Good morning! I’m taking a brief break from projects today to talk memory books! One challenge with a second child that I am determined to not drop the ball on is keeping up with my baby albums and photo books! I did a pretty good job staying up to date with Bugaboo, but with two kids now, it seems like a bigger challenge!
I started Bugaboo’s baby album before he was born and continue to add to it every few months. The album is from Hallmark, their Circus 5-Year Memory Book, and I love all the adorable pages and the built in pockets for mementos.
For baby’s first year, there is a page to fill out for each month. Let’s be real, though, I didn’t always find the time to do this every month that first year. Instead I made sure once a month, the day we took his monthly photo, I quickly jotted down how the month was going and what Bugaboo was up to on my computer in a Word document. Then when I had time, I was able to fill out the book and I had notes for what happened that month – if I didn’t have notes, I definitely would have forgotten a lot of what actually happened!
For baby #2, I am all set with a new baby album (also from Hallmark, Hallmark’s The Big Story of Little Me 5-Year Memory Book). I again needed to choose a gender-neutral one, but there were several options so this wasn’t a problem. I’m excited because this new album comes with a “My Teething Record” page. Right now I just have a sheet of paper in the back of Bugaboo’s book listing when his teeth came in – so I love that there is an actual page for this.
I’m loving keeping track of everything in these baby books – however, let’s be honest, we take a bajillion photos every month (mostly with our phones) and these books just don’t have room for them all!! I didn’t want to not do something with all these adorable photos we’d been taking, so I knew I wanted to create an album of some sort.
I have always loved scrapbooking. In high school I worked at a scrapbook store and have always loved creating albums. So I definitely thought about scrapbooking the photos, but I didn’t feel I’d have the time to do this, or really the money. I decided instead to “digital scrapbook” and create photo books. I went with Shutterfly because of all the coupons I am always getting – I get a lot of offers for a free 8″ x 8″ book or $20 off, so it seemed to make sense.
For Bugaboo’s first year, I made four books – like I said, we take a lot of pictures and I decided it would be best to split it up. The other reason for four books as opposed to one was the coupons – one free 8″ x 8″ book only includes so many pages. I had all four books made shortly after his 1st year but waited to print the last two until I recently got coupons around Christmas-time. I’m so happy to have his first year printed and done! I have not started on his second year yet – oops!! He turns two in a few weeks and I have a coupon sitting here that expires in June, so I have some time. I think it will be much harder this time sifting through a year’s worth of photos all at once!
One awesome advantage to these printed photo books as opposed to my scrapbooks from back in the day is how much smaller they are! I hope to do the same thing with our new little girl and do four books for the first year and then just go to one book a year.
Do any of you keep baby albums or create photo books for your kids? I’m always looking for new ideas! Has anyone ever used another photo site besides Shutterfly? I made our wedding books with iPhoto, but those are the only two places I have tried so far. Well, either way, here’s hoping I can keep this up with our new little girl!