yearbooks

I take lots of pictures throughout the year and I used to print them all off and put them in photo albums.  I began to realize that at the rate I was going I was going to need a whole lot of space to hold the big clunky albums I had.  Then I saw this idea on Young House Love and loved it!

I use My Publisher.  You download the program (only takes a few seconds) and can choose to either have the program make a book for you or make one yourself.  I choose to make one myself, it takes more time but you’re able to configure the pictures just how you want them.  There is a 100  page limit, but I kinda of like that, it makes you have to select the very best photos.

Cost for one of these is about $109 + shipping BUT they have discounts all the time.  I waited for a 70% off discount and got mine for only $45 and that includes shipping!

Here are some pics of our most recent yearbook for 2013:

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I put in a “table of contents” at the front with the highlights from the year:

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And here are a few pages from the book:

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Our yearbook from 2012 is a little different, here are couple pics of that one:

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We liked how this one turned out too, but we decided to go with the fabric cover this time around.

And here they are sitting on our cabinet next to the fireplace:

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I think we’ll be sticking to this system.  It’s an efficient way to keep all those memories alive!  Definitely worth the small amount of time and money in my opinion.  🙂

 

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what I’ll most likely be blogging about

This past summer I wrote up a list of things that interest me – my top 10 to be exact.  It was kind of a weird thing to do, but it was fun because I got to think about what I truly enjoy doing.  Plus I thought it would help me mentally simplify my life.  It was nice thinking of certain things and then thinking, ‘nope, that won’t make the list’, and then I’d be all like ‘awesome, one less thing to worry about.’  Am I making sense?  Anyway here it is…

1.  Reading – this is numero uno because I read regularly.  Sometimes I fall off the wagon but in general I read things…my Facebook feed, nutritional facts, etc.  Right now I’m reading ‘Jewel’ by Bret Lott.  It’s one of those Oprah’s Book Club books, but the reason I’m reading it is because it was on sale at the library for 50 cents.  So far it’s pretty good.

2.  Outdoors/Fitness – this is another one that I put high up on the list soley because it’s a regular part of my life.  I like to move around, if I don’t I get cranky, it’s that simple.  Right now since the weather is nice I’ll go on runs.  If the weather isn’t nice I like a good Jillian Michael video, that chick is tough.

3.  Being with Friends & Family – not much to say about this one.  I love my friends and family!

4.  Decorating – I have a degree in interior design, but anyone with that degree will tell you that designing and decorating are two completely different things, and they are, but I like decorating too.  I haven’t decorated anybody else’s home (yet), just my own for now.  We recently moved and if we had tons of money to blow you could bet that I’d spend it on a bunch of house junk…and it’d be awesome.

5.  Crafts/Art/Painting/Smash Book – I lumped these all together because one didn’t stand out above the rest.  I do love my Smash Book though.  I’m not one of those people that DIYs their entire house with DIY furniture, DIY curtains, DIY soap, DIY eye drops, DIY nail clippers…I should stop because I see a future post about this, but I like being creative whenever I feel the urge.

6.  Cooking – Every week or so I’ll get on Pinterest and whip up some new fangled dinner and it usually turns out pretty tasty.  But probably above cooking I like to bake, because I’ve recently discovered that I don’t just love homemade cookies, I’m obsessed with them.

7.  Music/Movies – I like knowing what’s new and hip so I can be in the know with the cool kids.

8.  Photography – And when I say photography, I mean with my iPhone, check this guy out…http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x10d2ve_last-call-with-carson-daly-kevin-russ_news

9.  Travelling – Going on vacation once every 2 months whould be ideal to me.  Why did I put ‘to me’ at the end of that sentence?  Like some people wouldn’t like that?  Colorado, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Nashville, France, etc. etc.  I included this on my top 10 list because although we only take one big trip a year, I spend plenty of time throughout the year just daydreaming about travelling.  So that totally counts as an interest.

10.  Style/Clothes – This is low on the todum pole because I’m not one of those people who shop regularly, but I always feel pretty dang good when I get back home after buying new clothes, so I figured that counts for something.

So there it is.  And when I blog it’ll probably be about one of those things, but maybe not, I really don’t know.  I also wrote a short list of the things that really truly matter to me.  Because sometimes looking at a list of your interests doesn’t give you the best perspective of life.  Here is the short list…

1.  Faith Life

2.  Family

3.  Friends

4.  Health

I think everyone should make their own lists.  It’d be fun and personalized and then when you meet new people you could ask to see their list and you could be like, ‘no way would we have anything to talk about’ or ‘oh my gosh!  I think I just found my new best friend!”.  Maybe it’ll catch on.