P. and I celebrated our anniversary earlier this month. Three years!
Obviously, I had to make him some type of sappy gift involving photos that let me use my printer and my paper trimmer. Because, that’s love.
I saw the idea on Elise’s blog a long time ago, to use a little binder for a homemade photo book. And I had bought the exact type of binder she used at The Container Store a couple of months ago — a mini binder from Russell & Hazel — with no plan on what to do with it.
So, photo book it was.
I covered the insides with really nice paper I ordered through Paper Source, also Elise’s idea.
And then I went to work on the photos. I looked through my folders from the past three years and copied over all the photos of us I liked. I tried to get them organized and put them together. And it just wasn’t working.
So, like the sappy nerd I am, I thought to myself, “What tells the love story of the past three years?” I set up a folder and only moved photos over that, to me, answered that question.
I ended up with 43 photos, and 28 finished pages (including the first and last pages, which are just text).
To get all the pages set up, I printed out a contact sheet from Lightroom, cut all the little thumbnails apart, and taped them into tiny page layouts in a notebook.
Then I set up a few canvases in Photoshop Elements to drop the photos in. I got too excited in the beginning, and had way too many layouts. I think the book would have looked really sloppy if I had kept them all. I forced myself to stick with just a few: full page photos, 3 small horizontal photos, nearly-square photos printed to the edge… There were a couple of others, but I made sure to repeat them all.
My photos are almost all horizontal, so it was frustrating to keep cropping and rearranging. But since the photo book is vertical, I think it looks sharp when a lot of photos are that way, too.
I love the little album we have. Some of the pages make me laugh out loud.
I think it’s a great little sample of our first three years.