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24 Jan 2016

Building an album on a budget


A photo album is something I've been wanting to create for a while, as I have so many Oscar pictures stored up on my devices. These run right through from the early days up to photos
of recent and I found I had an incredible amount to print off and nowhere to keep them!

Being like many young people, eager to save their pennies, I went for the cheaper option of building my own, rather than investing in an expensive leather pocketed number. I also love that making my own album gives it a personal quality and I have more freedom to decorate and personalise as I go. I found this white empty album from HobbyCraft at only £6. It's a perfect size, ring bound instead of spiral and really good quality: the pages are really sturdy and thick! I opted to have it in white: it symbolises a kind of purity and celebration of new life.

For little touches these poofy rabbit stickers below are so adorable! I picked them up in the Blippo 'Pink Friday' sale a while back, sucker for cute stationary. I've always been too reluctant to use them *stickers, why you so pretty!?* so I'm glad I have a home for them now. Anyone else finding themselves reluctant to let their new, nicest stationary go? Ah just me.

I also delved in to my stationary stash and found these super cute Oyasumi Bakura sticky notes. I've been making some paper letters and flowers out of my memo sheets. I decided to print my photos with Truprint, being from the UK, which seemed most budget friendly, as for new customers the first 40 photo prints are free!

I was also able to upload my pictures from any device and every step was pretty easy. My prints came quickly inside a safely packaged envelope and I had a few moments sorting them, admiring the quality and 'awwwing' at little chou before beginning my project.

For the few that I wanted black and white, I used my Afterlight app (79p) to edit them beforehand and the effect came out really beautifully in the photos. My album is still under construction but I will let you know I get on as I build on it further!
How do you store your photographs? 

24 comments:

  1. What a lovely album! I've been wanting to get some printed to frame in our living room so will have a look a Truprint, thanks for the recommendation!
    Zoe | floral and feather

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    1. Aw thanks so much Zoe! I really do recommend Truprint, the whole process is so easy and you have a lot of flexibility over your photos :D ♡

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  2. Hey I was wondering how many pages that album has in it? Because I recently developed hundreds of photos (I don't regret doing that at all what) and need a bunch of cheap albums with lots of room. This post is super useful though c:

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. Hi Amy! Here is the link to the one I have here: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/12-x-12-spiral-bound-white-scrapbook/566509-1002
      It has a good amount of pages in and they're super cheap at £6 too, so great to buy in bulk :D haha keep on photographing! I'm so glad it was helpful! ♡

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  3. Ah I wish I'd known about Truprint earlier - I printed 50 photos the other week for £12 (not bad, but on a budget, every penny counts!)

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. Hi Jodie! Haha aw, that isn't bad, but I would definitely recommend Truprint for its print quality and how easy the site is to use! :D ♡

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  4. This is so so cute and pretty! Love it.

    www.nomoretulips.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Hsiao, I'm so glad! :D ♡

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  5. This is an addorable scrapbook :) I actually bought the same scrapbook from hobbycraft for me and my best friend to use and were planning to start decorating it very soon :) I love how you used those pretty stickers , I definitely relate to find new stationary too pretty to use <3

    Lots of love,Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Awww thanks so much Marianne! That's a fabulous idea and haha, the struggles of stationary addicts xD ♡

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  6. Aww this is such a lovely and cute idea <3

    https://katiphotographyblog.wordpress.com/

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  7. That looks so lovely:)

    http://yumiandyuji.blogspot.kr/

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  8. This is absolutely stunning, and has inspired me! I especially love those stickers! I used to do a lot of scrapbooking, but recently stopped due to having no materials and no time, but you have inspired me to start again!
    Mind checking out my latest? www.rosieauthorwriting.blogspot.com xx

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    1. Aw I'm so glad you liked it Rosie, thanks so much! Same, I used to journal all the time and print things off to stick in and buy a whole load of pritt sticks, usually in my teenage years xD of course! ♡

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  9. looks beautiful! i've always preferred to make my own albums as i can customize it however i want :)

    Mellie
    http://themelliediaries.blogspot.my/

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    1. Thanks so much Melody! I really like that aspect of it also :D ♡

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  10. This is SUCH a great idea. I have so so many photos of my nephew from the last four years and I feel like I should have them all compiled...somehow!

    http://www.katelately.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Kate! Thanks so much, haha I know what you mean, it's hard to get round to doing it somehow! :'D ♡

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  11. Aww I love this, I think this makes it more personalised and special as well! I did something similar when I made a scrap book album for an ex boyfriend haha it turned out really nice! x

    Shelise | SHELISES WORLD

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    1. Aw thank you Shelise! I really agree, that's such a romantic and sweet idea :D such a creative idea for a gift! ♡

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  12. Great ideas, and you are so creative! ♡('∀' ჱ)
    It's good to have a scrapbook album one I think.
    Right now, I only keep photos on my lappy.

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    1. Thanks so much Ryu! I'm the same, I go so many months with them on my devices and forget about printing them xD that's so kind! ♡

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