5 Tips to Create a Family Picture Book That Inspires Reading

photobookIn the past I’ve given suggestions on creating a family library at home. The more books in your home, the better! Today I want to share an idea for a different kind of book to have in your home, a memory or picture book.

Gone are the days we are printing pictures and loading them into big, bulky photo albums. The new trend that seems to be sticking around is digital photo albums. Since my daughter was 2, she’s been pulling our family picture books off the shelf to “read.” Here are some tips on how to get started in organizing and creating these memory books that will last a lifetime!

  1. Upload your photos from your phone and camera every other week. Place them in a folder on your computer. I label my photo albums with three months in each. January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December. I also place videos in these folders.
  2. Once a month, upload your photos to an online digital photography site. My favorite is Shutterfly (enter link). They offer loads of discounts and the site is user friendly.
  3. At the end of the each quarter, I burn a dvd of our photos and videos to preserve or you can put them on an external hard drive. Remember, they will also be backed up on Shutterfly.
  4. Now’s the fun part! Using the creative layouts, enter your pictures into a photo album online. I organize mine by month in the book and add captions here and there for us to read together. At times I get fancy using their extra embellishments through out the year, or I simply enter the pictures and click save. It all depends on how much time you want to spend on the design part of your album.
  5. Finally, in January every year, I wait for the 50% off photo books coupon code to be emailed (because it always shows up) and I order our family yearbook.

What you are creating with digital albums is a book filled with your happy memories. It’s a book that will not collect dust on your shelf. You can also share this book with family members online. It will be saved in your account if you ever choose to order additional copies.

— Maria Dismondy, mother of two, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan

To see read more posts by Maria and about literacy, click the Literacy tag or type the author’s name in the search box.

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