Our 2013 Digital Photo Albums + Q&A

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2014

our 2013 photo album

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They’re here!

Our 2013 photo albums are “hot off the press” as of last week — and Nora and I have looked at them at least twice (in their entirety) every single day since then!

Like always, I’m SUPER happy with the quality of the books — not that my picture taking is that amazing, but the books sure are!

Blurb.com does a fabulous job printing these books and I’m always amazed how quickly they arrive after I press “print”.

our books from blurb

However, since I’ve already shared the bulk of my photo taking, organizing, sorting, editing, digital-book-making process here, I figured you didn’t need to read ALL about that again.

Instead, I’m going to answer a bunch of questions I’ve gotten about these books — as well as share a bit more about my thoughts on digital books.

NOTE: This post is not sponsored by Blurb. They have no idea who I am or that I’m writing about their books. I just really love the quality of their books and the simplicity of their book-making process. 

1. How do you keep up with your books each year?

I’d love to say that I do a few new pages every week, and stay on top of the books all year long… but that’s just not the case. I usually end up putting them off for a couple months and then working to play “catch up” for a week or so. Then I put them off again and play catch-up again.

For example:

Back in July, I had just a hint of anxiety about these photo albums because I was falling more and more behind every week. I was taking so many pictures of Nora, of house projects, of yard projects, of vacations, etc. etc. — and THEN we found out we were pregnant and my mind instantly shifted into panic mode (it does this easily when big, unexpected things like a new baby happen!)

One of my very first thoughts (and I’m not joking) was “oh no, I’m behind on my photo albums and now we’ll be taking even more pictures and I’ll be even busier!”

Thankfully, that panic subsided relatively quickly and I realized that photo albums really aren’t THAT big of deal. Life would go on whether every moment was perfectly documented in “film” or not. However, I do really enjoy making my digital photo albums and I know that it truly doesn’t take up that much time to make a “good enough” photo book for our family to enjoy, remember, and look back on.

So in August, during my month-long blogging break (and the month that I coincidently didn’t feel like doing anything except sitting, laying, and eating double cheese burgers) I plugged away at my digital photo albums a little bit each week until I was caught up again. It literally took me maybe 2 or 3 hours total to get caught up (doing a little bit at a time) — and I was MONTHS behind, so definitely not that bad.

Then, I stayed mostly on-top of my photo album updates until mid October when Dave got super busy with school, we started working on Nora’s new bedroom and the new playroom, I was planning ahead for the holidays and Nora’s birthday, and I took on a few extra short-term Virtual Assistant jobs.

So I put off the albums again until mid December, when I plowed through the last few months of the year just in time to place my order the first week of January.

It’s not a perfect system, but it seems to work well for me for now.

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2. How much time do you spend working on these albums?

Honestly, not a lot!

Like I mentioned above, I do absolutely nothing on my albums for weeks and months, then I sit down for a couple nights and plug away for 30-60 minutes each night until I’m caught up again.

Blurb.com makes it really easy to simply import photos from my computer, from Facebook, or from Flickr — and since I already have all my digital pictures sorted and organized by month, it’s super quick and easy to simply drag and drop pictures from the appropriate month into new pages of my book.

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3. How fancy or creative do you get with the pages?

Not very :)

I’m not a naturally “crafty” person — so I have absolutely no interest in making my books look like creative memory books. I think those type of books look amazing (I’m secretively jealous of people who have that skill) but I know my brain doesn’t work that way, and when it comes to pictures, I just want them in the book in some sort of chronological order and that’s good enough for me!

I did get somewhat creative with Nora’s alphabet book — but as you’ll read in this post, I fully created the pages using a photo-editing program and then just dropped and dragged one picture onto each page of the book. Nothing fancy, elaborate, or super time-consuming — I promise.

When it comes to our yearly photo albums, I just use the pre-fabricated templates provided by Blurb. I use either plane black or white pages, I rarely ever use boarders or other embellishments, and I just keep it as simple as possible.

There are definitely plenty of creative tools I could use to make my books look way more professional, but that’s not my goal. I just want books that I can look at with Nora, share with friends and family, and eventually use to remember the “good ole’ days” 50 years down the road.

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4. Do you include text to go along with every picture?

Nope. I almost have no text in the entire book — because that would take more time!

I always do a monthly header to notate where the new month starts, but that’s about it. Sometimes, if I think a photo or vacation or event needs clarification, I might jot down a few notes or a short paragraph, but not usually.

