I made my first photo books to showcase family vacations, and thought they would basically sit on my shelf and be taken down when I wanted to remember the good times. Little did I know these keepsakes would prove to be so much more.
Here are my top 10 hidden benefits for photo books:
2. Entertainment center – I love entertaining but always stress out when I try to hold conversations and perform hosting duties at the same time (drinks, last minute food prep, etc). So, at my last get together I whipped out the photo books – instant guest entertainment, no supervision required
3. Wedding planner – when my colleague Amy planned her wedding, she kept a soft cover photo book in her purse, with images of her venue, wedding dress, color choices, etc. It was a super handy reference guide. So smart!
4. Child proofer – my nephew used to chase our cat, so I distracted him with a soft cover photo book featuring her cute younger self. He loved it and became obsessed with the book instead of her. No more tail pulling and no more wearing out the original photos (as they were safely scanned and uploaded to Shutterfly)…okay, maybe the cat situation is a little unusual, but protecting those original photos is something we should all be doing!
5. Conversation piece – photo books are great conversation enhancers. I keep a 5×7 in my purse (with recent photos) – so when I catch up with friends I can show them pictures too. And they love it!
6. Pick me up – if I need a mood boost I open up one of my photo books and within the first few pages I start feeling relaxed and happy
7. Senior moment – my elderly grandfather loves looking at photos, and photo books are even better. They really are his favorite gift. If you haven’t discovered this for yourself, give a photo book to Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa. You will make their day
8. Home improvement – my husband and I made several soft cover photo books with detailed images of our house’s interior, so we could choose smartly as we searched for fixtures, paint, etc. Saved us time and smoothed the process
9. How-to kit – blog contributor Sarah H thought of a great photo book use case – a kid’s indoor fun how-to kit – TV not included!
10. Memory enhancer – I can’t remember what I did last week let alone what I did last year, so I use my photo book collection as a memory reference library. “Honey, when did we visit your dad again?” I run upstairs, scan our photo books, and find the answer when I see the title “Fun with dad – June 2009”. Whew!