family yearbook 2012

For probably the last four years I have been saying that I want to make a family yearbook. We (mostly I) take thousands of photos each year and while I post and share a lot of them here on out little ole blog I don’t keep a physical album or print many of them. I have been wanting print versions of our photos mostly for the boys’ sake, so they can grab the books whenever they want and flip through them like I remember doing with my childhood photos.

Well each year has come and gone and each year I have not made a yearbook until now! This sweet little beauty arrived on our door step last week and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s 373 pages (and holds a fraction of the 5000+ photos, not including camera phone photos, that were taken last year) of our life and it is perfect. I designed all of the layouts myself using aperature (an apple photo program) and then printed the book through blurb. I would highly recommend blurb if you are interested in doing something like this on your own. The book is fabulous quality and even though I had to print using the standard paper (I had too many pages to upgrade to fancy paper) it looks great!

Now I just need to readjust my book margins a tad (they cropped a few pages more than I would have liked) and start working on 2013. My goal this year is to keep it up to date throughout the year instead of taking until April to finish it! I also want to include all of our phone photos. We’ll see how that goes, wish me luck!

Here’s a peek at the book but these photos don’t really do it any justice.

cover

spine

sample spread

sample spread

sample spread

sample spread

Jay loved looking at the book after we got it in the mail. He kept asking super cute questions about the photos, most of which he hasn’t seen since we don’t look at photos on the computer with him often.

phone photo of Jay looking at the book

2 thoughts on “family yearbook 2012

  1. What a great idea. My kids still love pulling out the photo albums and showing their friends! And your albums are on steroids!!

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