- leave on the camera memory card
- upload to your computer...for no one to see
- print them at Target and keep in an envelope
- share on Face Book
OR how about PRESERVE those Memories! You don't need to be an avid Scrapbooker or Computer Whiz to be able to preserve and showcase your photos. Here are some fun, simple and unique ways to do just that.
First, get the photos off the camera and onto your computer. I love using Google's Picasa. It a free program you can download to your computer to store, edit, print and more.
Second, look through them. I mean spend some time and pick out those favorite shots of your daughter in the pool, or your Mom riding horseback, etc...you know the shots. You don't NEED to scrap or print EVERY picture you took, that's just took much work.
Third, once you have your top selection of photo memories figured out, its time to do something with them. here are some ideas I have done.
mini "one picture" books
These are my favorite little timeline books, you can do this from annual vacation getaways to school pictures or birthdays, the possibilities are endless!
this is my Disney salute to NY book
Each time my husband and I go to Walt Disney World in FL, we take a picture in the same spot with the NY backdrop behind us.
If you took a special trip, a once in a lifetime trip, like a friend of mine did to Walt Disney World you can create a custom Keepsake Album.
I created this book for her family with a large spiral chipboard album
Collage Photo Page
Maybe you have a lot of favorite photos, so using the collage maker through Picasa you can put them all together in one "big" picture. Add into to a piece of scrapbooking paper or card stock and then you can frame it and display or create a special album of all these great collages.
this I made for a sweet friend of mine after we had a fun filled weekend at WDW
4 x 6 Pictures with Journal cards
There are so many quick and easy products available now at your local craft store to big chains like Target. Buy a Photo quality 12 x12 album and the 6 slot 4 x 6 refill pages and you could put together a whole album in less than a day!
This is an example of just that. I like to use these pages mixed within my traditional albums. I slide in the photos and then use pre cut cardstock and stickers and add story behind the pictures. Very easy!
A digital photo book from a website, such as Shutterfly or Snapfish.
The picture of the album below is similar but was made using a digital photo maker through Disney's PhotoPass website. These type of albums are so quick and easy to do now. For the Traditional sites, you can just upload your selected photos, pick your theme and let "it" create the book for you. My Mother does this all the time.
It seems just about everyone is snapping photos off their iphone or ipad nowadays, including on Vacations. Besides just sharing them on Face Book or Twitter why not use a great new app called Simple Prints. You select photos off your idevice, place on the page, and order, Cant get any easier!
You can even personalize the pages after you receive your book in the mail. Add some stickers and other embellishments. PERFECT!
Another mixed media in digital scrapbooking can be done through Mixed Book.
Although I have not personally done these, I've heard it is quite easy and fun and you can purchase themed packs (including Disney) to make the pages even more unique. The pictures below were made by a fellow Disney Fan Erica B.
This is probably the most time consuming of all of these ideas, but alas my favorite. I truly love the feel of paper and adding my photos in unique patterns and layouts, then adding all the little pizazz.
a souvenir collage
simple use of space and design
play on the scene in the title "beach"
Postcards as journal spaces
In case you think I go nowhere but WDW...here are a few pages from other vacations to the Atlanta area and the beach.
The top photo is an example of a souvenir collage. You know all that stuff you pick up along the way, now you slap it down on a piece of paper and add it to your photo album.
The second two just showcase simple to a little more flair of the use of simple embellishments, clever title letters and basic photo layouts is really all you need.
The last photo shows a great way to close an album. This layout is the closing page to a Myrtle Beach Family vacation we took back in 2003 with my parents and sister's family. I had each person write down their favorite memories on some purchased postcards and attached them in the book.
I truly hope some of these ideas have inspired you, to get those photos out of that envelope or upload to print and find a way that preserves your vacations memories!
Coming next in this series (why not, huh?) is Vacation Photos preserved as a display! stay tuned
happy memory making, preserving, and crafting! Thanks for reading, Julie