Yearbook Review and Tips

I looooove yearbooks!! I look forward to the day my book comes in every year. It is my favorite tradition and memory keepsake. ❤️ I’ve used Photobook America for every one since 2011, and they’ve always turned out great.

A few yearbook-making tips before we dive into this beauty…

1. Go month by month.

The last two years, I’ve built my yearbooks little by little, month by month. I don’t even have kids yet, and I still ended up with 142 pages for 2016…I can’t imagine trying to put all of those pages together in December. Start your book in January, keep your photos in monthly folders, and build it as you go through the year. It makes it LOADS easier.

2. Take pictures of the everyday stuff.

If you’re struggling with finding photos you want to include, don’t be afraid to put in the everyday things. As brilliant as our brains are, they can only remember so much. When I go back through my yearbooks, I repeatedly say, “Oh, I forgot about that!” It’s nice to remember the little things. Yes, food. Yes, evening walks. Yes, my dog making weird faces. Those are small but precious memories.

3. Wait for the sales.

Photobook America is great about promotions. I’ve always gone over the allotted 40-pages (and this year it was 100 pages over lol), so I have to be careful about ordering because every extra page costs money. If I had purchased my book at regular price, it would’ve cost me $246. 😳 But because I had it finished and ready, I waited until there was a sale email to pounce. We paid $86 for the whole thing. (And that included shipping from Malaysia.) HOORAY!

2016 was a tough one – one of the hardest we’ve had, but it’s hard not to be grateful looking back at it in photos. God is faithful.

I like the leather covers the best – this color was called “elephant.” We rotate between this, navy, and aqua. (I’ll never give up on nautical.⚓️)

We always come up with a name for the year. This was the phrase we probably said the most last year. 😂

I’m not posting all of the pages, but here are most of my faves. 🙂

Take me back to Florida. 😭

I want to jump inside this page and eat all the foods in that snack stadium.

Last year was so crazy that we kinda forgot we went on a cruise. I’d have no memory at all if it weren’t for pictures!

Until the Lord blesses us with babies, Henry dominates the yearbooks. 😉


I’ve been trying to come up with something different to do for my birthday this year, but I’m currently just dreaming of all the same foods. Would another trip to Lambert’s be so crazy?

The face swap of Dad and me in the bottom left corner is the creepiest / most hilarious thing that happened last year.

One of my favorite months!

So. Much. Food.

I’ve had dreams about that sundae from Serendipity.

I so miss adventuring with these cuties!

I think my husband looks the most attractive when he’s next to chips and queso.

My people. 💕

That tourist picture of Henry is gold.

We pick a verse every year and end the yearbooks with them. It’s so fun to see how the Lord uses them throughout the years!

Happy weekend, lovelies! 🙂


Coming at Ya, 2017

Can you guys handle the fact that I’m a professional photographer that only took iPhone pictures for this blog post? I’m currently embracing the lazy side because it’s been so long since I’ve had the pleasure of being lazy. 😉

Say hello to my labor of love, the third homemade planner I’ve slaved over to feed my unrealistic expectations when it comes to picking a planner. She’s a beaut.

Don’t worry. I won’t include all 96 pages. 😉

This year I thought it would be fun to include a month tracker and a mission board before every monthly spread. Since these planners are ginormous and really kind of a memory keepsake, I thought a little list of what’s happening that month would be fun to look back on later.

Yes. That black, whiskery blob is my dog’s nose.

I also made a companion book for all the pages I couldn’t fit in the planner. 😉 I don’t have real pictures, but here’s the gist of what’s included.

I like the year-at-a-glance pages; they help me prepare for each month better.

I usually print the adventure and feast bucket lists out for our fridge, but I put them in the book so my fridge would be less cluttered this year.

I’m already in love with these new gratitude pages. 💕

I also made a “doodle” section full of blank card stock because I’m in love with my new Tombow markers Alyssa got me for Christmas!

Any other obsessive planner-makers out there? Truth be told, I’m considering just buying one next year if I can find the courage. 🙈 What are your favorite planners?

Happy Tuesday! 😘