Saturday, November 12, 2016


One of my goals for 2016 was to get  current on our family photo books.  I'd fallen behind by a couple years and as you know, the further behind you get with these things, the more daunting the task becomes.

I have always been a book lover. We have stacks in every room of our home and our bookcases are over flowing.  Just like art, books are such an important part of what makes a home personal.  You could tell a lot about all of us just based on looking at our library.  But my very favorite books are those of our family, the ones chronically our life together and the memories we've shared.  A few years ago, I switched from printing 4x6 photos to fill albums to creating photobooks.  I really love the quality of the books and the variety of sizes, so you can feature favorite pictures with much more detail than in a traditional album.  The photo above was taken after celebrating Charlie's birthday, everyone wanted to look back through some past celebrations, which lead to bringing out all our photos and going year by year.  It was a moment I'm grateful my Dad captured on film, because it reminds me what a treasure these books are and will be for years to come.  It is the only way I know to travel back in time and they are worth every bit of effort it takes to create them,

I used Mpix again for my 2014 and 2015 books.  (This is not a sponsored post) I used the Panoramic Photobook, Premium Hardcover in Tundra 11 x 8.5.  I take more horizontal oriented photos than I do vertical, so this book lends itself better to those pictures.  You now have the flexibility to add many more pages than when I made them a couple years ago, so each book is just shy of 100 pages.  I'm just as happy with the quality this time as with the other books.  I've also heard great things about Blurb books.  I used that software once many years ago for a gift photobook and I really liked it as well.  Both have technology that is easy and user friendly once you get going, and each book you make will be a little better than the last.  Here are a few favorite pages from my new ones...

 ^^ Using singe page, pre-made templates for these layouts^^

 ^^I love the double page templates so much.  This is one HUGE benefit of a photobook over a traditional album, favorite photos really stand out.^^

 ^^Here I used what was a 9 square photo, single page, template and deleted some so I could make both portrait and landscape oriented pictures work together.^^

 ^^ Example of a double page, full bleed, template for a single photo.  The process to this in Mpix is much easier than in Blurb.^^

 ^^ Pre-made double page template without any adjustments.  See how some pictures cross the spine.  Love. ^^

 ^^Trying to show the print quality here - colors are perfect. And the pages are thick paper.^^

 ^^Example of a completely custom template to make these photos & caption work. ^^

 ^^Above and below.  I like these pages when introducing a new section where I will have a number of pages dedicated to that event, like holidays or vacations.^^


  1. I love these. You did a wonderful job. I am SO FAR behind that I am feeling like I should just atart with hia year! Lol! Thanks for this nice post. Very helpful.

  2. Hi Tessa, Do you use the "matte book stock" or "semi-gloss photographic" option? Thanks!

  3. Hi Tessa... these books are beautiful! Are the photos you used from a camera or phone, or a combination?

    1. Thanks, Christi! They are all camera pictures.