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Easter Gift Ideas: Albums for All Ages

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The first real sign of spring comes when Easter has arrived, and everyone is dressed up in bright pinks, blues and yellows! For this happy holiday, find time to give personalized photo gifts to friends and loved ones.  We think these inspirational brag albums make a perfect gift for the Easter season, with touching phrases of faith and love.

There are lots of great ways to gift brag albums, here are few of our favorites:

•    Fill a few of these inspirational brag albums with family photos from last year’s Easter, family holidays, and other photo memories.  Then give them out instead of candy, for a sugar-free gift that will be remembered year round.
•    If you’re making lots of Easter baskets, the inspirational brag books are an affordable stuffer to put in many baskets.  Filling an extra large Easter basket, complete with stuffed animals and chocolates? Check out these cute designer photo albums or designer scrapbooks, the perfect addition to a Easter baskets for older children and adults.

Even if you don’t have the time, these brag albums make great gifts on their own, for people to fill with their own photos. What other way might you gift a brag book?

Get Back to the Roots of Scrapbooking

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Did you know that scrapbooking started as a hobby long before the invention of photography? If you count the albums that artists used to collect and preserve pieces of work in, scrapbooking dates as far back as the 1600’s. 

Mark Twain was the inventor of the first “self-pasting” scrapbook in 1872, made of thin strips of glue on pages. Before his scrapbooks you would need to use a scrapbooking glue to paste in all mementos. Photography still wasn’t the focus of scrapbooking until the 1940’s.

As technology progressed in the 1990’s, digital photography gave scrapbookers greater control over picture selection. No longer stuck with just the photos that had been printed, scrapbookers could now pick and choose photos to make better looking scrapbooking page designs.

Another great advantage of technology has been to make scrapbooking supplies became even more accessible and affordable online, like here at StorePhotos.com.

Try getting back to your scrapbooking roots by creating more mementos and souvenirs focused scrapbooking pages. What occasions could you preserve without using photographs?

Make an Everyday, Hometown Album

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It’s easy to forget the simple things when you’re snapping photos for your photo albums, like your first home, the stores you went to weekly, and other common places. You might now look back and see old photos of places that have changed drastically. Why not prepare for change, and make a photo album of your everyday places.

List all the places you go everyday and remember to bring your camera along. These might be:

• Home
• Neighborhood street corner
• School
• Supermarket plaza

Take these photos and remember to date them! New buildings may go up or store fronts may be remodeled. You might be amazed how in just a few years things change – and be glad you grabbed a picture when you did to compare with.

Spring time is a great time of the year to get these photos, while buildings aren’t completely covered by the surrounding trees.

What places will you want to remember in the years to come?

Make Your Photos into Art Before You Print!

Beautiful landscape photo for photo album

Before you go to your local store or print photos online – try making new memories with old photos. Make your next photo album even more special and different with fantasy destinations!

We were inspired by this recent NYTimes.com article on services that will let you merge your photos with different settings and places. It gave us the idea to make a fantasy album of all the places you haven’t been, but could with just the click of a button!

Make photos for your dream vacation album using one of the online services like Photofunia.com, by picking your travel companions and finding photos of them and yourself to upload. Then place your vacationing group on tropical beaches, ocean fronts, French canals, wherever you dream of going! Sure it may look silly, but it’s the thought that counts!

If you’re not feeling the online services you could make vacation scenes by cutting out individuals from printed photos, then choosing scrap paper or printed travel photos to make your own vacation scenes!

A dream vacation album is a great gift when you don’t have the time to get away, and a promise to make those trips someday. When you do get there, pick up a new album at StorePhotos.com to fill with all the new – real – memories.

Start Working on Graduation Scrapbooks Now!

We know, we know:  It’s only March and you are talking about graduation scrapbooks?  Yes, we know it seems a little early, but trust us:  We have our reasons.  We have worked with many people over the years who have worked on many scrapbooks, and they always offer us the same piece of information:  Scrapbooks take time.

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Think of all the things you need to do in order to create a graduation scrapbook:  Take pictures during the final year of school, find all the pictures from years past for the scrapbook, organize the pictures into categories so that you can easily find them, plan your page progression, attach the pictures, add embellishments, and so forth.  You can’t sit down one night and complete all of these tasks.  They all take time.

Therefore, if you start working on your graduation scrapbook now, you’ll have it ready to go for the day of the graduation party.  Also don’t forget that the closer you get to the party, the more you’ll have to do in terms of inviting guests, preparing food, and so on.  Get your scrapbook started now so you aren’t pulling out your hair later.

Scrapbooking your Child’s Artwork

Your kids are probably some of the most creative people you know.  Over the years, they’re going to bring home a lot of art projects.  Some of their artwork can be easily glued into a scrapbook with the right adhesive.  Others are a little more difficult to manage—either because they’re bulky or three-dimensional.

scrapbooking child artwork

It’s simple to photograph your child’s artwork.  If it can fit on top of your scanner, you can simply scan it, too.  To photograph it, however, just find a spot in your home that has good lighting and little background clutter.  If you need to, place a solid-colored sheet on a wall and place the artwork in front of it.  Take several photos to ensure that you really get a good shot.