I just like looking at the pictures — and 95% of the time, they are silly every-day pictures of us in and around the house, so it’s not like I need to write “Nora is eating yogurt… again” or “we’re knocking down another wall” when it’s obvious what’s happening just by looking at the photo :)

 

5. How much do your books cost?

Obviously, this depends on a lot of variables — size, cover options, type of pages, number of pages, etc.

Our family books are 8″ x 10″ Portrait style with standard pages (usually 200-300 pages) and a hard cover image wrap. This runs us right around $85 total — but they are always offering coupons so I just wait until I can find at least a 20% off coupon before I actually place my order.

The books I make for Nora are 7″ x 7″ squares — again with standard pages (50-100) and a hard cover image wrap. The square style is more expensive, but it’s just the perfect size for her little hands. These books usually cost around $40 (but then I get the 20% off).

NOTE: If you’re new to Blurb.com, I believe you can create an account via this link and get $20 off your first book (no matter what the price!)

I looked back over the past several years to see how much I spent on these books, and I usually end up spending right around $100-$110 total per year — so not bad considering I almost never spend money printing any other pictures all year long.

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6. So do you print any other pictures throughout the year?

Speaking of printing pictures… no, I honestly almost never print any pictures for the entire year. Or at least I should say I never PAY to print pictures off.

There are a couple times a year when Shutterfly or Snapfish offer 100 free prints if you pay the shipping (which can be pricey in itself). But as long as you only order 99 photos or less, the shipping is much cheaper. So if I have pictures I want to print, or if my mom/grandma/Dave’s mom etc. want pictures, I’ll just wait until one of those freebie sales, print a bunch of pictures, and give them away.

I also usually print one large picture of Nora and one large family picture each year. However, I have the hook-up with that too! My sister’s sister-in-law works for a really amazing photo printing company and gives me fabulously good deals on these two large photos each year!

 

7. What’s the benefit of going digital?

Honestly, where do I start?

For one thing, I don’t have boxes and boxes of pictures lying around my house. As I explain in this post, all our photos are safely stored on both our computers, on Flickr, and on 2 different portable hard drives that we regularly update and keep in different spots. So there’s really not a strong likelihood that we’ll ever lose all our photos.

Plus, the digital albums take up WAY less space than traditional photo albums or creative memory albums. I can easily fit 2000 photos into a 300-page digital photo album and it only takes up about 1″ of space on my bookshelf!

Finally, by going digital, I always have a digital copy of my albums saved on Blurb’s server and on my hard drive — so if I ever lost my albums or they were ruined in any way, I could simply reprint them again with a few clicks of my mouse.

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8. How will you manage to do separate books for every child each year?

I saved the best for last, and I might go off on a mini rant here, because almost EVERY time I bring up the topic of my digital albums, someone asks me this question — and it’s often in a condescending tone like, ‘you’re getting in way over your head here and just setting yourself up for failure’.

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Honestly, I will be the first to admit that there’s a pretty good chance I might not keep this up for every single child every single year… and that’s totally fine with me.

Maybe I’m a mean mom, but I’m most definitely not stuck on 100% fairness (after all, real life isn’t always fair) and I definitely don’t think that every child needs to have exactly the same things year after year. Life changes, our schedule will change, our family will change, etc. etc. so there is no way I can guarantee that I’ll have the time, energy, money, or desire to create an album for our family and for each individual child every single year.

Right now, I really enjoy making these albums for our family AND a separate one for Nora each year. But she’s TWO and we don’t have any other children — so I’ve only been doing it this way for two years.

My hope is that I’ll be able to keep up with the yearly family album for a long long time (and honestly, I don’t think I’ll have an issue with this). However, I’m totally fine if the kid’s albums get shoved to the back burner in place of more important things — I refuse to be stressed over making sure every child of mine has equal things and equal privileges all the time.

As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing that says I’m now required to make an 86-page 7″ x 7″ photo album for every future Dekker child for every year until they move out of my house. If I want, I can always just print off a separate copy of the family album for each child if I’m worried about them leaving then nest without pictures some day :)

[end rant]

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Ok I think that answers a bulk of the questions I get about these digital albums — if you have more questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them ASAP.

2013!

The bottom line is: we love our digital albums, they are really not that difficult, overwhelming, or time-consuming to make, and I would highly recommend Blurb.com as a very reliable book-making resource.

What about you, how do you store and / or display your photos?

