My newest passion is making scrapbooks.
I mean, what do you do with all those pictures on your phone?
I have been taking pictures with my iPhone for the last five years and have hundreds of pictures on it. I hardly ever use my camera anymore. It is just not as convenient or user friendly as my phone. Recently, I have been getting messages from my phone about running out of storage. My pictures are taking up most of the room.
Years ago, I started scrapbooks for each of my children, one for our family, and another for extended family. I had years of photos in those old albums with the sticky pages and clear vinyl covers. I took them all out and cropped them, arranged them in chronological order, and glued them into new albums with paper pages. It was fun using different papers and stickers and other embellishments. My kids love looking at them. Ten years ago I stopped scrapbooking. I’m not sure why. Maybe my life was too hectic and I just didn’t feel like playing with pictures. Anyway, I kept a file of pictures and mementoes and stored my pictures on CDs and my phone
So, I have ten years of pictures stored mostly on my phone. One or two years are on CDs. I have been trying to print them all out but I have found that I cannot remember many of the details surrounding the pictures. I don’t know why I don’t have pictures for every Christmas and birthday.
I do not claim to be an expert an technology and I know there may be an easier solution to “what to do with all those pictures”. Some people use online storage sites which are capable of storing, printing, and even album making such as Shutterfly, Flickr, Photobucket, iCloud, and Dropbox. Most have monthly fees but they are certainly worth investigating. This is my own personal solution to organizing, printing, and storing those pictures that I want to keep.
I discovered that many of my pictures are on Facebook, both my account and the accounts of other relatives and friends. They are dated and some even have the location. So, first I printed and organized all the pictures I had taken before opening my Facebook account back in 2009. Using my activity log on Facebook, I have been able to organize my pictures into chronological order and record details I have forgotten. I upload my pictures from my phone or Facebook entries into labeled Facebook albums. I keep a list of events for scrapbooking. I can print the pictures directly from Facebook or as I move them into the albums. And then, I can delete the pictures from my phone once I have uploaded them into the Facebook albums. I still save a few favorites on my phone. I just like to look at them once in awhile.
I can now glue my pictures into my albums in chronological order, label them, and add other trivia. These albums store our memories and tell the story of my family’s life. Looking at old pictures triggers many precious memories thatI have forgotten. I can lose myself for hours creating scrapbook pages.
I like having a hard copy of my pictures. My albums are not perfect, but they are very pretty and fun to “read”.
Another scrapbooking problem that I have incurred is the change in the way scrapbooking is done. There are no more albums with cardboard pages where you can simply arrange and glue in your pictures and embellishments. Most scrapbooking is now done page by page and placed in an album of plastic sleeves. Initially, I did not like doing my scrapbooking this way but it’s okay. The pages look more professional and are more protected in these albums.
So, if you want to clean up your phone and make a scrapbook of your pictures, here is my new found procedure:
1. Arrange your pictures in chronological albums on your phone or Facebook. (You can easily move pictures to or from your phone and Facebook).
2. List the events you wish to document in chronological order on an index card or notebook. Then, print your pictures in chronological order. You can even print them in chronological groups and store them in envelopes until you are ready to scrapbook them. (Walgreens prints beautiful pictures, has an easy to use app, and will print pictures from your phone or Facebook. You can even store the pictures in the envelopes they give you. Label each envelope with the date and event of the enclosed pictures.
3. Chose a scrapbook, card stock paper, embellishments, and a good photo glue stick from a craft store.
4. Crop and arrange pictures on a piece of card stock and embellish with stickers, frames, and writing. Glue your creation onto the paper.
5. Cover page with wax paper, roll with a rolling pin to flatten, or add a layer of books to “set” the page. Let sit overnight to allow glue to dry completely.
6. Place finished page into vinyl pocket and place in album.
I have been transferring all my pictures into Facebook albums for storage and reprinting as I send them to Walgreens for printing. I date the albums into years or events. Then I delete them from my phone. I will eventually move these photos onto a CD or jump drive via my laptop.
You must delete the pictures from the photos folder and the recently deleted album folder to completely and permanently remove them for your phone.
I print labels on my printer to use in my albums and use postcards and tickets from our trips to embellish my albums as well as stickers and paper embellishments.
Using a good glue stick specifically for photos is crucial!
Albums come in many sizes. The most common sizes are 8 1/2 x 11 inches and 12 x 12 inches. Most cardstock paper comes in those sizes so you won’t need to cut the paper to fit into your page protectors. Simply glue your pictures and embellishments right on to the paper and insert it into the page protectors when ready. Smaller albums are also available for making gift books or special theme craft books.
Albums come in three ring binders, post bound albums, or strap hinge albums.
Creativity is optional. Scrapbooking ideas are all over the web. You can create a simple scrapbook to hold your pictures or express your creativity by telling using them to tell a story.