Every year I make several photo books of our year. In JANUARY, I began making our photo journal and then I got distracted. But recently I made a list of several projects I needed to finish before I was allowed to begin any more. And at the top of that list was finishing photo books.In the past, I've had one book of big camera photos and one book of Instagrams. This year I decided to combine and conquer! I arrange my books by month, so after each month I have an extra spread of iPhone squares. I love the way that it turned out. You know that question, "If your house burned down- what items would you save?" My quilts and photo books. 100%.
So I thought I'd share some pages from my photo book, show you how I do them.
Here are just a few randomly-selected pages from the photo book, so you can get an idea of what they look like. ,
This particular book is a hard cover 8x10 with 219 pages. (And I paid 80$ on Blurb including shipping!) I used to love Shutterfly, and still do for small books, but for this many pages- get Blurb! The standard book price on Blurb costs more than Shutterfly, but extra pages cost more on Shutterfly, so choose depending on the length of your books (and I like to GO BIG). (Note: this is not an ad, this is just info from one friend to another.) I also like the quality of Blurb more, but they don't ever send me coupons for free books, and Shutterfly does a couple times a year!
I don't add any text to the books, except the month name at the beginning of each new section (which you could easily overlook), occasional dates or ages (like Three Years Old!) on a picture of the boys on their birthday, and little Gs and Ms on the corners of pictures of the boys. I can tell them apart now, but I'm not positive I'll always remember who had which haircut when they were three.
Finishing my photo books always makes me resolve to take better photos, because I love all these beautiful pictures and memories preserved. What a gift photography has been in my life!