I think anyone who has kids has come to the dilemma of how to preserve childhood memories. What do you do with all those digital images that are sitting on your phone or digital camera? Now that I have a little girl this is something I have to think about too. I can’t believe little Miss P is already 6 moths old! Time goes by so fast. Besides quick snap shots with my phone I try to take a series of photos each month to document her growth.
But what to do with all those images?
First of all I need to make sure I don’t loose any of them due to some sort of technology failure or theft. My method is to save everything to an external hard drive and then back up that hard drive onto another hard drive. I make sure to upload the photos off of my phone to my computer once a month so I don’t loose those. I also use dropbox.com for online storage. I can use it to share images with family members if I want to, too.
Ok so now 10 years down the line what am I going to do? Printing is always your best bet for preserving childhood memories. If you had all of your images saved on a floppy disk you would be hard press to access them now, but if you had printed them and saved them neatly in one place you could enjoy them. Here are some of my favorite ways to print out and preserve your child’s precious memories. (I have no connection with these companies and some of these product I have not used but think they are great ideas)
Recently is a app for your iPhone that will create and mail you a monthly magazine from the images in your camera roll. You are able to hand select the images that get printed in the magazine. This is great for those people that use their iPhone as their only camera.
At the end of the year cull all of your family photos that you have taken and create a album out of them. This creates a fun collection of images year by year that you can look back on. If you stick with one company all the books should be of similar design and look fun on your shelf. I personally love the album format for saving images. I really enjoy the curated, organized and compactness of the format. The images are less likely to get lost this way also. There are a multitude of companies where you can create these sort of books, from the very simple drag and drop to the highly personalize, like heritage makers.
Albums by Subject
Instead of one big book or album at the end of the year, you can create them by subject or holiday or per child through out the year. This way is a little more manageable if doing a big one at the end of the year seems overwhelming.
This one takes a little less effort then the year book. At the beginning of the year create a keepsake photo box like the ones offered by mpix.com (check out here). Then throughout the year order prints of your favorite snapshots and store them in the box. This will keep your images nice and organized. These boxes allow you to store other mementos also, like ticket stubs, a lock of hair from baby’s first hair cut or any other small items.
Turn your Facebook Post into a Book
If you are someone who posts all your photos to Facebook you might want to think about printing your timeline into a book, there are a few different companies that will do this for you. This is a fun way to not only preserve those moments with your kids, but comments and other types of Facebook posts.
No matter what works for you the most important thing is to preserve those childhood memories for the future. Your kids will thank you for it later. And lastly make sure to get into those images too!
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