I plan on mentioning several *homemade* gifts over the next week or so, but on the heels of yesterday's photo-centric ideas, this one floats to the top for meaning AND do-ability.
and you'll be set to create one or more little books to celebrate shared memories with someone you love. I used four albums to create this set, that sits on a shelf in our memory room. These four albums are dedicated to a trip to Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, with several scrapbookers and my cute husband. In proper Library of Memories fashion, album #1 displays "US" pictures, #2 PEOPLE shots, #3 PLACES we visited and enjoyed and #4 THINGS we did.
IF YOU HAVE PHOTOS FROM A RECENT (or not so recent) VACATION, LISTEN UP!
Upload and print them at Scrapbook Pictures and then, sort them into piles (Us, People, Places, Things) and slip them into four mini books.
You can mat the photos if you want. You can cover the front and back and inside covers to create a cohesive look and feel. You can add snippets of journaling.
Most important is that YOU CAN DO THIS before Christmas!! Think of all the adaptations you could create:
1. A mini-album for each child in your family, a mini album for Grandma's purse.
2. A mini-album for each season in 2008. Just picture the spines all lined up: 2-0-0-8 (cute.)
3. A mini-album kit, complete with pictures and paper wrapped up under the tree. "Mom, can I scrapbook with you?" Absolutely!!
Yes, you could go for a generic digital frame (here's a nice one from Costco.) But, you could also do something unique and personal and portable and FUN!
If you have yet to "let go" of the expectation of show-stopping layouts in matching albums all lined up on a shelf and if you've yet to realize that no one expects this of you, but you … then there's no time like the present to give yourself and others the gift of quick and easy and …
"No way, I was wondering where these pictures were!"