A couple of weeks ago I got an email from an online newsletter, advertising something or other. The email started out by saying, "None of us probably remember the first photo we ever took..." I read that and became so sad! I really have no clue what the first photo I ever took was.
I decided that my son Ryan WOULD always remember what the first photo he ever took was. A couple weeks before I got that email I had handed over my iphone (with supervision) and let him play around a bit with the in-phone camera. He was in HEAVEN. He took photos of his every day things around the house--his toys, the show he was watching on TV, his feet, even his shadow. As I started to scroll through the pictures, I was amazed at the things a three-year-old notices--things at his "level" that I may have never seen. I quickly printed the photos he had taken and decided to somehow preserve them for him.
I hope most of you have seen this fabulous SS issue by now:
If not, you're so missing out. I read through it a couple of times and was totally inspired! I felt justified in printing photos, slipping them into a photo album, and letting the rest go. I do not have to scrap every single photo! So here's what I came up with:
I bought a simple, neutral photo album to house Ryan's new photos:
I created a simple, basic title to go in the front window, and little message to Ryan for the first page (telling him why I made this for him). I decided to use just one product--a journaling book from Making Memories' Noteworthy line.
I filled the album with photos and embellished my title a bit:
Then, I simply tore out pages from the journaling book and wrote little notes for various photos--just a few words, describing why I liked that photo so much.
I only adhered one side of the journaling page, so that you could lift up the other side to see the whole photo underneath.
Super easy, super quick, and something that I hope Ryan will maybe appreciate a little bit when he gets to be older and becomes a photographer (I hope!).
Oh! And are you still wondering what the first photo Ryan ever took is? Here you go:
I love it. And THIS is what Ryan's getting for Christmas this year:
I have so enjoyed being the host of the Simple Blog this week! I hope that I've inspired you at least a little bit. I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!