Late post today! I opted for sleeping in then sweating hard at bootcamp. Now I’m sitting in a parking lot blogging while Kaitlyn snoozes in the car seat. I’m feeling pretty clever for remembering my computer! Moving on…
Evidently I’ve never mentioned my family albums before, huh?
It started when we got married. I was obsessed (still am) with looking through our family albums growing up and when David and I got married in 2009, I knew I wanted to document our lives (to excess, but what can I say, I love pictures). The first album I did was through Shutterfly.
I organized my pictures, picked out the top best from each event and put time into making each page colorful and cute.
Then I got real and realized that I would never keep up with them if I did them like that because it just took too much time. If I had that kind of time, I would go old school scrapbook styles because I ADORE real scrapbooks. So I needed a solution that would cut down on time.
I made another blog. Yup, I have another blog. It’s not that exciting because I only keep it for this purpose, so it’s 100% private. I use it solely to upload my pictures and organize them into events. You could do this too, through any free blog service like wordpress.com or blogger.com.
I do my best to keep it current, making each event a separate blog post. Then, at the end of every year I use the service Blog2Print to turn it into a bound book.
The pros: I get all my pictures in books that I can keep out on my coffee table. It’s ridiculously easy. You can write details about the pictures if you wanted to/have the time. I did this with my pregnancy posts.
The cost for my books, which are pretty thick, ends up being around $150, but you could make it much shorter if you’d like.
Are these perfect? No, but they’re still pretty great. If I didn’t make these each year I know my pictures would all be piled up on my external hard drive and would never see the light of day.
How do you store your pictures?
Do you ever go back through and look at them?
Are you a family album lover too?