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43 comments

  1. Sarah

    01/24/2014

    Andrea, you are so smart the way you started out doing this! If I could do it over again, I’d do just one family book a year. I do six for six kids (just photo pages I put in a scrapbook). And it doesn’t take me that much time really, because I keep it really really simple, but it does feel overwhelming that’s for sure. I do love them-when they are completed!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Sarah — although to be fair, I’m assuming there was no digital option when you started making your kid’s photo books years ago!

    In 18-20 years, I’ll be the one looking back saying “I should have done ________ with our photos instead of those old-fashioned digital albums” :)

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  2. Mary Hondorp

    01/24/2014

    Just a note on the great service from Blurb. One of our books had the spine come loose. At 10 at night I emailed the problem. At six the next morning I had a reply. Sent two digital photos of the problem at seven and by eight the new book was being produced and the next day it was on the way to our home. Can’t believe the wonderful service they give and how well they stand behind their product.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing Mary — that IS good customer service! I’ll keep that in mind if we ever have a problem with any of our books!

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  3. Jamie

    01/24/2014

    First off what an adorable family. Your pics books are so cute. I have a question, if you normally print pics from snapfish or shutterfly is there a reason you don’t upload your photos to one of those sites or do you like flickr for a certain reason. Also what about working on a long term pic book for Nora like you did for yourself and Dave instead of a book for every year that might be a little easier with another baby and then they could leave the nest with one book all about them.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Jamie,

    First of all, I DON’T “normally” print pictures from Snapfish or Shutterfly. I’ve probably only printed pictures from them 3 or 4 times in my entire life — and it’s only been when they offer the 100 free prints. I might upload 30-40 pictures for my mom, grandma, and mother-in-law and print those for free. That’s it.

    I personally have not been super impressed with the Snapfish and Shutterfly websites. They run REALLY slow for me and always seem to “crash” right when I’m ready to place an order. Plus, if you store your pictures on Snapfish or Shutterfly, the only way to access them again (at least that I’m aware of) is by paying to print them off.

    Since the main reason I take pictures is for my blog, I store them ALL on Flickr which makes it super duper easy to upload them directly to my blog, or to Facebook, or to Blurb. It’s the perfect combination for me and the way I use my pictures. Plus, Flickr has never crashed for me and I don’t need to pay to access my photos.

    Finally, I’m not exactly sure what you mean by “working on a long term book for Nora like I did for Dave and I”. I make a yearly book for Dave and I (our family book) and then a yearly book for Nora. Eventually, if I have the time, I’ll continue to make a yearly family book for Dave and I plus yearly books for each of the kiddos.

    Does that make sense and answer your questions?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Jamie, I’m just realizing what you meant by “one book for each child” — you were referring to the ONE huge album I made for Dave and for me with all our non-digital pictures from birth – collage. right??

    Sorry, I totally spaced out on that :)

    I just did that to quickly get all our pictures digital — but if I did that for our kids, that would mean that they wouldn’t have any photo books to look at until they graduated college (and their book would probably be 2000 pages!!)

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    Jamie Reply:

    Yes that is what I meant. Sorry I wasn’t clearer. I thought maybe you could do birth to 8th grade and then a highschool and college. Nora might even want to do her own when she gets into highschool. Plus then it would be one or two books to set out someday for her graduation and open house. She would still have the family book to look at in the mean time. I make a family book each year and then a first year book for each kid (they change so much in year). Then I plan on doing a book from birth to 8th grade and then a book with highschool and college. With 4 kids I can’t keep up with a book for each one every year. You are doing a great job and I would love to see some of the inside of the album.

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  4. Lisa

    01/24/2014

    I love that you post right away in the morning! I’ve been thinking about using Blurb and am happy to hear you like the quality of the standard pages. Have you tried other options, like lay-flat etc? I’d love to see more examples of your pages, especially to help determine if 8×10 is the right size for us. Love your blog and that you keep it real! Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yup we’re really happy with the standard pages — and I’m sure I’ll never splurge for the fancier pages or the lay-flat pages since our books are so huge! That would be a pretty big up-charge with a 300 page book :)

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  5. Jennifer P

    01/24/2014

    I enjoy traditional scrapbooking but recently started to do digital books for our vacations. I use freebie coupons for Shutterfly to make my books. I had one book arrive this week and I have two other books done and waiting for print. I also print photos using Snapfish, when they are having specials. Ordered 100 prints today. Besides my books, I display printed photos in frames through out my house and have a digital frame in my living room that currently has about 150 different photos to display. I didn’t convert to digital until 2009 and now have converted all of my 35mm negatives to digital also. I have them stored on an external hard drive.

