About a week ago, I shared this post over on Instagram and spoke about how I haven’t printed out any photographs in what feels like years. Instead, they’re all saved in folders on our hard drive – and we hardly ever look at them!
I’ve always loved paging through photo albums and my baby book, and it makes me sad knowing that Beanie doesn’t have many physical photo albums to pore over. In fact, we don’t even have a wedding album, and I still haven’t finished Beanie’s baby book!
We recently got the Canon Pixma G3510 printer, which prints both documents and photographs, so I’ve been going a bit wild and printing out all of the photographs! (Canon claims that you’ll get up to 6000 pages from a black ink bottle, and 7000 pages from a set of colour ink bottles – so I’ve still got many print outs in my future!)
Since I still haven’t managed to complete Beanie’s baby book a whole five years into this parenting gig, I decided to print out some of my favourite photographs of Beanie’s life so far and to start a memory book that I could add to as the years go by. I wanted something quite simple and inexpensive, but something that would last. In the end, I opted for a plain black sketchbook with really good quality, thick pages and protective sheets between each page.
I’ve decided to stick to one photograph per page, along with a caption sharing some facts and memories, and I think it’s turned out really well so far. Even better than I expected, to be honest! It’s also been so lovely taking some time at the end of each evening to look through some photographs and to relive the memories of early motherhood… in many ways it feels like it was just yesterday, but it also feels so long ago! (I also find it amazing how you tend to forget the really difficult moments as the years go by…)
I’ve had so much fun putting together Beanie’s memory book, that I’m planning on starting one for our wedding day soon as well. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my top tips as well as some of my go-to tools that I’ve been relying on throughout… read on for more!
Find the right book
For me, the most important think was choosing the right book to store all my memories. I love the idea of old-school photo albums, but I hate that they don’t have any spaces to right captions and that their pages tend to lose tackiness over the years (resulting in photographs falling haphazardly from the pages). I realised that a scrapbook would be the way to go, but as much as I love cutting, pasting, and decorating scrapbooks, I know I don’t have the time to see the project to completion and that I’d lose interest halfway through. Something quick and simple was the right option for me, so I found a black artist’s sketchbook at my local art store. That way, I have plenty of space to stick photographs and to make a note of any special dates and memories. I also like that the sketchbook has protective sheets between each page – I feel like this will protect my precious memories even further as the years go by. (It’s also likely that I’ll be able to find the same – if not, similar – style sketchbook in future, so that all my memory books will match).
Make high quality prints
Printing out photographs can be an expensive exercise, which is the main reason why I haven’t printed out many photos – till now. The Canon Pixma G3510 boasts high-yield inks for incredibly low-cost printing, so now I can print out photos to my heart’s content! The printer hooks up to your WiFi and you can print directly from your computer, iPad, and even your phone! I can literally snap a shot right this minute and print it out straight away, which makes putting together a memory book even easier.
I was also really blown away by the quality of the prints – the colours are vivid, and the images are really crisp. There’s absolutely no need to have photographs printed out professionally at photography shops if you have the Canon Pixma G3510 at home! (If you’d like to find out more about the Pixma 3510, click here).
Involve the family
This has been a really fun exercise for the whole family, and has brought back some really special memories for us all. I’ve involved Beanie by asking him to help me pick out photographs to include in his memory book, and he’s also drawn a few pictures that we’ll be sticking into his memory book for him to look back on in years to come.
When was the last time you printed out some photographs? And, if you have kids, did you manage to finish their baby books (or am I the only #badmom around here?!)
**Note: This post is not sponsored, although I was gifted a Canon Pixma G3510 printer to review. All photographs taken using my Canon EOS M10 camera.