just thought i'd share a little about my photo books and blog books today. it's almost the end of the year ... and will be time to put together my 2008 books. my plan was to work on these throughout the year ... but that didn't happen. lol!
i love having these books stacked up on my shelves ... right along with all my scrapbook albums. i think years from now ... when you put all these albums and books together side by side ... they'll tell quite the story of our lives. i love to scrapbook ... and have been doing it for 13 years now. but there is just no way that i can scrap all our photos ... or all our stories. so i have really loved the idea of doing some of these digital photo books. and i've been blogging now for 3 1/2 years ... so that is a lot of thoughts and typing involved ... and i think having that in print is an awesome idea.
so i have the daycare books that i printed through shutterfly ... and they're each a 20 page, 12x12 book. i really want to do this sort of book for our family photos too ... just a little more thinking for that. the daycare ones were easy ... because i narrowed the photos down by each child. but i think the family photos, holidays, and events will take a little more planning. the blog books i had done through blurb ... and they are the 7x7 size.
these are my "daycare favorites" photos books. i put together the first one mainly because i had won a free 12x12 photo book from shutterfly. you can see more of the book in this post. i mention this in the original post. but i just love how this book sums up our year in photos. there are a ton of everyday, random photos in these. and many of them are already scrapped on a layout. but having them all together in one spot ... it's just so cool. i have since gone back and done 2006 also. that's really as far as i could go back ... since that was when i made the final switch to digital. i kept these books super simple ... same basic page design through both books ... and i'll use that design again this year. so it's really simple to pick out my favorite photos from throughout the year ... and just plop them all into the book. this also helped cut back on my photo ordering this year. i knew i would be doing this album ... so i never ordered that many pictures of the daycare kids for myself. if i wanted to scrap some ... i would print them myself.
i can't remember how i first heard about making these blog books. but i will tell you that the first one i did took me forever! it was the 2007 book ... and you can see more of it in this post. my 2005 book is the smallest ... at just 90 pages. i don't even have any pictures on the cover of the book ... since i had only been digital for about 2 months and had NO pictures to use. and i had only been blogging for about 6 months ... and was very sporatic about it then. my 2006 book is 202 pages ... a lot more photos and a lot more blogging. my 2007 book is 286 pages ... and even more photos and even more blogging. i recently started "slurping" up my 2008 blog posts ... and this years book is going to be even bigger.
so just a little insight to my books ... and why i have them done. i have other books i really want to make ... just a matter of sitting down and working them out. soccer is a big one ... would love to narrow down the soccer pics and get those in a book. someday!