How to save your summer memories with a photo album

Say cheese! There's nothing better than capturing photos during the summer, except maybe looking back on those photos during the rest of the year. While the camera roll is perfect for quickly finding memories to send to the squad group chat, this year we're opting for something more sentimental—a photo album. Not sure where to start? We've got you, girl. 

Selecting your photos and the album

Thoughtfully selecting your photos is a key step in the album-making process. Is your photo album going to specifically feature your gal pals? Is it devoted to the views from your Hawaii vacay? Whatever you decide, you'll need an album to match. You can keep it simple and stick to a solid color, or choose a pattern that instantly transports you back to summer vibes.

Getting your photos printed

For photos on your phone

To print photos from your phone, it's easiest to go online. Websites like Shutterfly, Walgreens, CVS and Costco all have ways to upload your fave photos to have them printed. Check the photo album you bought to see what size to order and then arrange to either pick up the photos or have them mailed to you. Still not totally set on which prints you want to include? Print all the photos you're considering—it's better to have extras than to have to go through the printing process again.

For film photos

Printing photos from film (or a disposable) is more easily done in person. Head to your local Walgreens or CVS to drop off your film/camera. If you know of a camera/photography supply store nearby, that's another good option!

Labelling your photos

Now that you have your photos, it's time to label them. Grab your fave ballpoint pen and turn your photos face down. What you choose to write on the back is up to you! Names of the people in the photo, the location and the date can all be helpful when you're looking back on the photos in the future. 

Placing your photos

The final step of the photo album-assembling process is, ofc, putting your photos in the sleeves of the album. It's common to opt for chronological order or to group your photos by trip or month, but you have total freedom here! It's *your* album, bestie, so organize it however you see fit. 

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by Riley Yates | 8/19/2022