I've used several print-your-own-book companies in the past, but the past two years have been with blurb, and I've been very satisfied. A few years ago I designed my layouts individually in Photoshop and InDesign, but that took way too long — recently I've taken advantage of blurb's publishing software and used it to compile and design my spreads.
I've been very happy with the result; my family and friends have loved grabbing a yearbook off the shelf and sitting down on the sofa to flip through a year of our lives. It also makes the little shots here and there worthwhile — previously, a shot of decorating the Christmas tree or making a pumpkin pie with the kids would have been tossed in the digital archives and never heard from again. But now, our 2008 Christmas tree — or 2010 pumpkin pie — fill the pages of a yearly chronology, where you can see the seasons change, our kids grow, our adventures unfold, and our life together evolve. MORE PHOTO ORGANIZATION IDEAS ON APARTMENT THERAPY: • Organizing Photos • Organizing Digital Photo Clutter • Store, Display or Scan: How Do You Keep Your Photographs? (Images: Sarah Dobbins)