A Simple Way to Catalogue Your Film Archives.


Imagine when you want to look for that roll of film from a special trip or event you went to a few years ago and you realize that you have tens or even hundreds of rolls stashed in your storage area. Each one of them needs to be taken out and painstakingly gone through just to look for that one roll.

Well, the good news is if you’re only beginning now and you only have in your name a handful of films, you can avoid that with some simple cataloging. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:
1. Sticker Paper
2. Printer
3. Some knowledge on Microsoft Office Word

You can get these ready-cut sticker papers in most stationary stores. The one I bought came with three columns but I have seen ones with other configurations.

In Microsoft Office Word, make tables with the type of information you intend to record on your canisters. In my case, I’ve decided to have a code line, date, location and film type.

I’ll be using the code line to keep track of which film roll an album or a photo is from so that if I want to make any reprints, I could just look for the code and know which film to grab. As for the date, location and film type, they’re easily changeable to suit your needs! Maybe you want to have a line to keep track of which event the roll was from or even which friend you got it from if you’re doing film swaps.

The possibilities are there for you to explore so do what you have to to suit your needs and make sure that the next time you’re looking for that particular roll of film, you’ll have no trouble finding it.

written by esmondsit on 2011-08-09 #gear #tutorials #film #archive #tipster #roll #record #label


  1. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    So are you labelling the undeveloped film? What do you do when the film is developed.

  2. yarah
    yarah ·

    @simonh82 I think the developed films are stored in the film canister. But it is also a great tip for undeveloped film, which are lying in the fridge waiting to be used. Every time I'm looking for a special kind of film, i've to open all the canisters, with the stickers on it, it's way easy to find them :D

  3. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    i just write on the canister in marker pen...all you need then is a pen!

  4. esmondsit
    esmondsit ·

    @simonh82 Yes, as yarah said it works for both developed and undeveloped films.
    @zoezo I'm sure it works as good. =D For people like me who can't draw on anything but a flat surface, it helps cause then I could read my own handwriting. =P

  5. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    :-) thats true

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