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Heading on Vacation?

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There’s still some time left this summer for you and your family to get away from it all and take a vacation.
So, if you’re planning your trip to the beach, escape to the amusement park, or retreat to the mountains, be sure to take along your camera because trust us, once it’s back to school, you’ll be itching to get away again.

Photos, especially vacation photos, can be a great way for us to escape when things get stressful. When we look back on vacation photos, we’re often looking back on times when we were relaxed and feeling less rushed. We remember feeling the warmth of the sun or the coolness of the surf. We remember the great food from the seaside restaurant and the exciting hike that made you feel like you were on top of the world. Vacations tend to bring out the best in us and when you want to give yourself a chance to bring out the best, it helps to have vacation photos to look at and enjoy.

If you are taking a vacation this summer, be sure to take a ton of photos. Then, when you come back, you can look at them and remember all of those great times from your getaway, which will make you feel great and can energize you on days when you feel like things are just getting you down.

Celebrate National Picnic Month with A Trip and Some Photos!

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July is National Picnic Month and you know what that means! It’s time to break out the blanket, pack up your basket, and head to your nearest park for an unforgettable dining experience that everyone in your family can enjoy. No matter what your age or your tastes, a picnic is the perfect way to spend a pleasant summer meal with those you love. So, this month, schedule some time to dine al fresco and enjoy the beauty of nature with a picnic lunch or dinner – but don’t forget your camera.

Picnics are events that are harder to come by nowadays. Most people tend to rush through meals, plus, let’s face it, when was the last time you had a meal with every member of your family at the same time? A picnic, while rare, should be an event to remember. So, when you head outside with your picnic basket in tow, don’t forget to bring along your camera to take some pictures. Picnic photos will help remind you of the importance of family, not to mention, that yummy pasta salad you enjoyed in the park! Once you’ve finished with your occasion and developed the photos, you can feel free to catalog the event in a special page in your summertime scrapbook!

Tips for Taking Photos Of Fireworks

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It’s almost here! July 4th is right around the corner and if you’re looking to capture some great photos for a summertime scrapbook, don’t forget your camera when you go to watch fireworks! While beautiful, fireworks can be one of the toughest things to photograph. However, with these tips, it may be a bit easier for you.

1.) Try using a tripod to give your camera stability. If you have a point and shoot camera, then try resting it on top of a porch railing or similar so that you can get the steadiness you need to capture what the fireworks look like.

2.) Use longer shutter speeds to capture the movement of the fireworks. However, keep it steady, otherwise you’ll end up getting a very blurred effect.

3.) Frame your shots differently. Try moving to a different location. Watch the horizons. Play with vertical and horizontal shots.

4.) Switch off your flash. It won’t have impact on your shots and you’ll just be killing your battery.

5.) Experiment with light beforehand to get an idea of how it behaves when you use your camera. From there, you can feel more prepared when you start taking pictures of fireworks.

Celebrate Best Friend Day!

Did you know that June 8th is Best Friend Day?

If you’re one of those lucky people that has a best friend who has stuck with you through thick and thin since you were kids, congrats! This day is the perfect way to show your friend just how much you care. Or, if you’re one of those people who has lots of friends or shares the title of best friend with a few, still take the time to honor those special relationships!

You can celebrate Best Friend Day by spending time with your best friend(s), calling an old best friend that you’ve lost touch with, or giving a friendship scrapbook to that special person in your life.

At StorePhotos.com, we want to help you celebrate Best Friend Day by giving you everything you need to commemorate the occasion. You’ll find friendship scrapbooks to house tons of photos of you and your friend, adhesives to put your scrapbook together, and scrapbook embellishments to add pizazz to every page. Your friend will love this thoughtful gift, plus, you can establish a new tradition in your friendship by getting together every June 8th to create a few new pages in your friendship scrapbook!

Remeber to Be Acid-Free!

When you’re scrapbooking, putting together a photo album, or making any craft with photos, it’s important to remember that you need the right adhesive to get the job done. Sure, it has to be strong and easy to use, but it also has to be acid-free. When you’re working with photos, acid-free adhesives are absolutely essential, as they avoid the discoloration of your photos as the result of chemical reaction.

Adhesives that contain acid are notorious for distorting the color of your photos or making them fade. As a result, your scrapbooks and photo albums look shabby over time. Instead of having to redo your photo projects because of photo discoloration, get them right from the start. Always be sure to use acid-free adhesives when working with photos. Trust us – it’s the only way to keep your photos safe and sound!

Father’s Day Scrapbooking: Start Thinking of Ideas Now!

