Adventures in photo organizing

So I have this great friend and client, let's call her Mrs. X.  Mrs. X is a super-creative, interesting, and energetic person with great skills.  But when it came to putting together a memory album to give her granddaughter for a high school graduation gift...

...she felt overwhelmed.

She had envelopes and piles and boxes and bags and Rubbermaid totes full of photos and newspaper clippings and mementos and stickers and stamps and scrapbook paper and decorative doo-dads...no wonder she felt overwhelmed!

 Just a small selection of our supply options

Just a small selection of our supply options

Turns out, she had begun this album years ago - so many years ago that she couldn't remember when.  She got totally overwhelmed and stuffed the whole project in a box.

This is where I come in.  Take a break, breathe.  I got this.

We took a minute to step away from all the stuff and talk process.  One way that works really well for me when I am creating an album is to think assembly-line.  Just like Henry Ford and his famous Model T factory model, first you do all of one thing, then all of the next, and so on.  That way you don't spend precious mental energy switching from one task to another constantly.  

And, you can think about only one thing at a time.

You can, for example, just think about sorting photos.  All you have to do is sort photos.  Then, once that is all done, you can think about grouping photos together - however many fit on one of your pages.  All you have to do is group photos.  You don't have to worry about the embellishments, or the background, or the millions of other creative options that go into a scrapbook page.  One thing at  a time.

 All the photos sorted; we used scrapbook paper to help define groups

All the photos sorted; we used scrapbook paper to help define groups

In our first three-hour session, we got a lot of work done!  We got all of the photos sorted and grouped by page, and we chose background paper for each page.  I am so excited for Mrs. X, and her granddaughter, to see how this album is shaping up.  I can't wait until our next session...