|Image via: WatermarkBindery cherry branch photo album|
And what's more, even among all those useless dust-gathering things, I managed to find a few hidden gems (hello, my high school journals). I fell upon a few boxes filled to the brim with photographs, letters and postcards. And browsing through them made me feel kind of nostalgic, in the best possible way.
With our lives proudly displayed on social media these days it can be hard to believe, but I really belong to a generation that wasn't born with a smart phone clutched tightly in the hands. I can still remember those times in high school when we used landline phone to set up dates (with our parents usually lurking nearby), when we had our photos developed (and not stored on Facebook and Instagram), and when we used to send each other (gasp!) letters and postcards.
Don't get me wrong. I'm just as dependent on my iPhone and addicted to Instagram these days as the next girl. But there's something so wonderfully old-fashioned about the slightly faded ink of the photographs. And don't even get me started on all the happy (and sometimes bittersweet) memories that it evokes.
And since making photo albums again was one of the items on my summer bucket list, this was just the perfect incentive for me to start hunting down that perfect blank albums. Per usual, I turned to my trusted Etsy, and I sure wasn't disappointed. Below is just a small portion of my current favorites, and while I'm trying to pick the winner(s), I would love to know: do you ever have your photos developed? Do you make your own photo albums? If so, where do you buy them? Any tricks of the trade you'd like to share?