October 22, 2014

Eisley's birthday album (and a giveaway!)...

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.comSoon after Eisley's birthday, I was thrilled to come across a code for a free Shutterfly album. I hadn't made an album like this in more than eight years. The whole idea of it usually stresses me out—most likely because of the sheer volume of photos I take within the span of one year. How does one sort through that madness without losing their mind? But this year, I decided to finally buckle down and make an album for her 3rd birthday (keeping the whole thing sweet and simple) and see how it went! I'm still hoping to make similar albums for the day she was born, her first birthday and her second birthday.

One step (or album) at a time. Right? Right.

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
After the whole process ended up being quite painless (and rather fun), I decided my new goal is to make an album each year after her birthday, with just a handful of photos from the past year, updated stats, a little questionnaire that I'll have her answer, and photos from her birthday and of our family. I'm hoping I can do the same design style each year, so they will line up on the shelf all color-coordinated with matching fonts and black-and-white cover photos. (Yes, matchy-matchy things make my heart happy.) I think they'll be fun to take out and look at each August as we approach each future birthday!

I wanted to give you a small peek into this year's birthday album, because I'm so in love with how it turned out:

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
I chose a very clean, simple design. They had the layout set up for me, so all I had to do was pop in the photos I wanted into each layout. Very simple! (And, yes, the above drawing is of Hello Kitty. Makes me laugh every time I see it.) On the first page, I included a collage of my favorite photos from the past year, as well as some current stats (height, weight, where we live, etc.).

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
I liked the idea of keeping the layout mostly-photos, otherwise I knew I'd go crazy trying to caption everything perfectly. The photos are what I want to see, anyway, so I made sure to use only my favorites from the day. I hope Eisley enjoys looking at these books as she gets older…seeing what decorations we used, what we did to celebrate, and reading the list of gifts she received each year.

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
This is my favorite page! When making this album, I became a little obsessed with finding fun birthday questionnaires for kids. (Pinterest has a never-ending supply, if you're curious.) I ended up compiling my favorite questions from a few I liked, and this is what we came up with! I'll use the same questions every year, and want to take a similar photo (her holding the number for that particular birthday) to match, too. I'm hoping at some point her answers to the questions won't be so princess-centric, but what's a mom to do? The girl loves her fairy tales.

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
I ended up paying the extra dollar-something to get the clear pocket that adheres to the inside of the back cover. I thought it would be perfect to tuck in any extra-special mementos or notes from each birthday.

A peek inside my daughter's 3rd birthday album! | yourwishcake.com
I have one extra code for a free 20-page 8x8 hardcover photo book (the same size as mine), so if you'd like to be entered to win, just leave a comment on this post before Sunday the 26th. (Please note that if you win, you will still need to pay S&H for the free album when you order—for me, it was $7.99. The album is worth $30, so it's still an incredible deal!) I'll choose a winner on Monday the 27th! Be sure to have an email attached to your commenting account so I can be sure to contact you if you've won.

And as a sidenote, I've received a bunch of free album codes here and there—Shutterfly seems to be doing a lot of promotions lately and I've received codes for free items on receipts from Vons, through Kellogg's Family Rewards emails, and found via blogs like Money Saving Mom. Definitely worth it to look around for promo codes, especially this time of year! I was able to make a couple free calendars last year that I used for Christmas gifts (and were a huge hit). Rather nice, if you ask me!

Affiliate links included in this post. If you make a purchase using one of my links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I've used Shutterfly for years to order prints, photo calendars, Christmas cards, and photo books—and have always been pleased with the quality, price and design. I'm recommending them because I'm sure you'll love 'em as much as I do!

17 comments :

  1. I did a photobook for my daughter's first year and got a little intimidated by how many photos and how long the project took that I haven't done one since! My goal this year is to get caught up (just two and a half books to do, no biggie!). I'd love to win one! Yours is so precious.

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  2. (also - you might want to check the dates of your give away. Today is the 22nd).

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    1. Thanks for the sweet compliment—and for catching my typo with the dates! I don't even know what I was looking at when I wrote that. LOL. Oops! ;)

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  3. What a sweet book! Would love to win one, and finallly make a book of our wedding photos! :)

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  4. What a great idea! Your book is absolutely precious! You have a wonderful eye for photography!

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  5. Your book turned out spectacularly! I have been thinking about doing the same, but am hesitant to start simply because I'm intimidated!

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  6. Hmmm..I thought I commented already but I don't see it. Is this a double? (not trying to cheat!)

    Your Eisley book is gorgeous! How about if I win you also design mine for me? :) hehe

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  7. I love Eisley's book! I want one too! Pick me, pick me! ;)

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  8. The book is gorgeous! When I was home right after my son was born, I got impatient and made a book with just the pictures from his first two weeks (embarrassingly, there were hundreds). I took it out before his third birthday last week, and was totally enthralled. I think Eisley is going to LOVE her books. Fun birthday tradition!

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  9. I won't enter the giveaway because I'll leave it for other parents so they can copy your idea, but I wanted to leave a comment to say how much I LOVE this! My mom was forever trying to scrapbook & organize photo albums that never quite worked out. I really like the idea of lasting keepsakes, organized by year, that are created thoughtfully & intentionally & not necessarily loaded up with every photo you've ever taken. Eisley is going to love these when she's older. They're like her own personal yearbooks!

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    1. Your sweet words made my day, Kate. I love how you referred to them as yearbooks—that's so perfect! I keep thinking about how I would have loved to have something like this done for me as a child (the days before fancy-pants photo books!), so I hope they end up being a treasure for Eisley. <3

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  10. That looks amazing! I make an album for the kids each year and give it to them at Christmas - it's just my favourite photos from the year, but it's become a tradition, and really the only photo albums we have since all the photos I get printed out are sitting in a shoe box in the corner of our room, waiting to be organized! (They've been waiting for 6 years, I don't think it's going to happen any time soon!)

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  11. I don't need to be entered into the giveaway, but do you know the name of the template that you used? I love the format! I'm about to make one for my baby girl.

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I used the Modern White layout, which is very simple and easy to customize. They have a bunch of other quite pretty options, but I decided to keep it simple, so hopefully I'll stick with the same one year after year. :)

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  12. How awesome! I love the way your book turned out. I plan on making a book for Natalia for her birth and her birthdays as well!

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  13. I was working for a family with 3 daughter and the mom had albums for every one of them for every year, and i just loved that idea. I think it's time consuming (I spent about 3 months doing my daughter's birth album), but it's so rewarding when you open the orange box and you see the album! :) I loved how you wrote on the cover side what the album was about, and i liked the idea of keeping the same format for every year. The pocket in the back? GREAT! :)
    Awesome album!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments, Noe! You're inspiring me to buckle down and actually put together my daughter's birth album, too…three years later. ;)

      And you're the winner of the giveaway! If you could email me at wishcakeblog@gmail.com, I'll send your code right over. Hope you enjoy!

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