Great Ways to Preserve Your Family’s Priceless Memories

When you were growing up, you might have had a stack of Polaroid pictures to document your different birthday parties and summer vacations. Now, thanks to digital cameras, smartphones and tablets, it’s easier than ever to take amazing photos of your adventures. This means it’s time to organize, store and display them in a way that lets you and others enjoy them.

Create a Virtual Scrapbook on Your Tablet

Tablets like the iPad Air 2 are capable of taking photos that are just as nice as those from a fancy camera. As a bonus, the photos can be stored on the tablet. Just be sure to get an anti-fingerprint screen protector, so you don’t have to look at your photos through smudges and cracks.

To organize and enjoy your photos, create a virtual scrapbook on your tablet. Start by downloading ScrapPad, which is a collection of scrapbook layout apps for the iPad that features templates, backgrounds for different occasions and design elements that let you create attractive virtual scrapbooks.

Another great option is called Smilebox, which features hundreds of scrapbook layouts that you can use to create a full-sized scrapbook or smaller collage pages. To create the scrapbook, you simply select and tap on the elements that you want and then add in the photos from your photo library. Once you have created your virtual scrapbook, you can share it with others via email or Facebook.

Make a Traditional Scrapbook

While virtual scrapbooks are easy to make, there is something nostalgic and sentimental about paging through a classic scrapbook of family photos. If you are new to scrapbooking, it might seem overwhelming at first, but there are basic scrapbooking kits that you can buy to fit your theme, such as a baby boy kit from Walmart. Check out your local craft store to see if it offers scrapbooking classes that teach you the basics.

To get started, select the photos you want to place in your scrapbook and print them out. If you have a printer that is capable of making high-quality photos, you can do it right at home. If you don’t, download the Walgreens app and electronically send your photos from your smartphone or tablet to the store for quick pickup. Once you have your photos, organize them into piles and then by how many you want on each page.

Each page should have a focal point photo with other photos serving as accessories that help tell the story. Place the main photo in the top left hand corner of the page and don’t worry about matting every single photo — it will save you both time and money. To make it special and customized, you can write captions under some of the photos or tuck in a written journal of what was going on in the pictures.

Have Backup Storage

No matter how you decide to preserve your family’s memories, be sure that you have backups of your precious photos. Back them up on your main computer’s hard drive, move them to an external hard drive or use a cloud storage service like Dropbox. This way, if something happens to your digital camera, tablet or phone, you will not lose your irreplaceable memories.

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