If only you could take a look into the hardware of my computer, you would instantly know that I am keen on our family camera. I'm not the type however to walk around with the camera all day long -perhaps I would if it wasn't so big and heavy and rather impractical swaying from your neck... who can tell- but nonetheless I own many pictures. Most of them feature my children. And to be honest it wasn't until they were born and we got a Canon Digital Rebel that we started to accumulate all those pictures.
It's all just so easy. You can take hundreds of pictures, throw out those that are no good, perform magic by means of Photoshop or leave them as they are. You can just store them on your PC as a sort of backup memory or you can print them in hundreds of ways to make them a tangible part of your life.
Personally I keep loads of them just on my PC.
Then every year I create a couple of albums with a selection of our most treasured shots. I use Blurb for that. "Why?" you ask? Well, first of all they are the only company that will print more than 120 pages in a book. And yes, I surpass that amount of pages without effort. Secondly, they are professionals with high quality products and not unimportant, they actually ship orders destined for the EU from within the EU so there are no import taxes to be paid.
I also make a number of scrapbook layouts -digital, hybrid and traditional- throughout the year depending on my desire to do computery stuff.
And lastly I use some of them to scatter around the house in the shape of homely decor.
This is a good example:
It's on old type case -after all I am the daughter of an antiques dealer - that has been filled with a vast amount of pictures and some embellishments from my scrapbook stash. Getting the type case to look like this was quite time consuming. First it needed to be cleaned. The old type case came with some seriously old dust. Then I varnished it to give it back it's sheen and to prevent it from becoming too dusty again. At that point in time I measured out the dimensions of the squares and resized and cropped the dozens of pictures that would be going in it. Once they returned from the printers I cut them all out and did some tweaking to the dimensions with an exacto knife. Old type cases, as all things old, have the tendency to be a bit uneven and crooked in most places. Once the pictures did fit, I glued them in place and brought some variation to the overall case by using small embellishments in a number of squares.
The result is a cheerful and random glance into our daily life of 2008.
It was hanging on the hallway wall ever since. But last week we redecorated that wall and put up some magnificent wallpaper on the wall in question. And whilst the wall looks brilliant now, the type case needs to move as the two don't match. For now it's patiently awaiting some repairs -mostly new glue on the pictures- on the floor of my workspace.
The discussion on where to put it is still very much alive and although we are open minded there's one constraint. It needs to be in a place where the children can see it. They like nothing better than to sit back and reminisce in front of it.
Where would you put it? Any suggestions perhaps?