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  6. Cassandra

    01/24/2014

    I make photo heavy pages whenever I can get some time as we go along. I use digital project life templates – my own version. I plan on printing them through Blurb too. I am creating a family yearbook every year, a baby book for each child, and one book that will be given to them at graduation with their school years in it. The school one will be very basic… maybe two spreads per grade.

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  7. Libby

    01/24/2014

    I would encourage you to keep up with these digital and print albums every year for each of the kids. When you are old, you will be glad. I would also like to encourage you to not get hung up on how many pages there are in the albums. In 30 years, a 25 page print album of each child will thrill your heart.

    You have inspired me to digitize my photos and those of my parents. I hope to get enough done to do books for Christmas gifts this year.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Libby — and yes, I agree. The page count doesn’t really matter — it’s just been about the same number of pages every year so far (without me really paying any attention!)

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  8. Jen T

    01/24/2014

    I was a Creative Memories consultant for 10 years and since going digital, I am the poster child I warned everyone else not to be, lol. I am so excited to try the Blurb books this year at your recommendation since CM is now bankrupt and gone.

    That said, you may find that as the kids get older, you will take fewer pictures for the simple reason that you’re not with them as much, and they are not doing anything all that interesting, or cute, or that they won’t LET you take pics!

    I used to bring my camera to every single game, but with my daughter being a 3 sport athlete I found I was missing a lot of the games trying to document them…so now I pick one beautiful weather game and take a ton of pics, and then I don’t take a single picture the rest of the season.

    As a Freshman in HS, she is finally getting over the sighs whenever the camera comes out. Funny how she’s got a bazillion pics on her Instagram feed and phone, but God forbid mom tries to take one of the day we moved her into her boarding school dorm, lol. (That said, she did take the traditional first day of class picture with 9 fingers held up for being a Freshman and text it to me, so she’s not completely incorrigible :)

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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    Shelly Reply:

    Yikes! Jen, you just shook my world a little! I had no idea about Creative Memories. I used to be a consultant and really into scrap booking with several of my friends. We all just got busy and sort of fell away from it. About once a week, I’ll wonder who still sells it and say I’m going to buy so-and-so. I’ m really surprised that they’re gone. I liked their products; in fact, I still have some in the basement. This makes me sad.

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    Jen T Reply:

    Hi Shelly,

    They have come back as a new company, Alex and Ahni, but it’s just not the same…it doesn’t work with their previous software (MM or SBC+…where most of my pics are), and I’ve since gone Mac, so I can’t use the old programs…total catch 22. Once our kids started school, all that time we thought we’d have went by the wayside. So Blurb it is. Or will be, once I get my act together, lol.

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  9. Evie

    01/24/2014

    This post has inspired me to hook up my scanner again…. My kids are 35, 31 and 31, so I’ve got drawers and boxes of photos along with photo albums I kind of kept up over the years, and it’ll be a big job to get even some representative photos from each kid each year into digital format and get some books printed, but I’m going to try.

    The other thing I want to do is scan really old photos from both sides of my family and make books for my cousins. I may just take this photo idea of yours and turn it into my main goal of 2014.

    OK, SECOND main goal. The first one is painting the inside of my house. LOL Last year it was the outside, so time to update the inside, too.

    Thanks for all you do in the way of education and inspiration, Andrea, and thanks for being so generous with sharing your family. I think it’s great!

    Evie

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  10. Danielle

    01/24/2014

    I started using Blurb last year based on your recommendation and it is, truly, AWESOME! I made a book for each of my two older sons while expecting my third last summer. My oldest son’s book is from birth to age 5 and my middle’s is from birth to age 2 1/2. I included lots of narrative in those ones so they had the details of their early years (I’m TERRIBLE at keeping up with baby books). I plan to “keep up” on their personal photo books by doing another edition every 3 – 5 years. I also don’t stress too much about the fairness and can’t possibly produce a new personalized album every year for each of my three children! Every three years, I can probably handle, though!

    This year, I planned to do a Blurb book rather than printing pictures and it was SO much less stress than printing a bunch of pics and feeling guilty about them lying in a box in my craft room (ahem, 2012 pics). I also figured out that it cost me $25 less than if would have to print the pictures and buy albums to put them in. Plus, the Blurb books are absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a great deal and a great time saver for this full time working mom to a college student husband with two active boys and a new baby!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — so glad you’re loving Blurb. And I also like your idea for doing a book every 3 years — that does seem more manageable with multiple kids!

