I am currently working hard to catch up in our family yearbooks, so I thought I’d show you how I do it!
I make the pages from scratch using Photoshop, but they are very basic – mostly just photos and text. Many book-printing companies (such as Blurb or Shutterfly) offer software that you can use to drag and drop photos and create your own pages (which is a great option!), but I like using Photoshop so that I have complete creative control over the fonts, text, and how many photos I can use and where. I believe you can do the same thing in Photoshop Elements, but I’ve never tried it, so I’d love to hear from someone who makes album pages in Elements or another software!
Here’s the video with the full tutorial-
The book displayed covers 2009 and 2010 and was printed with Blurb, who’s print quality I have been super impressed with. I’m almost finished with 2011, and I’m committing to spend 1-2 nights a week so I can bust out the next 5 years!
I know that it sounds like an absurd amount of work, but it’s not! It just requires time (which is hard to find). There are many other good options these days, including the brilliant Chatbooks where you can print your Instagram feed or create custom books with one photo per page. But I have too many pictures I can’t let go of, and too many memories that I like to write down, so large books are the solution for me.
Let me know if you decide to try it, or if you have any questions!