In 2002, my father gave me my first SLR (film) for a combo Christmas-Birthday present, in June. Sure, it made no sense. My birthday is in January. Christmas is in December. But he knew I was looking for a hobby and photography was something that he had enjoyed in his early adulthood as well.
I loved that camera. I still have it. I took it everywhere. With a comfortable job and no debts at the time, the only limit to the photos I took was the subjects themselves, so I used every possible opportunity as an excuse to document something. My sisters had proms, dance recitals, sleepovers with friends. I took my cats on walks. I roamed my home city at the time. I made up excuses to visit downtown Boston to take pictures of statues. I documented it all. And it was awesome.
The only downside to a hobby like photography is that you end up with a lot of pictures. For years I have organized and reorganized stacks upon stacks of photos that accumulated in a series of shoe boxes up until I went all-digital in 2008 (did I mention I loved my film camera?!). But what was I going to do with them? I certainly was NOT going to creatively scrapbook one photo at a time. First, that would take a lifetime. Second, it would cost a fortune. Third, I wouldn’t even want the albums after they were done.
So today I wanted to share a sneak peek on what I completed recently on a rainy weekend. I can’t believe how quickly it all came together. And I can’t wait to share some tips on how it all happened.
- Project Life Photo Pocket Pages – Design A (keep it simple, stick with 1-2 formats)
- Project Life Photo Pocket Pages – Variety Pack 2 (I do take some portrait photos!)
- Olive Edition of Project Life
- Olive Edition Binder (I used We R Memory Keepers faux leather from Michaels, but this is similar)
- American Crafts journaling pens
Back when I used a lot of film, I always developed at Ritz Camera. They have very high quality standards and did a great job of normalizing inconsistencies in my photos and enhancing the overall image before printing. Plus, the photo paper is high quality and it’s just a great experience overall. I have no idea if they still do developing, but the important take away is to use a high quality printer, if it is available to you and in your budget.