I'm sure you've all seen the above quote and others like them. I feel the same way about family photos. Why have them hidden away in an old box or scrapbook? Get them out--enjoy them NOW!
I know most of us have a lifetime of photos hidden away in a box in the attic. Or if you're like my husband, you've meticulously documented them all in scrapbooks. But honestly, who looks at them? And they're fun and interesting and educational. Get them out and I'll show you what to do.
Simply go through your boxes or scrapbooks and find some photos that your friends and family would enjoy. Get old ones, new ones, funny ones, outtakes and goof-ups. Vacation shots, old school photos, scenery and portraits. Anything and everything. And if you're worried about oily fingers handling them, then simply make a copy and then display the copies. Change them out periodically. Just put them in a pretty dish or basket and set them out. There's something about them being in a bowl that even friends visiting will pick up and look at them. It's a great conversation starter with friends and family. And always good for some laughs.
You get the idea. Just some random pictures through the years.
Next you'll need a pretty container. First shop your house (as they say on HGTV). You'll probably find a pretty tray or basket in which to display your old photos. If not, go window shopping like I did at a home goods store:
And that's it! Why on earth should those precious photos be up in the attic or on some shelf in a scrapbook? Display them this way for all to see. And what great conversation starters, as well as a way to share your family history.
And here's another idea. My sister thought of this one. A few years ago when she and my brother-in-law moved from their large family home to a garden home, she was dismayed as to what to do with all those family photos that they had accumulated over the years. She came up with a plan to go through them and divvy them up between her son and daughter.....paying attention to the ones her daughter would like and the ones her son and his family would cherish. Then she decided that the way to give them to each, was to put them in a pretty wooden box. I never saw what she used, but on my window shopping trip, I found some fabulous wooden boxes and small chests. Take a look:
Again, sharing old treasured family photos--two plans:
"What I like about photographs is they capture a moment that's gone forever..." Karl Lagerfeld
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film, you have captured forever...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." Aaron Siskind
Retired school teacher and now full time grandmother sharing ideas and looking for new ones about grandparenting!