Saturday, March 7, 2009

Photobooks to the Rescue!

I love pulling out my oldest son's scrapbooks. As I flip through the pages, I recall special memories and fun times that we had.

By the time my daughter came along we had invested in a digital camera - needless to say, she did not suffer from the "less pictures of the 2nd child" syndrome. However, I wasn't so good at actually scrapbooking the pictures - that would take more time and creativity than I could muster with two little ones.

And poor baby number three, not as many pictures and nary a homemade scrapbook!

I did have good intentions with my sweet 3rd child. I had even purchased a complete (and completely ADORABLE) scrapbook kit - album, matching pages, stickers - the works! But after he reached his first birthday and I still had not produced even one page, I loaded it up with my "things to consign" stash - and I headed to my favorite photobook site.

Ah, it was so nice to just sit down at the computer, upload my pictures and drop and drag them into place. A couple hours later I had a photobook of his first year. A few more clicks and that book was on its way to me. No agonizing over which sketch to use (they have pre-selected layouts to choose from). No need to lug all of my supplies out (all I needed was my computer).

I know, it's not the same as creating a book of memories with my own hands, and I admit, I do prefer the homemade pages that I created for my older children. But at this season of my life this option fits the bill. I get a tangible book filled with memories of my childrens early years.

And guess what, my kids love flipping through these books just as much as they enjoy the scrapbooks that I spent many hours putting together.

Who knows, maybe someday I'll have the time and creative energy to do more paper scrapbooking. But for now, I'm sticking with my photobooks.


The Happy Housewife said...

Ah! I totally need to do this. I don't have a baby book for my last 4 kids! Pathetic I know. My sil gave my mom a photo book for her birthday and she loved it, I definitely need to make one for me, and to give away!


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