Hey folks – can you believe 2011 is almost a memory? Well, this is obviously a great time to make a year in review photo book, full of all the fun happenings and memorable events of 2011. I know due to time constraints, many folks make only one photo book a year (instead of the 20 that I make every year – ha ha). But amassed into one book or 20 books a year – whatever your preference, a “year end” book is a great way to reminisce and reflect back on the year’s vacations, birthdays, anniversaries or just everyday fun.
Just pick the best shots of the year and save them into a separate folder to make it easier to upload all at once. I think splitting up the task of photo selection from layout designing is much easier by breaking your project into smaller manageable tasks. Book making doesn’t have to be complicated – use the auto layout function available in practically every photo book company’s software and make a book in five minutes! Even if you use the “auto mix” function, you can still rearrange the photos to your liking afterwards.
Another variation on the year in review album would be a collaborative photo book project. This is a great idea for families who may have collected some nice shots at family gatherings over the past year. I’m sure you’ve said more than once, “Oh, can you send me a copy of that photo?” Tell me, how many times do you actually remember to email it or vice versa? If you’re the self-appointed family historian like I am, get your family to upload their best pics from the last family party to make a collaborative family year in review photo book. Or grab those photos from Facebook if they are of good resolution. You could even plan to do this type of project ahead of time for this coming 2012 and then put the book together as the year progresses. Get it printed right before Christmas and ta-da – you’ve just finished your family Christmas shopping in one fell swoop! See my year in review photo book from last year.
Anyone planning a year end book? Comment below!
The photo above is from my trip to Las Vegas where I took my first photos for 2011!