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When I shared the baseball post last week, it reminded me that I’ve been asked how I keep up with my photos. I feel like I can find a “throwback” photo in a matter of minutes!

Well, the answer is Shutterfly.

Since 2009 (or early 2010), I started using that app to upload photos from my phone.

Of course, I’ve also used Shutterfly through the years to order prints (now I use Walgreens), create photo gifts, and create holiday cards too.

So, I have many albums titled things like…January 2010, Feb/March 2010, Isle of Palms vacay 2017, Homer, first day of school 1st grade, soccer, baseball Reds, dance, and more!

I’m not sure what took me soo long, but it wasn’t until 2020 when I finally organized the albums into folders. So, I have a 2020 folder that has an album for each month along with other general events/activities like camp, sports, vacation, etc. Then, I repeated that process for 2021 and have started the same for 2022.

Actually, I know I can go back and put those other years into one folder, but I’ve yet to do that.

I have still kept general album categories like “old photos,” “kids’ elementary artwork,” “house,” “blog,” and “Homer.” Speaking of Homer, that album definitely has the most photos…guess how many photos I’ve taken of Homer! Take a guess, and I will share the answer at the bottom of this post.

One of my favorite albums is my “recipe” album. You know when you screenshot recipes on Instagram or Facebook and they just live in your camera roll? Well, that’s where I put those recipes to keep for reference.

Even with my Shutterfly organization, I still sometimes have to take a few minutes at the end of the month to upload photos….and occasionally I have to intentionally sit down and delete photos from my phone.

Also, I know my phone backs up to the Apple iCloud (is that what it’s called?!), but I still like to use Shutterfly, because it just seems easier for me to access.

The only thing I wish Shutterfly would do is save videos, but it doesn’t. I think those go to the cloud too…or my Google storage…or both?!?, but I still don’t feel like anything is as easy to access as Shutterfly.

What about you? How do you save your photos? I know there are similar apps to Shutterfly and everyone probably has their preference, but I do love Shutterfly!

If only there was an app that could immediately organize my closet… *sigh*

I’m spending most of today on a Zoom for a professional development session. While not my ideal Thursday, I do prefer to knock out these hours in the summer…and from the comfort of my home is even better.

747. That’s how many photos I’ve taken of Homer in three years! He’s the most loved dog…ever.

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

9 thoughts on “Shutterfly

  1. I will have to look into that. Do you have the free version? I try to go to my school PD before school starts so I can talk to people. We only have to do 2 days on our own now. It used to be 3. I hope it’s not horrible for you today!


  2. 747! That Homer sure is loved! I used to do monthly albums but got away from it. Maybe I’ll try it again this summer. It is nice to have everything in one place ready to make a book. I use google photos but had to buy more storage for all my emails, documents, photos, and videos because I don’t delete any pictures or videos. So much memory hoarding. Sigh…

    Hope your PD is easy today!!


    1. I keep meaning to get on Google and delete the photos that have been backed up there to allow me to have more storage…since the photos are on Shutterfly…but I never get around to doing it


  3. I love Shutterfly too and have all our photos there since 2000! I started backing up to Google Photos in about 2009 and Amazon photos a few years ago. So I actually have a triple back up system. I put the pics in folders too. Great post!

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