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Year in Review 2011 Photo Book



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!




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  1. Heather Watson
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm | #

    I have done a year in review book every year for the past 4 years about my son. Most of my family lives far from us, so I make sure to take lots of pictures at least once a month so that my family can watch him grow. They make wonderful gifts as well! Most of the time, they end up with New Years through a Santa photo. I usually end up ordering 3 hardcover 11×8.5 and 3 softcover 8×6 pocketbooks. The first 2 years, I used MyPublisher, and last year I added Shutterfly. I ended up branching out this year and using several different companies. Thanks to your site and all of the groupons you listed, I think it was under $100 with shipping for all 6 books. That is hard to beat during Christmas! I’m still waiting on a vacation book I made and as soon as I get it I can compare print quality between them all and review them on your site too 🙂

    • photobookgirl
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm | #

      Keeping up with the deals definitely helps keep costs down – I can’t ever imagine going back to regular albums. Just imagine how much shipping would cost if you tried to send a traditional album to your family! I love how little space they take up and how they can be easily duplicated. I made photo books of my baby for both sides of the family this year and was able to customize them by hitting the “duplicate” button, renaming the book and then just switching out just a few photos to personalize it more towards one set of grandparents or the other. That way each book was personalized, but it took little effort since most of the photos and layouts stayed the same. Yes, definitely, love to hear what you think of your experiences when you get your books back!

  2. Yuki
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm | #

    After your Artscow Deluxe Book review earlier this week I decided to print my “Year in Review” photo book with them… just ordered it! I will have a hard time waiting for it to arrive.

    “Year in Review” books are nice to remind you of all of the happy memories from that year – time goes by so fast it blurs otherwise…

    • photobookgirl
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm | #

      Oh that’s great. I liked the deluxe books. I thought it might take longer, but if you look at the timeline it wasn’t that different than domestic companies. Hope you get them as fast as I got mine!

  3. Stacie
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 3:20 am | #

    Thanks again for showing all the great deals! I have tried 4 new companies thanks to you… and think I am at 15 books for the year, plus copies for my parents! I seem to do a book a month for my son … a year in review would be too big!! If only I was as good with videos as I am with doing pictures!!
    Thanks for the deals!

    • photobookgirl
      Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm | #

      Wow, a month a book – you definitely have me beat! I was going for 1 every 3 months 🙂

  4. Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:37 am | #

    I’ve done a “year in review” book the past 2 years in May to co-incide with the anniversary of our arrival in Canada (or our Canniversary). Both books have been done through Photobook Canada and I have been pretty impressed by the quality on both occasions.
    The difference between both books is quite striking with the first year having a “throw as many photos as possible at the layout and see what sticks” feel about it. The second year definitely has a more organised feel and layout about it but I still think I have a long way to go with it. Hopefully my 3rd yearly attempt will continue that development.
    In between times i’ve made smaller books up for friends and family with other publishers but thus far Photobook Canada remains my number one choice.
    I have another book in the pipeline for Jan/Feb as my wife expecting our second child at the end of January. I have been using your baby book suggestions as a guide to gather together enough infomation for the book. This one with certainly have more scrapbook feel to it.

    Thanks again for all your wonderful article, tips and giveaways.
    All the best for 2012

    • photobookgirl
      Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm | #

      I know what you mean regarding the evolution of the layouts – same thing with me too! Congrats on your pending arrival! I’m glad to hear you’re following along with me on the baby book! I got sidetracked a bit with making holiday gifts but hope to get back on track after the holidays are over. 🙂

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