Organizing & Backing Up Your Digital Photos

Organizing & Backing Up Your Digital Photos

Hey there!  How are you? Are you frustrated with trying to keep all those digital files neat & organized?  Is one of your New Years Resolutions to finally get that done?

Do you have camera photos as well as cell phone photos to organize?

Are you a photographer struggling to find the best organization techniques?  What about backing them up and keeping them safe?  Here are a few pointers on my system and solutions that will hopefully help you create a system that works best for you.  

Before you begin to centralize, organize and back-up your photos it’s a good idea to decide on your organizational structure.  I organize my personal photos by year and event.  For example:

2016 (main folder)
    16_Christmas
    16_Halloween
    16_Thanksgiving

There are lots of ways to do this.  You can also do it by event:

Christmas (main folder)
    2014
    2015
    2016

You can organize by family member:

Sally Sue (main folder)
    14_Birthday
    14_Prom
    15_Birthday

And so on.  How you organize is up to you but it will really help to decide on a plan in advance.  If you’re a photographer you can do it by year or by client.  I had mine by year for a long time.  I have since recently changed to organizing by client and I love it.  For me photos are much easier to find that way.

Doe, Jane (main folder)
    13_Maternity
    14_Newborn
    14_Family

I also break photos down into small albums in order to find photos faster.  For example:

16_Christmas (home)
16_Christmas (in-laws)

I hope that helps with giving you some organizational ideas for your photos.  For more information on centralizing your images and back-up solutions, including no cost options, grab your copy of my FREE Guide to Organizing & Backing Up Your Images below!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 12

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 12

Apparently we Americans have lots of Christmas CUSTOMs that have German origins.

The Christmas Candy Cane originated in Germany about 250 years ago. They started as straight white sugar sticks.

A story says that a choirmaster, in 1670, was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service. So he gave them something to eat to keep them quiet! As he wanted to remind them of Christmas, he made them into a ‘J’ shape like a shepherds crook, to remind them of the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus at the first christmas. However, the earliest records of ‘candy canes’ comes from over 200 years later, so the story, although rather nice, probably isn’t true!

Sometime around 1900 the red stripes were added and they were flavored with peppermint or wintergreen.

Sometimes other Christian meanings are giving to the parts of the canes. The ‘J’ can also mean Jesus. The white of the cane can represent the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the blood he shed when he died on the cross. The peppermint flavor can represent the hyssop plant that was used for purifying in the Bible.

Around 1920, Bob McCormack, from Georgia, USA, started making canes for his friends and family. They became more and more popular and he started his own business called Bob’s Candies. Bob McCormack’s brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller, who was a Catholic priest, invented the Keller Machine that made turning straight candy sticks into curved candy canes automatic! In 2005, Bob’s Candies was bought by Farley and Sathers but they still make candy canes!

via:  http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/candycanes.shtml

 

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 11

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 11

Just a little Holiday Did You Know?  😛

Holiday leftovers aren’t just for humans. Elephant calf Thabo-Umasai at Germany’s Zoo Dresden joined camels, deer, and sheep in a traditional new-year feast of Christmas trees yesterday.

“ELEPHANTs around the country will enjoy a delicious lunch today consisting of about five Christmas trees each,” Ragnar Kuehne of Zoo Berlin told the Reuters news service on January 3 (Germany map).

Unlike the pie, pudding, and honeyed ham that may be haunting your fridge, though, pine trees’ unique oils may actually help some animals’ digestion, Kuehne said.

People too might benefit from a little bark—but not necessarily in their bites. Some doctors are touting supplements with a pine bark extract called Pycnogenol. Supporters claim the antioxidant compound can reduce asthma attacks, thin blood, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and relieve symptoms of diabetes.

—Ted Chamberlain

via:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/01/070104-christmas.html

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 10

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 10

Origin of Christmas Wreaths

The Christmas gifts sit under the tree all aglow – tucked in neatly with ribbons and bows. There are Christmas decorations placed about, and Christmas wreaths adorn the door. It’s that wonderful time of year again when mysteries are unveiled. So, why do we give Christmas gifts during this holiday season? Have you ever stopped to wonder about the history of gift giving? When did Christmas gifts become the highlight of the season and why? The idea of giving gifts most likely originated when the Three Kings brought offerings to baby Jesus upon his birth. Throughout history, there is documentation of gifts being exchanged during Three Kings’ Day as well as on Christmas Eve.

However, gift-giving as we know it today began in the early 19th century when some of the first few ads were posted in newspapers by store owners. By the late 19th century, giving gifts at Christmastime was in full swing as large retailers such as Macy’s began leaving their doors open late on Christmas Eve. Today, Christmas Day wouldn’t be the same without gifts under the tree. Another item you won’t want to leave off of your list when it comes to Christmas is one that’s as popular as gift giving itself – a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath.

The Christmas wreath is another tradition that has been around for a long time and was initially created from fresh evergreens. Since evergreens are green year-round, they were the obvious choice during the winter months. The word ‘wreath’ is derived from an English word meaning to twist, such as in a circle. Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory.

In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending. The wreaths were typically decorated with four candles, three on the exterior and one in the middle. The middle candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the arrival of the Light of the World – Jesus Christ. A tradition began in the early 19th century to lay evergreens shaped into wreaths or crosses on graves to honor the dead. Family members would bring them home to use as part of their Christmas decorations during the holiday season.

At Christmastime, it only makes sense to combine two of the most symbolic icons together, giving wreaths as gifts. Who wouldn’t love to display the beautiful colors of the holiday season upon their door during this festive time? Christmas wreaths come in many styles and designs. There are traditional wreaths with velvet red bows adorning noble fir branches speckled with berries to the more regal choice such as gold satin bows atop pine boughs embellished with juniper berries.

So why doesn’t everyone have a Christmas wreath hanging on the door as part of their Christmas decorations? Many people simply don’t realize how much a Christmas WREATH can illuminate an entranceway and provide festivity and cheer to visitors both old and new. As well, it can be hard to find the time to do the extra things that make the holiday season so special. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to share such a rich holiday tradition with your friends and relatives when selecting their Christmas gifts this year? And while you’re deciding which Christmas Forest wreath to send their way, shorten your holiday to-do list by purchasing one for your door too.

Info provided via:  https://www.christmasforest.com/christmas-wreaths/christmas-ideas

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 9

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 9

Do you enjoy paper crafts?  I used to scrapbook like crazy but then I started making digital albums as they were far less time consuming.  Recently though I discovered paper crafting.  Exploding gift boxes, pop-up gift cards, interactive gift cards and more! All made from PAPER.  How fun is that?  And how cute is this pop-up box card?  


Here is the tutorial I used to make my box.


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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 8

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Day 8

Coloring is an fun activity that we usually associate with children.  We grow up, get busy and put up our crayons and colored pencils in exchange for laundry, cooking & dishes.  As it turns out though coloring can be a wonderful stress relief for adults.  It’s not just for kids anymore.

Have you noticed the influx of adult coloring books in stores?  There’s a reason.  Coloring truly does de-stress as well as help us get in touch with our creative side.

When we color, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres.

In simplest terms, COLORING has a de-stressing effect because as we focus on one activity, we focus on only the activity and not on our stressors.  It also triggers our imagination and sweeps us back to our childhood.  Many psychologists have begun to recommend coloring as a way to relax and relieve anxiety.  

If you’ve yet to try coloring as a relaxation technique, give it a try.  Be sure to use colored pencils or crayons as opposed to markers that may go through the paper or give you a headache.  Grab yourself an adult color
book or better yet, ask Santa for one and have a wonderful & stress free Christmas!

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