I remember when I was in middle school and the scrapbooking trend was huge! Stores sold giant toolbox contraptions that would hold stickers for every occasion, from taking your dog to the vet to tropical island vacations! It was such a time consuming process, making each page just perfect. I would make my scrapbook, and then decide I wanted a picture to put in a frame, and Rip! Out of the scrapbook it would go.
These days, I still love the idea of looking through old pictures but as a working mom, don’t quite have the time, money, or patience for the old technique, and so entered our “YearBooks.”
To create them, I typically use Shutterfly- I find that I get lots of great coupons for them and their products always look nice. I have also had great results with others such as SnapFish, but once you pick a photo company, it’s nice to stick with them so you aren’t uploading pictures to multiple places!
My goal is always to keep up with our “yearbook” as the months pass, but usually in January I find myself reliving the summer since that’s the last time I updated our book! Which, being snuggled in January looking at pictures from the beach isn’t a bad thing to be doing!
Here’s a few tips I found over the years–
- With everything my toddler does being so adorable it warrants 10 photos a day, it’s hard to get my book down to a working number of pages. I try to lump things in themes for large collage pages with topics such as “Landon wearing his Spiderman costume in 20 random places” or “Landon and his kitty kat Lulu.”
- If you took a large trip, save that for a special, different book. When we go on a weeklong trip, there are so many great pictures it easily fills its own book. I usually will mention the adventure in the “YearBook” in a caption, like “We did the Warrior Dash the day before we left for California! We had to be extra careful to not break any bones!” Travel books are also great to pass around when you get home so the non-social media folks can gather around something other than a phone.
- Read, read, and read again! Check your captions, and since you are doing this the following year, make sure your year is right. (Ask me how I know!)
- The nice thing about ordering online is you can order multiples! If I see a good deal, I order a second book so Landon can have his own collection to show off someday!
- I often find free book promo codes on everything from a box of Ziplocs or diapers, even my receipt from Safeway. These are often for 8×8 books, which are very cute but not the best for a large scale project like your “Yearbook.” I like to use the 12 x 8 format for these because a nice number of pictures and text can fit on each page. I use the promo’s for photo heavy books for smaller occasions, like our Christmas pictures or Landon’s birthday parties. Sometimes I’ll just fill a book of Random Landon Smiles and send it to my mom in Florida! To save money, I also use my Ebates account and check my American Express rewards, as both offer additional discounts for Shutterfly.
How do you save your family’s memories?