Friday, January 06, 2012

Our Family Year Book

So it was obvious that I wasn't around much on the blog during November.  It was the start of that busy holiday season. Another reason I didn't blog much was because I decided I wanted to try and complete a family history album of the past year for our family.  It was a huge undertaking and I'm still not finished, but I was able to get quite a bit accomplished.  

I wanted to create it by month. Each month contained an overview, what we've been learning about in school and any other significant happenings.  I'd really like to go back and do one for every year we've been married and continue doing it every forthcoming year. I think it would be such an incredible legacy for your kids to look back on, and for me to enjoy when they are all gone. I have so many thoughts about this, but won't dump them all on you right now. :) 

One thing I wanted to accomplish during the project was making sure that it was fast and easy to do. No complicated layouts.  I also wanted it to be cost effective. After trying several options, it came down to doing it 8.5 x 11, printing it for now and putting it in plastic sleeves. Eventually I do plan on binding each year into a finished book. 

I've fallen in love with the 8.5 x 11 size and plan to never go back to the square format.  (I'll still be doing them occasionally for my design work, but I've figured out how to convert those ones to 8.5 x 11 too so I can have a finished printed copy.  I'm also happy to say that ScrapGirls is now doing a lot  for 8.5x11. Yeah!!  

So I thought I'd share our month of November from our book, since I didn't post much about it here.



Christy said...

These look great Shalae! I'm not done with my 'project joy' layouts yet either, but I love having monthly pages to highlight our lives. Definitely want to stick with the idea in years to come too! Loved your family pictures too! Happy New year to you!

Beth said...

How Beautiful your family is. I am so amazed at how big the girls are. Hope you are all doing well. I love your Memory book.You are so talented.