For a recent milestone birthday of mine, my wife threw me a surprise party and presented me with a treasured gift – a photo book, highlighting my life and experiences. The book started with photos from my childhood in rural New Zealand, included various memories special to me, and finished with recent events, like the births of my children in San Francisco, California. My wife contacted friends and family from all over the world to contribute comments, which made the book even more special.
I asked my wife how she organized such a project—she went through all of our shoe boxes and photo albums and scanned the important printed photos and uploaded them to Shutterfly. And what an incredible unexpected benefit to now have these photos archived digitally.
If you’re interested in making your own photo book, place all your photos in one album or, to make the project easier, put them in multiple albums by period. The rest is easy—select your book size, design and layouts and just drop and drag photos into the template. I guarantee you will be proud of the finished product. You can also share your project through the site, so friends can also enjoy viewing the book wherever they are.
I view this book at least once a month and am reminded how I feel truly thankful for the life I have led and the wonderful people in it. It is so great to have this journey compiled into a photo book. Now I have to start on new adventures to fill the next few decades of my life!
What are you waiting for, get started today – chronicle those life memories forever
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