With tears in her eyes, Malinda shared her desire to create a personalized keepsake before cancer took her life. She wanted to craft beautiful cross-stitch pictures for her three daughters but her hands were frail and unable to hold a needle.
Since I don’t like to sew, I volunteered to make photo albums instead. She agreed it was a great idea but worried they wouldn’t get done before God called her home. I reassured her that as soon as I had the photos in one place, it wouldn’t take long to put them together. Plus, I had a few other friends to help. I hugged her and then added, “I’ll put the albums together, and all you have to do is tell me the stories to write down.”
As a surprise, we created a fourth album for her. Throughout the years, I often hear people say, “I wish I would have told them this or that.” This album would show Malinda how much we appreciate her and what her life means to us.
In three short weeks, the albums were ready. As Malinda examined them, she glanced up at me and whispered thank you with tears streaming down her face. When I handed her the last album, her face lit up with joy. She was overwhelmed with emotion as she turned through the pages of handwritten messages of gratitude and appreciation. At that moment, I knew it was the most meaningful gift I could give. It felt good to be able to preserve the memories so her family would cherish them after she was gone.
Malinda died one week later. Her husband and children were grateful for the albums, and found comfort that other people valued her as much as they did.
Have you organized your family photos and stories to leave a legacy for loved ones when you’re gone?
Preserving your memories, just like Malinda did, is important because those who love you want to hold onto you forever. Your life journey has value. An album with family photos and the stories that go with them is a beautiful life history that can be passed down through the generations. Your family will always know how much you loved them.
As a former Creative Memories Advisor, I can show you a simple way to preserve your memories in a photo safe album to last a lifetime.
How do I get started?
Don’t overwhelm yourself with a big list of types of albums. Start with one.
Malinda wanted each daughter to have their own personalized album with photos of them throughout their first few years. I left extra spaces on the pages so the girls could write down special memories to share someday with their own children.
Here are a few popular albums that several of my friends start with:
- Wedding albums, not only capture the ceremony forever, but also photos and memories of family members you don’t see very often.
- Holiday albums help you pass on traditions, share recipes, and strengthen the family bond.
- Vacation albums will make sure you never forget the laughter, adventures, and places you visited together.
There is no limit to the type of albums you can create, and some may only hold memorabilia when photos are not available. Don’t over stress about where to begin. Start with a specialized album centered around a special event.
I’m available to help you get started. Contact me here.
What If My Pictures Are Not Organized?
Many of my customers have the same problem – there photos are scattered about their house. We found some of Malinda’s pictures in the back of clothes closets, on the top of shelves, and in the attic in the garage. Some of the photos were stuck to the magnetic album pages, while others were turning yellow from the lignin. We rescued them before any more damage could occur.
Many of my readers can remember cameras with film cartridges and probably have envelopes with every single photo from the roll, even the blurry ones. Most have since upgraded to a digital camera, yet often our photos are left on our camera or only shared on Facebook or Instagram.
As you go on a photo hunt throughout your home, set aside the pictures for your first specialized album. The other ones can be put in a photo-safe box for future albums. Save your photos from facebook or instagram into a folder on your computer and then upload them to a thumb drive for printing.
TIP: If your photos are stuck on the pages in your magnetic album, use dental floss to slide under the photo to unstick it.
Creative Memories albums have acid- and lignin-free and buffered pages to prevent yellowing, and to protect your photos. I have friends who only use Creative Memories albums so they know their photos are protected even if they choose another brand of paper and stickers.
TIP: Not only can photos become permanently stuck on the pages in a magnetic album but they can also adhere to the glass in a picture frame.
Will It Take A Lot Of Time?
Since you’re the album-maker, you get to decide how long you want to spend on each album. Keep the journaling simple! Include the who, what, and when.
- Who’s in the picture?
- What are they doing?
- When did it take place?
The longest part of the scrapbooking process is the gathering of your photos. Sticking with a specialized album, such as a Fast2Fab album, speeds the process up.
After sorting your photos, you can lay out the paper, stickers, memorabilia, and photos ahead of time and design the page. Once you adhere everything in place, write down the stories. You’ll have a completed album ready to share in a few hours.
What If I’m Not Very Creative?
Everyone wants to know their family heritage. You can preserve your memories without being fance or highly creative. I can show you how to create simple pages which then lead to quick & easy completed albums.
Creative Memories makes it easy too. They have several shades of white pages or you can choose from many beautiful predesigned pages. The easy Fast2Fab albums allow you to simply add your photos into a “done-for-you” design for a gorgeous album in less time.
We all have our own style, so make your album unique. Remember, this is your project, so make it however you like. Have fun.
Will I Need To Buy A Lot Of Tools?
Here is a list of basic tools to help you begin.
- Album cover and pages (or the Fast2Fab Albums)
- Adhesive, paper and stickers
- Personal trimmer
- Photo-safe pens
Album covers come in a variety of 15 colors. They include their exclusive Flex-Hinge® binding that lays flat, making it incredibly easy to view and enjoy your album pages for years to come. You can add plain (white, black, natural or spargo) pages or predesigned Fast2Fab pages to your albums.
Using the personal trimmer to crop away unwanted background in a photo which puts the focus back to the subject. The corner rounder gives your photo a more polished look.
Our black or brown pens are photo-safe and fade resistant. They come with a round tip on one end and a fine tip on the other; and are perfect for journaling your stories.
Creative Memories has a selection of other tools to create greeting cards, as well.
Let’s Get Started Now!
Album making is fun and meaningful, and easy for the entire family to do together. I have seen children as young as four years old make their own album.
Let’s meet on Skype and we can discuss the different types of albums you’d like to start, supplies you might consider, and anything else you need to be successful with creating albums.
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Are you ready to organize your family photos and stories to leave a legacy for loved ones? Where do you store your photos? Share in the comments.