By Alison Gresik
One of my spring-cleaning tasks is to collect up all the photos we’ve received over the year from friends and family. Living far away from many of our loved ones, we get a steady stream of cards and letters with these visual mementos tucked inside.
Some pictures are propped up on the mantelpiece, some are mounted on the fridge door, and some are tacked to the bulletin board. These are the school photos we get from our godchildren, the holiday portraits from our brothers and sisters, and the vacation pics from our parents. We also have snapshots of our own kids sent home from school and day camps.
It seems a shame to put these lovely pictures in a box, but I simply don’t have the room to display everything — and there are always more coming!
This year I’ll be bringing my collection to the London Drugs Photolab to take advantage of their Book-it service. For $4.99 and a few minutes of time, they will bind up to 25 of my 4”x6” prints into a black or white hardcover book that I can keep on the shelf and page through whenever I get the urge.
Some of these photos from friends and family are larger than 4”x6”. If I do want to include them, the Photolab can duplicate them at the right size as long as I have permission from the copyright holder of the photo (usually a given for the amateur snapshots, but not for official school photos or prints from professional photographers).
What a great feeling to have everything tidied away for spring!