In this digital day and age, most of us have access to one or more digital camera device. A digital SLR, a digital click and point or even the camera function on a smart phone. There is always a photographic device on hand to record those precious memories… but how often do you get your memories off the camera/phone/memory card and into an album?
For many, there ends up being thousands of memories sitting on memory cards or other devices, never actually making it to print. A bit of a sad thought considering how wonderful it is to be able to flick through your memories and reminisce on days gone by.
Here are some tips for getting those memories on display and off that camera:
1. Frame Them
Nothing makes a house feel like a home better than a selection of your favourite family memories framed on the wall. You could even create a feature wall somewhere in your home with a mix of different sized frames on display. The best thing is, if you get bored with your selection or you want to update, it’s pretty easy to get a new image printed and swap it up with an existing display.
2. Project Life or Pocket Scrapbooking
This is the quickest and simplest way to get your photographs scrapbooked and in albums, complete with journaling so you don’t forget a story to go with each of those photographic memories. And you can even embellish your pages a little or a lot if that’s your style. See my post here for more about Project Life scrapbooking. Project Life is available at Amazon.
3. Personalised Photo Books
What a great way to create a keepsake of your memories, which not only looks great, but is compact too. Photo books can usually be from around 20-100 pages and fit so many delicious memories. What is even more convenient is the fact that most photo book companies have downloadable software that allows you to create a photo book masterpiece in the comfort of your own home. Just send your order for printing once you are happy with the design, and it’ll arrive at your door a couple of weeks later.
Here is an example of a photo book I had created using Blurb and my digital project life layouts.
4. Digital Photo Frame
If variety and technology are your ideal combination, perhaps a digital photo frame is just what you need. Simply insert an SD card or a USB, plug the frame in and away you go. This gives you the luxury of a continuous slide show of your favourite photos, which you can change up as often as you like. This is also a great idea for a special event, such as a milestone birthday, having a photo slideshow of all those embarrassing moments growing up 😉
5. Pop Them in a Photo Album
If simple is your style, print them either online or in store and simply stick them into a traditional style photo album. With digital photography this means you will likely have a million photos so it’s always good to pick the best of the bunch if you can manage. I try to make it a habit of going through a months worth at a time and deleting the duds (blurry, overexposed, accidental) out of the folder and keeping the good ones. Same goes if you have 10 of the exact same thing. You only need 1 or 2 of the best ones. At least in an album you can pull it out and flip through. An extra tip though, is to make sure it is archival safe so it does not ruin your photographs over time.
Back Them up
If all else fails and you still don’t find time to get those photographs on display, at the very least, please do make sure you back them up frequently. Save your photographs in multiple places to ensure extra security when preserving your memories. Ideally, make one of those options an online file back up to ensure even if your computer blows up, your camera falls in a lake and your hard drive gets stolen, your photographs will still be there ready for you.
Do you have other great ideas on displaying your photographs? I’d love to hear them.