Print Plans

I received an email today from Shutterfly.com for 50 free 4×6 prints, and it has inspired me to print some pictures.  First off, I love Shutterfly because they always send out great coupon codes if you are on their email list. I also love their inexpensive prints, decent print quality, and easy-to-make photobooks. (By the way, they did not perk or pay me to post this.  I really do like them.)

Printing pictures, for some people, is like using dial-up internet.  It just doesn’t happen anymore.  Now that we use digital cameras, we take way more pictures than we ever would have with film, and it is so easy just to keep them organized on our computers. Personally, I like that all of my pictures are in one place and are easy to share via the interwebs. I also like that I don’t have to worry about making old-school photo albums or having 4×6 prints floating around in shoe boxes.  I remember my mother spending hours every few months organizing her printed pictures into albums.  I appreciate having those photo albums to look through now (thanks Mommy), but I am happy NOT having to do that for my own family.

But here comes the but.  As a mom, I feel heavily burdened with the role of “memory keeper”.  I want to have pictures around our home to share with others and to use as tangible reminders of trips and holidays.  Keeping them on my computer or in a Facebook album just doesn’t always cut it.  I have no plans to start filling up photo albums, but I would like to enjoy my pictures in a creative way.

So, these 50 free prints are part of a grand plan.  I will use them for a fun (and cheap) art project for our home. Here are some images that are inspiring me:

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I’m not sure which direction I will go or which specific pictures I will be printing, but I will keep you posted.  The wheels are already spinning.  Any other creative suggestions? Do you have any fun things you like to do with 4×6′s? I heard this one lady on the Nate Berkus Show saying she keeps a bowl on her coffee table full of prints that people can just flip through.  How cool is that? With all these ideas and inspiration, all I have to say is albums, schmalbums.

2 thoughts on “Print Plans

  1. My fave is the first example; calm, cool, and collected! Not over bearing or like you “tried too hard”. ALSO, those frames. although plastic, can be found at Walmart…for like..Um…99 cents! Another perk, you can change them out very easily, one at a time, unlike some of the other frames where you have to disassemble the entire frame.
    TIP: if you do chose option 1, be sure you hang them up with something that can stick after a few removals, as well as hang them up with the slot facing UP, so that the pictures won’t fall out when you put them in there.

    I’ve sold myself even more typing this out, haha: OPTION ONE and DONE.

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