Getting Those Family Photos Out of the Shoebox and Into Your Life


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Once upon a time, family photos ended up in shoeboxes or maybe, for the ultra-organized, within the pages of a photo album, collecting dust. How easy it is to forget precious pictures when they're out of sight.

These days, particularly with the coming-of-age of the digital camera, there are many more things you can do with those family photos. So don't stuff them in a box where they'll remain unseen and unorganized. Instead, why not check out some great ways to get your favorite family photos seen.

Many photo processing labs offer special services that go far beyond turning your yearly family portrait into a Christmas card. Now you can get such things as calendars created from your photographs, or putting your photos on mugs. If you've gone digital - or if you have a scanner hooked up to your computer - you can even order many of these things, and much, much more, online at places like Snapfish and Cafepress. All you'll need to do is upload your photo, or photos, of choice, and select the merchandise you wish to purchase. The choices are many, from Christmas ornaments to wooden boxes, from tee-shirts to tote bags.

For those who are more adventurous and/or creative, there are a number of creative do-it-yourself options for photographs as well. If you check out either your local craft store or office supply store, you'll often find a section dedicated to special photo papers.

For example, you can purchase a special kind of canvas that can be run through a printer. If you have photo editing software on your home PC, you can use special effects to turn your photo into a watercolor, and print it out on canvas to be hung in your home.

You can also purchase transfer paper that will allow you to print your photo on your home printer and then transfer it, using no more than a hot iron and a towel, to tee-shirts or tote bags or any other cotton-based fabric. It's easy and it's a great way to bring your favorite photos to life.

But what if you're not interested in more clutter? Well why not upload your photos to a photo-sharing website - your favorite search engine will turn up more than a few - and share your photos with family and friends all over the world?

Many photo editing software also comes with a slideshow option which allows you to view your photos as a slideshow right on your computer screen. You can often email the slideshows as well, so that other family members and friends can enjoy it. Or why not set them up as a screensaver for your computer. You can update and change them whenever you feel like a change.

Truly, the options for your photos are as limitless as your creativity. So don't stuff those photos into an old shoebox. Transform them into something usable and wonderful, something that will be seen and enjoyed on a regular basis.

Lisa is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Poetry .


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