I used to love scrap booking, I would spend hours working on the pages of my books and enjoyed the creative outlet. As life got busy the prep of dragging out all of my supplies started sucking the joy out of my scrap booking time. (Not to mention storing all the paper and scissors, tools, stickers, ribbon…. and on… and on.) I ended up taking a permanent break from paper scrap booking and made the change to digital scrap booking.
I use Mixbook to create all of my books. Here’s Why:
1. It’s easy to use! Simply add pictures to pre-made template or design from scratch (I do a combo of both in all my books).
2. They offer tons of backgrounds, “stickers”, fonts, and images that allow me to create books that look like scrapbooks.
3. Ability to save projects (No need to stress when a little ones eats page 23, or spills coffee all over a book) it’s saved, just reorder!
4. Great quality!
5. Fair prices (and I always get e-mail promotions).
How I create my books:
1. My pictures are saved on my computer by date in chronological order. I organize each of my photo books in this way as well. When uploading photos to Mixbook, they are also organized in chronological order. This makes it super easy to “follow along” the events of the year. I don’t dedicate a page per month but rather focus on the events. Some months I might have 5 or 6 pages (especially during the Holidays) while other months might just have 1 or 2 pages.
- I work on my book throughout the entire year. This allows the memories to be fresh in my mind. By taking an hour or so of time once a month, I break the book down into manageable chunks.
- I scan documents and art to include (and then toss, to avoid collecting the clutter)…. because really, there are only so many toddler finger print art projects that will fit on my fridge.
Our Wedding Book:
The first book I designed with Mixbook was of our wedding. I loved the idea that I could create a beautiful hard cover book for under $100 when typical wedding books (from photographers) are about 12 times more. Having a $1200 photo book sitting on my coffee table waiting for a coffee or wine stain didn’t sit well with me, nor did keeping it wrapped in plastic in a safe place, hidden from danger. I wanted to enjoy looking at our pictures and memories….and rest assured knowing it could be reordered.
Photographer Tip: I always recommend using photographers who give you the printing rights to your photos. You might pay a bit more up front for this, but in my opinion its far better than paying for each individual picture you want printed. I only use photographers who include digital and printing rights as part of their packages.
Our wedding photographer was David Pascolla in San Luis Obispo, California. I can’t begin to say enough great things about working with him. He is simply awesome. Check out his work.
Little J’s Baby Book:
I wanted to put together a baby book that captured pictures, milestones, and all those cute baby memories. I do a separate baby book for each little one capturing their first year. After the first year, I incorporate their pictures, memories, and art into our family yearbook. It was a little challenging creating Little J’s baby book and still having enough content for our family yearbook (being that he was our first child and subject of 99.9% of pictures taken for the year), but I managed to fill the pages of both books.
Our Family Yearbooks:
Our Family Yearbooks tell the story of a specific year. They include vacations, holidays, home projects, big life events, and silly memories. Every book starts with a paragraph on the first page highlighting the big events of the year. Each book also includes a picture of the hubby and I on our Wedding Anniversary next to a picture of us on our Wedding Day. I love seeing how we have changed over the years.
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