Family photo albums are a great way to understand our heritage, the important people not just in our own lives, but in the lives of our parents and grandparents. They may contain faded black-and-white photographs of weddings including relatives who died before we were born, photos of family holidays and so much more in a treasury of memories.
In the digital age, photograph albums are mostly hidden online, with photos uploaded to social media for sharing and never seen again. Yet it is easy to make beautiful family photo albums and books. Here are some arts and crafts ideas to get you started on a family tradition to create a new family photo album each year.
All you need is an an empty photo album; postcards (or coloured card or or similar for you to write notes on); your family photos and some pens and markers.
You are likely to have a lot of photos across a number of devices in your family. Set aside a few hours a month to upload all the photos you have and then choose your favourites. Then either order copies online or create them at your local photo printing store.
When you have your photos, insert them into an album. Leave a space for a sentence or two about the photos on the page. Do this every month and at the end of the year you have a memory filled photo album to share with the family.
Similar to above, you will need to sort through the photographs that you want to include. Before you start laying out your design, check with the online photo-book company what their size and file requirements are.
Most online photo-books make your set-up and submission extremely simple, though you have to order the photographs so they tell a story. You can have the book in chronological order or by theme. Adding text will give you and future readers context to your photographs.
Your photographs are now preserved in a format you can access whenever the wish.