Tips for printing and organizing your personal pictures

  • mom and son looking at photo albums by Lacey Meyers

Tips for printing and organizing your personal pictures

As a photographer who began as a scrapbooker, printing my images has always been a high priority.

I photograph my children as much for the future generations of our family, as I do for myself.

So, how they will view these images has to be considered.

I can hardly imagine my great-grandchildren cuddled around the computer, sorting through my external harddrives “oohing and awing” over photos of their granddaddies as children!

But I can most definitely see them sprawled on the floor, surrounded by organized albums, viewing and reading their stories.

brothers looking at family pictures

It is with this vision that I motivate myself to print my favorite images each month. Not just those that impress me with composition and beautiful colors and backgrounds, but those that tell the story of their life.

Doing this can be a daunting task if a consistent workflow is not followed from import to output. I so strongly encourage other photographers to print their personal images that I wanted to share my simple workflow here.

When I insert my CF card into my card reader, the images automatically open into Lightroom. Where I upload them to is critical to keeping them all organized … subfolders are my best friend when it comes to file organization!

My system looks like this …

how to organize personal pictures on the computer by Lacey Meyers

Pictures > Year > Month > Activity (which describes the set of photos and is the file name)

And within that ‘activity,’ I will typically have three subfolders…. ‘To Edit’, ‘Print’, and ‘Web’.

When I export my culled/RAW processed images from Lightroom, I place them into my ‘To Edit’ folder.

Once in Photoshop I open those images, edit, and use Image Processor to save them into a new folder called ‘Print’. All of these images stay open in Photoshop and I will run my Web Re-size and Sharpen action.

Those are then saved via Image Processor into another new folder called ‘Web’. I then ‘Close-all’, being careful NOT to save all changes, and I’m done!

Now, when it comes time to order my prints, a simple process begins.

  1. On my desktop I will create a folder titled with the month and ‘print’ (for example, FebMarchPrint if I’m printing images February and March).
  2. I open this folder on my desktop, along with my ‘Pictures’ folder and view them both side by side.
  3. Navigate to the month folder holding all of my subfolders and images from that month.
  4. All I have to do is go into the subfolder ‘Print’ and Ctrl+left click on each image I want to print.
  5. Once I’ve selected those to print (probably not ALL of the images in this folder) I right click on one of them to ‘copy’.
  6. Paste into the ‘FebMarchPrint’ folder.
  7. Then copy this folder into External Harddrive for backup.
  8. I then import this file back into Lightroom, and then export right back out but changing the file size to 4x6inch and 300 dpi, into a Print subfolder within the main “FebMarchPrint” folder. This makes the next step go a lot quicker!
  9. Upload the entire ‘FebMarchPrint’ folder to your printer of choice (mine is ColorInc) and go from there!
storing pictures to order on desktop screenshot by online photo instructor Lacey Meyers
computer organization for photos by Lacey Meyers 5

So, what to do with your images after you receive your beautiful, freshly printed stack?

Put them in albums. I use 12×12 D-Ring American Craft because of their price, durability, cohesiveness with my home décor and ease for adding and removing pages.

Within the album I use a variety of page protectors such as any of these.

photo album for photographers personal pics 6
scrapbooking photo album by Lacey Meyers

I love having a variety of orientations and sizes on the page protectors so I can mix landscape and portrait orientated images cleanly without making the page look confusing.

In addition to my photos, I also use at least one of these spaces for journaling and title pages I create in Photoshop. How valuable is it to have your thoughts and descriptions about the event, accompany the photos!

Your great-grandchildren will surely appreciate this! Plus, this gives me the creative outlet that scrapbooking is, yet in a fraction of the time.

making a scrapbook album of your pictures
personal photos in an album by Lacey Meyers
how to organize and print personal photos

You may wonder how you will find the time to do this on top of taking the photos, editing the photos, and learning how to improve your photos.

Please trust me when I say that once you figure out an organized flow like I have outlined here it is not a daunting task, but one you can (and should!) look forward to. Seeing your images in print is amazing and is a priceless gift to your family.

