I am years behind in my scrap booking. Years and years. I think I have only finished a dozen pages in Little Moore’s scrapbook (he’ll be 4 in September), and the scrapbook before that is from my honeymoon. In 2006. That’s right, according to photos, between 2006 and 2008, hubby and I did… nothing. I’m fine with having a period of nothingness in my photos. But I’m NOT fine with not chronicling the lives of my children. That’s where photo books come in.
When Little Moore was born, I made a photo book for him. In less than an hour, I had a complete book celebrating his birth. I made another one when he turned 2. When Baby Moore was born, we pulled out these books to show Little Moore what he looked like when he was a baby, and how the entire family came to visit, to see him, and to love him. Without these books I would have had very little to show him.
In that spirit, I wanted to make a book for Baby Moore. Baby is now 3 months old, and I finally got his book done! It was just a matter of sitting down, uploading the photos to Snapfish, picking a layout, and adding some text.
This is one of the new 11×14 Lay Flat Photo Books from Snapfish.
It is beautiful. Hard cover, with the title on the front and the spine. I picked one of Baby Moore’s first pictures, and his name, for the cover.
I expected glossy pages, but the matte pages were fine. For the background I selected the basic baby boy layout, and only made a couple changes as I put the pictures in.
Another reason I love photo books is because of pages like this one. This photo of me and Baby just hours after he was born is not one I would frame and put up in my house. I’m not looking my best. I’m exhausted, and was suffering some complications… but I still want to celebrate this moment. Cherish it. Getting to meet the little man who kicked my insides raw for months. And telling him that it was worth every minute. Putting it in the photo book means that the memory, and the sentiment, will always be close at hand.
Because the pages are so big, the lay-flat technology allows the images flow nearly seamlessly from one page to the next. And the pages won’t get folds and creases from years of being pushed down flat.
My favorite part of the book is the back… one last chance to write a message that will last generations.
Have you ever made a photo book? What would you put in yours?
Disclosure: I was offered a free photo book from Snapfish in consideration for my honest and impartial review.