As the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short. This suddenly becomes all too real as your children start crawling, walking, talking and before you know it they are graduating! So if are new to making annual photo books or you have been doing it for years, there are a few things to keep in mind when building your Year in Review Photo Books. Here a few tips and real timelines to help you get started.
Year in Review Photo Book
First is a matter of mind. So, you’re not even done with your fourth child’s baby book and they are now 10, it doesn’t matter. What matters is printing the memories. After all, any sort of photo book you make is better than having made none at all. Life gets busy we get it, but you need to take time to honor the past and the memories you made as a family. So get yourself ready and make a date to start the photo book. Once you write a goal down, it’s harder to ignore it!
Ok, so the date has arrived and you are ready to start. Don’t get too overwhelmed and think you have to make a year in review photo book in one day. This will take some time. So maybe for a week, every night you set up a few hours to tackle the job.
Day 1 – Time: 2-3 Hours
Simply go through your phone, the cloud, and your computer and gather all the photos you can from the year you are ready to make. Hint: When I started, I started with the prior year as it was still easy to get to and manage. Once I made it, it gave me the encouragement to continue with more years.
Day 2- Time: 1-2 Hours
Start to organize the images by month. Again, if this is too intensive, try it by season. If you are not sure on dates, the jpeg holds the information in its metadata. Or if you’re too lazy like myself, I just look at what the kids are wearing, the kids are wearing sweaters you can pretty much guess it’s fall or winter.
Day 3 – Less than 1 hour
Photoshop your favorite photos and then upload the whole batch from the year. Did you know we offer free cloud storage? Once you upload your photos, they are safe! So even if you lose your phone, we have those precious memories!
If you don’t have Photoshop or Lightroom, you can use a number of free photo editing software like canva and pickmonkey. You can also do it on your phone just search for photo editing apps. Be careful of some of the free ones, they embed their business watermark on the photo.
Day 4 – Time: 5 minutes or 1 – 1/2 hours.
Ok, this is where it gets awesome. You can either choose to let our Pix Publisher auto design your photo book which, depending on the number of images you have will take less than 5 minutes. Or, if you want to design your own either from scratch or from one of our beautiful templates you can drag and drop your images onto the pages you design this can take about an hour to an hour and a half. Since you organize your photos by month and season before uploading, they will upload in the correct order. When you are finished, simply save it and treat yourself. You did it!
Day 5 – Time: 10 minutes
It’s important to step away from the project after designing it. After staring at a screen you might have missed something. So on this last day, simply go back to your photo book with a fresh pair of eyes. Doublecheck any spelling, photo duplicates or missed images. You can still pick a different cover and of course, you’ll want to pick the best photo paper for your photo book. Check out this blog post for the best papers to choose for your photo book.
Once you order your photo book, and you receive it take the time to enjoy it. Go through it and enjoy what you accomplished. It’s so easy to just keep images on devices and never let them come to life. Now that you have accomplished your first year, and know what to expect it will be easier to tackle the other years.
Just remember, it’s not a race, it just needs to be done. Trust us, your future self will thank you!