what to do with them all!??!?!?
I have pics still waiting for me to do something with from when DH and I were dating! And baby#2...I haven't even started her baby book yet. baby #1 is 6yo...not a baby anymore...when do I find time to do anything, and, bigger question, what?
My mom has tons of pictures in picture books, but no one looks at them. They're in a bookcase. Hidden away, just as if they were stuck in the computer.
So, what to do? collages? how many can one house hold? Do we just take too many pictures?
any ideas of what to do with them?
There are several methods you could use, but in your situation I would put all the digital images on your computer (first uploading those from cameras and phones) in chronological order, then choose the ones you like best and upload them into a photobook with appropriate captions, perhaps a book for each year.
I have printed the hard cover photobooks from each of our recent vacations. They are almost coffee table type books. The spine has the title on it, so it is easy to locate the book I'd like to view when sitting on a shelf. I keep the books in the living room and my DD loves to look at them (also less stress than traditional books because I could always order another copy if she ruined one). We have taken two trips with families members and I printed a second copy to give to the grandmother who went with us (another nice bonus to photobooks).
I am currently working on my 2009 family album - it will have to be split into two books because I take a lot of pictures too! Then I'll tackle our more recent vacation (1,100+ photos to sort through from that one).
It is still time intensive, but I find it easier than dealing with prints and scrapbooking (which I used to do a lot of) because the only thing I need is my laptop so there's no mess to get out and put away each time I want to work on the albums.
The books end up costing me about $50 per book. When I think back to my days of buying rolls of film at $3 per roll, then developing them at $12 per roll, and needing to take dozens of rolls to get some great shots, the digital camera/photobook combo starts seeming like a really good deal!
Mom to John (age 11), James (age 9) & Katherine (age 5)
rotating art is probably the next place i would go. print out your favorites from the collection in color or black and white, and in a large size. get simple frames from a craft store or Ikea, and put up those images. Perhaps you have a plce where you have three images at a time--a collection of 3 in an entryway for example. Choose images seasonally, and switch them out each season. then the pictures rotate through.
i have a picture up now that i love--it's hawk in his first mud puddle, taken about a year ago. i also have a great picture from his first birthday, and then one from his birthday itself (his first photograph). of course, DS's birthday is soon, so it's a good choice.
I find that doing it seasonally is great: family photos from christmas past, easter photos in spring, back to school photos in autumn, photos from our wedding/honeymoon around our anniversary, birthday photos around birthdays, etc etc. Honestly, it's really fun AND you aren't saturated with photos.
I keep the ones not in use in a file (acid free) with the seasonal stuff for our nature table (which is just starting out here, i usually just collect from nature so that it can go back out to compost) and seasonal decorations. I try to keep this to one box, as we don't have a lot of storage, so simple things like these photos and things that can be stored flat are my favorites.
and it's cool, because if i decide i want a different photo, i just go to my thumb drive and away you go.
I have one scrapbook from when DS was a baby and I love it... I never ordered one online , but i've been meaning to...
I need to cull from my old computer before the year is over too... oh man you are making me nervous and in a panic... I NEED HELP... lol
I also NEED to get a shadow box made of DS 'going home from the hospital' outfit w. crib card and ankle bracelet.... Im ONLY 10 yrs late on that too...
Mom to J and never-ending , 0/2014 items decluttered, 0/52 crafts crafts completed
Seeking zen in 2014. Working on journaling and finding peace this year. Spending my free time taking J to swimteam
I just ordered two from Walgreens (free with a special one-day promo) recently and they turned out pretty nice, also.
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