First Steps – Final Wrap-Up

This is my last ‘chapter’ for the First Steps blog.  So far we talked about where and how to get started, getting organized (A MUST), duplicating and scanning rare photos (A MUST), Journaling and a hint of digital.


As my final thoughts, I want to share a little more on the digital world, memorabilia and creating a plan.


Digital Fun! – Okay, you have the CD’s of photos or you have scanned some of the developed


photos you have from the past – Now what? The possibilities are truly endless. There are so many ways to digitally scrapbook.


There are several great digital scrapbooking softwares that can be purchased or can be created and completed online. Use the pictures as they are or you can alter them in so many ways (oh come on, you don’t actually believe all those photos on the gossip magazines are real do you? Do they really allow photographers in all those nooks and crannies of stars lives and at just that perfect moment? – Digital altering baby. (sorry if I ruined it for you).


On the good side, digital enhancements help with lighting errors, focus issues or maybe removing images or turning it to classic black and white and then colorizing it. Like I said… Endless possibilities. Once completed, you can print it yourself, send it off to be printed and book bound or leave it on the computer as a screen saver, send it to family and friends or blog it!


As you are thinking about where to start, how about with an “Event” Book!  Are there 12, 20 or 30 trips to Disneyland in your past? Easy! Do a Disneyland book! Sea World, vacations, birthdays or the Wild Animal Park in beautiful San Diego, whatever “event” works best – a book can be the perfect way to capture all the memories within that theme. As a matter of fact – my next “for me” project, is to do a “Book of Firsts”. It is going to be compiled with all the First Birthday photos of all our children and grandchildren.


Memorabilia –Use it. You know you have them. The ticket stubs from the amusement parks or museums, the small coins from your trip to Europe. Maybe even the drawing from your child from kindergarten. These can all be used. I have scanned the drawings and used them as my background paper. Again, doing this now gives me the digital backup forever and I have used it as part of my scrapbook. As a side note, be careful when using older original items in some of your projects. They may not be acid free materials and may eventually discolor your photos surrounding them.


Bottom line as I wrap up this subject….Just DO it! This is A MUST! – You need to start somewhere. Start small so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up before you get started. If nothing else, just start with a few favorite photos and memories. Your project does not have to be in any particular order, subject or event.  This can cause missed expectations and unfinished projects. You want to just have something that is full of fun pictures, memories, journaling, souvenirs, and various memorabilia – no matter what format that is.


So, no matter what you decide, remember your objective – to enjoy the memories in a special way that will be fun to share with family and friends and will leave a legacy behind that will be priceless. This means thinking “out of the box” – or should I say taking your pictures “out of the box”.



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