Holding memories close to our hearts (and hands!)
If you follow me on Instagram, it probably comes as no surprise that I create custom, year in review photo books for my kids each year. I’ve documented my passion for capturing everyday moments, but what good are they on my computer where nobody gets to enjoy them?
Today, I’m sharing the lazy mom’s way to make year in review books.
I think every parent makes an effort to capture the biggies: holidays, birthdays and milestones.
But I’m also a huge believer in celebrating the little moments. Some of my favorite photos of myself as a kid are those random, tiny moments. So, with my own kids, I try to capture things like:
…the way she has lots of things to tell me after her nap.
…her special bond with big sister.
…the way her hair curls after bath time.
I’m no scrapbooker, so each. and. every. year I’ve used Shutterfly to compile our favorite moments.
With three littles in the Five Marigolds home, that’s three books a year, my friends. A labor of love, for sure! And love them, they do.
But as much as these are treasured, I find myself procrastinating this time consuming task. In fact, I just recently finished the last three years for my oldest girl last month. Oops! That’s why I was super stoked when I logged in to make yet another book, and saw that they added a Make My Book service. Sign me up.
I uploaded all my photos, submitted them to a designer, and within a few days I had an e-mail saying my book was complete.
Boom. A professionally designed book.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make your own year in review photo book, it’s totally free to get started. You only pay a one-time design fee of $9.99 if you order your finished book.
That’s a great deal for us procrastinators.
Do you make year in review photo books? How do you capture your family’s memories? Or, are you still planning to get around to that…one of these days? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.