I said at the beginning of the year that I wasn’t going to take on anything new, but I lied. Around mid-January, I stumbled upon something called Project Life, decided it was perfect for me, and jumped in whole-hog. (I have no idea what that means, and I have hogs.)
Although the frailties of digital media has always bothered me, it really came to the forefront when I lost my whole blog last year. All those memories are gone for me. And computers die on a regular basis, too. So far, Davey has been able to save most of my photos, but it’s an unstable situation, and I don’t like instability.
So Project Life! It’s sort of a hybrid of a photo album, a scrapbook, and a diary, consisting of a big binder, photo sleeves in various configurations, a stack of journaling and filler cards, and photos! They recommend weekly layouts, but I do mine by month. I find it very easy to keep up with, since I only have to slip photos or journal cards into pockets. No cutting or gluing or styling or over thinking of the whole thing. I just print my photos, write my little stories, and go. I said in January that if I make it to June, I’ll start working on another year (and I’ve been printing out my old photos each month, too) but I enjoy this so much, I think I’ll start much sooner.
Another issue with digital media: My three younger children have been wondering for years why there are no photos of them in the albums! They are loving this project, too. I keep my binder on my desk so i can work on it, and all seven of them spend a lot of time looking through the two months of pages I’ve put together so far. Lots of pictures of all family members, and my stories, at least, to go with them. (They also collect and trade any unused photos I place at the corner of my desk, but that’s another story. )
Do you have a system of preserving and archiving your digital photos and stories? How do you do it?