Pictures of you. Pictures of me.

No matter the method of camera, film or digital, pictures just seem to stack up.  Whether they be in boxes in your closet or files on your computer, pictures rarely get the opportunity to grace the pages of a photo album. So I am here today to give you a call to action: do something about it! Whether you are in for a longer, more timely and hands-on project or a quick, clean, computer-based activity, I have some options that will allow you to check this elephant of a project off of your never-ending to-do list.

The question for you is: Traditional Scrapbook or Digital Scrapbook? I’ve recently traveled down both roads and enjoy either option for different reasons. Here are some differences and helpful hints to help you give your memories the showcasing they deserve.

Traditional Scrapbook

I am not going to claim to be a scrapbooking queen. I am sure there exist many-a-blog on the subject alone. So I am here to tell you that you don’t need to be an expert to create a wonderful handmade scrapbook. Before the birth of my son and in the midst of a nesting frenzy, I dusted off a college scrapbook that lay dormant in my closet for five years. I figured it was time to finish it or it would never get done.

Instead of doing your traditional chronological scrapbook, I created what is called an ABC scrapbook. Twenty-seven spreads, in alpha order, with subjects pertaining to whatever it is you are scrapping about. For example, “A” was for Advertising, “S” was for Summer and when you have already used a letter and want to get creative, “E” was for “Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”

The best way to attack a monster like this one is to plan from the beginning. Lay out your pictures, write out your plan, then hit the store. There are millions of adorable background pages as well as stickers, stamps and other decor. If you are like me and have awful handwriting, don’t shy away from printing on colored paper or using letter stickers to spell out words. Also toss in things you have saved, newspaper clippings, concert tickets, napkins and coasters, etc. These make your book have that extra personal touch that a digital scrapbook has a hard time doing.

My college scrapbook is the only full-on book I have ever put together, but I have received two as a gift from my sister, who is exceptionally talented in the “scrapping” department. For my high school graduation, she put together a chronological book for me and gave it to me the morning of graduation, complete with prom pictures from two nights before.

For my bachelorette party, she asked women from all part’s of my life to make a page. This book is so special to me and I am able to see all of my special ladies’ personalities shine through as I flip through the pages.

Digital Scrapbooks

After creating my wedding album using My Publisher, I became obsessed with digital photo albums. Much of my creative talent is better suited for the computer, so I became addicted to putting books together. I received a digital camera in 2003, and therefore, have no photo albums since 2002. Something needed to change, so I organized all of the photos on my computer by year and began creating an album for each year.

With mediums such as My Publisher, Snapfish, Shutterfly and iPhoto, you are able to pick solid or different print backgrounds, type captions and create collages of pictures just by dragging and dropping. The great thing about digital photo albums? The pictures won’t fade or wrinkle. Printed right on the page, these books make great coffee table books. The covers can be colorful hardcovers or you can get a printed book cover/sleeve to go over the top, so your photo album resembles a book right out of the library.

I am currently looking into getting all of our old family photos digitally scanned so that I can make albums dating back to, well, going back quite awhile. Online services such as BritePix, offer full scanning services for as little as 19 cents/print. I think I am going to opt for a local option, so that I am able to drive and drop off the pictures myself. Once I make the books, I will make copies for my family members as well!

Whatever method you choose, you will not be disappointed in the outcome. It takes time, but it is fun once you get started!

What photo album personality are you?



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3 responses to “Pictures of you. Pictures of me.

  1. Cassie or Carly

    Having two kids and with one on the way, I preach digital photos. I don’t have the time to stuff photos into a book. I really, just, don’t.

    Digital all the way!

  2. Nicole

    Stef, thanks for the “call to action” .. I’m currently sitting an an office surrounded by totes of photos and scrapbooking paraphernalia .. and a baby who just started to crawl, AHH!! 🙂

  3. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of yur
    blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a ittle more in the way of content so people could
    connect wiith iit better. Youve got an awful lot off text for only having 1 or
    2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

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