How To Arrange A Photo Album

Arrange your personal photographs in striking and attractive groupings by organizing a photo album in a variety of patterns and themes.

If you're like most of us, you have probably collected family and friends' photographs over several years' time. Stuffed into boxes and bags, or perhaps a photo album or two, you are still not sure where you put that last photo of great-Aunt Elizabeth or the one of the puppy covered in tomato juice following a run-in with a skunk.

Now that you've decided to organize a meaningful photo collection, here are some tips that may help:

1. Gather all photographs into one collection. This doesn't mean they should be arranged in one book. It means that you should find all loose photos from their various locations around the house and keep them in one central area. Add new ones to this same collection site, whether it be a stack of photo boxes or one large container. Be sure that the container's substance will not cause the photos to fade or wear in any way. Keeping the pictures in one way will make it easy to find them when you're ready to organize an album.

2. Select a suitable album. Choose one that will fit with your home's decor if you like, or one with a cover that you simply find attractive. Make sure the plastic photo sleeves will accommodate the size of photo prints that you have. In fact, you may have prints of various sizes, so you may need several different sizes of photo albums. Coordinate their covers or keep them distinct to help interested family members find the set they're looking for by the album's cover design.

3. Arrange the photos in a specific pattern. For many families, chronological order works nicely. That way, you can literally watch the development of a loved one over several years of time. With the person, you can observe changes in styles, trends, fashions, and modes with regards to homes, clothes, automobiles, and other photo props. Or you may decide to arrange your photos by family grouping. In other words, one album can be devoted to your immediate family's pictures. Another may be dedicated to Grandma, Grandpa, and their family-raising years. A third may contain pictures of your more distant relatives, such as uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Then you may want to create another photo gallery for co-workers, neighbors, friends, and special relationships.

4. Add decorative touches. At craft stores you can buy small designer items to decorate your album's pages. Place tiny leaves in the corners of pages with autumn settings, or those featuring very old people. Add football insignia to pages with nephew Johnny in uniform. Be sure to attach these items securely so they don't become distracting when they fall out as people browse the pages.

5. Give a photo album gift. Family members who don't collect pictures or who may not even have a camera will appreciate a small, hand-held photo album of precious memories they may have forgotten. A newborn baby, child's birthday, niece's wedding, or a grandchild's recital can brighten up an older person's day. Keep a copy for yourself as well.

Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words. Start "writing" your family memoirs today through the collection and organization of priceless photographs that will tell your family's story for generations to come.

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