the "before baby" book

Friday, July 03, 2015

I'm NOT SURE HOW I forgot to post about this thing.  But I found it in my drafts folder today, soooo, better late than never.  Right?

Long story short, I was pretty excited about having a baby.  So excited that during those 9 months, I took (practically) every single Baby Pribs related picture and made a book with them all.  53 pages.

I know there are different options out there for making photo books (Blurb, Shutterfly, etc), but I wanted something more organic and handmade, therefore I pieced together each page myself in Photoshop Elements (each page is 6"x8") and had a local professional printer do the printing and cropping for me.  I know some people would go crazy if they had to manually make and save each page, rather than upload photos and order their book, but I could spend all day in photoshop (although in reality I spend like 1-2 hours a day, if I'm lucky), so this didn't feel like much for me at the time.

Before ordering the prints, I had already found a mini three ring binder at Target.  The binder measures about 7"x9" (ish).  This determined the size of the pages.

The only "mind-numbing" part of this project (if you would call it that) was the part where I made three hole punches on each page.  But then again, this was done shortly after receiving the prints, so I got to look through each page for the first time in real life, so it wasn't bad at all.

The finishing touch is to add handwritten notes on each page, as I see fit.

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