How to backup your digital scrapbooking layouts (and supplies)
The old wisdom about backing up goes something like this: It’s not if you’re going to need a backup, it’s when.
Even though I’ve experienced this firsthand, I’ll confess that I’m living dangerously at the moment. Sure, I have an external harddrive set up with time machine on my Mac, but that doesn’t protect against something happening to my physical backup like theft, fire, or flood. (And worse, my external drive shows some signs of dying. Eeek!)
Let’s be honest, this is the easiest thing to NOT do, but it’s so important. If you’re as bad as I am about printing layouts (another topic for another day) why leave the only copy of your scrapbooking on your local computer and an external harddrive? One of the great advantages of digital scrapbooking over paper is that you can reprint layouts if they are lost or damaged. But only if you have the original file safe somewhere!
This is why we all need an online backup service. If you’ve decided like me, you can’t go another day without backing up your digital scrapbooking layouts, check out the options I researched below.
The Completely Free Option – Flickr
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love saving a buck? If you want to backup your digital scrapbooking layouts for free, Flickr is a great option.
Flickr now offers users 1 TB of free space to store photos. If you just want to back up your final printed layouts and your photos, Flickr will work great.
Flickr is also a great place where you can share your digital scrapbooking layouts. You can share your layouts in groups like The Daily Digi’s Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration. (There’s even a group to share your Two More Days layouts here.)
Ok, but maybe you don’t want complete strangers downloading your full sized layouts and photos. Flickr does allow you to set your photos and layouts so that only you can see them. There is also a way to setup family sharing, so you can just share with friends and family. (Personally, I only share web size previews of my layouts and keep the full size images private.)
However, if you’re like me and like to keep all your layered files for your scrapbook pages or you have more than 1 TB of photos and layouts, you will need to look at a paid option.
The Crashplan for Everything
I’ve consistently heard recommendations from digital scrapbookers for Crashplan.
Crashplan let’s you backup an unlimited amount of data, with no maximum file size, backup external hard drives, access files from a mobile app, and offers a free trial.
Crashplan costs $5.99 a month or you can sign up for a year or more at a discount.
If you have more than digital scrapbooking layouts and photos you want backed up, Crashplan looks like an excellent option.
One of the amazing features they offer is that they keep your deleted files for (supposedly) forever. There are so many files I keep on my computer that I don’t really need because I worry I might need them someday. (Not that I recommend going crazy deleting things. But at least we can all rest a little easier after hitting the delete key.)
If you absolutely need everything backed up right away, you can pay and extra $125 and have an external hard drive mailed to you.
The Cloud is Not a Backup
In the back of my mind, I’ve believed that I at least have my photos backed up because I keep most of them in my Dropbox folder. And yes, if something happened to my computer they should be on Dropbox’s servers.
I love Dropbox and they just made their plans even better, so why don’t I recommend them for backup? Because Dropbox wasn’t designer primarily to be a backup tool. It works in a pinch, but it’s strengths are syncing between computers and sharing. (The same goes for Google Drive, One Drive, etc.)
For example, read this story of someone who lost years of photos after a syncing problem. (And PSA, it’s a really bad idea to use selective sync for anything you care about. Always keep a local copy of your important files.)
The best thing? If you sign up for a service like Crashplan, it will back up your Dropbox folder so you can have the best of both worlds.
Do you back up your photos and layouts? What’s your setup? Let me know in the comments below.