Grandparents Greatest Gift – A Year in Review Photo Book

by Lara H Posted on November 04, 2009

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Grandparents can’t get enough photos of their grandchildren. Even if you’ve been disciplined enough (through the sleepless haze of the first year) to regularly share photos, or have found time between carpools and homework to email updates, grandma and grandpa will still want more. This is why a photo book keepsake featuring  images of their grandchildren will be opened again and again.

I’ve found a few photo books in Gallery that offer different approaches to making a great grandparents gift that captures your child’s year:

Beautiful faces: The Neaves Family by NEAVES is a simple display of candid and formal portraits of their children. Without a lot of words or background fanfare, he manages to capture the joy and celebrations of his family. The we love you book by Patricia_z takes a similar approach with some additional digital embellishments.

Monthly highlights: The beginning by Erica_H is a wonderful example of grouping photos by month and adding a page of journaling with highlights of the baby’s development and activities. Cassandra_B’s First Year Annabelle takes a similar chronological approach offering page captions to remember the story behind the images.

Start with words: Love captured by AmyHip is beautiful book that uses definitions of words to caption her niece and nephew’s photos. The possibilities of the words you could use on pages is endless. You can also use quotes in a similar fashion like in simmonschristmas2 by ShannonF333.

Capture the details: Cameron by RekitaE captures the many details of her baby’s first year including his favorite things and the timing of his many firsts.

If you haven’t started already, I hope one of these ideas will make you feel that you can check off the grandparents from your Christmas shopping list because you’ve discovered the perfect gift! And, if you’re already on top of your storytelling, maybe you can add some new details to the format you’ve already chosen. christmas

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    The year my mother in law moved back east was the same year our third baby was born. I took the time to make a yearbook for her that year. Every event, trip and holiday (big or small) was put into the book. Every mile stone and just because photos of the baby filled the pages as well as the interaction between big brother and big sister was captured. It was a 70-page monster and a very treasured gift. Here is the link http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBg4atXLlqzYAwrY1da

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By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBgyYNGLdg5ZgLl7Adq. It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.

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