I recently purchased a Pandigital photo scanner that I really like. I scanned some old pictures of the house that I had laying around and it took about 10 seconds per picture. I could easily do a huge pile while watching TV at night. Once they are scanned, I will make some albums.
As for our digital pictures, I have tried very hard to keep up to date with making photo albums on Shutterfly, particularly with pictures of the kids. I have many years of digital files before that sitting unused on external hard drives. At some point I'll get around to making albums out of those.
I went a little wild with making albums of pictures of Elizabeth when she was a baby. I made them about every 4-5 months so there are several for her first 2 years of life. Poor Alex only got one paperback album at about 4 months old. Better than nothing, right?
I was not very creative when it came to baby books for my kids. I think scrapbooks are amazing and it looks like so much fun but I just do not have time (or space) to make a good effort. So, I went with pre-printed baby books. A friend gave me a baby book by Susan Branch for Elizabeth (our oldest) which I love. This adorable book is absolutely stuffed with pictures and keepsakes for Elizabeth. Alex's baby book is a little slimmer (sorry Alex!) but I have made an effort to keep track of various milestones. Whenever I let it slip, I think about Jim's totally empty baby book - he was the third child! I am a little behind on Alex's right now but plan to mark a few things down after I finish this post! I like it because it is spiral bound so it's easier to turn the pages. It includes a few pockets for things as well.
birthday book which you fill in for your child's birthday, including a short interview. My daughter loved doing her 4th birthday interview. The book chronicles your child's life through 18 years old so it has more longevity. This would make a great first birthday gift. Hopefully filling in the kids' birthday books will become a family birthday tradition!
How do you store memories of your life?