We’ve talked about sorting, trashing and organizing your pictures earlier in the week but photo books are one of my FAVORITE topics. I do a photo book for my daughter every year right after her birthday and plan to do the same for my son.
Photo books can take a lot of time. The key is to stay on top of them and do them month by month. I wait a few months after my daughter’s birthday and start on her next year’s book by going into Shutterfly, selecting a template and working on the book a month at a time. I try to take about 20-30 minutes every month and upload the pictures I’ve selected to go in, place them and write the text. By the time her next birthday comes around I’ve done all the hard work…then I finish out the book by adding “stickers”, changing fonts and writing the title and last pages.
Trying to figure out a flow for your book can be difficult, even if you do use a site like Shutterfly. Bonus- check out this special offers page to save up to 50% off YOUR photo book project! Here is how I’ve organized my daughters books (I’ve done year 1-3 to this point):
Her first year has been the longest book because I wanted to include my pregnancy (yellow shirt pictures), her birth, each month and milestone plus a few extra pages of our old house (we moved when she was 9 months old):
I’ve started each book with a title page and a quick note to her about that year and a few pictures that date from right after her birthday to right before the next.
I organized her first year’s books by doing 2 pages (the entire spread) for each month. In her first book I labeled her months 1-12 but in her second year I did the actual month’s name (January, February…). In her third year book I organized the pictures by season and did two 2 page sets (so 2 total spreads) per season. I’ll continue to do seasons for the rest of her books.
I make sure to include a spread about her birthday and include pictures of her party. We also have taken a yearly family photo with the birthday girl and her cake.
The last spread and final page are photos of her birthday photo session I take every year. This includes her in my yellow shirt and a nice long letter telling her all the major milestones she accomplished and how proud we are of her.
Do you make photo books for your kids? Tell us how you keep your photos organized!