Monday, March 20, 2017

{Get Organized} Memory Album Labels

We moved our photo albums from the open shelving in the family room into the cabinets below and I wanted to reorganize them so I'd be able to access photos more easily.
The previous system I used to label albums (almost 7 years ago to the day!) wasn't working for me anymore and I needed something more permanent.  The charms were falling off or the labels would fall out of the charms. I really needed a new system.
 I did some searches and didn't find anything for my style of albums (Creative Memory cloth covers) so I had to figure out something on my own. #thehorror   These Martha Stewart adhesive metal bookplates were featured in some organizing posts but not for albums. I decided to give them a try and at first only bought one pack of them to test them out.
They have a pretty strong adhesive and seemed to hold onto the fabric covers well so it was a go!
 I had to visit a few Staples to get all of the packs I needed. I went through each album and wrote down the dates of the photos it contained.  The bookplates are not cheap($3.99/pack) but they seem very sturdy and I can change the information out if I ever need to.
 I created a document in Pages on my Mac to make the labels.  The packs contain inserts for the bookplates but I wanted mine to look consistent so I printed my own on card stock.  I was able to fit six on a page.
I used the backing from the labels to cut out a template for the cards.  The backing is translucent so it made it easy to figure out where I wanted to cut around the card stock.  It was a slow a process but worth it.
I love the new look of my albums and how easy it is now to identify what year of photos is in each book!

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Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

This is such a big project but so worth it! I love the new look! I have a giant box full of pictures and different memorabilia and I always put off tackling, I keep saying I'll have time eventually but not sure when…

Anna of Mutton Style and Years said...

I only print photos for calendars and diaries. My old photos are in albums, luckily. I don't know where though 😣

Tamar SB said...

So worth it!! I have albums from before I switched to photobooks. I love having shelves of memories!

Carla from The River said...

Well done. I am with you, having photo albums are so fun. My boys still enjoy an afternoon of piling on the couch and looking at the photos.
I am behind on a few of my books. I have a couple of trips to finish.

I like this idea, thank you.
Carla said...

This looks great Heather! A labor of love! laura

Creations By Cindy said...

That is indeed a job Heather. I so need to go through old pictures I have had for years and get them organized for my daughters. I have gotten horrible about not printing pictures out anymore. These dang computers ruined everything! LOL! I need to start revamping in that area of my life for sure. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Clairejustine oxox said...

These look a great idea, Heather. I am never very organised :(

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