Print your photos on archival quality paper—and use archival ink.  Make sure each print is no smaller than 5×7.  This is the best way to enjoy your child’s artwork.

Once you have the photos ready, you can begin putting your scrapbook together.  Try keeping embellishments to a minimum.  This ensures that the main focus of the page is your child’s artwork.  Give each piece of art a title—but avoid using ribbons, glitter, or other embellishments that can be distracting.

Make sure you keep your child’s artwork safe in a scrapbook!  Enjoy it for years to come.

More than you ever Wanted to Know About Glue Sticks

Here are Store Photos, we have the glue sticks you need to complete your scrapbooking projects.  They’re such handy scrapbooking accessories, but they haven’t been around forever!  Here’s some info about glue sticks that you might find interesting.

Make the memories stick with glue sticks!

Make the memories stick with glue sticks!

  • The inventor of the glue stick was inspired by women’s lipstick containers.  Glue sticks hit the market in 1969, and have revolutionized the way we stick things together.
  • Many glue sticks are made for children, so they’re washable and non-toxic.  The glue sticks you’ll find here at Store Photos are acid-free and perfect for scrapbooking.  Children should use these with adult supervision.  (That goes for all glue sticks, though.)
  • Because glue sticks are solid, as long as the cap is replaced, they won’t dry out and will last quite some time.  Because they last so long, glue sticks are a very economical solution for your scrapbooking needs.
  • Here at Store Photos, we have regular glue sticks, large glue sticks, square glue sticks, embellishment glue sticks, and a glue stick pen.  No matter what kind of item you need to stick to your scrapbook page, you can find the right glue stick here!

Once you start using glue sticks, you’ll find that you’re really “stuck” for life!  They’re easy and fun to use, and they can help you create some beautiful memories.

Photo Shoots for Couples

Valentine’s Day is on its way, and you might want to show that special someone how much you care by presenting them with a photo album.  Getting a picture taken with your special someone is a great way to celebrate how much you love one another.  There are a few things to consider as you plan the perfect couple’s photo shoot.  Think about settings, apparel, lighting, and other variables.

Get great photos together!

Get great photos together!

A good photo can be a keepsake that you, as a couple, will cherish forever.  Whether it’s an engagement picture or a retirement picture, we all know that a great photo is something you’ll treasure.  That’s why it’s important to get it right.

You can start by looking through catalogs at a local photography studio to get some ideas.  You can talk with other couples and find out what their favorite photo opportunities are.  Talk to your partner—make a list of ideas and types of pictures you want.  Do you want affectionate shots?  Playful photos?  Close-ups?  Silhouettes?  Take the time to plan it out!

Think about what you’re wearing, too.  Choose clothing that is flattering and makes you feel comfortable.  Stick with solid colors, and keep jewelry simple so as not to distract from the photo.

When you’re looking for a background for your photo, think about places that hold positive memories for you as a couple.  Outdoor shots are always fun!  (Be careful, it’s cold out!)  Try your favorite restaurant, a playground, or a kitchen.  The options are endless.

Have fun!

Archival Safe… Always

Many important documents and photos need to be preserved for an extended period of time.  Conventional paper products will begin to slowly degrade—and that’s due to the high level of acid that generally exists in paper.  Archival, or acid-free, paper is made slightly alkaline (or with a neutral pH) so that it will not yellow and turn brittle with age.  Here at Store Photos, our products are archive safe—so you can rest assured that your precious memories are safe and secure.

Would you leave a memory like this to chance?

Would you leave a memory like this to chance?

Why does regular paper degenerate?

There are two reasons why conventional paper will degenerate over time.  The first is something called lignin, which is a component of the cell walls in plants.  Lignin turns yellow as it is exposed to heat, and that’s one of the reasons that your paper changes color.  Acid makes the paper more fragile, thin, and brittle.  You want something that’s the exact opposite of archival paper?  Check out a newspaper.  Notice how quickly it will turn yellow?

Keep your memories in archival safe pioneer photo albums to ensure their longevity.  After all, you can only make memories once.

New Years Eve for the Family

We hope that your Christmas holiday was as wonderful as it could be!  We also hope you took some great pictures so that you can make a nice holiday scrapbook.  As you get ready to count down to 2011, we have a few tips for you to create a fun and family friendly New Years Eve celebration—this will certainly allow for more photo opportunities!

New year's eve ideas

New Years Eve Ideas

  • Invite some other families over for the celebration.  Make sure you tell them to dress up in their best party gear.  This can be pajamas or fun outfits—depending on the theme.
  • Have all of the party decorations on hand for the kids to decorate as the party begins.  Have balloons, streamers, confetti, party hats, etc.
  • If you have older children, they can use iron on decals to make shirts that say “2011” or some other New Year saying.
  • Bake a cake or some cupcakes and let the kids frost them.  You can even stick a candle in and sing Happy Birthday to 2011.
  • Explain what New Years Resolutions are about and have everyone write one down.  These can even be included in a scrapbook later.
  • Toast the New Year with sparkling apple cider.

Happy New Year from StorePhotos.com!

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