Home > Using Photo Albums to Tell A Story -- Posted 2/22/09
Most families happily snap photographs at family gatherings, during vacations or outings, and during holidays. These photos, lovingly taken, often end up sadly abandoned in the back of a closet in a shoe box. Instead of letting these precious memories fade away in storage, why not use a scrapbook to make a charming album everyone will enjoy browsing?

Scrapbooking has become more and more popular and it has evolved into a new and artistic means of self-expression. A walk through your local craft store can be almost overwhelming. With aisles and aisles of scrapbooking supplies, this simple hobby can appear both complicated and expensive. Although it is quite easy to blow the budget on fancy papers and detailed stickers, scrapbooking can be a cheap hobby the whole family can enjoy. For the price of a trip to the movies, you and your family can create a treasured heirloom that your children will enjoy browsing for years.

A beautiful photo album can be passed down through generations and your grandchildren will see their own story, the story of family reflected in its pages. There are a few things to keep in mind when getting started making your own photo album. Keep in mind that a photo album is not only for you and your children, but their children and grandchildren as well. Investing in a high-quality photo album will ensure that your family’s story withstands the test of time. Make sure the pages of the album are acid-free as certain papers will cause your precious family photos to fade. Keep those memories crisp and bright by buying your album from a trusted source! Remember, a photo album can be an expensive hobby or an affordable one. Be creative to save money. Browse the clearance section of your craft store to find pretty and affordable embellishments for your picture album’s pages. Remember, of course, that all items you put in your album should be acid-free. If you have a souvenir you’d like to include but are uncertain if it will damage other items in your album (such as a ticket stub) you can treat it with an acid neutralizing solution. These treatments can be found at any hobby or craft store.

Perhaps the hardest part of making an album is deciding how to start. If you are feeling overwhelmed, here are a few album ideas that will help you tell a story with pictures. How about having a special album for each child? You can depict the child’s growth chronologically, from baby pictures to high school graduation photos. Even a teenager will enjoy helping and seeing such an encapsulation of his or her childhood. Or a parent could assemble such an album as a graduation gift! You could have a family album of just pets or even summer gardens. Capture home renovations with special before and after albums! Relive a family vacation by spending a snowy evening creating a beach-themed vacation album. As soon as you start assembling albums, you will see that the possibilities are truly endless!

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