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TURNING OLD SOUVENIRS INTO PRICELESS ARTICLES

Family photos are not something that you throw away when they become old. They are more than articles; they are fragments of memories passed down among generations. When these pictures turn yellow with time, people resort to different ways of renewing it. Who would not hesitate to dump an old family picture into the store room?! Some moments do not repeat themselves, and the photos taking during these times are all that a person to reminisce his memories. Collecting these photos into a single album, making a collage out of these pictures and further laminating it, digitally saving them in storage devices are some of the ways of immortalizing these old souvenirs.

Turning these family photographs into evergreen articles is convenient in a number of ways. They can be gifted to family members during special occasions; they can be kept close to self and taken along with luggage without any fear of getting crumpled, torn or damage. These articles would adorn the home. They can be kept on dining tables, living room tables, hung up on walls for people to feast their eyes. There are numerous ways of putting them into use. The pictures are very valuable pieces of memories; we all know how agitated our parents and grandparents become when they cannot find the photos of their younger days in the shelf where they keep it. Similarly, we get surprised and happy whenever we take out a children’s book from the old basement in our house and a small picture of our childhood falls from one the sides. Children, on finding pictures of their parents when they were young quickly ask them about it. These photos always evoke a sense of nostalgia; a sense of the old days which would never come back. The only thing that can be done is cherishing them and making them unforgettable by preserving of the photographs.

We have made a list of the most recommended methods of preserving old family photographs. Preserving them in a way such that they remain intact even after a long time is an essential work. Besides there is practically less hassle involved in the preservation of such pictures.

Sleeping Pillows and Bedsheets:

Pillows and bedsheets are the companions of sleep, and without them night becomes so uneasy and uncomfortable. So why not decorate these midnight companions with photographs that would always make you smile whenever you see them? Artistic bedsheets, drawing based pillows are available on online shopping portals. Bedcovers and pillow covers are also customizable and can be decorated with different art works and sketches. Plain pillows are just not preferred now and artworks have become a necessary addition.

Adding to beds and pillows, sofas, divans and lounges also come with a variety of options for customization by addition of paintings and sketches. Generally customers purchase a pillow and numerous pillow covers with diverse sketches, using one each day to make it seem less monotonous. With custom paintings coming into play, old pillow covers can be made to look new by printing family pictures or your favourite pieces of paintings. Other than printings, favourite art works can also be sewn into bedsheets. We can always relate to childhood memories where our grandmother would sew shapes of flying animals, picturesque sceneries into old bedsheets and make it completely adorable.

Sleeping pillows and bedsheets are one of the many ways where we can affix family photographs for the sake of making more priceless and desirable.

Daily reminders:

The best example of attractive calendars is the corporate calendars. Every month is accompanied by a fresh face, or a new quote, or a different scenery from the previous month. To add to the variance, the fonts and the colours change in each page and the month. In college calendars, new faces accompany every new month. In tourism based calendars, every new page consists of a month and a beautiful piece of scenery, where the scenery varies in each month based on the season during that month and the corresponding scenery during those times. Winter months like December have pictures of snowfall whereas summer months like May and June have pictures of cracked land and thick sands.

The concept of calendars also extends to families. As gift presents, families are often presented with calendars where every month corresponds to a photo of a member of their family. To add to the innovation, every month is accompanied by a picture of the important events to be happening then. If February is the month of anniversary of any member, then that month will have a picture of the couple exchanging wedding rings. If November happens to be the month of someone’s birthday, the month will feature a picture of the member’s selfie with birthday cake in the background! Such family calendars can be easily procured by relevant calendar printing services. The idea of gifting these calendars is very unconventional. Not only family based, the calendars can also be customized on the basis of the occasion. Couples can be gifted with couple calendars, where each month marks their favourite moments experienced during that month. For example, if they proposed each other on the month of October, the month can have a photo of one proposing to another. If they had their first child in the month of July, the month can have pictures of them holding their first child. Family calendars can be infinitely customized.

