The Domestic Life Stylist’s Tips for Making Photo Books and Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away.  I do not find tremendous value in heading to dinner on Valentine’s Day and being herded like cattle into an overcrowded restaurant.  A quiet dinner at home is usually fine for me, thanks.  If you would like to give your sweetie a special token on Valentine’s Day, consider the gift of a photo memory.
Your kids’ birthday parties, your honeymoon, bringing the new baby home from the hospital, are all precious occasions where photos are typically taken. But how do you preserve your family’s memories?

If you’re keeping your kids’ photos, spec and family vacation pictures on a flash drive or on computer file, then it is time for an upgrade. Those memories mean a lot and should not to be forgotten. They should be available, cherished and revisited, often. That is hardly ever the case when photos are consistently stored on a computer’s hard drive. Many times, they are kept there, only to be forgotten later. If you are constantly asking others to email you pictures of your family’s cherished memories, due to misplaced files, then it is time for a change.

The 21st century has given us a host of opportunities to keep family memories all around us, integrating them into our everyday lives. You can use your family’s photos to create memorabilia such as photo books, calendars, mugs, and blankets. One of the ways that I preserve my daughter’s childhood memories is creating a yearly photo book that chronicles her journey over the previous 12 months. (Well, she is almost two so I am now working on the second one.) It can become cumbersome but the rewards are so worth it! I love going through each book and reminiscing about how much she has changed. During the holidays, I make also make a few personalized calendars as Christmas presents (especially for relatives that live far away).

Don’t forget to keep one for yourself as well.

Now is a great time to get started on these types of photo memory projects. If you would like to print your photos, consider creating a scrapbook or a collage. (First print your photos at a site like and Treasured memories also do well in beautiful picture frames, but make sure to frame pictures that you absolutely love and that evoke positive emotions. Your home, hence your photos, should be a reflection of what matters most to you.

Remember, special memories can also come in disguise as little squiggles, scribbles or stick figures on paper (better known as art projects). Be sure to archive these first artistic moments by scanning them onto your computer so that you can use a site like to change these tokens of love into cards, mugs, or magnets.

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