H is our first child, and he’s the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and my husband and sister-in-law are photographers. Needless to say, we could wallpaper our home in pictures of our son. Not that I’m complaining; I absolutely love the photos. However, the inner-organizer in me always wants to do something to make the pictures meaningful, shareable, and presentable.
The wildly popular Shutterfly is a website that enables you to create photobooks, personalized cards, calendars, and other photo gifts. My husband used a coupon to create a free photobook (pictured above) with H’s early pictures. I loved it so much, I replicated it for both sets of grandparents. We used personalized art on the cover: the same “H” in the nursery. Shutterfly is user-friendly, prompt in their delivery, and makes a beautiful product.
Pearhead Babybook and Bragbooks
I looked long and hard to find a babybook with a contemporary feel. The Pearhead Babybook (pictured above) is just the ticket. This dots pattern is timeless but cool. Best of all, the pages are removable, enabling you to rearrange the book as you see fit. It includes photo corners and photo pages, so even non-scrapbookers wind up with a professional product. I purchased a couple of matching Pearhead brag books (only $9 each!) for H’s two grandmas — not that they need any help in the grandson-bragging department. I love that their brag books match H’s babybook.
Flickr Photo Sharing
We use Flickr to share photos with family for a couple of reasons. My husband feels safe knowing that if our hard drive was damaged, we’d still be able to access our priceless photos online. I like Flickr because it prevents me from over-sharing on Facebook; I know the people who truly care can access our Flickr images. Flickr’s free account allows you to upload 2 videos and 300MB worth of photos per month.
It’s no secret I love CanvasPop. They printed the “H art” in our nursery. I couldn’t help but use them again. This time, they printed our best newborn pic on a giant canvas. It looks great in the nursery. I hear CanvasPop does great things with Instagram pictures as well, but I haven’t tried printing those yet.
Whether you’re a scrapbook-maker or an Instagram-taker, I know you’ll find creative ways to highlight your babe’s pictures without letting them collect digital dust.Google+