These family based custom calendars add flavour with the fact that you would never forget important dates. All the important occasions are red marked on the calendar. Besides, it makes the calendars much more personal. If you were born during the month of September, won’t you love to have a calendar where the September month page features your photograph on the cover!

Photo collections:

It is a nice idea to spend leisure time searching through the entire house for old photographs and bringing them together into one place. Finding these pictures and then attaching them into a single notebook is a safe way to ensure that they never get forgotten somewhere. It is from here that the idea of an album originated. Albums are an integral possession in almost every home; every family has an album that has been passed down from ancestors. The best part is that these albums are not constant and photos are constantly added here; photos worth preserving as a memory.

Albums are also gifted during special occasions. During birthdays, the person is often gifted an album of all the best photos that were ever taken of him. During wedding anniversaries, couples are gifted with albums where their favourite photos are featured. Similarly family albums also serve the same purpose of preserving special moments; those that would never come twice. Along with photos, the idea of gifting collages is also a fine idea. Collages are also similar to paintings to respect to the fact that they are collection of the most featured paintings. But the appearance of an album and collage differ on a number of aspects. Based on individual choice and the type of occasion, people can gift collage or they can gift photo albums.

The only difference between collages and picture is that collages are a huge puzzle having all the photographs in a single frame. Some pictures are big while some appear small. Altough it seems a very appealing, all the pictures cannot be fit into a single frame without compromising some of their individual frame sizes. The collages can be hung on walls like simple paintings whereas photo albums cannot be used as wall paintings. Whenever you feel bored, try collecting old family photographs and try making collages and paintings out of them!

Magnet chunks:

These small chunks are available in different shapes like circular, rectangular, oval, elliptical and triangular. With a magnet attached on one side, these chunks can be attached to metallic walls, desktop cabinets, cabins, and tabletops. The non-magnetic side of these chunks is usually printed with a photograph of the choice of the person owning it. These chunks serve to be a cool and delightful sight for onlookers. They can be strip off and fixed anywhere, as long as the surface is metallic.

The trend of converting family photos into magnetic chunks is increasing these days. The chunks are extremely cheap and the photos can be easily undersized and printed on the non-magnetic sides of the compact chunks. They are durable and unless tampered roughly, they last for a long time. Even if the chunks are damaged, the compact picture can be taken out and fixed on a new chunk. The pictures can be permanently printed on the chunk surface, or they can be simply put on top, provided the picture is on a small sheet of paper. Not only family photographs, emojis, cartoon characters, cool one-liners and anything you like.

The most interesting part about these chunks is that they are eye catching figures. Whenever you open the fridge, or the cabinet to take out something, or the bookshelf to search for a book, or the door to enter your room, the first part that gathers attention are these small pieces of attraction. If not needed at the current moment, they can be stored inside boxes, although it is much better to keep them attached to any overlooked region of walls (as they tend to lose the magnetism when kept idle). Put up one of these outside your home doorbell and you will always see people entering your house in state!

Ornaments:

Ornaments and jewelry are the most promising articles that can be customized by addition of small photographs. The addition of photos increases their value as well as their appearance much more. A plain ornament without any small touch of personal emotions is only a dull piece of expensive metal. It may look costly but it lacks the personal touch; and the personal touch is furnished by these tiny photographs.

Along with paintings, the ornaments can also be carved to get beautiful shapes. Like paintings, carving ornaments makes it a valuable artifact. But since the carving process takes away portions of the semi-precious metals, carving is not preferred as it decreases the monetary value. Paintings, on the other hand have no such issues and do not affect the monetary value of the jewelry. Small paintings done in miniatures chits of paper or cloth can be attached firmly to them using adhesive or by pressing hard. They can also be strip off when not needed or when a new painting is to be attached, as a single painting being attached for a long time can make it a dull sight to behold.

Jewelry can adorn various parts of the body: neck, arms, legs, torso and head. Each of them have a dedicated type and category of jewelry, and the paintings for every type of jewelry differ based on how appealing they would look. Turn the dull pieces of expensive stones into valuable belongings!

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