Maybe you are like me and your old family photos live a little bit of everywhere. Some photos take home in shoeboxes tucked away in a nearby closet. Others live in dusty albums and in countless zip codes: your baby photos are split between the home where you grew up and a token few reside in your nightstand; your teenage years are caught up in a half-finished scrapbook; and the photo from your grandparents' wedding day has always been in dispute amongst your siblings. Sound familiar?
You're not alone. Cue my experience last month. My sister called me with an idea to scan and digitize old photos to create a gift for our Mom's 60th birthday. A photo gift or photo album, to be exact. It turns out that when you work for a photo printing company you become the expert of said project, and well, the dedicated family photo librarian.
Before kicking off the mission, I got to thinking about just how far-scattered my own family's photos are and just how collaborative this project might prove to be. So I called in for reinforcement. I called in my two aunts, but alas, neither of them were able to help. Aunt Jeanne didn't know where any of the photos were and Aunt Carol had heaps of old family photos, but had no idea how to get them to me. Cue worst group project ever. The bad news? Their photos didn't make it into the album this time. The good news? The album did make it to my mother (she even told me it was the one thing she would save in a fire. #awesome.)
Have you been putting off that family photo project? Let's break it down and give you all the info to get from here to there. Maybe you don't need that call from your sister to be your catalyst – a "just because" gift can be the best of all. To all the "volun-told" keepers of family photos, it's our turn to step up and make something worthy of passing down.
–Laura, Marketing Manager