Before iPhone cameras became awesome, I took photos differently. That’s not news – we all did. But I have been an avid photographer for a long time, so I generally had a digital camera bout my person most of the time, even before it was part of my smartphone.

I took fewer photos than I do now, but I still took plenty, and I liked to be able to present them in a format that was pleasant to browse through, and easy to reach for.

Photo books were the answer for me.

Each year I would compile a bunch of shots that represented the main events in our lives…

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… and also do a couple of ’round up’ pages of crafts, food, garden, and other general categories.

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These are nice snapshots of the years they represent. They have fewer details of everyday life than my current pocket pages projects do, and I think they’re the poorer for that, but they document the big stuff, and that makes them special.

I actually still make photobooks, but they’re just about Arty. I take a lot of photos of him and I can’t include all of them in the scrapbooks, so I make a yearly round up of all my favourite photos of him and have it printed and bound. I adore these little books, and Arty really likes looking at pictures from when he was a baby, or “only two” (he says, from the venerable age of four).

memory keeping roots - photos books 06It’s really wonderful watching him grow up before our eyes as we look through the pages.

Have you ever made a photo book and had it professionally printed? Or do you prefer getting prints and sticking them in a photo album?


P.S. If you’re interested in more stories about the roots of my memory keeping, you might want to have a look at my travel chronicles.