I think we are like the typical parents, obsessed with every moment with our kids and so blessed with the technology to get those great memories on “film”. Jeremy and I take a ton of pictures of our moments with the kids; two camera phones and the DSLR means photos like woah!
So we do the typical thing that most parents do – post them to social media and save them to the cloud or drive. But…no one ever sees them again. How sad, these memories should be kept and available for people to see in print!
Remember the good old days when we would have to go to the photo counter to pick up our prints? I kind of miss that. I remember picking them up and putting them in to albums and share those memories with our family. As we got older I found the prints less and less interesting but I did start making “Year in Review” photo books using Shutterfly. I still try to do these books every year, though the last few years I have been a slacker – I call that MOM LIFE! Shutterfly gets me and my Mom Life. They have created a way to make our photo memories even easier to create – I know…how is that even possible?
Making the Most of All Those Family Pictures:
Like I said, I have always enjoyed the hard covered photo books by Shutterfly but the hardest part of creating those books is the time it takes to place the pictures on each page. Shutterfly has made a NEW way to make photo books – they literally do it for you! This is a parenting secret we must all share! Shutterfly’s Make-My-Book service is the secret and you need to add it to your to do list.
The whole process only took a few minutes of my day, again – Mom Life! I really appreciate this Shutterfly! Back before my mom life days I was a scrapbooking fool. I have scrapbooks for every event of my life. Unfortunately, I just do not have the time to do that anymore but now I know how I will get caught up on the many occasions and years of memories thanks to Shutterfly.
1. Upload your photos. I uploaded 112 pictures for our 2016 Year In Review.
2. Choose the size of your book.
3. Choose your theme and template. I did a very colorful yet a neutral theme to be able to incorporate the whole year of photos.
4. Order the book. This does not cost you any money at this point.
5. A few days later, you will get a review email. This gives you the opportunity to review every single page that the design specialists put together for you.
6. You can requests updates and changes before proceeding to the ordering.
7. Once pleased with the layout – ORDER!
8. A few days later your special book will be on its way!
Our 2016 Year in Review photo book is perfect. The layouts were done with care; I trust those specialists. What a great way to get those special photos into a shareable hard covered photo book in just minutes. I will be working on our 2013, 2014, and 2015 Year in Reviews next. Yes, I am that far behind!!
Are you ready to give the Make-My-Book service a try? It’s free to get started – you don’t pay unless you LOVE the book and you must approve it before the purchase!
What pictures of your family do you have waiting for a photo book?
This would be a great Mothers Day gift. There is no better gift then the gift of memories.
I love this blog post. It's been so long since I printed family photos, that our girls have changed a lot. I think it's easy these days to forget because we have digital devices, but it sure is not the same as having photos in your hand. I should make a book too.
I LOVE Shutterfly photo books and calendars!! they are such a great keepsake. I love how you can personalize them and they are so easy to make. They also make wonderful and thoughtful gifts! Perfect with Mother's Day coming up in May!
I've been wanting to print out pictures to put them in an album ever since I had my son and now he is 3. I just couldnt get around. Im so going to try this. It will make my life so much easier
Aileen Adalid says
With technology of today, I rarely hear of people who still print their photos. But I'm one of those who still want to! This book collage looks like such a great idea! Thanks for this!
Lisa Codina says
I made an album like this for my husband for Valentine's Day years ago, and would love to do the same for family photos – I just don't have any time right now!!
I have quite a few Shutterfly photo books from over the years, they really do come out fantastic. I also make a ton of photo gifts every year. This year I had a blanket made for my mom with our dog that we lost last year. I love that it's so easy to do so many things with photos these days!
Heidi Gray says
I absolutely LOVE Shutterfly. Their products are always of high quality and affordable too which makes it a double win in my book. I don't print as many pictures as I used to, but books are the way to go when I do.
Couponing in Central Florida! says
I absolutely LOVE this idea. I woudl love to make something like this for my sisters upcoming 50th birthday too. Kind of 50 years in review or something like that. Thanks for the great ideas
Ive been hinting I want on these made as a gift but no one has bitten! lol I actually never realized how easy they're to make until now, I might have to just make myself my own. I have tons of pictures so I know I can definitely this book up!
I Love This!! Shutterfly has always been my way to take our photos and make them long lasting. I am long over-due for a new album/book…thanks so much for the reminder!
Julie Wood says
Your kids are so cute! Shutterfly is amazing and can really help me organize the Holiday pictures that I have been wanting to put in a book. I need to get it done!
What a smart idea! I know what you mean about trying to put photos where they go in a book, so to have someone(s) else do it for me? Crazy good idea