I love taking pictures, and once I had kids, I started taking tons of pictures to document their life. I started a traditional baby book for Will but haven’t completed it. I haven’t even bought a baby book for Miss H! However, I have created yearly photo books for them to document all their firsts as well as the daily happenings in our lives. Compiling the books digitally and being able to manipulate the photos on the computer is so much more my style than the more traditional scrapbooking. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was inspired to create the yearly photo book by Katie Bower from Bower Power. Another of my fave blogs, Young House Love also started creating a yearbook to document their lives. Sidenote-another goal of mine is to create a family yearbook from 2004-2010 (when we got married through the birth of our son). I’ve got 2010 on covered with my kids’ photo books but need to go back to 2004 to document our lives as newlyweds, as we built our first home, etc.
Here’s the process on how I create my kids’ photo books:
1-Take lots of pictures throughout the year (and I mean LOTS!). I currently have 36,000+ pictures on my computer:)
2-As soon as they turn a year older, I get to work on their photo books. For example, my daughter was born in March 2012. I waited until March 2013 to sort through, edit, and compile her photos into a 100 page book.
3-I used My Publisher* to create the book. I’ve been very happy with them; they produce a high quality photo book. I prefer the simple linen covers for my books and like to have all pictures on the pages (no text). As for milestones, I added a page at the end of the book with dates to document when my daughter got her first tooth, started crawling, walking, etc.
4-I work on the book in the evenings after the kids are in bed. It takes a while (several months of working on it a few days a week for an hour or so) but it’s worth it. I’d like to get more efficient and work on the book at the end of each month. We’ll see, ha!
5-Once the book is finished, I wait until My Publisher comes out with the best coupon code. Since I use all 100 pages of the book, full price for one book is around $100! Yikes! Plus, I order a copy for both sets of grandparents. The best deal for me is the $35 photo book (with up to 100 pages). The hardest part is waiting for the deal…sometimes it may be a month or two before they come out with that deal again.
Below are some pictures of my kids’ first year photo book. Enjoy:)
*I was not compensated in any way for the photo books. I just love their products!