In my post "Adventures in photo organizing," I told you about my friend "Mrs. X" and her plan to make an album as a gift for her granddaughter's high school graduation. She had started the album herself ages ago, but got totally overwhelmed and shoved the entire project in a box. In our first 3-hour organizing session, we got all the photos sorted chronologically and then into page groups. In our second 3-hour session, we finished the album.
Yep! A grand total of 6 hours, including chocolate breaks, to finish an entire photo album.
What's the secret? You will not be surprised when I say: organization. Think of Henry Ford and his Model T factory. His assembly line model was one of the first to show how you can break down any task into small parts, and do all of one part, then all of the next part, and so on.
Here's how to complete a photo album, broken down into 9 easy steps:
- Collect all the photos and other memorabilia you want to use
- Scan any photos/memorabilia you don't want to use the original of
- Sort photos/memorabilia (just "photos" from here on out) chronologically or thematically
- Group photos in groups that will fit on one page
- Choose background paper for each page
- Choose accent paper for each page
- Choose any other accents, like stickers or stamps, for each page
- Assemble each page
- Put each page in your album
When you spend your time focused on one task at a time, instead of having to switch your mental gears from one task to another like you do when you focus on one page at a time, you can get a lot more done in a lot less time.
Do you have a box of photos you would like to make into a custom album? Maybe you're like Mrs. X and you have a half-finished album stuffed in a closet somewhere. Do you think you could maybe tackle the job now, one small task at a time?