Challenge #2 Week #1 – FRIDAY PHOTOS AND FUN CHALLENGE – Photos & Memorabilia ( I will not re-post this every Friday however we will be working on it every Friday in February)

DUN DUN DUN… are you ready for this? It is a huge undertaking that we
will be working on every Friday for the rest of this challenge. (accept
this week for whatever reason it didn’t post so it is now Sunday! SO

SET A GOAL: Some of you may be the type who want to sit
down and get it all done at once. That is fine if that is your goal.
Note: You will have Fridays for fun the rest of the month if you do this
. However if you are like me I can only take so much of one thing for so long. SET A REASONABLE GOAL!
It maybe working on photo organization for 1 or 2 hours, maybe it is to
get 1 or 2 boxes organize tonight. Maybe you want to get an entire
album planned out with your photos pulled and placed in the albums. No
matter what your goal is… MAKE IT, DO IT and CELEBRATE IT… tell us
you did it and move on to create something fun. There is a creative
challenge at the end of this post by a Guest Challenger.

ONE. I want your space to be clean and free of small pieces of metal,
chipboards and such items. These are you memories and the most precious
part of our scrapbooking. Care for them well.

Photo Preservation:

Image Master’s website –


    When possible, keep photographs in enclosures that protect them from
    light and dust and provide physical support during display or use.
    Chemically stable plastic or paper enclosures, free of sulfur, acids,
    and peroxides, are recommended. Plastic sleeves should be constructed of
    uncoated polyester, polypropylene, or polyethylene.

    For most photographic materials, unbuffered paper enclosures are
    preferred over buffered enclosures. Alkaline buffering is added to
    archival storage papers to absorb acidity from the stored material or
    the environment surrounding it. However, some photographs may be altered
    by the buffering in alkaline papers, so unbuffered paper is recommended
    for most processes.

    Film-based negatives, which can produce acidic gasses as they age,
    should be placed in archival, buffered enclosures and stored separately
    from other photographic materials. Store cased objects, such as
    daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, in their original cases or frames with
    the addition of custom-made, four-flap paper enclosures to reduce wear
    and tear on fragile cases. Place individually housed prints, negatives,
    and cased objects in acid-free, durable boxes that will afford further
    protection from light, dust, and potential environmental fluctuations.

    The storage of photographs in albums serves the dual purpose of
    organizing groups of images while protecting them from physical and
    environmental damage. Albums can be wonderful sources of historic and
    genealogical information. Preserve them intact when possible and store
    them in custom-fitted archival boxes. For the storage of family
    photographs, albums constructed with archival materials are available
    from conservation suppliers. Magnetic or self-adhesive albums can be
    detrimental to photographs and should not be used.


    Most damage to photographs results from poor handling. A well-organized
    and properly housed collection promotes respect for the photographs and
    appropriate care in handling. When images can be located quickly, there
    is less possibility of physical damage. The enclosures should be
    designed in relation to the intended use of the photographs, as well as
    their type and condition. Establish handling procedures and adhere to
    them whenever photographs are being used. View photographs in a clean,
    uncluttered area, and handle them with clean hands. Wear white cotton
    gloves to lessen the possibility of leaving fingerprints and soiling the
    materials; however, gloves may reduce the manual dexterity of the user.

    Keep photographs covered when they are not being viewed immediately. Do
    not use ink pens around photographic materials. Mark enclosures with
    pencil only. If it is necessary to mark a photograph, write lightly with
    a soft lead pencil on the back of the image.”

Now that we know how to store and handle photos… just a brief
reminder… we need to sort them. Sorting them by event and
chronological order is usually the most common.

I think I am going to sort mine by color… J/K. Some people sort them
by person, family and events. Especially if they are doing albums for
each child etc.

There are not many photo storage options out there I will link some products below. The key is to keep them in a dry dark place.

MEMORABILIA – Many of these items are not asid free or
photo safe, though with paper in between them (acting as a barrier) and
the photo you can scrap them onto the page.. I would suggest also
storing them in a dry dark place for the sun and moisture can damage
these as well.

The storage options for this could be the same as your photos. You may
not be able to keep them all in the same boxes mixed together but you
can put them on the same shelf in matching boxes so they are handy.

Cross referencing – Sorting memorabilia the same way you sort your
photos will help with the easy of finding what you need when you need

If you have a piece of memorabilia for a certain date or event. Place a
4×6 piece of scrap photo safe paper in with the photos with a reminder
that you have the memorabilia item in the other box. This will keep you
from forgetting the memorabilia when you go to pull your photos for that
event or person.

If you have tons of memorabilia you may want to do a page of just that.
If you keep a log of what pages you need to create for what albums make
sure you add these memorabilia pages to that log. This would be a great
thing to use you binder for.

LABELING – Use dividers frequently. This is very
important for ease of locating the photos you want. If you don’t have
any or you don’t want to buy more then make your own out of some of your
photo safe scraps. Add a tab at the top so you can easily see what you
write on the label above the tops of the photos.

NOTE OF STORAGE PLACEMENT: I know there are only a few
of you who have your scrap areas in the basement and have fear of
flooding. I live in a flood zone with no basement and I want EVERYONE to
be aware of this. God forbid if any of us have to deal with this but
even a broken pipe can cause excessive water damage and I would hate for
any of you to loose your photos or your albums. The higher the better.
If you are in a place that never floods I would suggest only a foot or
two minimum off of the floor but if you have a greater chance place
place these items higher accordingly.

DIGITAL PHOTOS: Sorting would be the same way. Since
you can’t put a place holder next to the photos with memorabilia then
maybe just adding a word document with a memorabilia log for you to
check and save it within the file your coordinating photos are in.

BACK THEM UP BACK THEM UP BACK THEM UP… I don’t care how you do it…
external hard drive, USB memory stick, a photo hosting website, CD…

Okay Ladies! Lets get BUSY!!!

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