I just accomplished a massive feat that has been on my to-do list since April 2013. Yikes. That was a year ago. I finally had all my photos from my travels printed, labeled, and filed in pretty little leather albums.
I have been wanting to do this for awhile, but just never got around to it. Part of the reason is that I am so picky about how I like things to look – hence why it took me so long to find the perfect photo albums for me. I wanted them to feel old world, just like all the places I have visited. Thank goodness Hobby Lobby is a place I frequently visit anyway, so when I found this collection of leather albums, I stocked up big time knowing that I had a lot of photos to develop. It also helps that they always have a 40% off coupon every week, so if you really want to save some money, just go in several times and get the albums you want or take a friend and buy them on separate tabs. Sure, it’s a little extra work, but your bank account will thank you. Save money on albums to spend on your next trip to take more photos!
I also got all my prints framed (thanks again to Hobby Lobby) from my UK trips. I found this amazing map of London at the Victoria and Albert Museum gift shop and love the handwritten and illustration details. To really enhance the antique nature of the map’s contents, I purchased a frame with black undertones to bring out a real London atmosphere. A frame can really make or break how a photo looks. Aside from photo albums, I always look for something that will really compliment the photos I frame. It’s so important that the tone is consistent. You don’t want the frame to distract anyone from how beautiful your photo is.
Sometimes you don’t need a frame. I had so many favorite photos from my bridals in LA that I just couldn’t decide which ones to actually frame. Instead, I took a piece of pink ribbon, nailed it to the wall, and clipped several of my favorites to just hang delicately against the wall. It makes the back corner of my office a little more bright and cheery, not to mention I don’t have to stress about picking only one photo to display. If I could wallpaper the walls in those images, I would.
It’s been awesome finally pulling together a cohesive look in the new apartment. My office is finally not a stack of boxes and piles of photos waiting for frames. There’s definitely still some blank space I want to fill, but I’m not trying to rush picking out another favorite photo to frame. Sometimes I just need a break – and I need to focus on planning my next Europe trip so my extra photo albums won’t stay empty. This time they will hopefully be full of real film!