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Photo Books preserve the memories which connect each generation

What are your most favorite Christmas gifts of all time? Which do you remember most and why?  In my column yesterday on ‘Heralding the return of sentimental gifts for the holidays’, I share that my wish this year is that we return to heartfelt gift giving, putting great thought and sentiment into the gifts that we give each year. I promised to share my list of 7 Sentimental Gifts to Give and without further ado, here is the first gift to consider. The gifts are not listed in any particular order, all seven are considered to be wonderful gifts on equal levels.

Gift Number One is:

A Kodak Gallery Photo Book

Scrap booking has come a long way, but it’s too time and cost excessive to create a similar book for each family member. Kodak has solved this problem by offering the ability to create a photo album book, which includes a hard cover and looks like a published book from the store.  Recently, I’ve been collecting old family photos from my extended family and it’s been wonderful to see all the previous generations. Many of the photos are new to me and offer a thoughtful and sometimes evocative look at my family, including their lives and their loves.

After scanning the photos on to my computer, I was then able to return the original photos to their owners and have a digital version which can now be preserved. I’m in the process of creating a book for each family member from the Kodak Book gallery, beginning with the family members who were kind enough to send me the photos to scan.  Kodak makes the process extremely easy, you create a free account, upload your photos, choose a template with designs that you prefer and drag the photos into the book to arrange. The process really could not be much easier. Once you’re done, you save the book, pay for it and have it shipped to you or the family member.

Helpful tip: Do you have an overwhelming amount of family chotchkies (knick-knacks) that have taken over your home to the point that you can’t see the forest for the trees? Not every family heirloom is an antique, nor does it have to be kept forever. To preserve the memory while restoring room in your home, take a photograph of the chotchkie, preferably with the person it originally belonged to or with younger generations who are holding it for the photo. Place this photo in the book to preserve the memory and pass the item on to someone else or discard if it is worn out. Often it is easy to confuse the beloved memory with the actual attachment to a physical item, which are not the same. While scanning photos, I also scanned in old items like library cards and certificates which were worn and torn and better represented at this point as a photo.

Photo Books are a wonderful gift to share with the entire family. The books tell a story which only your family can create and provide a historic glimpse into your past, present and future. As an added bonus, you’ll have your photos preserved on your computer.  Your budget may not allow for you to make a Photo Book for every family member, but what you can do is copy the photos on to a CD and mail the CD to each family member, along with the information on how to make a Photo Book of their own through the Kodak gallery system.  Enjoy and happy preserving!

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Kala Ambrose is "Your Travel Guide to the Other Side". As an award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics. In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites. Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce's ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Daily Om and her school, the Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.

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