I was a guest. Settled, comfortable, relaxing on the couch, sipping my tea. Chatting with the others while we waited for the party demonstration to begin.
That is when I saw it. A wall covered in framed family photos. Old, aged photos, alongside new and colourful portraits. Wedding photos, baby shots all with a story to tell. I glanced around the room and saw more photos, proudly framed and on display.
I was mesmerised and curious. These cherished photos honoured stories and in that moment I desperately wanted to examine them, to look more closely and wander into this family’s history for a brief moment.
I was also delighted to see someone else display and enjoy their photos just like I do.
Oh yes I cover my own walls, mantles, tables with photos….. always have. I want to see them, use them and enjoy my photos as much as I can.
I courteously waited until our party business had finished before commenting on the joy I felt seeing so many photos on display. My friend proudly talked us all through many of the days and moments when those photos were taken. She shared part of her history with us, such an honour and a privilege for us all there.
The conversation switched to a discussion on how easy it is to take photos now and what a shame to keep them all tucked away.
It was this one wise comment, by another guest, that has had me thinking ever since.
I take photos because they anchor my memories. I am just not sure what to do with them all.
Today I am going to share some new ideas on how to drag those images out of your hard drives. If you have hung around my blog long enough you will know I love to make slideshows and photobooks. I have also been know to made calendars, mugs, notebooks and thank you cards all using photos.
Today I did some extra digging around, on my favourite playground Pinterest, to come up with this fabulous collection of great photo uses, all themed around Father’s Day. Yes you still have time to make something this weekend.
Most links will take you to a website with a tutorial.
If you are interested in seeing more ideas you can check out my complete Father’s Day board here.
For anyone looking to decorate their home for father’s day, maybe for a family lunch or dinner you are hosting.
Here are two clever and easy ideas.
This is a simple way to add some themed fun in the home and looks awesome floating over the dining table. I shortened the strings and that kept the photos up high enough for us all to eat. Imagine Grandad seeing his photo, with the kids on his knee, float by while eating lunch.
Now I hope to have inspired you to drag those photos out of hiding.
I would love to hear any ideas you may have.
Please comment here, share your pins with me on Pinterest, I will add them to my board for everyone to share or you can post ideas to my Facebook Page.