Take a look at your camera roll and it’s a safe bet that there are hundreds if not thousands of photos on there that do nothing but, well, sit there. Facebook says that 2 billion photos are shared daily on Facebook, and InfoTrends previously estimated that 1 trillion photos were taken in 2015.
Of course images are being shared all over social media, but there are so many other things that we can do with them — besides just printing them out and turning them into photo books. In the gallery above, we've rounded up 15 of the most creative ways to preserve your precious memories.
1. Recently App
The Recently app turns photos from your camera roll (only available iOS for now) into a physical print 8x11” magazine that you receive on a monthly basis. You can include either 50 or 100 photos in each issue and along with copies for yourself, you can also send issues to other family members. Thank you to Sam Murray from CheapContractPhones.org.uk for tipping us off about this app!
2. A wooden keepsake box
Artifact Uprising prints photos onto beautiful beetle pine boxes that you can use to store anything meaningful. The wood grain subtly enhances each photo, memorializing your keepsakes in a special way. ($95)
3. A dry-erase board
MagneticPix turns photos into custom dry-erase boards, which are perfect in the kitchen for any busy household. The metal canvas features any image you choose and can serve both as display art and a handy way to communicate reminders, notes and doodles. (Prices start at $99)
4. Customized shower curtain
Shutterfly’s customizable shower curtains let you bring any memory into the bath with you. Printed onto 70x70” woven polyester, the printed shower curtain adds both fun and whimsy to any bathroom décor. ($79.99)
5. A serving tray
One of Shutterfly’s newer photo products is this customizable serving tray, made from durable and waterproof Lucite. This can be used in many ways, including as a holding place for personal items in a bedroom, or of course, as an essential for weekend breakfasts in bed. ($35.99)
6. A cushy pillow
Speaking of bed, there’s no better way to drift off to dreamland than with a soft pillow made using a photo of a favorite memory. These custom 18x18” pillows by SnapBox are a wonderfully comfy way to display a cherished photo. ($41.99)
7. A Rubik’s Cube
A Rubik’s Cube may be difficult to crack, but Personalization Mall makes it easy to create your own toy with personal images to stump even the fastest cuber in your family. Or, you can simply use it to proudly display six photos in a different way. Just remember that once you turn, there’s no turning back. ($28.95)
8. A memory game
Speaking of games, this memory exercise from Pinhole Press requires you to stay sharp with your family members, whether it’s mom or Great Aunt Edna. You decide who to include in your 12 matches (photos) to pair. Mix the cards around and let the games begin. ($29.99)
9. Piece of jewelry
With this sentimental photo jewelry from Zazzle, you can wear your favorite memories as a necklace, bracelet or earrings. The designs let the photos speak for themselves and add more meaning to your accessorizing. (Prices vary)
10. A photo night light
Turn any photo into a beautiful night lamp that casts a soothing glow. Light Affection takes each print and carves the imagery onto a durable material that transfers light, which is then placed into the frame. You can select a plug-in night light or an illuminated frame to give a nice touch to any room. (Prices start at $44.95)
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