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We celebrate National Get Organized Week in October.  I don’t know about you, but I’m certain that it will take more than a week for me to “Get Organized”.  Still, it’s good to have a goal.  It’s good to put it out there for the world to see.  It helps you “own” it.  Accountability is everything.  Get Organized Week comes on the heels of Save Your Photos Month, celebrated in September each year.  As a member of APPO, and a resident of Houston, September 2017 will forever be a bittersweet memory.

As a wanna-be genealogist, enthusiastic scrapbooker, and committed keeper of the family photos, every day is the day to get organized.  Life happens though.  Life just happens.  Priorities change.  Until disaster strikes and then it’s too late.

Professional photo organizers will tell you to save your digital photos first because they’re more at risk on a daily basis.  While this is true, after seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, I’m more committed than ever not only to get my printed photos in order but to complete some projects that can be passed down to future generations.

When Diane and I first started talking about Heritage Scrappers, I was thrilled at the thought of having a go-to place where I could learn about genealogy AND combine my research with my love of scrapbooking.  When it comes to projects, I’m a bit like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  I’m guilty of “flying by the seat of my pants”.  In the past, I made what I’ll lovingly refer to as sub-projects.  A slide show or photo book for a grandchild is such a tiny piece of the big picture of our family story.

Get Organized week is celebrated the last week of October but we’re going to extend that to the entire month (it might take an entire year for some of us).

How many photos do you have?

I do have 95% of my photos on a single hard drive with extra cloud backup but I’m certain there are some that are duplicates and even triplicates.  Most people don’t realize just how many photos they have.  The thought of going through 141,351 photos is a bit overwhelming but before you judge me, how many do YOU have?  How many are duplicates?

Week 1 Tip

Each week in October I’ll be sharing a tip or tool to help you Get Your Photos Organized.  Inside the Heritage Scrappers Facebook Group we’ll be sharing ways to Get Your Genealogy Research Organized.

Aside from poking you with a stick to get you going, this week my tool is the Picture Keeper Photo-Storage USB Device and the Picture Keeper Pro 500GB Automatic Backup Device at a 50% discount.  If you’re in the U.S. you’ll want to check this out on Groupon.  The USB Device comes in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB.  I picked up a 16GB (at 60% off the retail price! with the Groupon deal) so I could quickly dump the photos from our phones and tablets.  I picked up the Pro (50% Off – SCORE!) so I could quickly let the tool do the work of finding the duplicates in my massive photo folder AND to have another backup.  I’m pretty sure I can easily knock a few GB from my folder.  If you’re reading this post and the Groupon deal is gone, here is a Direct Link To Picture Keeper.



Last Day For September Deals

September Retiring Products – Gone at Midnight Tonight!

Today is the last day to save 75% on these retiring products by ADB-Designs and Over The Fence Designs.

Last Day For September Backyard Bargain

Last Day To Get The BEST DEAL On The Heritage Scrappers CLUB

If you are a Digital Scrapbooking Genealogy Enthusiast, be sure to check out The CLUB before midnight.

The Heritage Scrappers Group is FREE.  Everyone is welcome.  Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy or scrapbooking OR both, we hope you’ll join us as we trek along on our journey.  You’ll find people on all levels inside the group.  We’re scrapbooking genealogy lovers, helping each other go from where we are today, to where we want to be tomorrow.  You can scrap your pages with kits from ANY designer.  This group is about helping YOU expand your knowledge, find answers, and convert your photos to family stories.

The Heritage Scrappers CLUB is for you if you love scrapbooking products with a vintage flair, want plenty of genealogy elements to embellish your pages, AND LOVE A BARGAIN.

CLUB MEMBERS receive a full MEGA Collection each month PLUS up to $20 in Bonuses.  As a Grand Opening Bonus, each subscriber also receives an awesome bonus coupon valid on any Personal Use Products by ADB-Designs at These bonus coupons will go away at midnight tonight. Join today to get the best deal on your genealogy scrapbooking supplies.  There is an affordable option for every budget.

Monthly – $19.95 
Semi-Annually – $89.70
Annually – $119.40 (It’s like getting 10 Mega Collections FREE!)