A few more tips to remember:

  1. If you are staring at years of unprinted photos, start with your most recent and work your way back.
  2. Print monthly! Breaking it down into smaller amounts of photos will make this go much quicker.
  3. Wait for your lab to have sales on their express proofs. ColorInc often has 19 cent 4×6’s that I love to take advantage of!
  4. Write your To-Print date on your calendar, the same day each month.
  5. Just do it. I have to tell myself this each month and if you have to organize your prints with a child on your lap, so be it. You’re getting it done! Yay!

About the Author:

With her Nikon D800 and several prime lenses in hand, Lacey loves capturing “real moments” that will one day allow her subjects to look back and “remember the sounds and feelings behind the images.” She is a natural light photographer who rarely goes a day without picking up her camera to document her family’s everyday life. When not spending time outside in the fresh air on their property in Molalla, Oregon and having fun with her kids, Lacey likes to spend her time blogging, scrapbooking, cooking, baking, gardening, homeschooling and losing herself on the internet in blogs and helping on CM. She loves her daily time with Jesus, which includes reading the Bible with her boys, and the warmth she receives from a cup of coffee with French vanilla creamer and her beloved space heater. Visit Lacey Meyers online.


  1. Kristi Duncan Mar 21 2012 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I am so glad I read this! What a great idea to have 3 folders within the month! Print-edit-Web! I have a few years of unprinted pictures that I really need to get into albums! I have really been stressing about it – but if I stay organized like this, I think it will help! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Tabetha H. Mar 21 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    WOW! This is super helpful! Thank you!!

  3. Melissa Mar 21 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Great tips! Thanks!

  4. Ashley Spaulding Mar 21 2012 at 7:16 am - Reply

    So helpful, Lacey; thank you! I need motivation and inspiration to get this done, and you've given me just those things!

  5. Jenna Mar 21 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips- I really need to kick it into high gear and begin printing. What a waste they are sitting on my desktop. 🙁

  6. Kelly Kendall Mar 21 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I really need to do this! Thanks for making it not seem so daunting!

  7. Christina Mar 21 2012 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Great tips for me to get my butt in gear on my personal photos. Thanks!

  8. Shannon Mar 21 2012 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Yes! I needed to see how others are doing this. Thank you!

  9. Kathleen Mar 21 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    This is great. I print off shutterfly books for each of my boys for their birthday every year.

  10. sarah c. Mar 21 2012 at 7:41 am - Reply

    SO helpful. Off to pin this now!

  11. Ellen K in MD Mar 21 2012 at 7:45 am - Reply

    THANK YOU for a bit of motivation! I really want to do this!

  12. Jeannette Mar 21 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Such great tips!!

  13. Candice Mar 21 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    This is exactly the motivation I need! My boys just turned 2 and I have 1.5 years of photos of them that I need to print!! This was the kick in the butt I needed to get back on it!

  14. Heather Mar 21 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

    so helpful! Thanks

  15. Amanda B Mar 21 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been feeling guilty lately because I NEVER print my personal photographs. My poor daughter is 4 and we have no pictures printed of her! Because I have so many I need to print, and so many to go through to find the, I have been feeling overwhelmed. The tips in this post have really given me the motivation to get started! Thanks, Lacey!

  16. mariepie Mar 21 2012 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Greats tips… I love the albums with a space left for journalling.

  17. Andrea Mar 21 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    This is great info! I really need a good system down. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Colie J Mar 21 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I am so guilty of being disorganized and never printing. Both will need to change, thanks for the tips!

  19. Lisa (Tout Petit Pix Mar 21 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I so badly need to do this… thanks for this helpful reminder Lacey! It should be on top of my to-do list!!

  20. Jessica Mar 21 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Thank you for this article! I am guilty of having years of memories sitting on my computer, but your organized system makes it seem possible to finally get organized and stay that way!

