Saturday, February 1, 2014

Our 2013 Swartzentruber Family Photo Book

I've been stressing for awhile about how to keep all my photos organized and accessible for my family to look back through from years passed. I take hundreds of photos a year - and the thought of printing them all out, writing on the back of each one, and putting them in photo albums just OVERWHELMS me! I did it for years, but have been slacking off…so I tried something new this month! I'm so excited to share this with you because I promise it will make your life easier!!  

As I take photos, I usually download them off my computer and put them in folders on my computer labeled with the month and year. As 2013 came to a close, I decided I was going to do something different with my pictures from the whole year. So in January, I spent two evenings on - making a book of photos. I chose the 12 x 12 book - and then went thru my photos from each month of the year, choosing photos to include. The book has a cover page for each month, and then it is just photos. I didn't put any captions or text because it would have taken several more days:) But that is totally up to you! I wanted my book to be mainly a book of pictures (like a photo album) for my family to look back at for years to come! 

The book was extremely easy to make…but does take time. Like I said, I spent two entire evenings on the computer putting it together (but that is less time it would have taken to scrapbook or label & put pictures in albums). The book arrived quickly & and the quality is out of this world!! The size is amazing - the photos are so big & colorful!! It is a nice, thick hardcover book - which I plan to put on my coffee table for anyone who wants to take a peek! Here are a few photos of the book - but the pictures don't even do it justice. You have to order one - I promise it is worth the time and money!!!

 Here is the cover of the book - on the spine I put "Swartzentruber Photos 2013."
This is an example of a month cover page.

 Here are some of the beautiful photos in the book. 

Here is the size difference between my photo book compared to my blog book (where I print out all my blog posts and photos. 
 Here is a quick look into one of my blog books - I have three now:) I can't wait for my kiddos to appreciate these books (once they get older:)!!

1 comment:

Ashley said...

I have made photo books from Shutterfly and MyPublisher and they do a great job as well! Usually whoever has a sale or a coupon I buy from at that time! I haven't tried Blurb yet, so I will have to check that out! It will be hard to go may have changed over:)

PS- The picture of Callie and her cousin is adorable!