You took that family vacation, where for once you were all together? Or did you visit Italy for the first-time last summer… or was it 5 years ago?
You captured the smiles, romantic gondola rides, the friends you met along way, but all these memories are buried under hundreds of photos taken since or worse, festering away on a memory card, in that drawer you hardly ever open.
Every so often you do happen to scroll through your old photos on your phone, but let’s be honest would it not be more fun and satisfying to have an album an arm’s length away that you can pull out on those quiet days at home. Or better even to have on your coffee table, ready to share with friends and family.
We know, the task seems daunting, so here we are to help you get this done. Read on and in a few steps you’ll learn how we don’t just create unique vacations, but also help you immortalize cherished memories and experiences.
1. Organize your photos
Whether all your photos are on your phone, computer, or you already had them printed out, start going through them and store your favorites in a separate folder.
This shouldn’t take long and should be fun – a first chance to relive those fond memories.
2. Choose your photo album style
The possibilities are endless, so let us help you figure out how to proceed:
Are you more of a “the quicker I do this, the better? If so, finding a website to create your album might be your most straightforward and efficient option. They also allow you to pick from ready-made themes that are easy to fill.
Or perhaps, are you the type of person who saves museum ticket stubs, maps. postcards or random memorabilia? If so, scrapbooking might be calling for you. Your next step is to get those favorite pictures printed and delivered to your home.
3. Pick a Theme
Whichever way you decide to make your album, you can also think of a theme. Your family reunion trip on Best of California might be more fun in a colorful or playful layout. However, you might have traveled on America’s Magnificent National Parks visiting Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. In that case, you might prefer a more sober, minimalist theme that highlights your photos.
The options are countless but don’t overthink it. What comes first comes to mind when you think of that trip?
4. Tell your story
You have your photos and your album, now is the time to think about how you want to display them. Chronologically might be the easiest and most obvious choice, but you can and works well if you explored a country in-depth, like on the Britain and Ireland Discovery, but you can also have more freedom. If you hopped around the main Italian cities on Best of Italy, you might just organize your album around key moments in each town, regardless of the itinerary.
5. Displaying your photos
There is no right or wrong, but don’t be shy. When trying to get a group picture, include the different takes, with the “best” one highlighted in bigger size. Those missed takes often also have the most candid smiles and are just as important part of building that memory. And on the next page, don’t be shy about dedicating an entire page to that beautiful shot of you and your partner atop Geiranger Fjord on the Grand Scandinavia journey you took for your anniversary. And lastly, change it up from page to page to keep it fun and engaging.
6. Include captions
You told your story with your pictures, but remember, you can also add text. A date, the name of a place, or even a little story, will help secure that memory for years to come. Let’s be honest, none of us will remember all the places visited on European Discovery journey or even on your Highlights of Poland trip.
7. Keep your album in sight
Last but not least, keep your albums visible, on a bookshelf, or as a coffee table book. And don’t be shy about sharing it with family, so you can enjoy those memories over and over again.