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I used to be an avid scrapbooker. My aunt got me hooked when she gave me an album and supplies for my 10th birthday, the same year my parents gave me my first camera.
Over the years, scrapbooking by hand became less and less feasible for me, as the cost of supplies steadily rose, and my available income diminished as the realities of adulthood in a recession economy took over. I never lost the love, or the desire, but I just couldn’t justify the expense.
Then I took a photo editing class in college, and a whole new world opened up! I found out that I love digital scrapbooking just as much as doing it by hand.
I did invest in photo editing software after the class ended, but there are free programs available that make this a truly cost-free hobby, if needed. I haven’t printed very many of my photo books yet, but I love that I can make pages for future books any time I like, and they just live on my computer. It’s a guilt-free way to indulge in a beloved hobby when we don’t have funds to spare.
And thanks to the rise in popularity of digital photo books, when I do have funds, it’s easier than ever to print my pages in a nice book that I can hold in my hands. Even better, if I want to get my photos into a book quickly and painlessly, all of the online options offer book templates – I just load the photos I want to use, choose the template I like, and Boom! I have a beautiful book in less time than it takes me to make dinner.
I try to stay on top of photo organization, so it’s easy to put my digital scrapbooks together quickly, without missing any photos (I tend to lose some in my computer’s downloads folder if I don’t stay on top of this). I love that many photo book companies now offer the option to store your photos in your online account, making it that much easier to get your memories into your hands. I prefer to save my photos on an external hard drive, but I know a lot of people who like the convenience of having them all online with your favorite printer, ready to go.
I still haven’t decided which photo book company is my favorite, but one that’s come to my attention recently is Montage. Their books come in three sizes, starting as low as $29, and they automatically place your photos in the best layout, factoring in chronology, important moments, and picture quality, and then you get to make adjustments as you like (you can also choose to upload finished pages in the book size you plan to order, if you prefer to create your own full page layouts like I do). The entire process can take as little as 15 minutes, which is a record in my experience, making this a fantastic option for those short on time. Montage books come standard with eco-friendly leaver covers and premium lay-flat pages (my favorite feature!), creating a keepsake photo book that will last.
One of my goals for this year is to get back into a regular habit of scrapping my memories. Looking back through the past three years since Serenity’s birth, I’m saddened to realize that many of my favorite photos have lost all context in my memory; if I can’t remember precious details now, how will I remember them in 50 years?? I’m not okay with that, and I’m super thankful for technology that gives me a quick way to get caught up, before I lose any more special memories. Montage is offering free shipping for Mother’s Day, and I’m considering ordering a 6″ book of Serenity’s newborn photos as a gift for myself this year.
What memories would you like to see in a photo book?
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