Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Photo Books


I enjoy taking photographs, my favorite subjects being family and friends. I am seldom without my camera and with digital you can take hundreds of photos and only print what you like. When giving gifts I try to incorporate my photography in some way. I have always done scrapbooking and more recently have started to do online photo books to give as gifts. You can find lots of places that offer this service, Walmart, Walgreen's etc

The books are pretty easy to do. You download the pictures you want to use, pick the templates, colors and style of the book and you are set. Price ranges vary depending on the number of pages, size and whether you want a hard bound or soft book. The soft bound books usually run around 10 dollars, they make great gifts. Some of the ways I have used these books
  1. I did one for my nephews wedding, which I gave to my sister, I included lots of shots of family and friends in attendance.
  2. I made one for my FIL and SIL, both in the early stages of dementia. I included pictures of all the family members, and added names and birthdays to these books to help with memory.
  3. I made one for a co-woker that was leaving. We got photos of everyone that she worked with (individual and group shots) then once the book was put together the people we took photos of  hand wrote messages by their picture. I have also seen this done for small group leaders who were stepping down, or for a family moving out of the area.
  4. I made one for my parents 50th anniversary (though not digital) Friends and family were asked to provide photos and a memory. You can scan those photos and upload. Each family member or participant had a page dedicated to them. My dad carried this book with him for weeks after it was presented to them
  5. I did one for a vacation that my husband and I took. (if you traveled with family or friends you can make one for them and give as a gift)
  6. You can make one of children, or grandchildren with the year in review and present it to whoever you think might enjoy it the most
This does take a little time but it's easy and if your are thinking Christmas gifts now's the time to get starting putting these together


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I too have used this idea with my brother and sil as a gift; we usually use Snapfish-often because they are running specials when we want one. Loved the idea of the book for your family with dimentia; my mil is too far in with the disease to even look at it now. Love the idea of giving it to grands though.
Have a wonderful evening.

Debbie said...

This is a really wonderful idea! I have done calendars and mugs, etc., but I've never thought of a book.

My brain is racing now.

Sandy said...

What a wonderful idea, Maryann!

Petra said...

This is something I've always wanted to try, but always seemed so time consuming, and here you are making it seem easy. There might just be a Christmas idea in here somewhere. :-)

Thank you so much for linking this wonderful work! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Nice post..thank you for sharing...i love it...God bless you

LDH said...

I have made a few photo books and they are always special. I hardly ever get photos printed anymore and like the idea of books rather than photo albums.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great ideas...I was the one getting all the shots at my sister-in-law's 50th Wedding Anniversary and I need to do one of these of that event.

Thanks for sharing...and I love the digital where I can just take and take and only use the good ones.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Love photo books; started using Shutterfly for my projects and recently did one of my son's college graduation day; also use them for our vacations and other important events. I like them so much better than scrapbooks, and there's certainly less time involved in the process!

Hope you are doing well. Was back at the dr's. this week for appointments. I have a bone scan next week to check on some pain issues I'm having.

Take good care.


Petra said...

My warmest Thank You and honor to whom honor is due! Blessings upon this special day!