5 Motivating Reasons to Make Your Family Yearbooks

Before I got married I could focus almost 100% on my own needs. That meant that I had plenty of time to journal, so I have lots and lots of memories captured through written word. Once I got married, I got into a serious slump and have written very little over the years. That’s why I’m so so grateful for cameras. I know that pictures don’t tell you the whole story, but whenever I look at a picture I can usually remember other things that happened that day. It’s seriously beneficial to always be taking pictures because I never get around to writing memories anymore.

Which is why I have always loved making photo gifts for my parents, my mother-in-law, my husband, and now my daughters. I try to always get pictures ready at the end of November to make some kind of photo gift for loved ones. Over the years I’ve made calendars, DIY tile photo coasters, little books, canvas prints, and photo books.

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blurb-photo-book-family-yearbook-pictures-memoriesOf all the photo gifts I’ve made, my favorite are the photo books because you can tell a story. You can add words to any photo book so that the pictures don’t have to be the only storyteller.

I have always wanted to make photo yearbooks for my little family, but I just never sat down to do it. Fortunately, with the help of Blurb* and my basic photo organization series here on the blog, I got motivated and made my first family yearbook for 2007-2008. My husband and I met in 2006, but I don’t have any pictures of us until 2007 when we got engaged. I plan on making one yearbook as a gift for anniversaries, Christmas, and birthday. That means I better get a start on the yearbook for 2009 so I can give it to my husband for our 7th anniversary at the end of May!

The 2007-2008 yearbook was my husband’s only gift for his birthday this week. He doesn’t like presents, but he always appreciates any gift that has photos!

If you've got thousands upon thousands of pictures on your computer maybe you better make some family yearbooks. Here are 5 reasons why you should get started now!5 Motivators for Making Photo Books for Your Family

If you are having trouble finding a reason to make family yearbooks, you definitely need some motivation. Whenever I make a photo gift, especially a photo book, I always think of these motivators because it’s not exactly easy to just hop on the computer and start making a photo book.

  1. You never know when a disaster could wipe out your pictures, whether on the computer or in a box in the basement.
  2. These books will be cherished for years to come by all members of your family. Who knows, they might even be a great source of information for your ancestors!
  3. It’s an easy way to give guests a more detailed story of your family.
  4. If you've got thousands upon thousands of pictures on your computer maybe you better make some family yearbooks. Here are 5 reasons why you should get started now!They can be great storytime or bedtime books to help kids remember things or talk about what happened before they were ever born.
  5. Before you start making the books, you will have more reason to delete pictures on your computer and organize your photos.
  6. Bonus motivator: Photo albums are so last year.

Even if you have to spend $50 to make your photo book, it’s better than spending $50 on a coffee table book that nobody ever looks at!

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Comments

  1. Mama instincts says:

    I absolutely love love love this and I’ve been wanting to do it for so long…just never got around to it. 🙁 🙁 I feel like this way you will always look at the pictures. I rarely go back to the albums on my computer to look at our pics but having them printed out it’s something I would look at a lot. I have to do this!!!

    • I completely agree. I have too many pictures on my computer that I truthfully only look at when I’m going to make a photo gift or post a picture to facebook. It’s really fun to look through a book with pictures of your own family!

  2. Chelsea says:

    Still have,use, and love the photo coasters you gave us!
    #1 Motivator: I’ve experienced and it’s very very sad. 🙁
    #6 Motivator: Hahahahahaha- I’m stuck in “last year”! I have old-fashioned photo album goals still, in fact- just today I said to myself, “You need to finish the kids’ books soon!” I make a 1st year of life scrapbook plus a binder with pics of them each year of their life and school pics.
    I do love the ease and convenience of digital books and like the idea of a family yearbook. No matter how it’s done, the important thing is to not keep the memories confined in the computer! My kids love looking through photo albums.

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