Today the kids and I were looking through some of my old, pre-digital photo albums. I can still remember when returning from a trip meant a stop at the local photo shop to develop the rolls of film I had taken before I forgot my whole trip. These days it’s a lot easier to take and view travel pictures, but it can be a lot harder to figure out what to do with them once they’re taken. I still try to get some pictures printed and into an album after every trip, but it’s feeling more and more like a chore. I’ve tried a bit of scrapbooking as well, but I’m just not the crafty type. Still, I don’t want my precious travel memories to just languish on a hard drive, either.
I recently read an article on Buzzfeed with a great list of ideas for projects you can make with your holiday pictures that can preserve your precious memories without having shuffle them off into albums. There are a few that are still a bit too “crafty” for me, but there are some that I just might have to try. Enjoy!
1. Turn special photos or Instagrams into a lampshade.
Bonus points if they’re a pleasant golden color, like, say, a luscious tropical beachscape.
3. Or wrapping paper!
True, this idea isn’t very good in terms of remembering something forever, but it’s a wonderful way to remind someone you love of a special time you shared. And doesn’t that kind of good will linger on, y’all?
4. Correspond photos to where they took place on a map.
You can track your own trips as well as the whereabouts of people you know around the world.
5. Send yourself a postcard from your trip.
I’m a big fan of writing letters to yourself no matter what, but this is an especially good way to bring you back to a moment you dug.
6. Make a quick and easy keepsake box to store mementos.
Clearly this person is a world traveler. (Which makes sense because it’s by Martha.)
7. Display loose pictures with clothespins.
It takes like two minutes and will dress up any bare wall.
9. Send out your Instagrams to have them turned into a neat little book.
I know, I know, this is just scrapbooking for the very lazy, but the end product is so clean and appealing that who could really blame you?
10. Make a memory shadowbox.
Populate it with a combination of mementos and photos.
17. Make a photo calendar.
The rest of the year will fly by before you know it. Check out Printstagram or do it yourself.