So we’re excited to be working with them again and hosting another contest, so that all of you–clearly a very creative bunch– can share your best ideas for custom photo books, especially now that the holidays are approaching.
As for me, this time, I created a photo book as a welcome home gift for my husband who just returned from a two month deployment in Afghanistan.
I have to admit I was pretty proud of the fact that I came up with the idea for my five-year-old daughter to keep a journal while my husband was gone. And while on some nights she made it seem like writing in her journal was a form of torture, she (and I) kept up with it the entire time he was deployed, drawing pictures of her day and writing one-line descriptions to go with it.
Of course, handing him the bright yellow composition book upon his return was a complete thrill. But the prospect of trying to keep that thing in good condition for longer than a few months seemed pretty lousy. So when I found out we were working with Shutterfly again, I scanned and uploaded excerpts from her journal, added some photos of the kids from some of the moments he missed, and created a book with more longevity than that sorry three-subject notebook.
Plus it’ll always be nice to remember the first time my youngest daughter pooped in the tub.
The great thing is that there’s a new “simple path” on Shutterfly when you create the books, so if you’re a busy, exhausted mom who’s running on fumes like I am, it’s really a snap to navigate the templates and change styles. If you’ve got a few simple photos, some creativity and a little bit of time, then you’ve got the perfect material for a really special gift this year, whose worth is way more than its cost.
My very emotional husband will agree. -Kristen
And extra special thanks to our sponsor Shutterfly for supporting what we do and offering such nice prizes for our readers.