Ten years ago when we switched to digital pictures and (My children don’t even know what “film” is. Ha! I know what film is. I used it a lot. One time I used an entire roll of film to do a photo session with my cat, Precious. I had them developed with double prints. My mom was not happy. I now understand.) I noticed a problem. I never printed off the pictures. I know I’m not alone in this. Back in 2008 I discovered a great/simple solution. The person that gave me the idea called hers “Year at a Glance”, so that’s what I call mine. Each year in May (Why May? I do not know. It’s the busiest month of the year! Read here.) I start my board fresh. So, this is my board from 2014.
The top left corner of the board begins in January 2014 and snakes its way down until December 2014. All of the pictures are in order. In May of each year I take down all of last year’s pictures. (Keeping them in order. This is important for later.)
I just bought cork board tiles. It’s not very pretty without pictures on it, but that’s all about to change. Once the picture are off I start with pictures from January through May of the current year.
Throughout the year I’ll continue to print pictures and put them on the board until the board is full and represents the current year. I’ll keep it up through May of the next year and begin the process all over again.
Next I grab the box that contains the last 6 years of pictures and tuck them inside. All of my pictures are labeled in order and with the year because I know at some point this box will be dropped, dumped over or whatever you can imagine 3 boys doing to a box of pictures…
The boys love these pictures in our playroom. At our old house these pictures were in our kitchen and as soon as you came in our house you saw them. I’d prefer it to still be that way, but we don’t have much wall space downstairs. It is so neat to look back through each year and remember all we did and see how much the boys have grown.
What about you? Do you print pictures? Do you have another solution for your pictures? I’d love to hear about it!