More Than A Memory- A Legacy
Everyone has that box of pictures either in a close or in a
garage. Even worse yet in a magnetic album. Years go by and
unless there is a date notation from the picture process, the
dates and places fade into the recess of time.
Maybe we have inherited an album of faded photographs of
people we either don't know or have any connection to. And we
keep it because we feel not right just geeting rid of it.
A generation or two from now, will people ponder over what to
do with your photos and memories?
It is so easy to take your photos and create a legacy for
those that you love. In little time and with no artistic bend or
experience, you can create a book that you will be proud to place
on your coffee table!
Carefully preserved to last the generations, this treasure
will be honored as much as the lives that are part of the history
of who were all are.
The best way to start is to begin with current photos. Put
some pictures together by category. Maybe a vacation, a season,
an event, or an occassion. Just gather them together.
You will need an album and there are many to chose from. My
perosnal favorite is the post album because it is easily
expandable and will hold a great deal of pages. Plus, your pages
will lay flat and look very "put together" There are many sizes
to choose from. You amy want the 12" x 12" size to create a large
story. The other most popular sizes are 9"x9" and the 6"x6" which
is generally used as a gift or specialty album.
You will need memory protectors which are plastic pages that
will hold your photos and keep them safe from destruction.You can
select a matte or clear finish. I would suggest selecting a page
that has an extra inch or so where you put the page into the
album so that your pages lay flat.
Creating your pages need not take a lot of time or effort.
There are many kits on the market that are basically simple to do
with great results. Many have preformatted layouts and stickers
that let you vertually glue the pictures on and then add the
stickers or puchouts. These kits create a page in minutes with
great results. Many kits some with page protectors and are a
You can also create your own pages and layouts. With some
paper, stickers, glue and embellsihments it is not all that hard
to create something special. Start simple and remeber, you can
always add on to your pages as time, experience and budget
Remember to journal or tell the story of your pictures. Some
of this should be in your own writing, even if your handwriting
would not impress a teacher.
Using the correct supplies will ensure a lasting memory.
Remember always to use ligbin and acid free products. If it does
not say that it is on the package, you can ssume it is not. Acid
and lignin are the two elements that will cause you to lose those
pictures that can never be recaptured.
Imagine the pride in your child's face when you pull out a
book that is all about him ! Imagine the thrill to your parents
as you sit down with them collecting those nuggets of gold about
their lives. Consider the joy of presenting your child a
scrapbook of their lives on a wedding day !
Consider the thrill of your grandchilren telling their
grandchildren all about you through the books you created !
Money legacies will be spent, but scrapbook memories will live
on long after! Consider turning your memories into legacies.
Linda White is a Supervisor and Independent Consultant for
Close To My Heart. She is a scrapbook teacher and designer.She
also teaches stamping and papercrafts. You can visit her website,
for more information.
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