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Why I decided to scrapbook my images?

February 20th, 2019

At the beginning of the year I came across this vlog from Nigel Danson in which he discusses some of his photography ideas to start the new year. I’ll be honest that I had a bit of photographers block over christmas after producing some great images and vlogs. I was looking for some inspiration to get me started in 2019. Lets get to discussing how I scrapbook and print my images more.

My decision to scrapbook

In this vlog Nigel had a great idea about printing more of your images, and specifically putting these images into a scrapbook. Which I loved! The next day, after work, I rushed to Paperchase to buy myself a scrapbook, and decided on a ringbinder type book. My memories of scrapbooks from my youth were huge and poor quality paper. We also used paste glue that resembled wallapaper paste, and had the brush in the lid. It was very gooey, sticky and very difficult to use, but massively pleasurable to peel off your hands when dry. The guy who invented the Pritt stick, must have been a saviour for every school teacher out there. I digress with memories of my youth.

Yes, so with scrapbook, photo corners and ink stamp pads in hand I started my first page. I can’t draw with a pencil or pen to save my life, so the stamps and pads are my easy way of being artistic.

Getting those images off my computer and on to paper.

Over the last few years, I had taken a few thousand images, but most of them are sat on my computer or phone. The thought of having a physical print in hand was very exciting. Maybe that’s why I love film cameras so much. Kids these days will never know the pain of taking photos on a film camera, with no screen, taking the film to be developed, and waiting a week to find out your images where underexposed, out of focus or double exposed! I can’t be the only person who has put a film in a camera twice!

Starting with the cover shot.

Now I started off my scrapbook with my first shot of the year. Yes I said I can’t draw, but that’s what makes it unique. The smell of rustic paper and glue, it’s inspiring.

St Helens Town Centre print in scrapbook
St Helens Town Centre

In any event I decided that every time I go out specifically to shoot photos, I am going to print two images from each shoot to put in the scrapbook. At the end of the year I can look back at my favourite images I took over the twelve months. Maybe look back in years to come to see how my photography has changed.

Here are a few of the entries of the shoots I have done. I didn’t get out as much as I would like to shoot.

Especially excited by this, and it’s added a great amount of creativity to my photography. I will add more pictures as I update the scrapbook. At the end of the year, I will go through the book and see how I updated it. Heres hoping for a full book by then!

To end I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did? Why not add in the comments your ideas for getting inspiration in your photography. Have decided to do something extra creative with your photography? Tweet me your ideas, it will be great to see them!

3 comments on “Why I decided to scrapbook my images?”

  • Posted by Graham Thompson

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing it.

    I think a lot of photographers are put off printing as the cost can be so high. Always makes me smile when I see people on YouTube telling us we should print more and then go on to show us their multi thousand pound printers printing on thirty odd plus pounds worth of paper for each print.

    This idea of a scrapbook is not only more creative but can be printed on just about any domestic A4 printer and a pack of 6×4 from the pound shop.

    This is certainly one I will be trying?

    • Posted by Mike Chesworth

      Thanks for popping by and reading my post. I couldn’t agree more with your comment. I enjoy doing something different with my images and prints, and I also have a glut of 6×4 paper to use, so your comment about using common materials, made me smile. Its a fun project that I’m enjoying doing. Let me know how you get on with yours.

  • Posted by Graham Thompson

    Cheers Mike, I will let you know how I get on?

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