Ever since digital cameras and digital photos got exploded, Dear1 and I have been taking maaaany photos of Baby1 and Baby2.
Photos are the perfect way to capture the moment, and to help us remember events/ things/ people/ faces/ sights, even smells, taste, experiences and emotions.
But when there are toooooo many photos, developing and storing them cost-and-space efficiently becomes a headache. After a couple of photo albums full of Baby1 and Baby2 when they were babies, I got too lazy and tired to sieve out and develop the oceans of photos in our computers.
One day Dear1 got to know about Shutterfly while he was printing cards for his games, and he got a free photobook to gift. Since we just came back from an overseas flight trip with the cousins, I decided to collate the photos and make a photobook. Wow, the product was impressive. 20 colouful pages of photos with some accompanying text descriptions. It was a good way to remember those fun and memorable times.
I got hooked and made a second photobook for the Legoland trip which we had with the cousins the year before. Baby1 and Baby2 relived the happy trip memories they had with the cousins when they flipped through the books.
I decided to make a third photobook for our own short Club Med Cherating trip.
And after that, I decided to make a photobook for every one of our holidays. :p
It was very tedious to sieve through the thousands of photos and select the nicest ones. And it was very time consuming to cut and crop and adjust and background and stickers and font type and font size when you make a photobook. Because I wanted to make a photobook for every one of our holidays, I still had a backlog of 6 trips to do after painstakingly completed two. As those two trips were super fun and super many photos, I cussed and harbored the thought to quit a few times. Something clicked after our 18-days Cairns to Sydney trip last December, and I managed to finish all 3 books (6 trips combined) in one shot within 2 months, yeah!
We placed the photobooks on the bookshelf, and Baby1 and Baby2 will flip through them every now and then, reliving the (usually) happy and fun moments of the trips. As there are text too, Baby2 gets to brush up on her reading skills too.
Making photobooks is not cheap; a 20-page hard cover book costs USD 29.99, plus shipping from US to Singapore is about USD 8, which works out to about SGD 50 for each book. But for being able to frequently relive those moments, especially for the kids, I think it’s worth it.
And I guess I’ll be sticking to Shutterfly, for I am now pretty proficient in its program. I’ve tried other Singapore websites, hoping to reduce the shipping charges, but they’re simply not as easy to use.
To more trips, and more photobooks. Cheers!