First family photobook


I've been wanting to make a photo book for so long.

The inspiration for the style of this book came from a wonderful blog called Simple As That. the idea of a family yearbook.

I also loved Rebecca's idea to make a collage at the end of every month and then at the end of the year your photo book is essentially done, it just needs to be put together and beautified. I, of course, did things the hard way, did not make the collages monthly, and fell way behind. But when Christmas time came I was determined to get it done since I also wanted to give them to grandmothers as gifts. I sat in front of the computer from 11 one morning until 11 one night (only breaking for carpool) and got it done! And I'm thrilled with it. I want to go back and make one for each of the years I've missed so that my bookshelf is full of these lovely memories. It will take some time but I'll get it done. And again, kudos to Rebecca since I borrowed *lots* of her ideas (and quotes)!

I used Mixbook although I know there are other great sources like Blurb.  Mixbook won because they had the size I wanted and offered a 40% off coupon (I noticed they have one this month too so maybe they do that often). I ordered the 12 x 12 hardcover and added some pages for a total of 36.  I love how it turned out and will be using them again!

I also loved that Mixbook offered lots of layout/background/text options. And I LOVE that making this book forced me to choose my favorite photos, put them in one place, and print them.  So worth it! New Year's Resolution; print more photos!

I ended the book on a silly note. What a fun project this was!


  1. What a great idea. Your photos are beautiful of your family! I've never heard of Mixbook before - thanks for sharing!

  2. I am so glad you took the time because I LOVE it. I have it where I see it every time I walk into the living room - with the back cover (silly) looking at me. It makes me smile. It couldn't be more special!

  3. Awww, that is so cute! I'd never heard of Mixbook either!

  4. Love it! I have started a book with blurb but there aren't a lot of options on the text. I think I need to check out Mixbook.

  5. I make one every year on our anniversary (Book #7 coming up!). They sit on my coffee table in the living room and we all love to look at them often!

  6. We make one every year! I LOVE them! Plus, I dont scrapbook or do anything like that so its a good way to organize our favorite photos/memories. Each year I do a different theme too. I havent done this years yet, but its going to be more "snapshoty" and Im getting a slicker pen and going to jot notes/memories on each page.