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Want to start doing something with your photos? Easily? Consistently? Photo books are NOT the best answer! [Part 1]

Photo books are not the best solution to our photo-enjoyment problem. The biggest problem? Hardbound books need a clear beginning and a clear ending. Other problems? You must scrapbook chronologically, you can’t rearrange pages later, you can’t reuse the same page design over and over, you are limited to using the layout one time and one time ONLY, and so much more!

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Scrapbook Layout Share: Soccer, Sophomore Year

I LOVE taking photos of my kids’ soccer games. My photography background is in photojournalism, so I naturally am drawn to photos that capture action and emotion. My passion for photos that capture real life as it happens comes with just one draw-back: The fact that I have to sort through and narrow down tons and tons and tons and tons of photos before I can document an event (or, in this case, a season).

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Photo books vs. digital scrapbooks: What’s the difference?

No doubt, you’ve heard people talk about photo books. And chances are good that you’ve created one yourself. If so, you’re super-close to being a digital scrapbooker, whether you’ve realized it or not!

So what’s the difference between a photo book and a digital scrapbook-style album (or a “memory masterpiece,” as I like to call it)?

It’s the stories, and the importance we place on them — plus the artwork that we choose to accompany the photos and stories.

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A note about older posts

Posts that are dated June 22, 2020, and before are posts I have imported from my old blogs. Please note that I have not taken the time to make sure they are all formatted to fit the current website design, nor have I reviewed each one to make sure all links to external pages are still in tact.

I decided to share the posts so viewers can see that, although Story Squad is new, my passion for photos and documenting family stories is not! I have been creating albums since I was a kid and have been doing so digitally since 2006. I have also been blogging on occasion since 2010-ish, I believe.

It just wasn’t until 2020 that I decided to really focus on sharing what I know about using photography, writing and design to capture and document family stories. That’s when Story Squad was born. You can read more about my passion here

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