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Before you know it, Father’s Day will be here and that means that it’s time to gift Dad with something special. This year, don’t just give him another card with a gift certificate. Give him something that’s really thoughtful. Make him something that he’ll remember during this Father’s Day and many Father’s Days to come. Gift him with a beautiful Father’s Day scrapbook from StorePhotos.com.

Want to know what goes into this thoughtful gift? Let StorePhotos.com help with the essential scrapbook kits. They include everything you need to get started. Once you have one of our scrapbook kits, then it’s time to add in photos of you and your father or snapshots of your Dad doing the things he loves most. Write in captions and quotes about fathers throughout the pages. Use embellishments to add flair. Even leave a page or two blank where you can write a note to your Dad telling him how much you care. Once the scrapbook is complete, just gift it to your Dad and let him enjoy!

Scrapbook Your Family Recipes

There’s nothing better than enjoying a home cooked meal, especially if what you’re dining on came from a family recipe. Passed down through the generations, family recipes are special parts of your history that just make life taste better. Scrapbooking those family recipes – and memories – can be a great way to add some spice to your life.

  • Start out by gathering together old recipe cards, notes, or even recipe cutouts that your family has used for many years.
  • Using acid-free adhesive, paste the recipes into pages of your scrapbook.
  • Next, add photos of your relatives from which the recipes came, or include snapshots of you and your loved ones in the kitchen.
  • Tie everything together by using scrapbook embellishments, decorations, stickers, and stamps that feature a cooking or kitchen theme.
  • Add captions on every page to outline where the recipe came from.
  • Feel free to leave some pages blank where you can journal a favorite memory that goes along with the recipe.
  • Make copies of the scrapbook to gift your dearest family members! Not only will this scrapbook commemorate the best tastes of life, but it’ll also be able to be passed down through the generations, just like those recipes.

Teach Your Child with an Earth Day Scrapbook

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Our planet is a beautiful, wonderful place filled with surprises and this Earth Day you can make a difference in your child’s life by taking time to teach him or her about the natural world. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the occasion and on April 22, get ready to make a craft that’s sure to not only be remembered, but treasured for years to come.

An Earth Day scrapbook is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Instead of filling the pages with photos of birthday parties and weddings, an Earth Day scrapbook is filled with images of all things that come to life around us. Landscapes, ocean scenes, plants, bugs, animals, and even your child playing the yard are part of what makes an Earth Day scrapbook so special. In addition to photos of the natural world, an Earth Day scrapbook should also include things like pressed flowers, leaves, dried blades of grass, seashells, or other natural treasures that your child can find outside while exploring. Just get together a scrapbook, multi-colored papers, acid-free adhesives, and a few embellishments and you’re ready to put together an Earth Day memory of your own.

Take time this Earth Day to spend time with your child making an Earth Day scrapbook that’s filled with beautiful things from our planet.

Scrapbooking and Art Classes?

Scrapbooking is a very creative hobby and if you consider yourself to be an active scrapbooker, chances are that you’ve experimented with other forms of creative expression, but found scrapbooking to be the best fit. Well, it’s time to open up those sketch pads once more. Taking art classes in other mediums can be a great way to get your creative juices flowing when you’re stuck on how to make your scrapbooks pop.

Art classes in printmaking, drawing, painting, graphic design, and even sculpture can challenge you to view the world in a new way while at the same time, boosting your creativity and encouraging you to experiment with different colors, textures, and techniques in scrapbooking. So, if you find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to your scrapbook layouts, consider taking an art class to give yourself an inspirational boost. Who knows? Maybe you’ll create many works of art as a result!

Capture All the Fun of Easter Morning!

Easter is almost here and you know what that means – it’s time to break out the baskets, dye the eggs, and gear up for the annual Easter morning egg hunt! No matter where you hold this fun activity, you can be sure that there’ll be tons of memories in the making.

But before you start dyeing eggs, it’s important to grab your camera and start capturing the fun! Making an Easter scrapbook can make all the difference in how you experience and look back on this joyous holiday. So, before you start hunting for eggs, be sure to add these items to your Easter scrapbook checklist:

1.) Photos of your family enjoying their Easter baskets

2.) Photos of the Easter egg hunt and other Easter festivities

3.) Stickers and embellishments with an Easter egg or flower motif

4.) A light scrapbook or Easter scrapbook featuring pastel colors and a pretty design

5.) Acid-free adhesives, for pasting in photos and scraps

6.) Colorful ribbon, buttons, and other decorations

7.) Colored paper, to mat photos and add pizzazz to your pages

8.) Easter greeting cards and gift tags from your Easter basket

9.) Photos of everyone in their Easter outfits.

10.) Creativity! An Easter scrapbook can’t be made without it!

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