If you’re like the rest of us, you’ll have taken hundreds of photos throughout the year. Then you promise yourself to sort and organize them only to land up with a headache.
Before we share some photo album designs with you here are a few tips.
- Delete duplicates. Take a few minutes at the end of a busy photographic day or week and remove those excess photos. Choose the best.
- Create folders on your mobile or computer. As you take your pictures, assign or move them to these folders. Create multiple folders if an image fits into more than one category.
- When the time comes to create your album, it’ll be easier to find what you want.
If you’re the no clutter type who prefers to keep their memories in a digital format, there are many digital scrapbook making apps and websites. You can add personal notes, have a variety of layouts, add music, and create your own story. You can share these via social media or print them out. Digital albums are the ideal way to preserve memories.
A Digital Photo Collage
Digital Photo Collage Apps help you to take your memories and build a moving storyboard. A collage is ideal for online sharing, and you won’t have to send a multitude of individual pictures. Ideal for travelers who clog up bandwidth with hundreds of photos.
Create a Coffee Table Book
Having your pictures on a hard drive doesn’t have the same feel or make the same impression as paging through a book. There are many self-publishing platforms, or you can chat with your friendly neighborhood printer. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and it’ll be a talking point amongst your friends and family.
An Old Book Album
Second-hand stores are full of old hardcover books which sell for a song. Choose a book with a theme such as the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and paste your family photos on each page. Stick your travel photos into “Gulliver’s Travels’. No stopping your creative thoughts.
Make a calendar and paste your favourite photos on it. You can make a different model for every room. Calendars are ideal for gifts and can be updated every year.
A great way to keep abreast of who’s who in your friendship circle. Have a picture of the person next to their birthday.
Post Card Photo Album
Receiving an old-fashioned postcard with an original photo on it will surprise everyone. If you don’t want to post your card, build a small box and put the cards in date order.
Vintage Photo Album
Step back into yesteryear. Find an old album that still uses photo corners. Add your comments, and scrapbookers can go crazy. Who says that old-fashioned isn’t fun.
Pull Out Album
For this, you’ll need a box. It could be large or small, depending on what you want to achieve. Link your photos together using string, raffia, or sticky tape and fold them concertina style into the box. A piece of ribbon on the top will help to pull the pictures out of the box. It’s an excellent talking point on your coffee table or office desk, and it doesn’t take up much space.
The Final Word
Don’t try to do it all in one go, but also don’t wait until the end of the year to tackle a project. Choose a theme – family, grandchildren, travel in Bali, and think of a fun way to tell that story. If you’ve allocated your pictures to various folders, it’ll be easier to find those elusive photos. Your album isn’t an encyclopedia. It should tell a unique story. Whatever you do, remember to have fun.