I am a big fan of printable photo books. I started making photo books a few years ago, and love how it helps me organize my photos. I was inspired by these posts from Andrea Dekker . I’ve found photo books to be a great way to document different parts of my children’s lives. I’ve made an abc photo book, which my oldest still looks at two years later. I’m currently working on an ABC book for my younger son. Hopefully, I’ll have it done by Christmas!
I was thinking it would be fun to make a songbook with their favorite Christmas songs. I can update it as they get older. Since my boys are both pretty little, they don’t know too many Christmas songs. Most of the songs they know are seasonal songs, like Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells. But we are introducing them to traditional Christmas songs, like Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, and Silent Night. In addition to teaching the songs, we’ve also done nativity themed crafts (I’ve taken pictures of the crafts to use in my photo book).
I’m currently working on my Christmas photo book project, but here are the steps I take to make a photo book:
- choose website (I’ve used different companies, usually based on price/coupons available) Shutterfly is a favorite because that’s where my photos are stored
- choose theme, backgrounds, layouts (there are LOTS of options to choose)
- upload pics (my shutterfly account makes this really easy, since my photos automatically download to ThisLife)
- select auto fill (this speeds up the process for me-I can then quickly go through and rearrange photos or edit pages)
For a more complete step by step, I’d recommend heading over to Andrea’s blog and checking out her post on how she creates her photo books. They are so much fun to make, and my boys really enjoy looking at the pictures!