  21. Mindy Mar 21 2012 at 8:42 am - Reply

    good idea to work backwords and for the insight into LR organization. Hopefully this motivates me to print 2 years worth of photos!

  22. Heather Lee Mar 21 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    These are some awesome tips. I intend to print quarterly, but am backed up by 3 quarters — almost 4, now. . . . A monthly process may help me actually get it done.

  23. Janeen Mar 21 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I have years of photos to go through, but my favorites keep popping up. I make myself buy those photobook deals (Groupon/etc) so that I have a deadline to put together a book. It may just be something simple, but at least some of the images are there to look at. There is something about seeing your photographs in print and not just on a screen.

    Thanks for the motivation to keep up on printing out!

  24. kerry Mar 21 2012 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Ugh! I really have to get better at this! Thanks for all the tips and advice!!

  25. Dana Foley Mar 21 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I am so bad at printing my pictures… I must work on it! Thanks for the tips!

  26. Amber Leopold Mar 21 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    This is so helpful…thank-you Lacey.

  27. Chia Mar 21 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for this post! I've always been overwhelmed with printing and scrapbooking but this looks like and easy way to get my feet wet.

  28. Amy Mar 21 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Great article. I have been making a conscious effort to sort my pictures for easier printing. But your tips have been very helpful 🙂

  29. Jo Mar 21 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Lacey, this really helps it feel manageable!

  30. Conni Marleau Mar 21 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    This is a post I need to print and post on my wall!!

    What a great article!!

  31. Angela Edelbrock Mar 21 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Yay Clickin Moms Happy Birthday! Today is my 34th Birthday and I cannot believe it! Thank you for inspiring me every day!

  32. Dee Mar 21 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for a great article and the motivation to start PRINTING!

  33. Gwen Mar 21 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    This is such great advice. I'm a scrapbooker (tempted to say "former" scrapbooker, I haven't done a layout in probably a year) so I feel like I have to scrapbook everything I print. As a result, I've barely printed anything in the last year. I need to get back on the ball, I like the advice to start with most recent and work backwards, with monthly prints. Thanks!

  34. Emily Mar 21 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Thanks so much! I soooo struggle with this. I can do it!

  35. Heidi Mar 21 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I need to do something like this stat! Great ideas.

  36. Courtney Mar 21 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Thanks for all of the great tips Lacey!!!

  37. Allison Mar 21 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    This is really helpful! Thanks for the encouragement to get my photos off the computer and into books.

  38. Dana Mar 21 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for this! I need to start organizing, and more importantly printing!

  39. Bevin Meadows Mar 21 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I know I don't print nearly enough, but I wonder if future generations won't hold an endless cloud-stored photo album.

  40. Michelle Sheppard Mar 21 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I so need to do this!

  41. Courtney Chebat Mar 21 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Super helpful! Now to get to work, lol

  42. alauna Mar 21 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    this is so helpful. i would love to print more and make the time to archive these memories outside of my hard drive.

  43. Kellie Mar 21 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Thanks for the kick in the pants to get caught up…you're right that it IS daunting when you have years of backlog!

  44. Cyndi Mar 21 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Lacy, Your Awesome! Thanks so much for these tips, and kudos to you for making the effort each month for your boys. I know they must already enjoy looking at them, and I can only imagine how they'll feel after they're grown! Thanks too for the recommendation of the album maker and the printer! I'm starting this month, March 31st!

  45. Nicole Israel Mar 21 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Great post – thanks Lacey!

  46. Sarah Mar 21 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for this – time to get started!

  47. Susy Martinez Mar 21 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    As always a great post! TFS!

  48. Jennifer Vititoe Mar 21 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Thanks Lacy. I have planning for three years to make an album for my daughter. Great tips for actually getting it done.

  49. Michelle C. Mar 21 2012 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Great tips Lace! I need to do this ASAP. I am so behind…

  50. Tine Mar 21 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I need to get better at printing

  51. Christine Mar 21 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Thanks!! Printing is the one area I always fall behind on. Love the albums you've shared here. I try to digital scrapbook my favorites and then put the rest in a box but I like these albums. Something to think about!!!

