Our Year Scrapbook – The First Year

Crazy how things change. I’m sure everyone saw on Facebook back in February, to commemorate Facebook’s 10 year anniversary, they gave their users the opportunity with 1-click to view their little 1 minute video of their “Facebook history”. The video shows photos in a heartwarming slideshow with your top posts and photos throughout the years. I thought it was super lame till I watched one, then got goosebumps like a total wimp when seeing people’s wedding, kids, and engagements paired with piano music. Well done, FB, well done.

The point of change is that 7-10 years ago, I was an avid Archiver’s customer and a total scrapbook nerd. (For you out-of-towners, Archiver’s was a Minnesota-based scrapbook store that recently went Bankrupt). Back then it was all about paper, cutting, gluing, printing out photos and putting them into book with lots of fun embellishments. Well, those days are long gone. I don’t know one person (including myself) that could actually keep up with scrapbooking (as in, the Mom next to me at Archiver’s would be scrapbooking their current 25 year old’s 2nd birthday party). But it was so time consuming! Fast forward to today. When you see something you need to take an impromptu picture of, what do you reach for? Your phone.

Yep, that is our reality. Our everyday documentation of our lives is stuck in the palm of our hand, our phones. The furthest most these photos reach is our social media outlets of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But how many of you print out photos from your iphones, and file them in photo books to keep as memories? I’m guessing few (myself included).

I think I saw a variation of this initially on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love here, but wanted to start the same tradition for our family. I took all the photos from my iphone and combined them with the photos from my cameras to create our first “Year Book”. It was so fun and shocking to see all that we had done in 2013! It was so busy! It was hard to not get carried away with the wedding or honeymoon pages (OK, the wedding photobooth pics just HAD to make it!), but I kept reminding myself that this book was about covering everything that happened in the year, not going in-depth into one thing or another (wedding and honeymoon get their own books).

I used Shutterfly to create an 8×8 book (you can check them out at Shutterfly here!).  I wanted to keep it the smaller size so we could put it on a bookshelf and create our collection of “year books”. Also, since I was incorporating lots of iPhone photos, I wasn’t so concerned with the photo quality but wanted it to be more “lifestyle” -real shots of the things that we did day-in-day out for the 365 days of 2013 (which ranged from trips, to wedding projects, to lounging around with Lewis- all equally important in different ways).  Also, I would totally recommend Shutterfly, they have great coupons if you sign up for their emails and the quality, price, and customer service are all superior. I look forward to being able to look back on all of our year books someday in the future and be able to see at a glimpse what our lives were like in that specific year and how our story evolves. (awww..)

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

{p.s. – Don’t worry, Lewis was legitimately supervising this photoshoot as always.}

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Cheers to memories and getting all of your everyday life photos off of your phones so that 10 years from now we can actually look at them!

xoxo

mallory

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