Challenge #12 (don’t worry, I didn’t forget about #11)

I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but I have a good reason.  For the final challenge I really want you to create something that captures all of your summer memories in one place.  So often our photos just hide in folders on our hard drive without seeing the light of day.  I try to print photos in and put them in albums, but to be honest I’ve not been very good about it.  Creating photo books is a great way to organize and print photos.  When I make a photo book I always print two.  One goes in my kids book bin (and gets dog-eared pretty quickly) and I save one that stays in tact for later down the road.  My kids love looking at photo books.  Elle gets the “10 Reasons I Love You” books out ALL the time.  I’m going to show you a few ways that I incorporate family photos into our everyday life. 

Your challenge is to take your photos from this summer and put them together in a way that is accessible to your whole family.  Photo books are a great way to do this (although I will show you some other ways too).  Shutterfly is having a KILLER sale on photo books right now (which is why I bumped up this challenge).  8×8″ books are only $15 and 8×11″ books are $20 if you use the code PHOTOBOOKDEAL.  Unfortunately, the deal ends Sept. 14- but I work better under pressure.  If you can’t get your book together by then, don’t worry.  there is always another great sale right around the corner.

The “10 Reasons I Love You” books have been a huge hit.  I made one for each of my family members.  You can see the books here . . . Isaac, Truitt, Owen, Elle and Joe.  I also posted a “How to”  HERE.  I made these books with the help of Photoshop, but Shutterfly now gives you full control of your design.  You could create a book similar to this using only the Shutterfly tools.

For Elle’s first birthday I made her an ABC book.  Click HERE to see a slideshow of the pages.  For this book I started by writing out the alphabet and plugging in the obvious letters (I is for Isaac, F is for family, etc.).  Then I tried to associate the rest of the letters with photos I had already taken.  I have since created a more generic version that I often give as gifts.  This may be more of a long term project, but one worth working on.  Photos books go on sale all the time.  If you work on a book like this for a while another sale will come along.

For the past two years I have been creating a collage of photos that represent the entire year.  You do need to have knowledge of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for this project however, I believe Snapfish and Shutterfly have collage options on their sites that may be similar.  I have these collages hanging in our hallway.  The kids love looking at them.  You can find more details about this project and the FREE templates HERE.

Here are a few other ideas I have posted on my blog too . . . photo plates, Speelman wall and year end slideshows.  That’s all I can think of right now.  If I come up with more I’ll add them.  Now, go make some memories!

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September 10, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Jani - I love all the ways you showcase your family memories. We have many photo books at our house, they are a hit. Just did my first photo plate for my daughter’s birthday this year. We have been creating video dvds every two years of my daughter, which we all love. I have one collage poster in my house, so I’m thinking I might try another of the summer stuff???? I’ll just have to see if I can come up with something I like or try to find something new.

September 11, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Jani - Okay, here’s my shots of ANGLES involving my child.
I’m a little curious what Challenge #11 will be since we already know what #12 consists of, trying to think in reverse of what else we could capture is not easy — you have kept me guessing this summer 🙂

September 15, 2011 - 4:39 am

Roberta - Melissa, you are incredible! I love to see all that you do with your photos AND now videos. It is remarkable what you do. Thanks so much for sharing your talents. I especially like the beach action, as I’m in Alaska. :} I wanted to ask you one question… I see so much of your incredible action shots/videos are underwater or near water. I have always been afraid of getting a water housing for my camera. What type do you use? It obviously works great. Thanks again for all you share with us. I am forever grateful!

September 19, 2011 - 4:34 pm

olga - Hi Melissa,
I absolutely love your photographs, congratulations for the National Geographic photo. I am totally new to digital scrapbooking and found your link in Ali´s blog. Please, is there any possibility of getting a rough idea on how you made the collage above? I downloaded the free template, bot don´t know how to proceed. I imagine you are a very busy lady, so I don not expect a full tutorial, but if you could just mention roughly how to do it I´ll do my best.
Thanks you so much in advance.
Greetings from Barcelona (Spain)!

September 20, 2011 - 8:57 am

Mel - Olga- Thanks so much! To use the template above you have either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Here is a great tutorial on using layered templates in Ps from OScraps . . . . Let me see if i can find one for PS Elements too.

September 20, 2011 - 9:01 am

Melissa - Oops, that tutorial is actually from Paislee Press.

September 20, 2011 - 5:41 pm

olga - Melissa,
Thanks so much for your quick answer! I use Photoshop so the tutorial will suit me OK.

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