Tips and tricks

Summer Forever: Through Photos


Save Photos


First! I want to wish Oakleigh Rose a HAPPY 2nd Birthday!! I started following them just after they became a company, and I am so excited for the two amazing ladies behind this company. Check out their birthday sale!

I know, I know. I have talked about this summer so. many. times. But I just can’t help it! It was easily the best summer of my life and I am back one more time to talk about it. But today, I want to talk about how I am remembering this summer. I will have the memories for a long time, but the photos will last even longer. They are also worth a thousand words, right? ps. did anyone else think “Texas Forever” from the just me? k.

Instagram Prints

First, direct from Instagram photos. There is just something about square photos printed out. I love the way they look, and they are so much fun to display. I love square frames, hanging them from clothes pins, making them into magnets. There are just so many options, I would only hang square frames on the wall if they weren’t so expensive! But they are so eye catching and modern.


Now, sharing photos from life events. Sure, there is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…but what about the other photos that you love but you don’t want to shoe everyone? Like from our wedding, I wanted to share the photos with our family before I posted them for everyone to see (I still haven’t posted them on Facebook, because I feel like that means it is really over). I use Dropbox and phone sharing on iPhones to share these special moments. We also started a sharing album with our families and some friends in order to send photos from our honeymoon. I loved allowing our families in on what we were doing and where we were exploring

Photo Albums and Scrapbooks. It makes me sad that so many people have left behind the albums. I love looking through albums from my grandparents and parents, then my childhood albums with friends I have made, clothes I have lost, and terrible haircuts. Looking through those albums, having them in my hands, there is just something about that. While scrapbooking is very time consuming, I love to do it! But I also love the ease of creating albums through something like snapfish or shutter fly.

Instagram Calendar

Gifts are another great way to include cute photos. I’m sure most people are familiar with custom mugs, blankets and shirts. But there are so many unique options now as well. Last Christmas, Dave gave me a mini calendar block that had all Instagram photos on it. He was able to pick specific photos for different days, and we have loved flipping through them. We save the ones we tear off and put them into a mason jar to look at whenever we want, even when the year is over. He also bought mini books, they are like 2 inches tall with a magnet on the back to put on the refrigerator. Both of those were from Social Fresh.

How do you save photos?


  • Megan

    I have always wanted to make my Insta photos into a tearable calendar. I will definitely check that out for Christmas presents this year!

  • Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I’m so terrible about actually getting pictures printed and putting them in frames around the house. I definitely need to be better about it! For the past few years I’ve made photo books online, one for each of our vacations, and then one for each calendar year of our life. It’s so much fun to go back and look at everything, now I just need to get caught up from last year!

    • Macy Volpe

      Making different books for vacations and each year is a great idea!! We may start doing that for every vacation, and then big events. I love having something to look through from time to time.

    • Macy Volpe

      I just had wedding photos printed last week…but only 5 of them. I should probably think about getting some more done. I thought about getting a digital frame! It’s on my list for black Friday this year 🙂

  • Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    As soon as my baby was born I realized that printed photos were missing too. I didn’t want every picture to be stored on my phone or in a digital album, so I signed up for Groovebook and now I’m getting 100 pictures printed each month =) At this rate, that will be like 12000 pictures by the time she’s 10 haha but I love it so far.

    That sounds like an ad. It’s totally not lol

  • Lauren

    OMGOMG I LOVE the tearable calendar! And I’m doing my best NOT to crack up at the one picture of your and Dave’s text messages. So so so funny! Stop being so darn cute! Okay, don’t stop, I love it. 😉

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