It's probably no surprise to you that as a photographer, photographs have a special place in my heart. And photos are especially important to me now that we're far away from our family members — they serve as fun reminders of the last time we got to see some of our favorite people!
Although digital photography makes capturing memories so accessible, I'm really terrible at printing photos out, and I don't think I'm alone there. I love printing out photos to hang on the wall or display in frames, but there is such a limited amount of wall space our house contains, much to my chagrin (you would not believe how many gallery walls I had in my last apartment).
One of my friends and fellow bloggers, Stephanie Howell, is all about some memory keeping — which I think is the new term for less-involved scrapbooking — and sort of got me into it. I scrapbooked when I was growing up and really enjoyed it, but it's a very time intensive hobby, building pages from scratch. What piqued my interest about memory keeping was it that it seemed a lot simpler — many of the pages have multiple pockets that you can just stick photos into, so the design aspect takes a lot less of your creative juices.
When I saw that A Beautiful Mess, one of my favorite blogs, was starting a memory keeping service, I was sold. I bought their 9x12 black & white striped album, which came with a starter kit of 10 assorted 9x12 photo sleeves. I then ordered a ton of prints from the last year of my life from Persnickety Prints, who offer a wide range of photo dimensions (and the prints came out beautifully!). Lastly, I signed up for the first Messy Box, which arrived in March (I also received the April one), and patiently awaited the arrival of everything in the mail!