If you read about my adventures in organizing a couple of weeks ago, then you saw that I had a whole whack load of photos stored away from our wedding more than 3 years ago.
We had a destination wedding, and when each couple arrived we gave them a little welcome bag. The bag contained essentials such as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, hot sauce (an essential?), a shot glass (definitely an essential) an itinerary of events and a disposable camera. We had 40 people join us in Mexico and there was just no way that we could be everywhere at once. Our request was that our guests took photos of their adventures throughout the week so that we could see how much fun everyone had when we weren't around. At the end of the trip I hauled all of the cameras home and had them developed.
And there they sat, in their little Wal-Mart photo envelopes, for 3 years stuffed into a closet. I had good intentions.....I had grand dreams of sitting down and making the most amazing scrapbook you have ever seen. Dreams.....that's about as far as it got.
A week after we got back from our wedding we packed up our condo and moved from Red Deer to Edmonton. Then you know what happened....life, dog, baby, chaos = no photo project!
I spent about an hour a few weeks ago going through each and every picture and tossing any that didn't develop properly or were duplicates. Some of them are pretty hilarious. Even without knowing who took each picture I can still get a pretty good idea from the content of the photos. Pictures of knees? A kid took that one. Pictures of shot glasses? hmmm.....
It's high time I do something with them, but I am stuck. I don't have the time to do a traditional scrapbook. I already know how it will go - I'll start all gung-ho and then months later our kitchen table will still be scattered with random scrapbook paper and double sided tape.
I've been eyeing up SMASH Books for quite a while now. Before I made my own line a day journal I seriously considered buying a SMASH Book instead.
The idea is that you don't think too hard - you just smash your stuff in the book. You can buy really cute accessories like elastics to hold everything in, date stamps, flags, etc. You write in your own notes, glue in other mementos or draw cute borders around pictures. It's basically creativity at its finest.
I like the idea, but am worried that I might not have enough other 'stuff' to put in it. I have a few things like our wedding program and invitation, but didn't save things like ticket stubs or our wrist bands from the resort. If all I have are photos from Wal-Mart will it look like a Kindergarten project?
One of the other options I am thinking of is Project Life. Project Life is a little more structured than SMASH in that it is a binder with clear plastic pages that each have pockets. In the pockets you can put photos or little notes with thoughts,
The other option is to just use a plain photo album.
I quite like this one as it is nice enough to leave out on display, but also has some space for notes.
I've considered scanning all of the photos so that I could have a photo book printed or do digital scrap booking, but I don't think I want to spend as much time as it would take to scan each picture separately on my little scanner.
See why I am stuck? I need your help.....
Have you done anything cool with your photos. Have you done SMASH or Project Life? Do you have favourite places to buy the supplies? Any other ideas? I am open to anything at this point.....I just know that I don't want the pile of photos to sit in a closet for another 3 years.