Our grandmother, Norma Jean, has an amazing photo album collection. There is a large bookshelf that wraps around one corner of her living room. On the lower shelves sit rows and rows of photo albums. She has been archiving photos of her family since the 1970s. We always love picking an album at random and flipping through the pages. We might see our parents from their first few years of marriage or one of us unwrapping presents at Christmas or sitting by the pool on a family vacation. Grandma’s old photo albums are an absolute treasure! Her dedication to taking and printing photos of her family through the years inspires us.It’s funny to think that just a few generations ago, printing photos was one of the only ways you could share your memories. Over the past couple of years, we’ve noticed we store and share the vast majority of our photos online through our blog, Flickr, Instagram or Facebook. We love how instant and easy the Internet can make sharing photos, but the drawback tends to be that we don’t print out photos as often—which is kind of sad when we think about our grandmother’s epic album collection. Plus printed photos can be used in so many ways! Who doesn’t want more family photos to hang or decorate your home with, to use in scrapbooking or cute craft projects, or to give as gifts to family members and close friends. Sharing memories should be so much more than just posting them on the Internet! This year we are proud to be collaborating with Canon USA and their photo printers to share inspiration and project ideas for using our printed photos. We’re going to be printing lots of photos this year and sharing the progress of archiving our memories at home. We’ve been planning out inspiration, DIY projects and practical tips to share with you, all using Canon printers. Photo printers can be intimidating or even a little frustrating at first, so we’ll be using a range of printers (PIXMA MG6320, PIXMA PRO-100, and the SELPHY CP900) to show you tips and ideas for projects of all sizes. This is a dream collaboration for us, so we hope you enjoy this series as much as we enjoy creating it. We’re so excited about the challenge, and we’d love for you to join in the fun!
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