls as well. My professional tip is this is a great way to give your walls a quick and simple update while also enjoying the memories you’ve captured.
Online or Digital Album
One more way to preserve your prints is to transfer them into a digital album or folder. This will protect your images from damage and ensure you always have a backup copy.
My professional tip is to remember that digital files are NOT archival and will eventually become corrupt as technology changes, so it is best to keep both print and digital copies. A new print can always be made from an existing print, but cannot be made from a corrupt file. I hope you find these tips helpful and look forward to seeing you at the studio soon!