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Photo Album or Scrapbook?

March 30th, 2009

You have taken a lot of pictures to hold on to memories. Now what is the best way to keep those memories safe and even share those memories with others?

Most people use a photo album of some nature. There are many types of photo albums with many different layouts. All of them will keep your pictures safe. Some photo albums have a place under the picture where you can write a comment. These are great for sharing your photo album with others and also to help you remember what you were thinking when that moment in time occurred. You can write about the photo or make a fun quip; anything that you want, but you have limited space. These are the best types of photo albums because they help to bring your photos alive.

Photo albums also do not take much time to put together. You just slip your photos in and you are done. If you are writing something, it may take a little more time, but not much. If you have duplicate photos, you can put more than one photo in each slip usually. Some photo albums even have a place for you to put your negatives.

A scrapbook takes much more time, and is also much more expensive, but you are able to tell a story with your pictures which makes sharing your pictures with someone else a much more enjoyable experience. First you have to pick your topic which is easy if you just went on a trip or celebrated a special occasion with family or friends. Then it is time to go to the craft store or a specialty scrap booking store. I find that a craft store like Michael’s or JoAnn’s is best.

You want to pick out a scrap book that will fit your pictures the best. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The next thing you want is paper. I find that getting a mixture of colors is best versus the personalized scrap paper. It is easier to make it your own. You can get bright colors, pastel colors, or neutral colors. Think about what you are doing your scrap book on and that will determine what color paper you will want to use. Then it is time to buy pens. I suggest a package of different colored pens with a fine tip point on one end and a brush point on the other end. I would also suggest buying one silver pen and one gold pen. Then you want to buy paper frames for your pictures. You may also want to buy scissors with different cutting edges and special punch outs.

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to put your scrap book together. You do not need to buy a book that tells you how to do it. Make it from your heart. Each photo you use should have special meaning. You can use as many layers as you want and write as much or as little as you want. When you are done, you will have something you can treasure forever.

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