  52. petersonclan Mar 21 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I print a photo book each year for Christmas… then print three of them… one for each set of grandparents and one for us.

  53. Kristie Mar 21 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Lacey, thank you so much!! Your workflow is so organized and makes so much sense, and printing is so important! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  54. Megan Werve Mar 21 2012 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks, I need this so much!

  55. Julie Mar 21 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Lacey! So helpful 🙂

  56. Michelle Mar 21 2012 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I need to be better about printing my family photos.

  57. Marsha Mar 21 2012 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Wow-great system!

  58. Piper Mar 21 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this! I'm inspired! I have so many years of unprinted pictures and so many kids I'm overwhelmed, but you've inspired me to start!

  59. Danielle Mar 21 2012 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    very helpful!

  60. Laura A Mar 21 2012 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I really really need to get this done!

  61. Jaime P Mar 21 2012 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!!! I feel like I do ok at organizing things when I upload, but I never get around to printing! I will definitely need to follow your inspiration!

  62. Sarah S. Mar 21 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    My printing workflow is almost exactly the same… but I love your tip about scheduling a "to-print" date on the calendar. That's always the step that I get hung up on. Tons of folders ready to be printed, but somehow an order never gets placed. Thanks, Lacey!

  63. Cary Mar 21 2012 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Nice plan, I need to get better at doing this! Thanks 🙂

  64. Jennifer Jabbour Mar 21 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    such an important reminder. every year i say i'm going to do this and then the years quickly pass by.

  65. Carrie Mar 21 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I've been thinking about this a lot lately, so this was timely for me. Do you get the page protectors from American Craft too? Do you often have to trim photos for various orientations?

  66. Bria Mar 21 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    What a good idea! I'm adding a picture printing day to my monthly calendar! I used to be soo good about it and now three kids later…well, you all probably know where I'm going with that!

    Now I just need to go stock up on photo albums!! 😉

  67. Danielle M. Mar 21 2012 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this! I'm HORRIBLE about printing out our photos and I really want to change that this year. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  68. Melissa Ives Mar 21 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Great tips! Thank you! I have so many photos to print!

  69. Laura Mar 21 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! As organized as I try to be I'm always lost in the multiple versions of files on my computer and indecisive about which ones to print (or even show on the web). This post has given me some motivation to just pick some and print them already!

  70. wendy c Mar 21 2012 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    thanks for the tips! i definitely am guilty of not printing a thing!

  71. Kerri Mar 21 2012 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the organization tip, Lacey. I'm so terrible with having my images printed!

  72. Debbie Mar 21 2012 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    This was exactly the article I needed! I have an album with page protector sheets sitting untouched and know I have some more ideas on how to fill my album. Thank you!

  73. Tabitha Kay Mar 21 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I need this kick in the butt. I print nothing for myself:(

  74. Amy Mar 21 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks, great tips!

  75. Danielle A Mar 21 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    i'm about 5 years behind on printing 🙁

  76. Jenna Stoller Mar 21 2012 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Lacey, I LOVE this. My only issue is the photographer in me so badly wants to have all digital press books or albums but that is probably why I don't have anything printed because its too much work. I'm going to the container store this weekend and you've inspired me to work on this!! Thanks so much, I seriously have been looking forward to this post!

  77. Jodi Mar 21 2012 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    I an so guilty of not printing personal pics! Thanks so much Lacey for the helpful tips!

  78. Michelle B Mar 21 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I looove these tips – it has given me the kick I needed to print my own pics. Thanks so much!

  79. Sandy Young Mar 21 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Great reminder, lacey, thanks!

  80. Danika Mar 21 2012 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Great system – thanks for the tips to get started! I haven't printed pictures in such a long time and need to work on this 🙂

  81. Megan Squires Mar 21 2012 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Lacey–this is fantastic and so motivational. I used to be a huge scrapbooker, but ironically once I really got into photography I stopped. This is just the fire I need under my behind to get me started printing again! And I LOVE the idea of starting with the most resent and working my way back–that actually seems doable!

