Scrapbooks are a great place to curate memories around a common theme. They often contain priceless photographs, handwritten notes, and newspaper clippings. Sometimes they're adorned with colorful artwork and other decorations to make an extra special memory. Convert your paper scrapbooks to digital. Then, share them online with friends and family around the world!
There are several reasons why digital scrapbooking is better than paper scrapbooking. This is not to say an old-time paper scrapbook is not incredibly valuable. Quite the contrary! For generations, families treasure these one-of-a-kind memories. If you're fortunate enough to have been handed down a paper scrapbook, consider preserving it digitally so the memories will never be lost to fires, floods, and storms. You can DIY or consult a professional digitizing company to create a digital PDF copy of your scrapbook.
It is very difficult to "insert" a new page in the middle of a bound paper scrapbook, but this is so easy with online technology. Features like copy/paste, cropping, resizing, and other enhancements are much more difficult using paper scrapbooks. Digital tools offer the flexibility to rapidly curate your memories without any of the mess of paints, scissors, or glue. Best yet, there’s no expensive software to purchase with a good subscription service. Did you make a mistake or glue something incorrectly or rip the photo trying to remove it? These are all common mishaps of the paper scrapbook. By converting your photos to JPG, you can interchange photos without the fear of damaging them. If you make a mistake you can simply delete it and start over or change what was added incorrectly.
Many of these scrapbooks are collecting dust on a bookshelf in one person's home. Because it's physical, the paper scrapbook can only be enjoyed from one location at a time. Indeed, multiple people can enjoy the scrapbook when they visit the owner's residence, but access is often difficult, especially as families reside in multiple regions of the world. Make sections in your digital scrapbook to include video like weddings, a baby’s first steps, and other enjoyable life events. Convert physical video media to MP4 to insert them into your online digital scrapbook.
A paper scrapbook is limited to physical items and lacks the ability to include a variety of media, like audio. Favorite songs? That special voicemail you saved? Your child's music recital? Convert all this audio to MP3 audio files and place them in your digital scrapbook on the cloud. Only a digital scrapbook provides the opportunity to include these non-physical items. It’s also easy to use one memory in multiple digital albums at the same time.
Paper scrapbooks run out of space, but digital storage options are nearly unlimited. You may quickly exceed the storage capacity of a DVD, another external device, or your personal desktop, but no one has ever exceeded the storage capacity of the commercial cloud! No more filling up bookcases or boxes. Maintain your files in online folders and exchange them with friends and family using smart permissions. A digital scrapbook can be shared with an unlimited number of people, at any location, at any time.
We found this picture of a beautiful couple standing in front of Half Dome, one of Yosemite Valley’s most recognizable landmarks. Yosemite Valley in California sees millions of visitors each year (a record 5 million people visited in 2016!). Even though the park sees so many people, each person typically only sees it once…and it’s always a special memory. This picture was nestled in a collection of photos from all over the world – from California to New Orleans to Paris, Germany, Africa, and more. But despite the awe-inspiring view behind them, the couple seems more entranced with each other than anything around them.
The charm and beauty of prom captures the hearts of young men and women across the country every year. For many, it’s their first formal affair, their first step into a glamorous world built only for them. But perhaps more memorable are the days and moments leading up to the ceremony. Before the first song ever plays, ladies are shopping with friends to find the perfect dress, gentlemen are building up the courage to ask for a date, and both are speechless at the first sight of each other. The laughter and smiles found in these moments often planted roots for love to blossom.
Every generation faces unique challenges. To meet them, we stand on the shoulders of our loved ones and become more than they ever could. In time, we do the same for our children, lifting them higher still to achieve what we could only dream of. While we were busying admiring those who guided us, candid memories like this remind us of the care they took to show us the world we live in. Hairstyles and fashion choices come and go. Pop culture changes with the wind. But the excitement that comes from these experiences – whether learning them for the first time or passing them along to the next generation – creates unforgettable feelings that deserve to last forever.
Some of our memories are defined by the times. We proudly showed off our bellbottom pants and 8-track tapes, wore loud clothes and big hair, and proved that grunge wasn’t just music, it was a way of life. These were the times of our self-expression. But our most important memories weren’t shaped by self-expression, they were shaped by mutual expression, by the friends who stood beside us. Friends have a way of bringing out the best in us. They help define who we are through the experiences we share. The smiles, the laughs, and even the tears create a bond stronger than time.
Autumn brings about a time of great change. Like the trees that shed their leaves, we put the summer behind us, trading t-shirts for sweaters and beaches for playgrounds. And it was on the swing sets of our youth that we learned we could touch the clouds if we but yearned to fly. As Robert Frost once told us, “Nothing gold can stay.” Nearly a century later, his words remind us that true beauty lives only in the moment, and those moments are worth remembering.
Life has a way of forcing our focus on the future. We plan and schedule and organize and hope that it all helps us get to where we think we want to be. But when the meetings are over and the offices close, we escape to the places that make us forget it all. Places like the Nut Tree in Vacaville, CA, offered retreat to residents and tourists and foreign dignitaries alike. At its height, it was “the ‘go-to’ spot no matter your passions or your age. We all had a place like this, somewhere we could be ourselves among friends that always made us smile.
We often take pictures to capture the moment, to relive the happiness and joy we felt in years past. But when we look back on them decades later, we find that pictures are so much more powerful. They preserve the smiles, of course, but they also chronicle change. We all experience it. The laughter and tears, the wins and the losses, and at every turn we love and mourn and grow. Pictures like this show that as we grow, so too does the world.
Just because we were there together doesn’t mean we had the same experience. We remember things differently because our priorities were different. Some of us let the experience define the memory, while others chose to define it themselves. We often rush through life, bouncing between the big moments and taking ourselves too seriously. We move from one day to the next with little regard for the small moments that fill each one. Meanwhile, those around us are having the time of their lives in every moment they can. So, we have a choice: we can wait for the memorable moments to find us, or we can create the times that are worth remembering.
When you look back at your own pictures, do you see a defining moment, or a moment defined?
As we get older, holidays tend to take on new meanings for us. New Year’s Eve becomes less about the party and more about spending another year with friends, Christmas less about getting gifts and more about giving them, and we understand the things we’re thankful for during Thanksgiving more than ever. But no matter how old we are, the excitement of putting on a costume for Halloween never changes. Whether we’re giving the candy or getting it, Halloween allows us to transform into whatever we want. We can be spooky ghosts wrapped in sheets or wear plastic teeth and threaten to suck the blood from our friend’s necks.
We all have our own hobbies. Some of us like golfing with friends, or painting a comforting picture surrounded by idyllic scenery. Others enjoy playing music, writing stories, or woodworking. But almost everyone has spent at least a day on the water with nothing but a fishing pole and the hope of catching the big one. Whether you’re bragging about your amazing hole-in-one or that giant fish that got away, we all love sharing our adventures. That’s why memories like this are so important. Our friends won’t always believe us when we tell them how big that fish really was, but they can’t argue when we show them the picture.
When we remember significant events in our lives, we remember the friends who supported us the most. As we get older, these memories become more caricatures than factual, and many of the people we enjoyed being with are lost in the fog of our minds. Military members meet a significant amount of people all the time. Whether through the constant rotation of personnel through a unit or the many classes that provide networking opportunities, service-members often remember events more often than names or faces. But when we look back on pictures like this, a flood of memories comes rushing through. Suddenly, we’re a part of the conversations all over again. We see the faces and hear the laughter and we remember the smiles that carried us through those important times.