So how many of you have actually printed any pictures in the last 6 months? Anyone?? Anyone???
I take so many pictures of my kids that I had to move all my files off of my laptop onto an external harddrive. I think the last time I printed pictures of my kids was in March sometime. Then the task becomes what do I do with all those stacks of pictures? I normally only print my favorites; however, my favorites have tended to expand to a 4 inch high stack of prints. It just really sucks to have such photogenic offspring. 😉
Today I am going to an all day scrapbooking retreat to get some of those wonderful moments into books. My girlfriends and I are going to sequester ourselves at a church and attempt to document our children’s lives before we forget everything. I left off at November 2007, so the pictures I do have should keep me busy today. The one thing I think I have a step up with having a blog is that all my journaling is pretty much done. I print out my blog entries (I usually reformat and change the font on them) and then I can easily put together pages of the kids or gatherings. I also have about a half ton of scrapbooking supplies so the possibilities are endless!
I don’t scrapbook everything, though. I have had a few hard-bound books created through Shutterfly.com. I had a 12×12 leather hard-bound book made up from our vacation to California in the spring. It looks great and was so quick and easy to do. Their online program made the pictures look pixelated, but they printed just fine. I have done a few other smaller books for presents, but I think from now on I will be doing those nice big books for the events with lots of pictures.
Then, of course, there are the wall portraits. I have put up a few of my favories in frames that have pre-cut mats. Costco has some nice walnut matted frames that are pretty cheap which I love ($20 for 2 – 11×14 frames!). I also love the pre-matted frames at Michaels. They make your pictures look professionally framed for a fraction of the price. I also make sure that the photo wall collages match each other and the decorating of the room so they don’t clash. I do have a wall of pictures up in our upstairs hallway that is so mismatched it isn’t even funny. I loved the mismatchedness of the frames and pictures at the time, but the love affair has waned. I want something more cohesive now. I forsee a bottle of spraypaint in my future. 😉
Some of the photos on our walls. Sorry it’s fairly unimpressive. I really like the second collage of four pictures on the wall. It is in the hallway to the back of the house so pretty much anyone that comes in the front door goes by it. All the colors match and the kids are ultra cute, which is always a bonus. 😉 The pictures going down the stairs are pretty scattered and need to be redone. The only thing they have in common is that they are all black and white. I really need to work on my pictures on the wall. I’ll have lots of time this winter…hopefully.
What do you do to preserve your memories?