Saturday, October 19, 2013

Preserving Photo Memories: 31 Days of Intentional Living

Last Saturday, I wrote about how you can take better pictures of your kids. But what happens next?

Like most people, you don't take the pictures off your camera until you've run out of memory. What do you do with them once they're transferred to your computer?

I have always been partial to prints, but it takes commitment to put them into an album instead of a cardboard box in your closet.

Scrapbooking was a craze when my children were babies, but who has time to cut and tape and sticker and organize? Let's face it, I haven't even finished my daughter's baby scrapbook and she's almost nine.

There are some quick and easy, but quite lovely, alternatives for the Mom on the go. All of my suggestions can be made using any online shop, such as Shutterfly (I've been very happy with their quality) or Snapfish.

  • Photobooks. By far the easiest way to capture memories, you can make them as simple or complicated as you like in a variety of styles and sizes. Create a "year in the life" book or focus on a vacation or special event.
  • Make a calendar. Every Christmas we do a family calendar with photos from the year or from a special vacation and give them as gifts. I had a friend who made an anniversary calendar for her spouse with photos from the past and present.
  • Photo gifts. There are a plethora of photo gift options online from coffee mugs to mouse pads to refrigerator magnets. These make great gifts or keepsakes for the home.
  • Create a wall collage. Purchase and frame a varying size prints (such as 8x10, 11x14, or 16x20) of your favorite photos of your kids or family. There are many different ways to arrange them on the wall. Pinterest is a great source of design inspiration.

Part of intentional living is capturing and preserving memories, because photographs and videos document life and help tell our stories. Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to create something special with the photographs you've taken.

What is your favorite way to display photographs in your home?

This is a post in a series called, 31 days of Intentional Living. You can find all the posts in this series here, updated each day in October. Category: Inspirational & Faith

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