6.26.2013

I Just Ordered My First Ever Photo Book!

I'm flipping out just a little bit because I finally made a photo book for my family! This has been on my mental to-do list for 8 years, so actually getting it done feels like a huge feat.

When you have thousands of unprinted photos spanning nearly a decade, knowing where to start is half the battle. My advice is to pick an occasion, event or year that inspires you and go from there. Our one year anniversary on the farm was it for me.

Here's the cover:


A few pages:

{The panoramic pages are my favorite.}





And the back cover:


After all the change my family has faced, all the faith and courage we've mustered up, and all the highs and lows we've waded through in the last year, I thought we deserved a book. Something to hold in our hands that honors our leap of faith move from the city to the country. We'll tell the stories as we turn the pages. Again and again and again.

Here's to living your story...and finding time to record it!


P.S. One of the biggest obstacles for some of us is our fear of imperfection. The designer, photographer and beauty lover in me wants a stellar book. The perfectionist in me wants it to be perfect on the first try. But we all know where that leads: no book! The recovering perfectionist in me finally won. I didn't research all the companies, create my own design or spend weeks agonizing over it. A recovering perfectionist knows that an imperfect book is better than no book at all!

P.P.S. I went with Shutterfly because of a timely discount. I added a matte cover and extra thick, lay-flat pages. I'll let you know how it turns out. I've also heard Blurb is good. Have you found a great photo book source?

25 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your photo book! I too am a recovering perfectionist; more work to do! I have only created one photo book and that was right after our big family trip to Disney World with my husband's parents. All my other photo books are only started, none complete. I use snapfish.com but primarily because they are who I used first to have pictures printed and now all my pictures are loaded on their site. It helps me to keep things organized by having all the photos in one place. Hoping your success motivates me to complete my 40th birthday party book AND create a book to mark the memories of our youngest son's 10th birthday party that we are hosting this weekend. He has a rare genetic syndrome and his guest list includes everyone from Team Eli, those who have helped him and our family over the last 10 years. We have over 60 RSVPs!! I hired a photographer to capture the moments. Enjoy the day acknowledging blessings.

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    1. Hooray for recovering perfectionists! Your youngest son's birthday sounds like the perfect inspiration for a photo book. Especially with a photographer and with his story. Go for it!

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  2. Love it! I just ordered from Artifact Uprising - it is a new company I found on pinterest. It was the best photo book I have ever gotten! I found it to be a little pricier than others, but worth it! I am like you...too much of a perfectionist to ever make a book...it is paralyzing...I need to be a recovering perfectionist! So I whipped this one out during my baby's nap on the weekend - it wasn't perfect- but I loved it! Here is the link: http://www.artifactuprising.com/site/hardback_photobook#ad-image-2

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    1. Never heard of Artifact Uprising. Thanks for sharing! My book was a lot more $$$ than I expected. I guess the extra thick pages and matte cover add up quickly!

      And YES, join me in the recovering perfectionist journey!

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  3. Wow. Beyond beauty. Just perfect.

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  4. For anyone using an Apple computer, Aperture is a great program for designing your own books and is quite easy to learn to use. The program is also a photo editing one which comes in handy for book design.

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  5. I LOVE it! It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I would buy that book just to look at the pictures :) maybe you should start making photo books to sell :)

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  6. With your beautiful photography, family and scenery, I doubt you could have gone wrong!! That winding stream is gorgeous, and I'm always impressed with the way your girls seem happy to be photographed. My boys will do just about anything to be left alone when my camera comes out!

    What a wonderful treasure to be passed down through generations! Honoring God through this process is a legacy builder for sure! :)

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  7. Gorgeous, Linsey! What a family treasure!!

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  8. Great job Linsey! I'm proud of you for doing it. It's gorgeous too!!

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  9. Good for you. I love shutterfly. I think you will be pleased with your book.

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  10. Well, you just explained exactly why my family does not have a photo book! My poor kids probably don't even know what a photo book is:( Makes me feel like a bad mom! It's true! I don't want to screw up but I do want one! I need to just do it! Fingers crossed that I do;) I know you are going to be so pleased! The pictures you showed us are perfect! Good for you!

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    1. Totally get it. Start small. My book is only 20 pages, and only includes my very favorite images from the last year. You can do it!

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  11. Absolutely stunning and gorgeous!!! the property, your family, the dogs....all of it. What a dream you are living.....

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  12. Your pictures are always beautiful, so how can the book not be perfect then?

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    1. Thank you, Inga. So kind of you to say. I just hope they print well. I was a little concerned about the way some of the images looked on my screen. But at least I got over my fear of imperfection and did it! :)

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  13. Linsey,
    I use Snapfish. I don't make books for myself(family all GROWN) but since I am a pre-school teacher I create a school year book for my room mother. During the entire year I snap pictures of her child enjoying school, friends and all the fun, put together a special book and give it to my room mother for Mothers Day as a wonderful thank you for all she had done for me all year. It brings tears to both our eyes.....and I have so much joy putting it together for her.

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    1. What an amazing teacher you are! With all that teachers have on their plate, I can't imagine making a photo book for the room mom on top of that. You're a gem!

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  14. I am so behind on books, it's not even funny.
    always done the old school scrapbooks...OVER THEM...too time consuming.

    you've inspired me...gonna make a book happen this summer!

    Yours is a true beauty...did you add text to each page?

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    1. No text, just pictures. I figure I do enough writing here on the blog and in my journals. :)

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  15. Your book is going to be really great!

    We were recently discussing the burden of perfectionism in my Sunday school class. It is such a backwards concept that perfectionism actually leads to unreached goals, when it seems that the opposite would be true. Some expressed feelings of "it won't be perfect, so I won't even try". I've never suffered this, but I know others who do. This post has revealed to me a little of what they go through. Wishing you continued success in your recovery!

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    1. Glad I could give you some insight into a perfectionist's world. It's a prison of our own making...the worst kind! So thankful to be gaining perspective and "recovering."

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  16. I really admire your decision to follow your dream and move to Franklin. I struggle with living somewhere I don't love because I have a job I DO love. But when I stumble on to a blog like yours and I read about someone quitting everything that is familiar to them and moving somewhere amazing to follow their dreams, I question what I'm doing.

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    1. I think it's great to ask the question "What am I doing and why and I doing it?" every now and then. We tried to ignore the answers to those questions for a few years, but God kept bringing it back to our hearts. So here we are! Keep pondering and praying!

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