You guys, it’s here!
Our 2015 family yearbook has arrived!
This is one of my favorite things we do every year and I get so excited to get it in the mail each year. I love these yearbooks and have so much fun putting them together. And there’s something so special about going through all of our old books and soaking up all of the memories.
Putting these books together is so fun and over the years I’ve learned a lot about the most efficient way to do it, but it can be quite an undertaking. If you want to create a family yearbook, you have to have a method for organizing your photos and streamlining the process, or you’ll just make yourself crazy.
I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures of our album, but I also want to share some tips. I’m a pro at getting these books done quickly and with as little headache as possible, so I’m sharing my secrets. Here’s my method for organizing the insanity:
- I have a Mac, so I use the Photos application. I don’t think it matters too much what you use to organize your photos, just that you do organize them. Photos from my phone are automatically imported to my computer (thank goodness for the cloud!) and I upload photos from the DSLR once a month or so.
- I have photo albums for each month of the year. As I import photos onto my computer, I just drop them into the appropriate album within Photos and leave them there. Simple!
- I try to be picky! As I go through each month, I’m constantly deleting and removing photos that are blurry, not something I care about, or just not pretty. I often have well over 300 photos in each month’s album, so anything I can do to whittle that down a bit is very helpful! As I’m going through the folders, I ask myself if the photo is one that I really cherish, or if I have a million others just like it. Often, it’s just not one I need to save.
- Around December, I start to organize! It’s a process to get these books put together, so I start early. I usually start with January’s folder and I simply go through the photos once again to delete any I don’t need, and I edit ones that need editing. I don’t put all of my photos in the yearbook, so this is also where I start to think about which ones I might like to include and which ones I don’t need in the book. I typically avoid including Instagram photos in my book, because we have a Chatbooks subscription and get all of those printed anyways!
- Once I’ve gone through all of the albums, it’s time to begin the real work – putting the book together! I usually work on this over a course of about a week, so it’s not too overwhelming. I organize our book by month, so all I have to do is go through each album in Photos, import the ones I want to include, and put them into the layouts.
- I keep my books simple! I stick to about 4 or 5 different page layouts and that’s it. I find it creates a more cohesive and less cluttered book if you keep the same style throughout. I also don’t add any text beyond monthly labels and one page at the beginning with our yearly highlights.
- Finally, I look for a coupon code before I order. This is an important step! We always use Blurb and they’re awesome about providing discounts – there is almost always something available if you do a quick Google search. Right now, you can get $5 off an order of $20 or more, and they frequently also have 30% off sales!
Do you make photo albums for your family? Or, do you have any amazing tips for keeping photos organized?