Last year I wrote a post What to do with all your photos – Digital photo books. I am a strong believer that your pictures SHOULD NOT live on your computer. I decided to change it up this year and try photo albums thanks to the encouragement of one of you guys. Ellie at Adventures with Ellie where she blogs about her journey completely her own family albums each year. After answering a ton of my questions (thanks Ellie) I decided to give this old school way of preserving our family memories a try. I am using the materials and supplies created by Becky Higgins for Project Life.
I decided to go with Becky Higgins Project Life photo albums, core kit, and page protectors. I love the flexibility of these products. Unfortunately, they sell out quickly so I kind of went crazy and bought a ton of stuff when they were in stock. I know they are out of stock of several things now but should be back in stock by the end of April. I love the little journaling cards that come in the core kit. I love that my own handwriting is telling the story instead of fonts from the computer. Let me tell you, I have the worst handwriting. Seriously, it looks slightly like a serial killer. But it’s mine and I want the kids to have that to remember.
One of my problems with photo albums vs digital photo books is I took so many pictures. I fear I amy have 3-4 albums per year. We’ll see when I’m finished at the end of this year. I have also toyed with the idea of doing an album for each kid each year. Just putting pictures of them in them. This may help with my over abuntance of photos in each album. We will see though. It would be nice for them to have albums full of their childhood to take with them when they move out because they will not be taking the family albums. I know we raided my moms albums when we moved out so it would be good for them to have their own.
Why I love Photo Albums!
1. Less time on the computer
I spend a lot of my day on the computer editing pics, Facebook, emailing, and blogging. I love that this is something I can do at my kitchen table or on my couch away from the computer.
2. Printing my images
Printing your images is something everyone should do. Don’t rely on your computer to save them. By printing your images it is just another way to back up your images. I was putting them in a photo box so why not take a few extra minutes to display them for friends and family to flip through.
3. Instant gratification
I love seeing my hard work put into action right away. When I was doing my digital photo books I had to wait a whole year to see the final product. Yes, I could look at it on the computer but it is wonderful to have it in your hands to flip through.
4. Write down funny things
I love these small journaling cards that come in the core kit of Project Life. I keep them out so when one of the kids says something funny I can jot it down really fast.
5. Kids love to flip through
The first morning after I put the photo album together, I found the girls going through it several time. They loved looking at the pictures and pointing out who was in them and what they were doing.
6. Quality of the photos
I get my photos printed at a pro photo lab which means the quality is fantastic. I love having high quality images to pass along to my girls.
7. Save all the little things
It’s fun to save the receipts, ticket stubs, maps or brochures of our adventures. In these page protectors you can place these items in their for us to look back years from now to remember how much things cost plus all the fun Japanese writing on brochures from our time in Japan.
Items I have
Black Signature Binder
Clementine Core Kit (out of stock till late May)
Core Kit – Cobalt Edition
Photo Pocket Pages – Big Variety Pack 1 (60 Pages)
Photo Pocket Pages (big variety package 2)
Photo Pocket Pages (big pack of design a) (out of stock till late April)
Photo Pocket Pages – Design C (pack of 12) (out of stock till late April)
12 x 12 Page Protectors
Big Envelope Pages
Black Scrapbook Pens (set of 5)
What do you do with all your photos???
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