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September 23, 2010

How do I get started creating a (meaningful) Photo Album?

First, this may be a surprise, but please, don’t start at a store! Starting at the store is very seductive. There are loads of supplies, and they are beautifully displayed. And it feels like you are doing “something”, but you aren’t!

You probably already have purchased “scrapbooking” supplies at one time or other and they are in a closet (maybe still in the bag!) or you sold them in a yard sale. Buying supplies you don’t use, just adds to the guilt we often associate with not doing something with our photos.

Banish the Guilt! Guilt paralyzes, it does not accomplish. Guilt keeps us stuck when we want to move forward. Yup, the first thing you need to do is put aside any guilt you have that your child is 15 and doesn’t have a baby album. (Insert your own guilt story here!)

Once you have vanquished guilt, congratulate yourself and move on to what really matters to you now. Now is probably the perfect time for you to create that special album about your slightly bigger baby!

But, what makes a meaningful photo album? Pictures and your words, c’est tout! Nothing more. Of course, there are so many beautiful albums, papers and embellishments, they can be very enthralling, or overwhelming. If you come down on the side of overwhelming, skip that stuff. If the decorative, crafty stuff is the part that rocks your world, then by all means, have at it. But not yet!

Hopefully, you’ve read the previous article about gathering your photos all in one place.

So, once your photos are gathered, then it is time to look through them and begin to sort. Determine a sorting method, preferably not chronological, and begin. I started making albums after my daughter was born. My husband and I had been married for 8 years already. I’d always been a chronological keeper of photos, but when I decided to make an album about our life before SB was born, I wanted something more general. So I organized by events, vacations, pets, holidays, parties (we like to throw parties!) and family. The only chronology part is about how we met, and decided to marry (which happened pretty quickly!)

Throw out the bad photographs. Throw out the duplicates if you don’t intend to give those away. Everyone orders too many school pictures of their kids with good intentions of sharing them with friends and family, but we often end up with a stack at the end of the year. It is OK to throw all those extras away! If you have a hard time with tossing photos, keep this mantra in mind, “Throwing away photos of loved ones does not equal not loving them.”

Hopefully, as you have sorted your photos, you have begun to imagine the album you most want to create. What would be most meaningful to you? Once you’ve got that in mind, you can begin to think about supplies… but that is a topic for a whole other day!