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  11. Kristen

    01/24/2014

    Every year I think this is the year I’m going to start a “family yearbook” ;) The problem is, since we don’t have kids I don’t usually take too many pictures. Maybe I’ll get better about it this year!

    I read on another blog, they like to use MyPublisher because they sometimes run a promotion for “free extra pages.” They said that MyPublisher has a maximum of 100 pages, but these bloggers saved $81 last year by waiting until the “free extra pages” promotion was offered. (I think they got the book for $46, including shipping.) I’ll have to check out Blurb and MyPublisher to see which one I like better!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Seriously, Dave and I took approximately 25 pictures a year before we had kids — so don’t stress about it!

    I actually only did ONE photo album for the first 7 years of our lives together (dating, engagement, and the first 5 years of marriage). Only after we had Nora did I start doing one book per year. So maybe you could just start by pulling out a handful of your favorite pictures from all the years you and your husband have been together and make a book using those for now??

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  12. Sarah

    01/24/2014

    It may have been asked already, but I am too lazy at the moment to read through all the comments, but do you do Nora’s books by the calendar year or from birthday to birthday? Love your books…you have inspired me to do some research on costs and start a list of to do (photo books, at least) before Baby 2 comes along.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Her birthday is Nov 22 — so her first book was 13 months and now it will just be by year. I like doing the calendar year just because that’s what I do for our family album and it makes things easier for me that way.

    we’ll see what I end up doing with future kids.

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  13. Brandi Clevinger

    01/24/2014

    As always you have ‘come to my rescue’. This weekend I was looking at my four very long picture containers and thinking ‘what am i going to do with that?’. And that was just the first couple years of marriage (we have been married for almost ten years)! Not to mention the THOUSANDS of photos I have digitally stored on Walgreens and my external hard drive (which I need to back up). Having them printed alone would costs hundreds of dollars, not to mention the containers and storage space needed for them.

    I started to do one photo album per year, but how do I limit myself to 20 pages for a whole year??? I did not know you could do so many pages (especially for that cheap!). After reading this post I’m going to do away with the photos I now have and stick with the photo albums. This is going to take me the rest of the year, so I’ll get started now. Thanks again for a fabulous and useful post!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Brandi — and yes, I’d have a hard time limiting myself to 20 pages for an entire year of photos!! Our book for this past year is almost 300 page :)

    Happy photo book making!

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  14. Amanda

    01/24/2014

    I use shutterfly, and I’ve been happy with their books. The don’t look quite as high end as yours, but they work for us and are much less expensive (I’m usually able to get a code for a free one from them or pampers, so I just pay shipping). I do one 2 page spread for each month and then an additional 2 page spread for any important events (so this year there was a spread for our summer vacation and also one for my cousin’s wedding when all of my family who had mostly never met our son (we’re very spread out geographically) were all here for a week to celebrate). It would be roughly $50 if I ever paid full price, but this year I paid less than $20 including the shipping. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do one per kid per year of their life. Our son was born 1/5, so that makes his easy as far as keeping it in order chronologically.

    As far as keeping up with it, once a month I go through the photos from that month, pick out no more than a dozen, make any small edits and then upload them and create a spread. It’s less than an hour a month (including the editing). It makes me feel better, plus I know if the free one comes up, it is already ready to go. We got our 2013 one about 2 weeks ago, and our 2 yr old loves to look through it and point out everyone in it.

    I also take them up on the free 100 a few times a year. I usually only get 20-30 prints, but my husband likes to keep the pics in his office updated, then I print a few for our parents and grandparents to give/send them.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Sounds like you have a pretty good system in place for keeping up with your photos — and the price is right too. Our albums are just so big that it’s much more cost effective to use Blurb. I paid only $72 for my 300 page hard-cover album — and I wouldn’t have been able to make one that big with Shutterfly.

    I should probably scale-back and make my albums smaller — but so far, I’ve enjoyed making (and looking through) the larger album :)

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  15. Samantha

    01/24/2014

    Hi Andrea,
    I love these photo books and am inspired to do the same for my 15 month old twins. I like Blurb and the quality of their books for long-term life of the books. However, I have had major issues with BookSmart freezing on me. Do you use the BookSmart app or another method for making your Blurb books?
    Thank you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hmmm. that’s weird, I’ve never had issues with it freezing. I do use BookSmart — and that’s mainly because I had so many issues using their online Bookify program. Sorry I can’t be of more help but I’ve never had it freeze up on me.

