I’m always THAT person in every group setting who insists on taking a picture to document the occasion. Love me or hate me – it’s just who I am – a girl that LOVES photos.
Unfortunately the documenting process doesn’t end after we snap the picture. Certainly as moms (aka the family historians) we all know that isn’t the case. There’s much more that goes into the process.
~ Snap it, upload it, save it in the appropriate computer file where it will be easily located when needed, crop it, edit it, edit it again, upload it to Facebook, publish it on your blog, save it on the external hard-drive, print it, send copies to family members (yes… via snail mail) and finally scrapbook/photo book it~
It’s no wonder most of us have a hard time getting past “Save it.”
Now if you’re looking for tips for steps “Snap it” – “Edit it,” Sarah shares how to organize your photos in her post, A Non-Photographer’s Guide to Organizing Digital Photos. But if you’re wanting to create photo books, read on my (blog-reading) friend…
Allow me to introduce you to my very favorite photo book resource – Blurb Photo Books.
Blurb is a free bookmaking software that has been a great way for Alan and I to capture memories on a yearly (or event) basis. Rather than scrapbook or print hundreds of pictures and put them in photo albums ($$$$), our yearly photo books have proven to be an excellent way to document all of our family memories.
So here’s what I do…
Each year (around our anniversary) I sit down and start working on our photo book that highlights the past year’s happenings. With the previous year’s calendar in hand, I sit down at our computer and make a list of all of the photos and events that I’d like to include in that year’s book. Upon completion of the previously mentioned list, I begin designing the book.
By going on their website you can preview books other users have created to inspire you in your own bookmaking. They have a ton of page layout/design options that assist in putting the book together in a professional and creative way.
And the best part is – the software is FREE & the books are very affordable ($20 – $50).
They are a wee bit time consuming. I’m not going to lie. But, when the mailman drops off my book each year I couldn’t be any more school-girl-giddy.
- Yearly Books for each Child
- Vacation Books
- Wedding or Shower Guestbook with pictures and blank space for guests to sign
- Family Cookbook ** I did this once for Christmas… holy moly is it time consuming but everyone loved it**
- Instagram Books
- Personalized Notebooks
Of course there are plenty of other book ideas and other photo book software and printing companies (My Publisher, MixBook, SnapFish or Apple Photo Books… just to name a few), but Blurb is our top pick.
So friends, am I missing anything? Do you have any experience with creating photo books? If so, what tips can you give readers who would like to get started making their own?