I was totally inspired by Claire over at A Peachtree City Life when she shared her year in review book. Essentially, she makes a bound photobook for her and her husband for each year. How cool is that?
I’d been trying to think of a way to organize all the photos beyond the computer and I knew that a photobook was the perfect solution. We actually got married at the very end of December, so every year’s album would also coincide with a year of marriage.
I love that. I think it’s really cool.
It’s a way to have a way to see the photos in print, without printing out the photos and scrapping them. Something more lasting than a Flickr album.
So, one of my goals for the year was to make a book for each year. I’ve completed 2010 and now I’m working on 2009. It’s a little time consuming, but I’m really happy with the first book.
I ended up going with Photobook USA for the 2010 book. I found a Groupon deal for them (did you know you can buy these Groupons from any city if they are available if you are purchasing online?). It was pricey, when it all came down to it. But, the quality of the book is just awesome, and I was willing to pay more for that. (Here’s the “title page” with the vellum page on top.)
I kinda figured that if I were to print all the photos/buy a nice album/scrapbooking supplies/paper/etc., I’d be spending a fortune anyhow.
The plan is to use the same format for all the years, although that could change. Since my photos are organized by month, I decided to also organize the book by month.
This worked out really well. It made me go through all my digital photos and find the best. Since most of my photos are saved on Flickr, I deleted almost anything that didn’t make the photobook. This was an unexpected perk – I freed up a lot of space on iPhoto. I didn’t think I needed to save those detail shots that I take for the blog anyhow (and if I need them, I’ll find it on Flickr and re-download).
But the other photos are now more organized and there’s less clutter in my iPhoto.
Here’s an example of the monthly layout.
Each page has the month name and a corresponding color. Simple, but I like it.
Some months have more pages than others, depending on the month and travels. I included lots of photos of us and our house and garden, since that is a big part of our lives.
I didn’t use any text because I thought that could get too busy, but I had originally intended the color space on the pages to be an area for short hand writing notes/names/details in a ballpoint pen. Now that it’s here, I’m feeling nervous about doing that. The book is so darn nice, I don’t want to mess it up. But, I also don’t want to forget people/places/stuff. When we look through my parents’ photos, there are so many that we don’t know what they are. I want to avoid that. And something about handwriting makes it feel a little more personal.
Instead, maybe a typed page at the end with a few notes per month (people/places/details)?
Any other ideas for this?
Instead of doing books for each vacation/event/home renovations/etc, everything is in one place. I really like the 11×11 book, it’s big without being HUGE and really feels substantial.
I’m excited to get all the books together, now. (Shocker. I’m never impatient with these things.) But it will come together eventually.
Now that I’ve done it, I’ll do 2009 and 2008 a little differently. I majorly misjudged how large the photos would be on the pages. My screen made them appear smaller. So some of the photos are bigger than I intended. As such, I expect to use more photos per page in 2009 and 2008, which will also save me money because there should be less pages. I had more than 150 pages in this one (about 75 pages). I expect the other books to be much thinner, which is okay.
I’m also planning to try to work on 2011 by the month.
But, it’s really fun to look back. When Ryan looked through it, he said (with a grin), “I had forgotten everything we did in 2010.” That’s the whole point, right? To capture those great memories so we never forget them – from vacations and day-trips, to dinners with friends, gardening adventures, snow storms and walks with the dogs.
A year in the life.
How do you capture these memories?