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  16. Shantel

    01/24/2014

    Thank you for an encouraging post. I am embarrassingly behind on even organizing and editing my photos (I don’t truly “edit” my photos…edit to me means weeding out the bad ones and the multiples). I am overwhelmed at even starting this project because I fear it will take me years to catch up..and I only have 2 kids! (Not to mention the cost of printing up several years’ worth of books). I really would like to go back and make family books, this is something I have thought of doing forever, but I keep putting it off. I have made just a couple small Shutterfly photo books randomly in the past and my kids LOVE looking at those, so that should be my motivation for getting this project started already! Thanks Andrea!

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  17. Kristen @ Joyfullythriving

    01/25/2014

    I love digital photo books and look through mine regularly. I have started making an 8×8 book (through Shutterfly) for each vacation that we take. There are always free codes for these books, so I simply have to pay the $8 for shipping which is a great deal. With the new baby, I am going to start the yearly large photo book tradition. I like Shutterfly, but I am considering Blurb – or MyPublisher because I’ve heard good things about both of these. I’m just trying to decide if I’ll save at any of these or if I should stick with Shutterfly since I’m already familiar with it.

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    Michelle Reply:

    Kristen I too was a Shutterfly person until I tried Blurb this past summer. There is nothing wrong with Shutterfly (we took advantage of those free books for our Christmas gifts to the parents) but for bigger books, I would go with Blurb. The quality is far superior! I usually got the hardcover Shutterfly books which always annoyed me with their really shiny covers. Blurb has a beautiful matte hardcover that just looks and feels high end. Also I did a cost analysis (I’m an accountant..it’s what I do!) and assuming that Shutterfly doesn’t have any promotions for extra pages, you end up paying much less for a Blurb book with 50+ pages. Just wanted to throw in my two cents!

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  18. Amy

    01/28/2014

    I don’t really understand the problem that anyone has with how YOU do YOUR photo albums. Why must there always be this competition?! Okay, so you make books for Nora. I say Great! So what if you don’t always do the same thing for every child!
    I also don’t really understand the issue with a book for every child. Why can’t you give them each their own copy of the same book? That’s what I do. I use Winkflash. I get the book ready and then wait for a flat-rate sale. Then I get 100 pages (that’s their max.) for the price of 20. I get 5 of them, one for each of my five children, and everyone’s happy. I do one calendar year in each book. I feel like having that limit of 100 pages is actually good for me. It forces me to use the best pictures to tell the story of our year. It cuts down on photo clutter.
    I have no photo albums of me as a child. That’s not a criticism of my mom, just a fact. So, if my kids have these books it’s already a huge improvement, right?
    Let’s just remember, we can’t be perfect. some things are just “good enough.”

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  19. Marci H

    02/12/2014

    What home office printer do you use? I’m going to be scanning all of my pictures (eventually) thanks to you :P but my printer/scanner is soooo bad I need to replace it! Would love to get some ideas!

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    Andrea Reply:

    We’ve always had some version of an HP 3-in-1 printer, scanner, copier. We have a different printer now than we did years ago when we did the scanning — so I’m not exactly sure what specific printer we used to scan our photos.

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  23. Molly

    05/13/2014

    I love all the details you’ve shared about your book making process. I am definitely going to try this out.

    My goal for a long time has been to scan all my childhood photos, so it was nice to see you did the same. Makes it seem like it can actually be done.

    One question about that. On iPhoto, with all your scanned photos, were you able to some how back-date them (August 1990, December 2001, etc) or do they show up in your photo stream as the day you scanned them?

    Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Molly, We scanned all our pictures in YEARS ago — way before we had a mac. We only have those pictures on our portable hard drives (we have them stored on 2 different ones just in case) so no, they are not in iPhone.

    I’m guessing if you put them in iPhoto, they would show up as the date you scanned them in.

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  24. Bethany

    07/29/2014

    Hi Andrea,
    Want to make photo books in time for grandparents day (9/7) About how long does it take for delivery for blurb?

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    Andrea Reply:

    not long — I’d give it 2 weeks for the printing and delivery, but I think it would go faster. Of course, they offer “rush” deals but then you have to pay significantly more for shipping.

    Good luck!

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