  82. Adalia Mar 21 2012 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I definitely need to organize my folders better.

  83. Vikki Mar 21 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Wow, that was very helpful to read, especially the LR workflow part. Years ago, more than 6 to be precise, I used to have prints made and assemble albums and print out captions (and cut them all up to fit—it was a pain). I have tens of photo albums with prints (not digital) that chronicle my life from about 1988-2005. But then I started shooting digital and stopped printing my images or making albums. For about 4 years I didn't print one picture or have one photo album made. Then I realized that was really really unfortunate, so I started making albums again, but this time digital. Apple's iPhoto makes it so freaking easy because I used to use iPhoto for all my organization, so I would just use the built-in photobook feature. I have been making an annual photo calendar for a number of years for the grandparents and aunts/uncles that serves as an album in its own way, and I create an album for any significant event or vacation. If I don't do it within a few weeks of the event, then it usually doesn't happen. There's no way I could create a monthly album, but I do make an annual "Our Year in Pictures" album for us and the grandparents.

  84. colleen Mar 21 2012 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    wonderful tips!!! Thanks for sharing and also motivating all of us!!!

  85. Emily Velgersdyk Mar 21 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! This was very helpful, thank you for breaking it down step by step into something that is doable!

  86. Davina Gruenstein Mar 21 2012 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Great tips — I feel good about my plan, now i just need to put it into action! Let this be the year! Thank you!

  87. Jennifer Mar 22 2012 at 3:44 am - Reply

    This is something that has been on my to-do list forever. Thanks for sharing your workflow. Now I just need to do it!

  88. Jaimi Mar 22 2012 at 5:18 am - Reply

    THANK YOU for this post. Printing my backlog of digital images (going on 2 1/2 years now) is foremost on my list this year. I carved out a niche last month and got the first 4 months of last year done. This is just the push I need to get back at it!

  89. Micha Mar 22 2012 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Awesome organization, Lacey! I am pretty organized but never get around to printing…need to do that! Love the protective sleeves, too!

  90. Heather Mar 22 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    I needed this! Thanks!

  91. Mara Vaughan Mar 22 2012 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Lacey, this is great – thank you! My weakest areas are definitely organizing and printing my photos – you are inspiring me to do this!

  92. Crystal Mar 22 2012 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for letting me peek into your workflow! As a photographer starting a business I seem to have so many hats to wear! With that being said my organization to my work flow is the last to get my focus it seems. But I soooo know I need to sit down and just do it. So thanks for the inspiration:)

  93. Megan Mar 22 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I need to get better at this! Will definitely take Lacey's tips in mind as I go though my mountain of digital files at home. I am determined to print them now!

  94. Marilyn Mar 22 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I really need to get better about organization and printing. Thanks for sharing.

  95. Carrie Nelson Mar 22 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    LOVE this idea! I just lamented on the forum about how I am so behind on printing photos… and my husband just said "well, at least they're on the website". I laughed when you wrote about imagining your grandkids hovering around your website… that's what will happen with me until I get to it! Thanks for all the advice, going to start a new process tonight!!

  96. Ashley Mar 22 2012 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Great tips Lacey!

  97. Allison McSorley Mar 22 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lacey! I so need to follow your advice and print!

  98. Leah Cook Mar 22 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    love this Lacey!!! I so need to do this…you inspire me. that last shot is fantastic =)

  99. Amy Batte Mar 22 2012 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the reminder, I need to do this!

  100. Sabra Mar 22 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I'm overwhelmed by all the pictures languishing on my hard drive, but this is a system that makes sense and that I can hopefully implement. ♥

  101. Andrea Thomas Mar 23 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Thank you for this post! This is something I really need to get better at, I have so many photos on my computer that never make it to print.

  102. Ruthanne Mar 23 2012 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I soooo need to get on this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  103. Katie W Mar 23 2012 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    This is amazing and inspirational! And soooo important. Thanks Lacey!

