I love pictures! No matter what they’re from, who they are of, or where they were taken, looking at pictures is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Almost every time I go home to Pittsburgh, my family and I end up bringing out the box of old photos and just sit for hours going through them and telling stories. Last time we went through them I even stole some and took them home to scan so that I can have digital copies also 🙂
Like this one for example. Wasn’t I the cutest baby?!
Anyways, for Christmas last year I got a pretty nice camera, the Olympus Pen Mini, and I’ve been trying to take lots of pictures at holiday parties and family events because when I have kids I want them to get excited about rummaging through a box filled with old photos too! But I’ve decided that maybe instead of an old, beat up box, I’ll store my pictures in really pretty photo boxes!
I got these at AC Moore, 5 for $10. I thought it was a pretty good deal. They had all different types of patterns and colors but I chose these, pretty much because they were the easiest to grab. AC Moore always has some kinda deal going on with photo boxes so if you’re ever in the market to buy some, check with them first.
For this project I also used #6 envelopes, some mod podge, some labels I made on my Cricut, and of course all my photos!
I used #6 envelopes because all of my pictures are 4 x 6 and the boxes don’t hold 5 x 7 photos unless they’re laying down. I ended up cutting off the top flap of the envelopes because they just got in the way.
After all the flaps were cut off I glued my labels to the front of the envelopes. You don’t need labels, I just figured it would look prettier this way.
Now all you need is your boxes and all of your pictures!
This is the fun part. You have to go through all of your pictures and group them into categories or events. For examples, I grouped all of my Christmas pictures together, all of my trips back to Pittsburgh, and so on and then I went through each category and sorted them by year or event. If you have lots and lots of photos this could take awhile so break it up into groups.
Once you’re done put them in an envelope and label the envelope with the Holiday and year or the event and location.
And that’s it! If you have tons of pictures you can designate a box just for holidays or just for vacations or birthdays or you can just label the box with a specific year and fill it with New Years, Valentines Day, 4th of July, Christmas, etc for that year. I hope this helps with some of your photo storage needs!
Do you realize how happy I am that I am not the only one who gets giddy over labels?! 🙂 I love these boxes!
Haha! Thanks! Well I’m glad I’m not alone when it comes to loving labels. They just make everything look so much nicer!
I am in desperate need to go through my photos, in fact a little bit of everything needs to be sorted through. You have given me some great ideas!
I’m glad! Going through my photos and sorting them and organizing them was the most fun chore I’ve done in a while – haha. I hope you have fun going through your pics!
I love photos, wow this is great!
Just pin you on pinterest, hope its ok
I really appreciate it! Thanks so much!
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Good idea I have so many photos maybe 20 yrs or so of photos don’t know how to begin. A lot of them don’t have year marked Would you just put them in by season or holiday ? Or in the case of grandkids would you put them in individually per child. Eek I need help. Thank you.
i love this! What size are those boxes?
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