There’s just something about opening up that envelope full of fresh 4×6 prints after you pick them up from being developed. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite photo frames and photo albums for keeping them safe and showing them off.
I’ve been on such a roll with actually saving and printing off our family photos lately! I’ve been super inconsistent about it over the years, but even remembering to do it once in awhile really pays off and now we have some pretty respectably-filled photo albums full of memories from fun things we’ve done over the years. There’s just something about real photos in an album. You actually end up looking at them sometimes, which is kind of the point, right? I find that whenever I pull out an album to add a few more photos, we just kind of end up flipping through the pages and it’s a great opportunity for the kids to remember fun things we did, or what things looked like when they were younger. We never seem to end up doing that with photos that are only stored digitally. My latest album is almost full so I’ve been looking for a new one and I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites I’ve found, along with a few beautiful frames as well for that one favorite that you always have out of every batch of photos. Here are some favorite photo frames and photo albums for you old school 4×6 prints.
Favorite Photo Frames and Photo Albums
I grew up kind of thinking photo albums were all cheesy and tacky with ugly pictures in bright colors on the outside, but then one year when Kennedy was really little (I think she was about 1?) Chris’ sister (hi Stef!) gave us the most beautiful, classic, dark green photo album and I just loved that thing. I still do. It’s everything a photo album should be. It looks great on a shelf, it’s super classy and traditional looking in a way you can’t get tired of, and it was an absolute joy to fill. It raised my standard for photo albums. 🙂 So since then I’ve always searched out really traditional, stand-the-test-of-time photo albums, so I know I can leave them out on the shelf and enjoy them forever, unlike some of the brightly coloured ones I picked out in the ’90s that I now keep hidden away and need to transfer all my photos from.
I have a little collection of old black and white family photos in old brass frames that I think are just perfect. After going through a lot of trendy frames over the years and constantly needing to remove our family photos from them and replace them when they’ve gone out of style, I now try to look for frames that are more classic and more traditional-leaning in the hopes that my photos can stay in them for many years to come, just like with these special old photos. That adorable little boy is my Grandpa Jack who Jack is named after. This picture was taken sometime around 1937 I believe?
Anyway, here are some favourites that I’ve come across recently!
A frame or an album like one of these would make the perfect gift for someone on your list (or yourself) this holiday season. Definitely one of those things that’s great for “the person who has everything”. 🙂
Delicate Silver Photo Frame | No matter what metal trends come and go, a dresser full of silver frames will always be a classic style statement and this is a really lovely one.
Black Leather Photo Album | Love the idea of a whole row of these all lined up on a shelf. Leather bound books are a look you’ll never get tired of and it’s even better if those books hold all your precious memories.
Suede Photo Album | This thing is a true work of art and would be amazing for photos from a wedding or other special event.
Burl Wood Frame | A statement piece that’s right at home in a super modern space or a very traditional one. The perfect little hit of wood tone in a white room.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.