Here’s how to make virtual memory books the grandkids will love!
Okay. It’s time for a serious question that requires an honest answer: When’s the last time you pulled the old family photo albums off the shelf? How dusty were they …really? Or are they still packed away in boxes from the last move?
Maybe your photos haven’t made it into albums and are sitting in shoeboxes on the top shelf of the closet. Even if you’re an expert scrapbooker and have created beautiful albums adorned with embellishments and fancy cardstock, it’s not likely you take them with you to share on family visits.
No. Creating photo albums in this digital age is a dying art.
Or is it?
New-Fangled Photo Albums
One thing that hasn’t changed is the desire for future generations to learn about their heritage. They want to know what it was like to live in a different era and to learn about the people who had a hand in shaping their lives. But to make a connection with the grandchildren and their children it’s necessary to speak their language.
It’s time to go digital.
When it comes to creating virtual memory books online you can go digital two ways.
Strictly Digital, Ma’am
Since the first photographs were taken, photo albums have been used to organize life’s events and special occasions. Creating a digital photo album allows you to easily share the best moments of your past and present.
The first step to creating a digital photo album is to upload all your photos to your computer. Digital cameras have been around for a while so, hopefully, you already have many of your pictures sitting in folders on your desktop.
The next step is to scan all those “old-fashioned” pictures that were printed on photo paper. Most home printers come equipped with a scanner but if you don’t have a personal printer, you can get a good quality one for under $100.
Now would also be a good time to go through the photos on your phone. Delete the blurry ones and the shots where you finger holds a prominent position. Add the best ones to the folders on your computer.
Now you’re ready to begin creating your digital memory book.
There are many different applications available complete with various bells and whistles, but they are all simple to use. Most offer a nice selection of themes which have predesigned pages. You simply drag and drop photos onto the pages of the album. You can add clipart, change background colors, adjust the shape of the photo and add text.
A huge benefit: unlike a physical photo album, you can add as many pictures as you want because there’s no binding to split.
Sites to try:
- MyAlbum: Start by registering for a free account. One neat feature is Smart Design. Load your desired photos to the site then their “smart algorithms lay out your album for you.”
- Flickr: Don’t mistake this for a social media platform like Instagram. With a free account, you can use the site to create, store, and share digital photo albums with only the people you choose.
After creating your album online, simply send a link to whomever you want to share it with.
Digital Photo Album
A digital photo book is the best of both worlds—digital and physical. After uploading your chosen photos, you can customize an album or have one created by staff designers (in most cases if you don’t like the finished product, you do not have to purchase it.) Once completed, you can have your album printed, customizing the finished product by choosing from a variety of materials and options such as type of paper, type of cover, size, and color of the photo album.
These are perfect for sharing a very specific event—wedding, special family vacation, time in the service, important birthdays, a collage of Christmases, or even an eventful “Year-in-Review.”
Sites to try:
Every photo taken is a glimpse into your life, a one-of-a-kind moment captured, waiting to be shared. Let your memories stand the test of time by creating digital photo books for your family.