Displaying photos in a blank scrapbook
18th July 2014
My mum once told me that the most valuable items she owned where her photographs. I couldn’t agree more.
A few months ago when I was back home visiting my parents, my mum pulled out boxes and boxes of old photographs of me and my brothers growing up. It was lovely to look back, reminisce, and laugh at all the fashion disasters.
Then the photographs stop. We switched to digital cameras and stopped printing out our pictures. We transfer them from our memory cards on to our computers, and then rarely look back at them. I definitely think we are more inclined to view photographs that are in albums rather than those stored digitally.
And so, with this thought in my mind, I decided to create an album full of photos from 2008 onwards, and I gave this to my mum for her birthday this year.
Printing the photographs was a lot cheaper than I was expecting. I found that most websites offer great deals for new customers. A little Google search showed that Photoworld had the best deal, offering 50 prints (6×4) for free for new customers. Prints then start from 5p each.
I decided that I didn’t want to create a normal photo album. I wanted to be able to lay out the photographs just how I wanted, and so I went to Paperchase and bought a blank scrapbook, with black pages, and a pack of photo corners. I found the photo corners a little fiddly to use at first, but I soon got use to applying them and making the pages look neat.
On some pages I added captions using a silver gel pen. Altogether, I was really proud of the way the book turned out. The only problem was that I didn’t print out enough pictures, and so half the book is empty. However, I added a little note at the end of the photos saying that there would be opportunities to make more memories and add them to the book in the future.