Discover how to take your photos from frumpy to fabulous with tips for managing your photo projects, plus step-by-step instructions.
Photo service websites such as Shutterfly, Snapfish and Blurb let you arrange photos on everything from albums to Facebook cover photo collages, mugs to dishtowels. If you’re re-creating Grandma’s preserves for the family’s holiday gifts, you even can create custom jam jar labels at VistaPrint.
The possibilities can make any family photo enthusiast’s heart race. But the single biggest mistake most people make when starting a digital photo project is to jump right into creating, without taking time to plan.
Spend 10 minutes thinking about the purpose, theme, tone and appearance of your project. This will make everything else easier, from deciding which service to use, to choosing templates and colors, to selecting the photos to include. If you know you want to create a fun and playful photo collage for a family reunion, for example, you’ll be on the lookout for bright colors and casual page layouts. You won’t waste time evaluating sober memorial designs, pet layouts and every other template the photo service offers.
Which Family Photo Should I Use?
First, organize your ideas with our free Photo Project Board worksheet download, excerpted from my book How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books), available at <ftu.familytreemagazine.com/pixel-perfect-photo-projects>. The same download has our Online Photo Service Comparison worksheet to help you decide which service to use. You also can check reviews of photo sites at <digital-photo-printing-review.toptenreviews.com>.