After Kramer passed away I asked Kalissa to keep the photos we had all in one place. I had it in the back of my mind that I would make a photo book for the Grandkids at some point. I forgot about it. In truth, I think I put it off. Going through the photos, dealing with memories both good and bad was a little too painful at the moment.
Well fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I messaged my kids who have children and asked for the Christmas idea. UGH. I got back from Buck, “Something that won’t end up of the floor and something I don’t have to pick up”. He’s deep into kids that have lots of toys and are in the dumping phase.
Well that got me thinking…then Kelli came home and she said she thought about doing a photo book of Kramer for the grandkids too. I told her I would just do it….so RIP….off came the bandaid and I jumped into the photos and the good and bad memories that came with it.
I thought I would show it to all of you….I do the photo books through Shutterfly. I’ve worked with them before and have had a good experience. I think the program is easy to work with too.
Keep in mind that these are photos taken of the computer so the pictures are actually sharper and nicer. This is the cover and back page. I put the #Kramerstrong logo on the back cover.
This is the inside first page.
We didn’t have a lot of pictures of Kramer. He hated getting his picture taken. Up until a few years ago, he didn’t let me. Then I started ignoring his complaints. Kalissa did too. That’s why we have the few photos we have.
I did the best with what we had. I tried to add a few things that the kids might remember and want to know later in life. So starts the book with “A”…
…and that was the book I put together. Seriously, lots of tears were put into making it…likely a whole Kleenex box worth. I think it was good therapy though and I think it will be important to the kids too.
The book will be so much nicer in person…as I said these were only pictures of the computer screen or the book I designed. I highly recommend Shutterfly and have had a very good experience with them. You don’t need to “know a fancy computer program” to do this either. I do want to say, watch for coupons…books are often 50% off. Depending on what style of book you want, books can be under $20.
I bought one for all the grandkids and one for me and Karl too. What’s great about this also is that if anyone ruins their book, Shutterfly keeps the project on their site and I can print another any time.
Although it was a little emotionally tough to go through the photos I am so thankful I did. Books like this are priceless…and it fit Buck’s criteria…”Something that won’t end up of the floor and something I don’t have to pick up”. I guess it could end up on the floor but at least it will be an easy thing to pick up.