I created this easy photo memory book as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and timeshel, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #timeshelprints http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
One of the main reasons that I became a photographer was my love for preserving moments in time. I have always loved great photography, but what really makes it special to me is being able to look back on a single beautiful moment and remember it exactly, not as it was in memory but as it was when it happened. I’m a pretty big photo snob when it comes to my work, but when I am with my kids and something amazing happens I don’t usually have the time to whip out my big camera to capture it, so my phone is with me at pretty much all times. Now, if you’re like me then you probably have about 5,154 photos on your phone. Wait, that’s just me?
It has just gotten way too overwhelming and I need to clean house. I mean, do I really need thousands of pictures hanging out on there hogging all my space? No way! I am one of those people who love printed images, but seldom actually print them because I just don’t have the time to edit for print and go through all the selections. Guess what? There’s an easier way! With the timeshel app (iPhones only) I can upload 30 pictures each month and it will send them to my doorstep automatically once I hit the quota. Cool, right? I think so!
They come in a cute little stackable “shel” that keeps them protected and slides out for easy use. The photos themselves are fabulous – I’ve been around my fair share of both personal and professional prints and I will say that these are great quality for a price tag that starts at just $5.95/month for 10 prints. If you’re wanting to go a little further you can also choose the 30 print subscription for $14.95/month.
Once I had my prints in hand I decided that I wanted to do something more with them than have them sitting in the shel so I came up with an easy little memory book for the kids that told the story of them this past year. I am a big fan of photo crafts, so I really used this as a way for them to see themselves in a different way and it turned out fabulously! These books can be made each month, each year, or however often you like and are great as gifts. Now let’s go through and make one! *Please note, you can make these books with ANY printed photos you would like to use.*
Easy photo memory book
You will need 15 pieces of card stock (your choice of size, I am using a 5×7 here), 30 printed pictures, two stiff pieces of cardboard for the outer panels, a hole punch, some string, glue runner and decorations for your book.
First punch a hole in each piece of your cardstock. Now, take out your pictures and arrange them in the order you want them to appear in your book. I am doing one or two photos for each side, but if you don’t want to use the backs of your pages you can double up your number.
Once arranged, glue your photos onto your pages along with any decorations or embellishments you would like to use. I have an electronic cutter that I used to cut out a bunch of cute graphics like spaceships, fairies and dinosaurs to go along with my story. I also wrote some heartfelt notes on some of the pages as well for a special touch!
One thing to remember when creating your shapes to go along with your photos is that size is important. Here I didn’t have much extra room, so I measured before hand and then adjusted my cutting size accordingly. You also want to make sure your decorations match whatever story you are telling.
Once all pages are finished stack them up in order, add the two cardboard pieces on each end and then tie the whole thing together. Decorate your cover with a title, extra photos or even a cute picture to detail what is in the book. I titled my book “Two Little Explorers” because I created a story about my kids going on adventures together. After that you are finished. How cute is this!
To get your own timeshel subscription head over to the app store and check it out today!