Top Tips For Creating A Beautiful Photo Book

Family looking at a photo bookThinking of setting aside some time to create a beautiful photo book of last summer’s vacation, or maybe long ago family events that are now preserved on an archival photo CD?


Here are our top tips on creating a beautiful photo book that your family will enjoy for years to come:


Think like an author

 

Use your photos to tell a story in a somewhat linear fashion rather than organizing them haphazardly. You can, of course, group photos together by theme – all of the meals you ate on a trip, or pelicans you saw, or views of the ocean from various points.


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The Surprise Anniversary Gift that Garnered Happy Tears

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We all know that classic love story where two kids grow up next door to each other and eventually fall in love, get married, and live a happily ever after tale. Well, one ScanMyPhotos customer shared a similar story with us–but with a twist.


Brian Jorgensen and his wife didn’t grow up together in the same sleepy home town. They didn’t share a similar childhood, background, or even culture. But despite their different upbringings, they got together in high school and just recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary where Brian pulled together a very special and touching gift for his wife.


“I was looking to scan the print photos I had of my wife and I so I could surprise her with them for our 20th wedding anniversary party. That’s how I found out about ScanMyPhotos—through a Google search.”


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The August Photo Challenge

August is our last month to live summer to its fullest potential! So, in the spirit of sharpening our photography skills and taking some time to have fun every day, we’ve decided to create a month-long photo challenge.


The rules are simple: for the month of August, use our daily prompts (listed below) to share one photo per day on Twitter or Instagram. Just be sure to caption the post with that day’s prompt, and use the hashtag #SMPphotochallenge so we can all see what we’re sharing.


Depending on the prompt, you may decide to share a scanned photo from your collection, or take a new photo that day. To make August even more memorable, challenge your friends and family to join in – it’s a great way to stay connected and practice photography.


 

The August Photo Challenge Daily Prompts


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4 Common Photo Scanning Problems and How to Prevent Them

photo scanning problemsIf you’re one of the millions of Americans who still have boxes of print photos in your attic or basement, then chances are you’ll be looking for ways to preserve them in the near future. But before you get started, let’s take a minute to make sure you don’t encounter any photo scanning problems at the outset.


Since this is our specialty, we pulled together a list of the most common photo scanning problems we hear about from our customers. This list will help you prevent encountering any issues along the way.


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What You Need to Know About Restoring Ripped Photos

Restoring Ripped PhotosTips for restoring damaged photos


It’s one of the worst feelings in the world: that moment when you hear an old print photo rip or tear in your hands. This commonly happens during a photo-scanning project when trying to remove old pictures from an ancient adhesive-lined photo album.


Hindsight is 20/20 and we now know to only store print photos in archival quality albums—however, the damage has been done and now you need to know how to go about restoring ripped photos. This link provides an easy fix for restoring damaged photos


So, what do you do when you try to remove a photo from a sticky situation only to have the thing fall to pieces? Here’s what we suggest:


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