AD | So, you’ve just returned from another fabulous family holiday, filled with lots of laughs, a number of firsts, incredible sight-seeing, and memories that will last a lifetime. You’ve probably also returned with a hefty number of photos that you took throughout your travels, as you tried to capture as much as possible by camera.
And while those photos are certainly fun to flip through on your camera or mobile device, it would be nice to do more with them and create them into tangible memories that you can enjoy on a daily basis.
The good news is that there are a number of ways you can do just that. Here are some great ideas of what you can do with those fabulous family holiday photos.
Design a Photo Memory Wall in the House
One of the most common things to do with those incredible family photos is to pick one or two that really stand out and encapsulate the essence of the trip. Once the photo(s) have been chosen, you can then make them into an enlarged print and then frame it to hang on the wall. For families who do a fair amount of travelling, you may want to dedicate one whole wall in a room that will act as the family photo memory wall.
A memory wall is obviously tied together by the fact they are all family holiday photos, but you can also keep the flow and choose frames that are the same colour and/or material. Go ahead and vary the sizes if you want to keep things a bit more relaxed feeling, but keep your colour palette of the frame going.
Create a Customised Photobook
If you want to be able to display all your greatest memories from your holiday, but don’t necessarily have the wall space to dedicate to one single trip, then a photobook can be a fabulous idea. In fact, you can create a photobook after each holiday and basically create a library of memories, if you will, that you can store on a dedicated bookshelf.
Photobooks are nice in that you can leave them out on a coffee table for people to enjoy, yet they take up very little space, and the photos inside won’t get ruined, faded, or curled over time since you have created a professional bound book of them. You can choose a theme for each page of the book, or just keep things organic and simply pick the images that speak to you.
Depending on the quality of the book, the material it is made from, how many photos you want to include, and the templates/styles available to you, these types of books do vary quite a bit in cost and quality.
The website www.photobookdeals.co.uk is a great resource that can help you get started if you want to design your own photobook. It collects all the most recent information and deals on various companies that offer photobook services which will help you to find the best discounts. You can also have a read of their reviews to help ensure the company you use is the right one.
Start Making Photo Boxes After Each Trip
Another cool project is to start making family photo boxes after each trip. This is a DIY project, so you’ll need to have a few simple materials on hand.
Start by picking out a box that you will use to store the photos in. Something like a small wooden keepsake box would work perfectly. If you choose wood, you’ll also have the option of staining or painting it. Pick some kind of lettering, or stencil that you can use to draw on the letters so you can label the box. You can use the destination or the date as the label or name. Let your photo box dry completely, and then you’re free to start filling it up.
Besides prints of your favourite photos, you can also add keepsake items like maps, concert or attraction tickets, wristbands, and any other small item you collected along the way that holds sentimental value.
Just like with the photobooks, you can start to collect these photo boxes and put them out on display or store them on a shelf.
One Decorative Ornament Per Trip
If you like to go all out for the holidays when it comes to decorations, this is another great place that your family holiday photos can make an appearance. You can have a photo put on a tree ornament, along with the date and/or destination. Just think how personalised your tree will look over time as you start adding more and more of these photo-based ornaments on it.
Give Those Photos the Exposure They Deserve
At the end of the day, it’s all about giving those family photos the exposure they deserve and displaying them in fun, creative, and unique ways in your home.
What do you like to do with all your special family photos?
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