7 Ways To Store And Display Vacation Photos
Having a camer on our phones makes it easy to take photos. Without the worry of running out of film we take a lot of photos, especially vacation photos. But then, we have a lot of photos – taking up finite space on our phones. And they sit there forever waiting to be printed, framed or organized in scrap books and albums. And we mean to do it….one of these days. So we can look at them without having to whip out our phones—and so we can clear space on our phones for more photos.
Well I to thinking, there must be ways to store or display vacation photos that are either so cool or so easy I won’t be able to resist finally getting them off my phone. So I scouted around and found seven ideas (list below from easiest to hardest). I hope they inspire you to finally do something with your photos.
1. Easiest: Quick storage!
Maybe you’re not crafty but still need to get photos off your phone to free up space— I totally get that. (I got a “memory full” message recently, and of course at the worst possible time.) We recently came across a handy device called *PictureKeeper. It’s a thumb drive that connects to your phone to externally store photos and videos (and contacts, too). It comes in 16, 32 or 63GB, depending on how far behind you are on printing your photos.
I like the fact that you can download photos to it as you go while you’re on vacation, and carry it separately from your phone. So if that latter gets stolen you don’t lose your photos—the one thing on your phone that’s irreplaceable. When your photos are back home safe and sound, maybe you’ll do some of these projects with them; or at least take your Picture Keeper to the store to get them printed.
2. Easiest: Make a box
Martha Stewart recommends making keepsake boxes that are simple, easy to organize and attractive enough to keep out on a shelf. I like them because you can store coins, tickets, maps, postcards and knickknacks along with your photos. And let’s face it, it’s way easier to put a pile of photos in a box then to edit them down arrange them in an album! This is the option I’m mostly likely to make my winter project. (right; photo courtesy of Meredith Media.)
3. Almost as easy: Make jars
This is a similar concept to the photo boxes except with more style. It also gives you the opportunity to mingle photos with other related objects in an appealing 3D way. DIY blogger MJB shows you how. The one change I would make is finding a way to include multiple photos that you can see from different angles.
4. Still pretty easy: Fill a door
This was a friend’s idea and I think it’s super neat. She uses the trim on an interior door as a giant frame within a frame and has filled in the glass with photos. You can blow up your photos to fit sections or use a collage style with smaller photos. I like it because you can build it over time and create a history of your family vacations rather than focusing on one trip. Just pick your favorite photos from all those trips, find an adhesive that will fix the photos to the door without damaging them or the glass, and protect them from the back in an attractive way. An art supply store can help.
5. Getting a little harder: Make foreign coin magnets
It’s time to break out the craft supplies and fancy glue. But this is still pretty simple to execute. Glue round magnets to the back of those foreign coins you brought home from abroad (and some U.S. coins as well). Then use those to affix photos to a magnetic white board or black board.
I like this because it gives me something to do with the jar I have of coins no one uses anymore or countries I won’t visit again (drachmas, francs, pesos!). You can enlarge your photos, arrange them artfully, include as many or as few as you like. And you can add, take away and rearrange as new vacations happen. You can even have more than one white board on a wall or throughout the house.
6. Getty crafty: Make ornaments
Pinterest offers many ideas for turning your photos into Christmas tree ornaments. I like the idea of taking 1 family photos and maybe 2 or 3 others from every trip, and making your Christmas tree a recap of your travels together.
If you don’t want to wait until the holidays to revisit your vacations, skip the holidy theming and hang these in attractive clusters around the house, or make a year-round photo “tree.
7. Hardest but very cool: Photo coasters
This involves the most crafting skill and equipment, but they just look so cool. And I like the of having these coasters scattered around the house, out where you can see your photos all the time. They’re also great conversation starters when guests come over.
The creative souls at Dark Room Dearly give pretty clear and manageable instructions for doing it with plain white floor tiles. They use Polaroids, but I any photos would work if you trim them the right way.
Good luck! Let us know how your projects go!
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