January and February are the most boring months of the year for us. It's cold, gray, and rainy here in Seattle. With two very small kids, we just don't get out much. The weather's pretty much the same in November and December, but having Christmas on the horizon makes it all so much better.
Working on our annual photo book over the last several weeks has been such a mood-lifter. Looking through all our photos from the past year made me remember how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is during the summer and how we have so much to look forward to this year. We keep telling each other that we just have to make it through February and it will all be downhill from there!
I made our family yearbook using Blurb. I keep our photos organized by month in Flickr and you can connect your Flickr account to the Blurb software, so the whole process is really easy. For the cover, I went with my favorite family photo.
And then just a pretty landscape photo for the back that sort of tied into the color scheme.
Just for simplicity's sake, I like to limit text to just the title page and a list of the year's memorable moments.
Then it's just lots and lots of pictures! From Claire's first birthday...
To our summer vacations...
And Maggie's debut...
Of course, I had to devote several pages to our family photo session...
Before wrapping it up with our first Christmas at home.
All my Instagram shots made it in too.
And the very last page was devoted to Maggie's birth announcement and our Christmas card.
I've always been happy with Blurb's quality and I also like that they have a ridiculously high page limit. This book ended up being over 120 pages. I just can't narrow down pictures of my babies! But the grand total was about $45, which isn't too bad when you factor in the cost of printing all those pictures and storing them in traditional albums!
P.S. If you are also photo book obsessed, here's another post about the rest of ours.