Photobooks or scrapbooks become a way to tell your family’s story, to build a lasting legacy, and to solidify family traditions. To some, the task seems daunting, yet others just can’t hold themselves back. With direction and purpose- and a few practical tips- the task can be manageable and a great blessing to your family.
Keep it simple
Documenting everything that happens in a year’s time is overwhelming and … perhaps over the top! Free yourself to record holidays and special events. Or, choose to document glimpses into everyday life. Outline events that are part of your family’s traditions and just document those. Focus on things you really want them to remember… Miracles, Milestones, and Celebrations~ especially those regarding faith.
Remember WHY you are doing it
The purpose of taking the time to make a memory book is to help your family remember who they are. You want to tell the story of God’s faithfulness to your family that year. Remembering this will hopefully inspire you to do the journaling alongisde photos/momentos that will tell the story. During preparation, really consider what you want them to remember. Add meaningful Scriptures, quotes, or remembrances as well as funny stories near pictures to punctuate them.
Making it Easier
If this were January, I’d suggest starting a folder either on your computer or at a photo site and dropping pictures into it that folder all year long that you’d like to include. As it’s already October (so hard to believe!), I’d suggest determining what main events you’d like to include before you start looking through pictures . If you start with the pictures you might be tempted to include them ALL! A helpful fall tip: all the major photobook publishers offer great coupons during October and November, even some into December. If you start now and get it ready, you’ll be able to put the finishing touches on your book and send it to print when the best coupon comes along.