  104. Maggie Mar 23 2012 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I love this post! Thank you! I've been working hard to document the first 6 months of my daughter's life & very rarely print anything. This is just the inspiration I needed! 🙂

  105. Jess Mar 23 2012 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I soooo need to have some photos printed. Like, now.

  106. Sonja Mar 24 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Fantastic tips! Thank you so much!

  107. Lisa Benemelis Mar 24 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this post, Lacey. You are such an inspiration and you have motivated me to document our family story for my children and future generations. xo

  108. Darleane Mar 27 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for writing this and allowing us to read it. I used to print all of my favourites but when i had my second baby and life got busier i stopped. I've often wondered how the digital cd's would stand up to the test of time. After reading this i think i will start printing my favourites again. It might make for a ton of albums but it will be worth it.

    Thanks again!

  109. Hizles Mar 29 2012 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Great post. I finished reading it and started sorting my photos. When using ColorInk do you have them adjust the color or do you have your monitor calibrated already?

    • Lacey Mar 03 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      Hi there! No, I don’t have Color,Inc correct my images. I just have my monitor calibrated and process them on my own. 🙂

  110. KristeenMarie Mar 03 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  111. Vicki Hoover Mar 03 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    what typr of printer are you using?

    • Lacey Mar 03 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Vicki! I currently use a Canon MP210 Printer/Scanner/Copier but have been looking into purchasing an Epson r2000 so I can print some of my images at home, too!

  112. DONNA GOOD Mar 04 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    thanks so much for this… getting a new grandbaby soon and want to establish a better print flow!

  113. Penny Mar 05 2013 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I think that is EXACTLY what your great grandchildren will be doing… looking through pictures on some sort of “touch” electronic devise… We might want to resist, but I think printed pictures will become a vintage trend instead of the norm.

  114. Kann Mar 05 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! What a great idea with the print folders! I do the sub folders but then have to go back through and search for the ones I want to print! This will make that lst step so much easier!

  115. Kathleen Ducharme May 30 2014 at 9:15 pm - Reply


    As a scrapbooker first too, I hate to have my photos just in my computer. I struggle to go back and decide what to print. Thank you for sharing your process. I have always broken my folders down by date only and have such trouble finding photos …. even when I tag them – which seems like such a waste of time some days.

    You’re the best!

  116. Kelly Brown Jun 01 2014 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I organize the same way and I heavily rely on the key words section in Lightroom. I occasionally put together a photo album based on favorite images or travel etc…but I have found photo books to be the best way to capture special times or years. For example I do a “best of” every year (it’s actually Christmas presents for our moms, when my son played sports I did highlight books of seasons and I do a photography trip every year with a friend and we combine our best shots to document the trip. I recommend keeping your eyes on LivingSocial, Groupon and Amazon Deals. It can be a very inexpensive way to organize and share. Picaboo and MyPublisher have been the best to work with although I’ve used many more.

  117. Amanda Como Jun 15 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Such amazing information! Thank you so much for your words of wisdom 🙂

  118. MelissaU Jul 21 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this post! I, like many photographers, am the worst hypocrite when it comes to printing images. I recognize the incredible value in having tangible proof of all the fabulous memories I have. I have started, for the first time ever, a yearbook and am now off to add a few more pages for printing 🙂

  119. Beth Jul 22 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Awesome ideas! I just need to get started now! Tried and tested is always great to learn about!

  120. Janeen Jul 22 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I love this tip… “Write your To-Print date on your calendar, the same day each month.” It sounds so simple, but what a great way to just remember to get this done.

    I want to share that I just LOVE Project Life. Becky Higgins ( has a whole system with beautiful albums, gorgeous designed cards (both print and digital) and page protectors like the ones above. The hardest part is deciding on a design.

    Great tips! Thanks for the motivation to print.

  121. Melanie Johnson Jul 26 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I love the simplicity of the albums — I will have to try to find those!! I used to scrapbook, but fell away from it when life became too crazy! I need to print more!!!!

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