This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
Do you ever flick through an old family photo album and have that beautiful feeling of fondness and nostalgia wash over you? That feeling of happiness and contentment is a wonderful thing that we take for granted in the modern age. Photographic technology has been with us for almost 200 years and our attitude towards it has gone from reverent to indifferent.
There’s little point denying that smartphone technology and social media have revolutionized the way in which we can record and share special memories of our family lives but the ease of which we’re able to capture and share images and video of precious memories has conversely made it much more disposable. While it’s a wonderful thing to be able to record your toddler’s first steps, upload them to YouTube or Facebook and have everyone you know able to access this precious memory within minutes, it can detract from the solemnity of the occasion.
Your precious memories shouldn’t be turned into something fleeting and disposable. They should be preserved and celebrated. Fortunately, the age of digital technology also affords us the ability to convert digital photographs into awesome gifts for the whole family or decorative mementos for the house. Hence, we’ve compiled some of the most beautiful yet cost-effective ways to appreciate and enjoy these memories as cool, fun gifts. You can even use one of one of Shutterfly’s coupon codes to make further savings. Here are just a few of the awesome things that can be done with your digital photos.
A photo of your beaming son or daughter at their graduation or on their first day of school is heartwarming, but why settle for a modest little photo gathering dust on a shelf? Huge occasions like a wedding, a graduation or a christening deserve to be writ large on your wall. Blowing your images up on a huge canvas print lends the image the sense of celebration it deserves while personalizing your living space.
Personalized mugs have been around for a long time but while they used to look cheap and chintzy, a rise in better quality ceramic and printing technology allows for a far greater range of colors, finishes, and degrees of personalization. Your mug can use a single image or a collage, or work your images into a personalized design. Whatever you choose, you’ll have an extra large smile with your morning coffee!
Looking through your photos together as a family is a beautiful experience, but it can be hugely enhanced by upgrading your album to a photo book. A photo book of your family vacation, for example, can turn your memories into a glossy, professional-looking travel book. The range of styles, finishes, textures and professionally designed layouts can make your photobook something truly unique. You can also augment your pictures with backgrounds, text and embellishments that lend it a truly professional finish.
No kidding, you can literally wrap yourself up in your memories with a photo blanket. What a time to be alive, right? A treasured memory can be rendered in a beautiful yet comfortable woven blanket that adorns your bed or sofa. In a range of fabrics and styles, it’s a great way to feel close to your loved ones.
With so many wonderful options available, you need never leave your images to be forgotten in a digital cloud or languishing in a sorry, battered album ever again.