Documenting a decade

by Katie Pertiet Posted on February 27, 2011

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December 31, 2010 marked the end of the first decade of the new millennium and I wanted to create a book showing how my family evolved over the past ten years. There have been new homes, new schools, a new marriage, new grandchildren, countless trips and countless memories.

I started by organizing my pictures by year and sorting out events. I enjoyed going back and remembering  the wonderful things we had done. It gave me a chance to cherish what a blessed life we have.

This project is more than family memories. So much has happened in our world this past decade. Remembering these changes in your photo book creates a meaningful keepsake for future generations – because they get to know more about you and how world events affected you.

What about documenting general information?

- the cost of gas
– music you loved
– news events
– where you were working
– favorite tv shows
– movies of the years
– the Olympics
– technology, when did you get a cell phone? Internet? A computer?

The possibilities are endless. Whether you use digital scrapbooking format or Shutterfly’s photo book templates, you’ll have a treasure for generations to come!

Here’s a glimpse into my book. I used the Documenting a Decade Series from

And my friend Jen took on this project too!


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  1. rsheedy Says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I definitely plan to do this as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    Love this book and I plan to make one, great idea! Thank you for sharing this with us. BarbaraJ

  3. Joey Says:

    Oh wow, what a fascinating idea to do a decade photobook. You’ve inspired me to go back 10 years and document everything. I also like the idea of including general info such as news, Olympics, price of gas etc.
    Great article Katie!

  4. conniee4 Says:

    Your scrapbooking always amazes me!!! What a great article! I want to do a photobook documenting my husband and his retired K9’s 10 years on the road together.

  5. AnnAbbott Says:

    Such a great idea…. Yes… 10 years already and I have a 10 year old. My book would be titled “10 years as a Parent”!!

  6. Tiffany M Says:

    oh awesome. this is great idea. i love the documenting tips. i may have to try this. off to check out the books in further detail!

  7. shannonr Says:

    Wow what a huge undertaking, kudos for such a beautiful finished product. I really liked your idea of documenting general info together. Very nice book and awesome idea.

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Katie is the owner and founder of Her layouts have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Legacy, and BHG Scrapbooks Etc. Katie also designs products for Autumn Leaves and Creativity, and licenses her designs in the home decor market.

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