Beautiful Ways to Save Your Family Memories (Keepsakes, Picture Frames and Memory Books)

by Emma W.R. on June 24, 2015

Here is the big debate…How do you save your old photographs? Old school vs new technology. Ask at least five people this question and I guarantee their answer is CD’s, DVD’s or on a flash drive. I do agree it is fine to have backup of your memories, but eventually this machinery will be obsolete. Remember floppy disks anyone? I am a stickler for saving old negatives and like to take pictures on actual film. To be honest, I do use a digital camera as well, but I print out a copy to display and keep.


Nothing is sweeter than going through a photo album of old pictures. The way the pages would stick together. Today they have better albums that are acid free and keep your memories safe. Paper lasts a long time. Think about how our most prized papers in history are stored in the libraries around the world. Here are a few fun ways to display those cherished memories and honor the lost art of film.


I like to keep my old photos in cigar boxes or an old suitcase. They fit neatly in my closet and the protective box keeps them from damage. Be daring and display a snapshot in a mason jar.


Purchase or make a shadow box and fill it with items and trinkets along with your picture to savor that memory. These make great unique gifts. Memory books can also be crafted to fit any celebration.MEMORY 4

Hang pictures along a piece of string with a few wooden close pins. Add a fancy frame around it and change out the pictures each month.


Try organizing different sized frames on a crafted wooden shelf. Remember that pictures will always evoke a precious memory. They are a beautiful way to share a moment in time.



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Nancy July 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

I know it’s old fashioned but I still love to have a real picture to hold onto. I keep them all safely in albums. I do keep them backed up however on a flashdrive.


Calista July 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

I always make an effort to print out my photos. It is so easy to just get caught up taking pictures and keeping digital files, but then you have nothing tactile to look at. So much better to see actually prints!!


Alex June 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

I have a wall in my living room that I dedicated to pictures. I used a bunch of different frames so it’s not to matchy matchy but they all still compliment one another. That wall has become a conversation piece when people come to visit.


Lindsay June 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm

such cute ideas!! there are only so many framed photos you can display so i appreciate the creativity of these ideas.


Lacey G. June 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

These are great creative ways to display memorable moments. I really like the idea of putting wedding photos in a shadow box. Thanks!


Leeza T. June 26, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Totally agree with your comments! I have hundreds of photos saved on my computer but how often do I look at them? Practically never unless I am searching for a particular photo for something or someone! But I do print out my favorite photos and secure them in scrapbooks along with treasured art work from my grandkids, ticket stubs, and other miscellaneous items. I love looking through these books over the years, they evoke such fond memories. I will have to try creating some of these crafty decorative displays next, great ideas!


sara June 26, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Great ideas!


Eli June 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm

My dilemma is that I found in our garage 6 carousels of slides–each containing 50 slides–from pictures we took in the 1970s and early 1980s. I found a website online that advertises that they will put the slides on a CD or DVD for 45 cents a slide. I do like the fact that digital is the new technology, etc. but looking through a photo album is so much more pleasurable. One of these days I’ll make a decision about what I’m going to do with those slides that I haven’t seen since Reagan was president.


Sally G June 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm

I have shoe boxes filled with old photos and dread the thought of trying to organize all of them. I love the ideas you have on displaying them, hopefully this will motivate me to tackle this project I have been putting off for some time.


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