I spent early December frantically sorting through pictures that were on the computer and on my phone because I had an idea to make photo books for each of my childcare families. It’s so hard to get something that everyone will like and something that is equal for each family. I know that Kalissa had made a photo book and used it as her guest book for the wedding so I asked her about it and she said it wasn’t hard.
I thought it would be the perfect gift. Parents don’t have a lot of extra time to do these things for their kids and parents often don’t even know all the things we do here in a day. I think the books will help bridge that. I also think grandparents will like seeing them as some of my kiddos grandparents have never been here and this way they can see our day to day life here.
I was nervous about putting the books together but finally went to Shutterfly thinking I was too late to get the books but I wasn’t so for the next three nights after childcare all I did was make supper and create photo books.
They are SO easy to do. You can make them as simple or as complex as you want. I chose to do an ABC book. It’s an option that they have there for you to just click and load the photos into. Once in while they had things that didn’t fit in. For example the D page said “D is for Donuts”. Well I didn’t have a single picture that would fit in. I took the custom options for $5.99 per book more and that then allowed to move shapes around or change wording. I have lots of dog picture so our “D” became “D is for Dog”.
I had so much fun putting these together. The first one took quite awhile but the next two were much easier. I ended up doing one for each family. Even with coupons the books were about $25 each which isn’t a lot..but still adds up when I needed to make three. The kids all got pj’s with beagles on them too.
If you’ve ever thought about doing this but were too afraid to give it a try…don’t be. You can do it.
I’m a little addicted to now. I am thinking of making more at some point….it really wasn’t a chore at all. I would actually like to do one when I am not racing the clock and in a hurry. I bet I could figure out a lot more things to do that I would like.
hm…I sure wish there was more time in the day so I could tinker with all the things there are to do.