Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hooked on Photobooks

I have always been religious about printing out my photos. I used to upload them to shutterly, then print them, have to place them into albums, etc etc.

About two years ago, I decided to start making photo books for each year, which has turned into a photo book for each half of the year. I can say I am hooked! I love having a bound book of my memories. Plus, placing a mundane photo that I just want to hang onto is easier to justify in a photo book than paying for a print! 

I use the apple software for making photo books, I do wish they had a few more templates, especially ones that allowed instagram photos to fit better, but the finished product is amazing and the interface is simple to use. I do love that I can have a page of an event with all the photos grouped together, even though some photos are smaller than if I had printed them, it's a great look. 

Here's a glance at the last photobook I put together for the second half of 2014. They're fun to make and I love having a shelf of photobooks full of memories. 

I seriously could look at them all every day! I highly recommend printing your memories this way (and nope apple didn't ask me to kvell like this! All opinions are my own.).
Little by Little
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31 thoughts on the matter:

Balot's Chatter said... {Reply}

Awesome! Book full of memories :)

Carol Blackburn said... {Reply}

Those are great! Also wonderful for sitting with children and remembering. When my oldest grandson was around 14 he told me he wasn't sure things were his own actual memory of the event or just what he's seen in pictures. I thought that was interesting. At least he knows what he did and has the memory even if it was planted at a later date. I think that's a gift I gave him.

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

I keep meaning to print my blog to have in a photo book, let alone all my other photos. I've used blurb before and been very happy. Great book of memories!

Unknown said... {Reply}

love it! Thank you for screenshotting the pages as so, It's something I'm starting to do from the last book I posted on because it's so helpful to see what others come up with in terms of design and layout!

-Nicky @

Linda Kay said... {Reply}

Wonderful pictures! I make an album for every major trip we take, and find it's a great way to pick out the best photos that tell the story.

Leovi said... {Reply}

It is wonderful photo books, beautiful photos!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

So pretty and memorable! I l'm hooked on photo books too. I'm getting myself psyched up to make my 2014 book!

Unknown said... {Reply}

am crazy about photo books too. HAve at least one made each year with Mypublisher!

carol l mckenna said... {Reply}

How creative and what a great idea! Wonderful photos!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Anonymous said... {Reply}

Beautiful. What a great way to keep memories. I think I need to look into doing this!

The Artful Diva said... {Reply}

I love photo books too - now they are inexpensive to print and give as gifts...

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

Okay - I have been so bad about printing pics. I REALLY need to do this. I have this folder called prints where I dump my processed images that I plan on getting printed. It's been filling for several years & I have done nothing with it. And then now we are here today....where I literally never take pictures unless it's work related. I think the last time I picked up the camera for documenting life was at my mother's funeral. I have never used my new camera for personal pics. I need to find my joy in it again because I don't even snap with my phone for anything but work which is just sad.

I'm inspired by the books & for my children's sake I really need to do it & change my habits. So much of our life isn't documented anymore.

Nancy said... {Reply}

I am with you all the way. I started doing this when my grandchildren were babies and they would come to stay for a few days. Now it has turned into holidays, birthdays, and any other occasion I can find to make a book. It's so much fun to look these books at all the memories our family has made together....

abrianna said... {Reply}

Wonderful photo books. I need to start printing out my photos too.

Anita Johnson said... {Reply}

These are wonderful! I wish they had been around long ago...! I am so glad to see you using your beautiful photos!

Yolanda Ronaldo said... {Reply}

This is such a great idea. The quality of the pages looks fantastic! Definitely something I would be interested in.

Suburban Girl said... {Reply}

That's awesome, I still do it the old way, scrapbooking.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

we love to make photo books here too, but it's so hard to narrow down what photos to use!

tiarastantrums said... {Reply}

good advice! I need to do this more often!! There is an app you can print right from instagram:

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Love that you do this! These books will bring you happiness for years and years! I think it's so important to get our photos into our hands...adds so much dimension and longevity to what they mean to us!

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

Gold star for diligence to do this! You are ahead of the game and prints makes our photos so much more enjoyable.

Claire Justine said... {Reply}

These are lovely, such a great idea. I wish I had taken more pictures when my eldest boys were small ..

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

It's so wonderful that you're diligent about putting photo books together. I'll have to get my act together and do this again.

renae said... {Reply}

Wow! Tamar, these photo books are awesome. Yes, IKEA rocks!!!

Kmcblackburn said... {Reply}

I printed out my first year blogging, and promptly fell way behind ever since. I NEED to play catch up! Yours look beautiful.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said... {Reply}

Those are so lovely! I wish I was better about this. My goal this year is to print some favorites and make a gallery wall for the space above our bed. Fingers crossed it actually happens!

Unknown said... {Reply}

I love photo books too! I always make them for my kids as souvenirs of our vacations and they love them more than any t-shirt we could buy on our trip.

Lisa Mallette Photography said... {Reply}

You are so good......I am horrible with my printing.

Deanna said... {Reply}

That is just perfect. You will treasure these for years to come!! Kudos to you for doing what we all should do!!

tinajo said... {Reply}

I should do that too - need to make time for it soon!

Shoshanah said... {Reply}

I NEED to start doing this as well! Especially now that there's a baby in the picture. I pretty much never print off photos, and the rare times I do, never do any do anything with them. I do love your idea of two books a year, that way you don't have to worry about it all at once. Also you can include more photos without making the book too unmanageable.