In the age of digital photos, preserving memories in a tangible way is more important than ever. Sure, digital photography gives us so many amazing opportunities to learn, to experiment, to share, but it has at least one major downside: digital doesn’t last. Technology is advancing and sometimes huge changes happen before we have a chance to adapt to them. Just a few years ago we used to keep our photos on CDs and now there are almost no laptops with the optical drives installed – this medium is slowly disappearing.
Print, on the other hand, will always be around – changes in technology can’t influence printed photos. If you don’t want your memories to disappear, it is essential to switch from digital to analog. Scrapbooking is one of the best ways to keep your memories alive – gather your photos and special mementos and follow our tips on how to make a scrapbook with PastBook.
1. Define the theme of your scrapbook.
First of all, think of the story behind your photo book. Do you want to collect all the pictures from your recent trip? Maybe you are making a wedding album? Or you just want to collect all the year’s photos in one place? Of course, you can fill the book with random photos that are not connected to each other in any way but a themed scrapbook looks more organized and generally makes more sense.
2. Collect the material.
We rarely store photos just in one place – usually, they are scattered across multiple platforms and devices. You might want to go through your Facebook, phone library and clouds to define which photos should be in the book. Some mementos, such as plane tickets, handwritten notes, children’s drawings can be a great addition to your scrapbook – digitalize those by simply taking photos of them.
3. Create a photo book.
Go to our website and pick an option “Create a photo book from scratch” in the upper left corner. Pick a title for your book (you can always change it later) and press the big green button “Create your PastBook”. Log in with your Facebook account or email and pick the photos that you want to see in your scrapbook. Our platform will import the pictures from any source you might think of: your computer, Dropbox, Picasa, Google Photos, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram and more!
Choose how you want your pictures to appear in the book (1 or 2 per page) and click “Continue”.
That’s it, your book is ready! You can browse the book and proceed to the checkout or customize it according to your preferences.
Now you can bring your project to the perfection by picking the best layout for your photo book. You can change the cover, the background colors, add captions, rearrange photos and do whatever else you might think of.
Customizing the book is very easy: hit the “Customize” button in the upper left corner and pick the customization that you need.
Click “Layout” to easily organize your photos by dragging them from one page to another, having the overview of the whole book. This feature allows you to play with the size of the pictures and their order which is really easy and fun.
When you are ready, click “Preview” button and browse your scrapbook. While browsing, you can also make some customizations: click on any photo and set it as a cover, replace it, rotate or write a caption. Flip your book’s pages to make sure that everything is perfect and hit the “Checkout” button when you are ready.
Your photos are printed in a professionally crafted photo album and can be quickly delivered to any part of the world! Whatever the occasion is, scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your memories and make them last forever.
Make a perfect gift for a friend or a special keepsake for yourself!