I am guilty of taking tons of pictures and then allowing them to live on my computer. One of my goals this year was to get those pictures off my computer.
I have posted a couple of times about photo wall ideas. Since we can’t cover every inch of our walls with photos we need to figure out something else to do with those photos.
Something I have been working on for the past year and am finally started to get serious about is digital photo books. I used to scrapbook but soon realized I didn’t have the time or space to keep out all my material. I found there are several websites out there that have easy lay outs for you to just drop and drag your photos.
My favorite company I have found so far is Blurb. They are reasonably prices and great quality. On top of that they have great customer service which is hard to find these days.
Digital Photo Books Ideas:
- 365 photos
- Year in review
- Baby’s first year
- Publish your blog
What I do:
I thought I would want to do a photo book for each of my kids first year. Of course, I had this idea when Kate was just born. I soon realized I probably wouldn’t have the time or dedication to do it for each kid. Since I have middle child syndrome (just made that up) I knew I didn’t want to do something like that for the first if I wasn’t able to do it for each of my kiddos. I decided the best idea for me was to create a book for each year. It would include all our photos and stories from that year. In 2008 I made my first book for 2007. Unfortunately, I have dropped the ball since then. I do have 2009 and 2010 books in the works through Blurb’s booksmart program. I have yet to sit down and finish them. I will finish both of these books before the year is over (I figure if I put it out there for you guys than I have to do it :O).
A few weeks back I finally decided to sit down and finish my book on my Project 365 for 2010. I have one photo on each page with what I posted on my blog about that day. (excuse my non-creative cover :O)
Since Blurb has a great option where you can turn your blog into a book it was very easy to get the pictures and text into the book. I’m very particular about stuff and I didn’t like the layout it chose. All I had to do was copy the text and paste it into a layout I like. So much easier than jumping back from the program to the blog. I upload all my photo in web size versions so when they were loaded into the book they were not always the right size. The great thing is since the photo was already on the page I knew exactly what photo I was looking for. I just uploaded the photos from my computer and dropped and dragged them onto the page. It was SUPER easy!!
I realize not everyone has a blog to document all your daily activities. I have a family blog but after I started this blog and another 365 project that family blog fell by the waste side. I finally decided to quit stressing about not keeping it up to date. I informed my family I was not going to keep it up for the rest of the year. I didn’t want to lose out on the daily diary of our family so I decided that instead of posting to the blog I would post weekly to the Blurb book. In theory, at the end of the year my book will be ready to print.
I was super excited when I got my Project 365 for 2010 book in the mail last week! It is wonderful! Even Ian was really excited to see it!! The girls loved sitting on the couch flipping through each page. What a special gift I can share with my family!!!
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