I recently had a friend confide in me that of all the things she owned, the ones that really mattered were her travel and family vacation photographs because they served as visual markers of her life. Yet, despite taking thousands of photographs, she hadn’t actually printed very many of them. We live in a digital age where we always have a camera on us, so we always seem to be taking pictures. Some photos are just for fun and get deleted in a couple days (or longer, if we’re terrible about keeping up with it), and some are cherished memories that we want to keep forever. But let’s be honest. How many hundreds (or even thousands) of photos are on your phone or DSLR right now? And how many of those actually get printed out or displayed? And how much free time do you really have to devote to making stuff like photo books or even a DIY Memory Box?
I’ll admit I have a huge amount of photos that I would like to print and display in some format, but never seem to have the time or the right project in which to use them. I have numerous portable hard drives dedicated to preserving the memories from my travels across 38 countries over the last few years. I must have taken thousands of photos of the people I’ve met, the cultures I’ve experienced and the food I so thoroughly enjoyed.
Lately, I’ve been making an effort to get them in print, which is why I decided to create this DIY Pull Out Memory Box. It’s quick and easy to make, but unique enough to be something that can be given as a gift or cherished in your own home for years. I try to take friends along on my travels, or make new ones along the way, and this would make an excellent gift to share our travel memories. Suitable for any subject, you can also create memory boxes that focus on family members or even special events – like birthdays or graduations. What I really love about this project is that you can do it over and over and still have it turn out differently each time, just by changing up the materials used.
Step by step instructions on how to make your own along with a video can found over on the Alamo Scenic Drive blog.