I love feeling caught up, but as a working mom of a 3-year-old, that rarely ever happens in ANY part of our life. I don’t let it get to me most of the time because I’m trying to embrace this as a “season of crazy” in our lives, but it always feels SO good to accomplish little goals. Today’s post is all about getting caught up on my photo books. Best feeling ever! I’ll share the books I made this year (with five of them being made in just a few hours to get caught up!) and my tips for making photo books quick and easy.

I’m partnering with Canon HdAlbum Photo Books for this post. I have used their website and app to make books and guess what … I’ll be sharing a code at the end of this post so you can make your own books too!

Getting caught up wasn’t so bad! Here’s what I did.

First, I got out all the photo books in our living room and evaluated what I already had completed and what I felt was missing. I had recently made a vacation book, Nova’s adoption story book and one that archives Nova’s art. Next, I made a list of what I wanted to add.

I decided to do a book about our China trip (it’s a little different from the adoption book and since it was such a major trip I wanted to do it), a Disney World book, and a book of my favorite random memories with Nova. That last book ended up turning into three volumes, but it was totally worth it!

Here’s our China book. I decided to go without text and then add a few handwritten notes to the pages with dates, names and sentimental moments I want to remember.

Here’s our Disney World memories. Since we only spent two days in Disney, I didn’t have as many photos as the China book, so I opted for more full page photos, which is so easy to do with the app.

And, these are the random memories. It goes season by season and I basically just uploaded every photo from my phone that felt meaningful. I ended up with three small books for about four seasons. I don’t think that’s too bad for a new mom of the world’s cutest child, do you? 🙂

It could be worse!

Here’s our collection so far. I think I am liking the breakdown of books by year and trips, and will continue doing it in this way. I’m also liking a combination of large and small books.

I’m so happy to be caught up (for now!). If you’ve been wanting to catch up, I highly recommend making photo books online. Once you find your groove, it’s SUPER quick.

One extra tip that helps me is that I make folders on my phone (or computer) of the images I want to use before starting each book. I’ve found that actually takes more time than designing the entire boo—it’s that quick.

If you’re wanting to make your own photo book you can use our code to try it out! Just use ABM19 at checkout and you’ll get 40% off your purchase! The code is valid through 2/28/19.

If you have any questions about making photo books or staying on top of memory keeping, let me know. I’m definitely still learning, but it’s something I am so passionate about and enjoy doing. xx – Elsie

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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