Originally Posted by KathleenRay
I guess I am looking for permission to give up, but also suggestions anyone might have for fast, simple ways of effectively preserving family photographs and memories. I am the family photographer - I do love photography and take many photos. The thought of them sitting in an album never to be enjoyed makes me feel very sad.
Well, I agree with everyone else who mentioned online photobooks. I have avoided getting into scrapbooking - it just scares me as another hobby to suck me in and fill my house up with stuff.
I have enough of those hobbies already.
We just made two books on mypublisher - one for our vacation and one for all of our 2006 photos. They came out beautiful, and it was so easy. We use Photoshop elements as well, which makes sorting and finding photos very easy. We just uploaded the photos and got a book in three days. No paper, no scissors.
Another huge benefit is that these books are only about 1/4-to 1/2-inch thick...so much smaller than scrapbooks or traditional photo albums. So I can make as many as I want and it'll still take up very little shelf space. Less clutter even after
it's done. I'm sold.
I also learned about picaboo.com - where you can make custom backgrounds and put text right on the photos. I've heard you can also create layouts like this in Power Point, and upload those to Shutterfly to print out a book.
eta: and it's a lot cheaper too. $30 to $40 for a book with 80 to 120 photos. It would cost at least $15 just to have those photos printed at 4x6, not to mention the cost of a scrapbook itself. In the photo book you can set the photos to whatever size you want - no need to worry about enlargements, etc.
Thanks also for the ideas of trading scrapbooking supplies on the TP. I have a couple of CM wedding books (gifts!) that I haven't touched.