Over the years I've wondered how to turn my blog into something physical. I hope blogger doesn't disappear anytime soon but it worries me that all of these memories I've recorded online could somehow disappear! This blog has been almost the only records I've kept of my children's childhood, so somehow turning them into baby books/photo albums/memory books has been a priority for me. There have been several options I've considered, but I think these books have worked out. I've created photo book from several websites- usually whichever website has a free book promo, sale, or a Groupon- and given each book a theme. Initially I intended to just repost my blog word-for-word into these books, but after spending too much time editing I decided to go with the theme route and fill in text boxes with details from my blog. I love them!
In the photo above, starting at the top, the books are: Beth's pregnancy and birth, our trip to St. Louis last summer, our family's 2011 birthdays, Christmas 2010, Jack's birth and baptism, our beach trip 2007, beach 2009, Luke's 2nd birthday, and our Punta Cana trip from last summer.
While these books are very important to me, the kids love to read them too. Usually once a week they get them all out and sit looking at the photos. I do worry that pages will get bent or torn but I know if one book ever gets completely destroyed, I can always order another one since they're all saved online. (I don't want to, but it's nice knowing the option is there!) It's made me think that I should create one or two for each of them to keep in their bedrooms, each book filled with special memories and photos of people we don't get to see very often.
I love the alternative to traditional photo albums because this way I don't have to print out photos and somehow add the text. It's just very simple, convenient, and a fun way to relive some of our most special moments!