What would you do if there was a sudden worldwide digital blackout and we lost absolutely everything on our devices???
Besides the sheer panic and people running around pulling their hair and screaming as buildings burned in the background... you'd probably be pretty sad once you realized all of your photos were GONE. Let me repeat: GONE. Vanished. No longer to be seen.
Imagine, though, that you were one step ahead of everyone else and had already brought back scrapbooking like it was 2004. *Cool walk through the crowds of panic, snaps fingers to imaginary music.*
You, my deers, should be the "Cool Walker". Let me preface this by saying that a lot of photographers offer printed items and while I love that you obtain tangible items, I have found that currently my clients prefer digital images. But it doesn't need to stop there. I may not offer albums, but I want to encourage my clients, followers, ANYONE to please, print your images! Whether you print your images through the online gallery I provide to you, or you print them elsewhere- please still print them. You paid money to have gorgeous images, and letting them marinate in a lost computer file for years will accomplish nothing. These images are a keepsake for yourself, your family, future generations and friends.
**This post contains links & scrapbook recommendations, however, no part of this post is sponsored or paid and is my genuine preference for personal scrapbooking.**
There are plenty of options as to how you showcase your images. Today, I wanted to show off Pocket Scrapbooking- specifically the Becky Higgins Project Life system. I will say that unfortunately these are getting a little harder to come by, but I love their simple, yet still "scrapbook-y" look. They are less time consuming than traditional scrapbooking, as you do not have to sit and glue or sticky tape photos to a piece of paper. You simply slip your images into the pockets and mix the pockets with the small cards for accents or excerpts on the images, travels, etc. The images below are of my personal Project Life Scrabook from our trip to Ireland. The black and white printed album is from our 2015 trip to Ireland, and the open book is the one I am currently putting together from our recent October/November 2017 trip.
Some things to think of when building a scrapbook, whether you're using this system or not, are saving tokens to add to your book. For example, I have pictured on the left, two of our tickets we saved from our Jameson Distillery Tasting Experience in Middleton, Ireland and to the right, a coaster from ordering room service at Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal, Ireland. For my senior clients- maybe you save your prom tickets or a receipt from a trip to your favorite ice cream shop with your girlfriends. For family scrapbooking, think of things like your ultrasound photos or a drawing your kiddo made for you!
Having a scrapbook party with friends at the end of the year is a fun way to scrapbook with company and gather ideas! Make some sorbet floats, grab some popcorn, put your favorite movie on the telly and create away!
I find scrapbook supplies at just about any craft store and find that purchasing things here and there, little by little, is the best way to find unique items and spread out the cost of scrapbooking. You can find scrapbooks at just about any craft store that offers a scrapbooking section. Locally, I find the Project Life system specifically at Joanne Fabrics and occasionally at Tuesday Morning. You can also find tons of scrapbook supplies and more from Project Life on their website.
Scrapbooking Supplies You'll Want:
- If you're using the Project Life System you'll need a specific Project Life Binder like this one, the pocket pages (there are tons of different layouts) and a box of Project Life cards to fill in your pages like these
- If you decide to go with a traditional Scrapbook, you'll need the Book, Scrapbook Paper & Page Protectors. Michael's often has hot buy scrapbooks for around $6 that are always really cute!
- Paper Trimmer like this one
- Double Sided Tape
- Scrapbooking Stickers
- Your favorite pen that always makes your handwriting look best! (Preferably a quick drying one, so it will not smudge or smear)
- Photos- minor detail
- Organizations Bins to keep your paper items safe, bend free and organized- I like these latch bins found at Target
- Friends, Spouse, Kids, Cats (just don't let your cats... or kids... eat any of your paper supplies)
- Music, Snacks, Movies & Good Times!
While being a photographer is a business, and a means of making money- my main purpose is for clients to love and enjoy their images. I hope you print your images, share them and cherish them!
Brittingham Photography is located in Orting, Washington and specializes in natural High School Senior portraits. We also offer Britt Beauty Sessions (individual women's shoots), Lifestyle Newborn, Couples Sessions and Intimate Family Photos. Thank you for stopping by to read my little blog!
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