6 Apr 2013

Wedding Photo Project

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.

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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?

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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,
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I think it looks a little more polished than just randomly tossing things in, and I like that you can buy cards that have a theme so that the whole thing is cohesive.

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I do like that there are mini albums and mini core kits (the cards for notes and filler) available so that I wouldn't have to worry about filling up all of the spaces.  The only down side is that it can get pretty expensive to buy the album, the sheets and the little cards.  Also, the cards for the mini albums seem to be all kid based, which won't really work for beach wedding photos.

The other option is to just use a plain photo album.
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I quite like this one as it is nice enough to leave out on display, but also has some space for notes.

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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.



7 comments:

  1. We got married almost two years ago (same day than William & Kate!) and we are also yet to do something with our hundreds of digital pictures. Have you thought in a photobook? That's the root we are going! Here in the UK, you can put them together online and then having the book deliver to your door. If you still have the films, you could get them scanned and converted to digital?

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    1. Hi Gaby,
      I don't have the negatives anymore. I could scan them all in and make a photobook but the scanning would take some serious time. Thanks for the thought though! I have our professional wedding photos in a book that I ordered online so I was thinking it would be nice to have something different for these photos. Have a great weekend.

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  2. I haven't done Project Life or SMASH (I had never heard of SMASH until recently and when I first hear it, it was in the context of -"Can't wait to go SMASHing with the ladies!" and I admit I was definitely concerned... haha!) Anyway, I love the traditional way of scrap-booking. It's fun and meaningful because every piece is something you picked out individually but it's very time consuming. I can totally agree with that! I took over 200 pictures on my honeymoon with the intention of scrap-booking everything but I ended up just sticking them all in a traditional leather photo album and I love it! Scrap-booking makes the process a little more fun, but whether there are little stickers around the pictures or not - the memories will always be there!

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    1. Going SMASHing - that's funny. Maybe I should do a SMASH book just so I can say that! "Oh sorry honey....can't do the dishes, I am too busy SMASHing!" I think it might work......

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  3. Sorry for stopping by late but I have never heard of Project Life or SMASH before. I'm a Shutterfly photo book kind of girl and make one for every year. I love those books but it always takes me really long.

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    1. I think any sort of photo project takes a long time, doesn't it? I so wish these were digital so that I could just make a photo book - it would make my decision A LOT easier. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I kind of like the idea of Project Life, but I also like the simple photo book too. Once upon a time I had grand dreams of scrap books, in the end most of our photos are either in a photo box, plain album or on the computer. I still love looking at them all, and in a way, the plain photo album kind of makes the pictures stand out more. For pictures where I wanted to write a little something to go with them I just cut down card stock to fit the sleeves in the album.
    Best of luck. I haven't done anything with our wedding photos yet, not even the professional ones because I just can't decide which way to go, lol

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