To scrapbook or not to scrapbook? That is a question that I ask myself every time I download my digital photos from the camera to the computer. I crop, edit and embellish with photography tools and technology to my heart’s desire.
And then what happens? They stay put. Tucked away in a file folder that exists in my hard drive.
I am frustrated by this, as I love to take photos. Every day I snap at least one thing that strikes me as fun, funny, beautiful, or just something that I want to remember about the day. I have toyed with the idea of scrapbooking, and even gave it a try when my little ones were babies and tots. But I couldn’t keep up. And crafting a book of memories just wasn’t my thing.
Lucky for me, there are more options for things to do with photos. The key for me was to figure out what would fit me, my schedule, my budget and my personality. Here are a few ideas for you to check out as well.
Create a Slideshow: I do this with photos of events where I get pretty snap-happy. When there is a sporting event that one of the kids is involved in, I tend to take photo after photo. The kids like to relive these events in photos, and while it isn’t necessarily cost-effective to have each photo printed, I can create and save a slideshow for them to watch of themselves.
Photo Blog: If you want to share what is going on in life with friends and family, create a photo blog. Blogs are easy to create and often free. Upload a few photos from each day and you will have somewhat of a photo journal to share. This can also be done privately and for your own purposes, such as a photo diary.
Order Prints Online: Still like to have photos you can thumb through? Join an online photography site like snapfish and order prints online for a fraction of the cost of printing them yourself. Often these sites will run specials where you can receive free prints with other purchases.
Digital Scrapbooking: If you like the idea of having a scrapbook, but don’t actually enjoy the process itself, you can create digital scrapbooks. I do not like to craft, but I do like the look of a book of photographs. Again, online photo websites like snapfish make it simple to load your photos and add captions to each one or each page. You can organize the layout you want on each page or have pages auto generated. In as little as a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days, you can have a book of photos created.
Scrapbooking, in its traditional sense, is just not for me. But creating a keepsake of photographic memories is. Luckily, there are many ways for someone like me to do this!