Do you take photos on a smart phone? What do you do with the photos? Could your phone be turning into that future shoebox of unidentifiable photos that some have in a hidden corner of the cupboard? If you are hoarding photos on your phone and perhaps in other places, and wondering what to do with them, read on.
Cameras and photos have been important to me since I was a child. My brother gave me my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, when I was about 10. It had a cartridge style film with 24 exposures, and an attachable flashcube which exploded whenever a flash photo was taken. That was the fun part! Prior to a special event a new cartridge would be loaded into the camera with the hope that you would have enough shots to cover the occasion. The exposed film would then be put in at the chemist and sent away for developing. Oh the anticipation of waiting a week or 2 for the prints to come back! Would they turn out ok? Would anyone have their eyes closed in that ‘special’ photo? In those days we couldn’t immediately check the photo, there were no photo bursts, and it used up too much film to take 3 or 4 photos ‘just in case’.
The Instamatic was eventually replaced with Dad’s old SLR when he upgraded, then later a series of digital cameras, and more recently a smart phone. But since the days of the Instamatic, a camera of some sort has never been far from my hands.
Even back in the late 60s, I was in the habit of putting all of my photos into albums. Quite frankly I can’t see the point of doing otherwise. I am grateful to still have these photos from 1971, accompanied by my neatly hand-written titles which identify the date and location.
Back then everyone got their photos developed, unlike now. But not everyone put them into albums. I’m sure we all know someone who has inherited a shoebox of old photos from someone who has passed on. Sometimes the backs of the photos will name the person and place. But when this information is not recorded, the photos become almost worthless. What is particularly sad is that the people and circumstances captured were once very important. Important enough for the photographer to take the photo and go to the effort and expense of having it developed. I find it tragic that the story of someone’s life is lost because photos have not been properly preserved.
The smart phone is becoming today’s version of that shoebox of unidentified photos from yesteryear. Thanks to ease, immediacy, and a big storage capacity, thousands of photos are taken and hoarded in smart phones. Some may feel it is enough to post a few to Facebook, or maybe download them to a laptop or USB. But eventually, those memories you have captured will be lost unless the photos are printed and scrapbooked into an album, or created into a digital photobook.
Scrapbooking is one of my favourite hobbies. When I first started putting photos into albums we didn’t call it scrapbooking. But in 2005 I was introduced to Creative Memories and have loved the products and the hobby ever since. I have a cupboard full of albums that capture the story of our lives to date. I keep a ‘3 generations’ scrapbook for my grandson. The older he gets the more he enjoys looking through the albums I have created for him since he was born. I hope that one day his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will look through these same albums. That way they will know something of his life as well as the lives of his father and grandfather.
Just imagine having a photo album passed down to you that belonged to your great-great-grandmother. What a treasured thing it would be! Holding something in your hands that was created and held by her hands would connect you with her aross the generations and centuries. Will you have an album to be passed on through the generations of your family, or just a USB containing thousands of unidentified photos?
I really want more people to appreciate the value of preserving memories. Your life is an important one, and future generations will want to know who you were and what was important to you. And so I have taken the next step, and launched a Creative Memories FB Business page. I would love you to visit, like and follow the page, and share it with your friends. The full range of Creative Memories scrapbooking supplies can be seen by clicking the ‘shop now’ button on the FB page, or by directly visiting my CM Advisor site. Scrapbooking does not have to be hard, creative or tizzy. There are products to suit all tastes and styles.
If you are already a scrapbooker and regularly buy supplies I suggest you join Creative Memories as an Advisor. It costs very little and it is effortless – there are no minimum sales or purchases required, you are not required to have parties or hold workshops, and you receive a rebate every time you order. There is really no reason not to join! Details are on my site, or you can email me and I will send you more information including current joining offers.
If ‘do something about my photos’ has been on your to do list for some time, please start right now with this small step. Choose just one event – a recent holiday, wedding, birthday celebration, Christmas, new baby – and get the photos off your phone. Delete any blurred and duplicate photos and print the rest. The Fast2Fab Predesigned album range is the best place for a new scrapbooker to start. This link shows a baby girl album, and there are many others in this range. You will get such a buzz from completing an album. And you’ll know that you have made a start on preserving your memories for both you and future generations to enjoy.