I have been creating photo books for my kids every year just after their birthday to commemorate the previous year. It’s a great exercise to reflect on the growth of the kids. It’s also a great reason to sort and organize those photos that would otherwise get lost in computer land. I attempt to highlight family trips, holidays, birthday’s and the personality of the kids. I think that they are a great keepsake, and an update on my parent’s tradition of photo albums. I also love that my favourite photos of the kids are archived on the Shutterfly website. Sasha loves that there are books just about him and I am sure in time Logan will too.
Here are a couple of tips I have learned over the last couple of years while making these books. When I download my camera photos to my computer I save them in folders by the month, so all of the March 2014 photos are saved to a folder called March 2014 (simple right). Then I sort the photos in each folder and save the “good” photos as MAR 1, 2, 3 ect. Once I have 12 months worth of photos sorted and edited I upload them to Shutterfly (the website of my choice for photo books). Naming the photos by month gives me a good shot at getting them in the order that they were taken, and makes the process of adding them to the book faster. I use Shutterfly because they often have great deals on prints and photo books, great deals like free prints and 50% photo books. This book cost me $31.50 CAD including shipping. I ordered this book yesterday and it is already in the mail to me, so it’s also pretty quick. This is not an ad for Shutterfly, just my opinion.
Below is a link to the most recent book about Sasha.