Organize Your Photos: Easter Album

 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6

 

Welcome back to the Organizing Your Photos series—Easter Edition!

If you haven’t seen the earlier posts in this series, you may want to check them out here. The most important thing to know is that I’m encouraging you to enjoy your photos, not spend hours and hours making the perfect album.

Now I’m going to show you an album I took hours and hours to make. 🙂

 

As I showed you with the simple Interest Album and As They Grow Albums, you can easily select just a few photos of the same type from each year and put them in an album to enjoy. The Christmas album ideas showed how you can use an photo book as holiday decoration and keep your special memories of celebrations close. You can see your kids growing up. You can enjoy your memories, and be extra thankful to the Lord for your blessings as you flip through the pages!

For the Easter edition, I’m going to show you another as-they-grow album idea. You only need to add one page a year, and you can make it as simple or as fancy as you’d like… but Easter is a fun time to get a little fancier. If we have a yearly occasion where we’re all dressed up, Easter Sunday is probably it!

 

While I only included one photo a year in the Christmas album, I used about four a year in my Easter album.

 

If I could, I put a family picture of us all on the left page. (Did I have one for every year? Nope. Not even the first one, as you can see above. Does it matter? Nope. We’re going for joy, not perfection!) Then I put pictures from different activities on the right page:

Posed shots one year….

 

Hunting for baskets another year… (and no, that laundry basket was not full of stuff, there was a big pile clothes under there!)

 

And Easter egg hunting a third year.

 

Since Easter is the pinnacle of the Christian year, I wanted to be sure that I was glorifying God on each page. So, I included different “Easter words” on each page, like scriptures…

 

Words from Hymns…

 

And quotes from Christian writers.

 

You’ll also notice that I put grass and eggs and suns and little characters on every page. That’s because it makes me happy to do that. (Of course, you don’t have to do anything like that if it doesn’t make you happy.) Here’s my favorite, the chocolate bunny page. I gave up chocolate again for Lent this year and boy am I looking forward to celebrating Jesus with a chocolate bunny this Easter! (If you’d like to read my Lenten devotional series, it’s not to late, so check it out here!)

 

This album is new this year. That means I did sixteen years of pages at one time, sixteen pages of perhaps my most ambitious as-they-grow album ever. It was a big project, but I loved it! I also made some extras of page elements for the future… I have enough grass, eggs, suns for the next twenty years. (I may have to switch to a new album for grandkids… Upton Family Easters, part two.)

 

Do you have to do all this? No way.

First, you don’t have to go back in time if you don’t want to. You can start this year. Or you can start with whatever year you got a digital camera and you have easy access to the pictures. You can start with this year, and each year as you add a new page, you can challenge yourself to add one more page from the year before your earliest one (working backwards). Two pages a year in a simple album is not a big deal, but you’ll have something to look at, and you’ll be enjoying your photos!

Secondly, you don’t have to make it into a big, hard, fancy project.  Remember the simple albums of past Organize Your Photos posts. It’s about what gives you joy—joy in the photos, joy in the completion of a simple project, and joy in looking through the album!

 

Take the Challenge:

Does this inspire you to make an Easter album? Remember to think it through…

  • What kind of album do you want make (a simple photo album, or a more formal scrapbook)?
  • How detailed—or simple—do you want to make it?
  • What kind of photos do you have, or want to take?
  • Do you want to start at the beginning, work backwards, or just start now?
  • How much journaling do you want to add to the pages, if any?

Gather your supplies, make the first page, and the repeat when you’re ready.

And Happy Easter! He is Risen!

 

 

For more ideas about organizing your stuff and enjoying your memories, check out my second book, Building Your House.

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