This is the time of year I start to collect and organize all of my own family photos from the year. Actually, that’s not 100% true – I’ve created a system for myself that allows me to stay pretty organized throughout the year so it’s not such a task come December, but this is when I start looking through them and getting ready to start designing our yearbook!
A few years ago, I started using Blurb to design and print our photo books. I’ve done this for vacations, memories of our dog, and our first annual yearbook in 2019. I do this because like so many other people, I find my favorite photos get lost in A) my phone or B) Facebook land if I don’t have them printed somehow. Instead of a drawer full of loose prints, I’m so much happier with a beautiful book of that year’s memories!
2020 will definitely be a year to remember, and we all know why! Not all of the memories will be good, but I still made a point to take out my camera and document my favorite people along the way, and those pictures are so special to me! I can’t wait to see what our 2020 book will look like!
I highly encourage you to try this, too! Not only is it a fun activity, which we all need to help get us through the long winter months! But you will end up with a beautiful book that guests and family members will love flipping through!
Here’s how I do it:
- Go to Blurb.com and choose ‘Photo Books’
- Download the ‘Bookwright’ software (it’s free!) and use it to create your spreads
- Follow the steps to upload your design and print your book
- For our annual yearbook, I order a 12×12 hard cover. Last year I had 204 pages! If you don’t have that many images, you can always size down to a 10×10 and have fewer spreads.
That’s it! Enjoy!
P.S. here are a few examples of books I’ve had printed! The Thailand book is a 13×11, and the Wesley book is a small 7×7.