Who has time for photo albums?

29 Jun
A classical photo album

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With all the technology available these days, creating an on-line photo album and then emailing the photo album link to friends and family anywhere in the world…who creates a hardcopy photo album anymore???

My wife and I are guilty of using Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends, sharing picture and videos of our family of four with the people we love.  It’s pretty quick and easy and our friends and family can view it at their leisure.

BUT, we still maintain hardcopy photo albums, BUT rather than a simple chronological album of photos, we switched to “themed albums.”  That’s right, an album for annual pictures of birthdays, Christmas, family vacations, etc.  It’s great because:

  1. You don’t feel the pressure to print and place photos every week/month.  Come on, you fellow parents are whipping out that smart phone camera almost everyday just like me, right?!?!!
  2. It gives a great year to year view/comparison of our family members – we can see Julia at her 1st, then 2nd, then 3rd, etc birthday!  My how she’s grown!
  3. It’s nice to pull out the “Christmas” album each Christmas and look back at the annual memories and reminisce on the prior years.  We also keep “special” Christmas cards in the album and especially the photo cards we receive from family and friends!

So, what do you think of “themed” albums?  Leave a comment and feel free to share your photo/special memory saving tips!  Thanks!

4 Responses to “Who has time for photo albums?”

  1. Lilibeth July 1, 2011 at 2:33 AM #

    What a nice topic. For me, keeping hard copy albums is still a better choice. It is time consuming BUT a well worth keepsake, something worth treasuring for a long Long time, hand in hand with the memories of how the picture came about.🙂

  2. Busy Homebody February 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM #

    I love this idea! I have a 16 month and 4 month old, and am still trying to figure out how to arrange the memories. This solves the headache. I can’t wait to start!

    • Craigslistdad February 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM #

      Thanks for the comment! So glad you like this idea!

  3. mypostcardsfromhome April 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM #

    I do hard copy photo albums using Shutterfly. Each boy got one for his first birthday and then we do all of our vacations. Now I am working on an annual yearbook format with a spread for each month of the year (choosing my favorite pics from that month) and then an extra spread for birthdays and christmas. My boys (6 and 4) love looking back to see what they did, looked like etc and I find it easier to remember those precious moments with photos. Yes, it’s time consuming, but so worthwhile! And, I would suggest ordering 2 copies – either to replace the ones that are worn out, or so they don’t have to fight over them when they move out!

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