Each year around the boys birthday I order an 8×8 book of photographs and written milestones, funnies and letters for each of them.
They so enjoy looking through their own books – as well as showing them off to visitors! – and I love how simple the photobooks are to create. I use Shutterfly to order their books from and while it is far from what professionals would call a quality printing service I have had no complaints thus far – considering this is an item I want my kids to feel free to handle and look through I don’t want to be paying professional prices.
There are many different layout and paper options for the pictures. I tend to stick with the solid colors and solid backgrounds.
The books come with 20 pages and the first couple books I did I just stuck with the 20 page limit. But it meant crowded layouts, with many pages having 4 or more photographs per page, so I ditched that idea and now pay the $1 per extra page and love the simpler, cleaner look of 1-2 images on a page.
The books (not including extra pages) run for about $30 each – there is almost always a coupon deal to be had, and if I can’t find a current one I put off ordering until a coupon becomes available.
Creating these photobooks has become the perfect alternative to scrapbooking for me – it is efficient, non-cluttery and fits with the simplistic lifestyle we are trying to create. Plus, should any damage occur to these books Shutterfly has them backed up on their system and I can easily order a second copy!
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