Aug 13, 2016

Steps to Creating Your Family Yearbook... And How to Play Catch-Up

Click the attached link in case you missed my article #37 Create a Family Yearbook, and take a look!

Creating a family yearbook is one of the best ways to preserve memories and it makes an awesome gift for friends and family; you will begin to build an amazing library as well. Not many people have a customized library of family photos!

I make one of these every year around the last week of December. They're a huge hit with my family and I'm sure your family will love them as well. Here are 5 easy steps to creating a family yearbook, which I predict will become the first of many:

Step 1: To Print or Not to Print: First things first, decide what type of book you want to make. You can print out your images and put them in a photo album, or you can have a printing company publish them on the pages of a customized book. Having a company print your album is usually the least expensive alternative and less hassle due the fact that the images are printed on the pages, so you don't have to pay for the prints and the album to put them in.

Step 2: Gather all the Photos You Plan to Store: Next, you need to gather all of your photos you plan to put in the yearbook. If this includes hard copies, you'll want to scan these images and add them to the collection of photos on your desktop/laptop. Again, if you are going to print them out, gather them and move them to an external drive.

Step 3: Separate by Year: Now, you will definitely want to create a digital folder for each year. If you have less than 50 images for that year, you may not need to separate the photos by year. You should be able to combine all the photos and put them into one book. If you're like me, and you have accumulated photos over the past 16 years, you'll definitely want to break everything down by year:

Step 4: Separate in SubFolders: Now that you've gotten your photos separated by year, its time to order them by sub categories. There are a few ways to do this. You can order the photos by month:

by EVENTS (i.e., Birthday Party, Saturday Outing, Baby Shower... for example)

or by GENRE: ( This one I use because I am a nature photographer as well. I separate the photos according to the genre they belong in (for example: birds, clouds, flowers, etc)

Step 5: Back Up Your Work: This is a good time to stop and back up your photos. If you are backing them up to an external hard drive, you should be able to keep all the photos in the folders you created. If you back up your photos online, they may be saved by the date the photos were taken or the date you uploaded them. You can check out my post " " for more information on backup options.

Step 6: Again... To Print or Not to Print: Finally, you have everything sorted, and it's time to create your book. Again, if you want to print them out and put them in a photo album, head to your local printing kiosk, places like Walmart and WalGreens. If you want to have a custom album printed, I would suggest any one of the following:

      • My Publisher (My favorite printing company is MyPublisher. The program is very user friendly, the albums are very well done, and it's all really affordable)
      • Snapfish 
      • Shutterfly

Well, there you have it. I hope this article is helpful to you in building your family library! Let me know how it works out for you.

Did I leave anything out? Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below! (Or if you want to say hi, you can do that too! :)

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