Our Family Pictures :: Spring 2016

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2016 | 21 comments
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We had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and I got the digital rights to all the photos last week!

Although I already shared a couple of the full-family shots on the blog, I figured it might be fun to share a few more of the kids and different poses.

How I Use Templates To Simplify My Digital Photo Books

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2016 | 29 comments
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Since many people know that I make digital photo books, I get lots and lots of questions about how I do it, how long it takes me, if I think I’ll be able to keep it up as we continue to have more children, etc. etc.

So, I thought it might be time for a blog post detailing exactly how I’m able to simplify the often overwhelming project of organizing photos into a book by using a few templates.

James’ Birth Announcement (and how I made them myself for pennies)

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 7 comments
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Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!

If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it 🙂

How Flickr Helps Me Organize My Photos

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2015 | 19 comments
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I realize that I’ve talked a lot about digital photo storage and organization — and I know I’ve mentioned Flickr before. But I don’t think I’ve ever gone into detail about how Flickr truly does make my photo organization SO much simpler and easier.

So that’s what I’m going to talk about today — and for the record Flickr offers tons of safe, online photo storage to everyone totally FREE!!

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2014 | 31 comments
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Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.

Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.

A Few of my Favorite Fall Family Photos

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2014 | 20 comments
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It’s been a while since I shared many “family life” photos here on the blog… so since Fall is my favorite season of the year, I figured it was time to share!

Our Family Photo Shoot {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2014 | 26 comments
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Come check out our newest family pictures!

Our 2013 Digital Photo Albums + Q&A

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2014 | 43 comments
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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!

Today, I’m answering a bunch of questions I’ve gotten about these books, as well as sharing a bit more about my thoughts on digital books.

A Family Photo-Shoot Gone Wrong

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2013 | 19 comments
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Dave and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this past Sunday, and since I always try to get a picture of us on our anniversary, we asked my sister to take a few quick shots after church.

Nora normally loves the camera and says “cheese” whenever we point the lens her way. But, it was warm, we were hungry, Nora was tired, and well… this is what we ended up with.

My Mission to Get Out From Behind the Camera

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2013 | 21 comments
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Over the past 2 years, I’ve made HUGE strides in my effort to take more pictures. And while I’m thrilled to be taking more pictures, I’ve started to notice one problem… I’m always behind the camera.

I’ve decided that I need to be more proactive about getting in front of the camera — even if it’s not always convenient (or I haven’t done my hair!)

How to Make a Personalized Alphabet Book

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2013 | 41 comments
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A couple weeks ago, I shared a photo collage featuring just a few pages from a personalized alphabet book I made for Nora. And from that day on, I’ve received question after question asking how I created the book.

Today’s post is quite long, but if you’d like to learn how to make your own book (or if you just want to peek at Nora’s book) you’ll definitely want to keep reading!

7 Simple Tips to Take Better Photos

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2013 | 21 comments
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This post is one I NEVER expected to write… because personally, I feel like photography is not one of my strengths.

However, over the past 2-3 years, I have learned A LOT about taking and editing photos; and since I’m frequently asked to write a post about photography, I’m venturing out into uncharted waters today.

Our Digital Photo Albums + How I Manage Photos

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2013 | 54 comments
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I used to be so overwhelmed with all of our photos that I actually stopped taking pictures for a couple years. However, after a lot of trial and error, I’ve come up with a photo management system that works really well for us — at least for now!

Today, I’m sharing how I organize ALL our photos — and how I create our digital photo albums using a free online program.

Merry Christmas… from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2012 | 36 comments
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As I mentioned yesterday, I’m taking a two-week blogging break to spend time with family — and to enjoy Dave’s extra-long two FULL weeks of Christmas break!

However, I couldn’t just leave for two weeks without wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas, or without sharing our 2012 Christmas card — and a few cute family pictures!

My 10-Minute Photo Collage

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2012 | 10 comments
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Over the past few months, we’ve noticed that Nora has an obsession with pictures… like whenever there are pictures around, she can’t focus on anything else until she carefully looks at all of them.

So the other day, I took a yardstick and extra clothespins and made her a photo collage for her bedroom wall — in about 10 minutes!

Weekend Giveaway: Holiday Cards from

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2012 | 315 comments
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I LOVE holiday cards! I love receiving cards from family and friends, I love sending out our cards, and I really love coming up with a new idea for our cards each year.

If you share my love of holiday cards, you’ll definitely want to enter today’s giveaway — a $100 gift certificate for holiday cards!

The Last Wedding for the Year

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2012 | 15 comments
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It’s been a LONG summer of weddings for Dave and me… and Nora. We had a few friends and cousins get married — PLUS we also had Dave’s brother’s {out-of-state} wedding in June, my sister’s wedding in July, and then my other sister’s wedding this past weekend!

However the wedding this past weekend was extra special because Nora got to be the flower girl and she was so stinkin’ cute!

Our Summer… In Snapshots

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2012 | 7 comments
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Since there are just a few fleeting days of summer left before Dave heads back to school next week, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photo memories from this summer.

What are your favorite memories from this summer?

Why I’m Not Printing Photos Anymore

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2012 | 32 comments
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For the past year, I’ve been on a mission to take more pictures — and as you can probably tell from all the pictures of Nora, I’ve been doing a pretty good job!

However, I’m still failing miserably at my goal to actually print off and display my photos. So after thinking about it for awhile, I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to print pictures… come read my reasons why!

My New {Free} Photo Editing Programs

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2012 | 18 comments
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As some of you might already know, my most-favorite photo editing program (Picnik) closed it’s doors a couple weeks ago… which means I can no longer use it’s wonderful services to make fun collages and add cute numbers to Nora’s monthly onesie pictures.
So for the past couple months, I’ve been trying out different photo editing programs… and I’ve decided on my TWO favorites. Thanks to these two programs, I’ll be able to continue editing all my super cute Nora pictures!