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Archive for November, 2008

Capture Puppy Love

First pets are always a whole lot of fun. Even as you get older and more pets come along, they are always still just as cute and loving! If you’re looking to buy a new puppy or kitten, why not capture their growth and development with an adorable Photo Album from StorePhotos.com?

Like children, baby animals tend to grow up fast. Make sure you don’t miss out on the first set of teeth, the first play date, and especially the first birthday! Taking pictures of your pets can be a fun activity that helps you bond. Plus, many pet owners are showing their love and affection by even getting pet portraits painted or taken by a professional photographer. If your pet is like a child to you, you have to keep a photo album of all of your favorite memories together.

Remember, you can always include your pet’s papers, first tag, or other small keepsakes in the pockets and pages of your pet photo album, making it both functional and fantastically adorable!

Inspiration to Warm Your Heart

Designers and artists use them, so why can’t you? Inspiration Books are ideal for people who love to be creative or who just need a place to record their thoughts and ideas. Able to be customized to include just about anything that you like, inspiration books can be a wonderful way to relieve stress, to collect images or quotes that mean something to you, and of course, inspire creativity!

I first heard about inspiration books when I was chatting with a friend of mine who is a graphic designer. He carries around a large sketchbook overflowing with magazine cutouts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and notes that he’s written to himself, all to help him complete some of his latest projects. When I asked him about what it was, he told me that it was a special place for him to put his thoughts on paper.

As a scrapbooker, I know how important it is to find a place to put things down and to capture memories that mean so much. However, I had never thought about keeping an inspiration book before. Since that day, I’ve started building my own inspiration book, filling it up with photographs of my family, doodles that I’ve made on napkins, and favorite quotes that keep me going. It’s been such a great creative outlet for me, and I’ve found that I’ve drawn a lot of practical inspiration from it, including what color to paint my kitchen! They’re so great…everyone should have one! All you need to do is get a blank scrapbook or photo album and fill it with the things that give you ideas. Anything from photos to quotes to magazine ads – it’s all a perfect fit for your inspiration book!

Christmas Scrapbooking

Christmas is a magical time of  year full of happy get-togethers set around a beautiful, snow-covered world!  This time of the year has a fantastic way of bringing people closer together, and can create tender moments that are worth remembering for a lifetime.  A way to  savor these moments forever is to organize them – in a Christmas scrapbook!

A Christmas scrapbook is a special kind of scrapbook that can employ the participation of the whole family in it’s compilation.  To start the scrapbook, you have to give the family a heads-up.   Tell each member to bring as many old holiday photos and cards as they can find to the next family function.  Sift through  the photos of past Christmases with your family – these photos can make up the first pages of your scrapbook!

After laying out the beginning of the scrapbook, be sure to take many photos throughout the Christmas season.  These photos will make up the bulk of your Christmas scrapbook.  Once the season is over, you can compile these photos, along with all the Christmas cards you receive, to fill the remaining pages.

Be sure to get a Large 12×15 Scrapbook so you have plenty of space to be creative.  Most of all, have fun with this by keeping the whole family in the creative process.  It’s not only a good way to remember the holidays, but it could really bring family and friends closer together during this magical time of the year.

Check Out Our New Ning Page.

At StorePhotos.com, we’re always looking for new ways to share our love of preserving memories with you!  With our new Ning.com page at StorePhotos.Ning.Com – we will be able to share photos, links to scrapbook and photo album supplies, and a forum for you to ask questions and share ideas with us and other people who enjoy the wonderful world of photography.

So be sure to stop by and check us out on Ning.com!

The History of Preserving Memories

Scrapbooking is the art of preserving memories – with a sense of personality and style, of course.  We all spend numerous hours planning, organizing, and putting together layouts so we can preserve a little piece of our own personal history.  But have you ever stepped back and wondered how this started?  Not the history itself, but the tradition of scrapbooking?  If you ever pondered this question, like I have, you’ll be delightfully surprised by the rich history of scrapbooking.

The earliest forms of scrapbooking can be dated back to ancient Greece, where evidence of  journal-like notebooks were uncovered that were filled with what the owner of the notebook found important or worth remembering in their life.  In the 15th and 16th centuries, when paper became more affordable, the practice of keeping important information (e.g. recipes, quotes, poems, etc), or commonplace book keeping, became popular in England.  This organizing of information worth keeping in a special book would be the pre-cursor to modern scrapbooking.

It was not until the advent of photography that scrapbooking began to change into the personal art form we know today.  In the late 1800’s, when photography became more widely available to the  populace, people were able to take their own pictures of family and friends, which they would place among newspaper clippings and notations about the picture, in a scrapbook.  From there people began experimenting with different page layouts and themes to make their scrapbooks look more unique.

Today scrapbooking is an industry that drives more than 2 billion dollars in sales each year, with a close-knit following of people who participate in the hobby.  People of all ages and from all walks of life participate in social outlets, ranging from small, local meetings to larger organized retreats and conventions.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the scrapbooking culture (i.e. History), visit StorePhotos.com and take a look at our selection of Scrapbook Kits to get yourself started.  And remember, the most important part of scrapbooking is to Scrap Often and Scrap Happy!