I’ve always loved taking pictures, but now that we have two little ones my shutter is in overdrive. I’m doing my best documenting their milestones, but that leaves me with A TON of photos. So what to do with all of them? Scrapbooking is fun and creative, but it’s hard to find the time now. The other problem is they are bulky and take up quite a bit of space on the bookshelf. My solution is photo books.
Seven years ago I started using MyPublisher to create a photo book for each year. It’s simple to use, fits hundreds of photos, and is very space-efficient! I like the uniformity, as well. (There are many photo book publishers out there. You download their free software, build your album, upload to their site, and get it in the mail.)
This is all the space seven years of photos takes up on my shelf! I chose the linen covers and use a different color for each year, keeping with my green and orange scheme. And if we go on a special vacation, I like to do a separate album in the same color.
I put the year on the cover.
On the first page inside I like to put events and trends of the year. It’s just a fun way to put the year in perspective in 15 years when you’re strolling down memory lane. On the following page, I use the whole space for text, summarizing the year, highs and low.
Then comes putting in photos! The hardest part is editing down all those precious, once in a life-time photos. I love all of them!
A few tips
- Be a ruthless editor. If several photos look similar, only choose one.
- Use one-photo pages throughout the book. They are dynamic and help break up the sea of photos.
- Use captions. Tell that funny story about why everyone is laughing or that cute thing your toddler used to say. You probably won’t remember in 20 years!
- Make your book as soon as possible after the year is over. That way you won’t forget all the little stories and won’t be overwhelmed when that next year rolls around already!
To organize my digital files, I put the DVDs in adhesive plastic sleeves and attach them to the back cover. I’m crazy about printable DVDs that look so much cooler than permanent maker! (Most new printers have a DVD/CD tray that allow you to do this.)
Get a discount
- You can register on MyPublisher for big discount emails. I love the free extra pages (up to 100) coupon for the biggest savings on a single book. They only have it a few times a year, so keep your eye out.
- Or if your ready to do it now, go here for discount.
Happy album making!
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