Friday, May 18, 2012

2011 Yearbook (Finally!)

For the past four years, I have made a "year in review" type photobook.  Usually this happens, ya know, like in January.  This year?  May.  But that's ok.  I still remembered what happened. :)

In past years, I have used Picaboo, but they're pretty expensive for what you get (my books were usually about half the size of a piece of paper, 30 pages, and around $30+...).  I've also used Snapfish and Shutterfly for other books (vacations, etc).  This year I used MyPublisher and was totally thrilled with the result.  I will definitely be using them again.

I waited for a good coupon to come out and got lucky with the timing - they were doing a mother's day one where you could get an 8 1/2 x11 sized book, 70 pages, photo cover - for a flat rate of $30. With shipping, my total was $41.  Again, a great deal compared to other sites I have used and the quality didn't suffer in the least.  (no, this is not an ad for them - I was just really happy with my book and thought I would pass it along!).  

I was really excited to have 70 pages to work with, because that meant I could do some full-page pics without feeling like I was wasting valuable space.  And none came out blurry, which I was really happy with!

Basically I love doing these books because I get to use pictures that don't normally get much of a life beyond the blog or Facebook.  I'm not big on printing photos and we don't really have many frames, so all those photos that are taking up space on my hard drive get a chance to see the light of day.  I seriously do sit down and look at these books from time to time.  They make me happy.  I think even Tony likes them, if you can believe it...

Wanna take a look?

Nice and thick

I didn't include a picture, but I made a timeline on the first page - listing each month and the highlights from each.  I think this will be great for ten years from now when I can't remember what was happening in the pictures.

There's certainly a trend here - our year was comprised of me photographing other peoples' babies :) 

Usually I end with a New Years picture or something to lead into the next year -- I think this one does the trick well. :) 

Want to see old books (I think this one is my best made one so far, for the record)?



  1. Love! I've been meaning to do this. I think you've inspired me! :)

  2. What a great idea! I so want to start this tradition!

  3. This looks great! I'm still working on my book, too. Unfortunately, I was only half-way through August when my harddrive crashed. It's at the Mac doctor right now trying to get redone. So, I'm hopeful I didn't lose all my work. I guess that's what I get for waiting so long!

  4. And because this clearly isn't all about me, I forgot to tell you how much I love your book and the idea of the year in review page. Such a clever start!

  5. This is great!!! I need to do this starting with my dating years all the way up to the present. So many pictures and not a one is printed in an album. Ugh! That's like 8 years. What a project!


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