P.L.E.A.S.E. transform your old photos into modern books

P.L.E.A.S.E. transform your old photos into modern books

Do you have a voice in your head nagging you to DO SOMETHING with all your old memorabilia?

Today’s blog highlights the top 6 reasons why we think creating modern memory books is the perfect end goal for a photo organising project.  Having a clear output in mind (in this case a photo book) is a great motivator, that can help you to focus and act.

The 6 reasons come in a delightfully polite acronym – P.L.E.A.S.E!


Odds are that the outdated media you have around the house (slides, prints, film etc) are the ONLY copy you have of those precious memories. By digitising outdated media in preparation for inclusion in a photo book, you can easily create digital backup copies and protect them for future generations.  The book itself becomes an additional backup layer too!


Have you heard of döstädning? Translated this means ‘Swedish Death Cleaning’ I know it sounds kind of morbid but it’s meant to spur you into action to decrease the burden of your ‘stuff’ on your family when you pass on. If you have a hodgepodge of dusty boxes, they could easily be at risk of being thrown away. By organising your memorabilia and creating meaningful tangible memory books you are clearly identifying a “keeper” legacy item that is sure to be cherished.


CARR FAMILY ALBUM created from 35mm slides.  Click the image to preview the full book.


Sifting through dusty boxes isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. They can be heavy, cumbersome and with the potential for dust and mould, also a health risk. If your memorabilia are in a modern photo book, a walk down memory lane can be as easy as curling up on the couch with a coffee.


When you digitise outdated media so that they can be included in photo books you are automatically creating an easily accessible file. With accessibility comes an ease of sharing. No more rummaging through boxes. Where metadata has been applied a few simple clicks and you can access specific photos and easily share via email, social media, or a variety of sharing platforms.


Regular readers will know how important we think storytelling is! A modern memory book has the added ability of capturing not only visual memories but written ones.

Here are some links to our most popular posts on this topic.

Adding Stories To Your Photo Book 

Why Is Memory Keeping So Important

Your Story Is At Risk

THE HARDIE STORY created with photo prints and content from a writing class project undertaken by Mara’s mum, which she ‘stole’ and used to create this special 70th Birthday book.  Click the image to preview the full book.


Many of us spend a large portion of our day staring at a computer screen. Personally, the last place I want to be when I am looking at photos is back in front of another screen. There is great pleasure to be taken from sitting with family and friends on a comfy couch, flicking through a beautifully crafted photo book. Enjoying the stories and discussing our memories in a tangible format rather than on a screen.

Remember a modern memory book can be created from outdated media OR from your digital photos. The only limit is your imagination.

We can help with the whole process from digitising to design. From managing your memorabilia to applying metadata. Get in touch today about our coaching sessions and done-for-you services.

Both books featured in this article were created using our favourite supplier Momento Photo Books.  Friends of The Filing Fairies receive a special discount on their first book.

  • Sheelah Boleyn
    Posted at 10:32h, 12 November

    I need help! I have my photos(thousands on my phone) my parents’ and my grandparents. I don’t know where to start

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