It's no secret that I take a lot of pictures. I can't help it. Capturing the moment is something that I love doing, and even more, love having. It's so fun flipping through photos of the past and remembering that day with a better visual than my mind can give me. I know that a lot of my days would be forgotten had I not documented the moments. It scares me how you can completely forget entire days that you have lived! It's kind of like getting in the car and arriving to your destination with no recollection of the in between. Without photos, that would be me with a lot of my days!
Now that we live in the "digital age" where everything is electronic, I miss having hard copies of pictures. Remember the days when you dropped your film off at the photo shop and waited in anticipation for days to see the results? That was so fun and so exciting. I loved it! And then digital cameras entered our lives and all of our memories are at the mercy of a computer and (hopefully) external hard drive.
Me, being the cynic that I am, (okay, I'm not really that big of a cynic, but I am toward certain things ... like technology), am terrified of computers crashing and my life memories being swept away with it. Deleted. Gone forever. I get nauseas just thinking about it. So, when Levi was born, I set out to print off our pictures every month. I wanted to have the hard copies as a back up, and also, I just prefer them. I love going to my parents and grandparents houses and looking at old pictures. I want my children and grandchildren to do the same when they grow up and come back to my house.
Levi's entire first year is printed off and in two (gigantic) photo albums. After his first birthday came and went and he started walking, life has been a busy whirlwind. I hadn't printed photos off in months and when I finally did it, the thought of organizing them into photo albums was pretty daunting. I didn't have the time or the gumption to do it. So, I set out to find a more space efficient, better way to hold our memories.
And I found it.
And I love it.
This box is a life saver. I found it at Hobby Lobby (of course) and it is nothing short of genius!
It comes with 16 little photo cases that hold approximately 150+ photos a piece!
I bought some sticker labels and organized them by month/activity. Some cases have several months combined and I like to write key words on there so if I ever need to find a picture, I can just look at the front of each case. So great!
This box above holds all the photos from June 2010 to present. I have two empty cases left before getting a new box and March's pictures are in the mail, so I may be making a trip to Hobby Lobby in the near future!
I just wanted to share this little treasure with you guys because I love it so much. It has solved all of my photo storage woes!
So now I've got to know ...
What do you do with your pictures? Keep them on the computer? External HD? Print them out? How often? Scrapbook? Storage Box?