linked 52 | party

this is one of my very favorite photos of quinn. it is from his 4th birthday party last summer. his pirate pool party. it just captures all of the excitement + action of the party.

i have this photo on my photo wall collage above my desk in our home office. i can see it everyday.

but there are so many photos from this birthday party that are still on my computer. shots of all the fun details that i so carefully planned like the pirate tattoos, the eye patches, the water canons (water balloons) and the buried treasure sandbox. and the photos of quinn and his friends swimming + eating cupcakes. all the things i want him to remember about his 4th birthday party. or at least look back on and see what fun that day was.

so i’m finally doing it. i’m making him (and tate too) a yearly photo book. a book full of all of all of the pictures i take of them everyday. the big things and the little things. halloween costumes, christmas morning, riding bikes, playing with legos. all of it. one book for each boy. one book for each year. starting from their birthday celebration all the way through to their next birthday. a year documented.

i have wanted to make photo books for the boys for a long time now, but i just wasn’t sure where to start. there are so many options out there. i needed to figure out exactly how i wanted to design the books and deciding what company to go with for printing has been just a big question mark. so, after stumbling on a blog post that shared a family yearbook created with my publisher i decided to go with them. just download their software and drag and drop the photos into their templates. easy. i got started on quinn’s book right away since his birthday is coming up in august. and i liked how the photo book was coming along. i decided on a simple photo collage style and a chronological order for the year. the book starts with his 4th birthday party last august and will end with photos from this july.

i have been working on his book this week. filling in the pages with lots of photos. lots of memories. i was making progress. and then i ran into a big problem. mypublisher has a maximum of 100 pages. and i was at page 89 in the beginning of april. not gonna work. i had already edited out too many photos. and i didn’t want to compromise the design by cramming in every photo on fewer pages. so after a minor freak out and a few deep breaths, i realized that i needed to start with finding a company that would let me print more pages. and i found it.

hello blurb. i’ve heard such great things about you.

i loaded blurb’s booksmart software and their lightroom plug-in, watched a how-to video, read a few simple instructions on their website and started making quinn’s new and improved 4 year old photo book. since i have already created the photo layouts in mypublisher, i just need to make the same ones in blurb’s booksmart. what i’m loving about blurb is that the pages are totally customizable. so now i can create a real book for the boys. with a title page. a story or letter here and there. a hardcover book with an image wrap cover. they will look like something right off the shelf of the local barnes and noble bookstore.

my plan is to keep up with these books for quinn and tate once a month and print them just before their next birthday. a yearly tradition begins. and, yes, i fully intend to go back and make them each books from the first few years of their lives.

i am so excited about using blurb. i have a few other projects that i’m working on right now that will be printed from blurb. nothing is complete yet, but this is the year that most of them will get finished. and printed.

i also saw this cool post about making an instagram book from blurb too. i love how she wrote on the book in black marker. talk about breaking the rules. oh how i want to do this!

this is the year of getting things done. and printing photo books is high on the priority list. i might just have a party when my first completed photo book arrives at my door.

see what party looks like for these girls also participating in linked 52: Stacey, Michelle, Tracey, Heather, Jenn, Jessica, Amanda, Amanda, Sara, Lesli, Janet, Naomi, Rhonda, Rose, Carla, Heidi, Kristin, Heather, Amy, Liza, Veronica, JeanĀ  and Kristi.

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michelle s. - Seriously, THAT is my dream. And I just can’t seem to get going on it. I adore that you are doing this. Will you please show us the finished product! So exciting!!

Jean - i so wanted to plan a pirate theme party for my birthday this summer. too bad i don’t have a pool. i’ll maybe plan it for next year? hmmmm….

what a cute photo! and love your office, so clean & the photos are amazing!

i have been thinking more and more to do photo books, they actually are a better deal than photo in the photo album…. or maybe do a combo. ;)

Jenn - Love this photo and I can totally see why you’d love looking at it every day. It’s just so free and happy.
Can’t wait to see your finished yearly book!

liza - It sounds like you’re having a publishing party! Hope you let us see your final products. They sound wonderfully easy and fun to do.

janet - Can’t wait to see them. Sounds like getting started would be the hard part, then just finding time to add the new pics.
You are very ambitious, and I bet you are on the go from sun up till sun down.
:-)

Andrea - Ooo! I love this! You have to post some photos of the finished book. I’m not sure I’m organized enough to do a book, but what a great idea! :)

tracey - Once again you amaze me with your family memory crafting scrapbooking photobooking skills. Oh how I wished we lived closer. :)

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