Monday, August 1, 2011


I love looking through old photo albums from when the young adult was just a toddler (as of a few weeks the teenager is officially not a teenager anymore as he turned 20!!! Still working on a new name…). Back then, I was very good about taking photos, getting them developed right away and putting them into a photo album.

But once I started taking digital photos, my little system didn’t work so well anymore. There are thousands and thousands of photos that are trapped in my laptop or on storage devices that deserve to be seen but aren’t. But one very cool thing about digital photos is how easy it is to create photo books, and I have created my fair share of them, especially since the toddler has been born.

I was very excited when I was selected to create a free 20 page medium hard cover photo book using the KODAK Gallery through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. I had so many photos to work with that it was almost hard to choose. Almost. I had just come back from visiting my parents, and my hiking trip in the Alps, which had been one of the reasons for the trip. It was certainly an adventure I wanted to document.

I got to work almost immediately, and shortly after I had completed a beautiful photo book. I had never used the KODAK  Gallery before to make a photo book but have used a few other services. I was impressed by how easy and quick the process was. I decided to order two copies, one for me and one for my parents. I got an amazing deal on the second copy as well.

Question: How do you keep track of your digital photos? Do they ever get “lost?” I like to make photo books at the end of each year; it’s a great way to look back at the year. But there are still many, many photos left on my laptop that don’t get the attention they deserve… It’s time to tell some stories with them! In fact, I have already uploaded a few thousand photos to the KODAK Gallery to work with! Smile Do you want to make your own photo book? Between 8/1/11 and 8/31/11, you can make a medium hardcover or a large Photo Book at 40% off by going to

Be well,


  1. I love photo books! I made one for our ski trip in December and am working on one now for California! They are so nice to have around and flip through!!

  2. I almost wish everything wasn't digital, personally. I love going through old shoe boxes filled with photos. It was during college everything transitioned to digital so my freshmen and sophomore years are all hard copies and everything else is on facebook. I think the hard thing about digital is where to store them and keep track. I know I take way more digital photos that I ever did with film, that's for sure! Pros and cons :) I just made out photobook from our trip, otherwise I would've totally used that coupon code with kodak!

  3. Gosh I think about this very thing a lot.

    when I was more on top of things, I would make prints of my favorite pics at the end of each month...back up the rest and move on.

    I've been bad about that...and blogging is fun and I know I can print my blog and have been wanting to do that as well...

    I've made books like you did before and I am going to check out the kodak site...Christmas is coming!
    have a great Monday!

  4. Anonymous8/01/2011

    Kodak gallery sounds like a gread system, will definitely check it out.

  5. That's so cool!!! I'm terrible at organizing photos. I was much better before digital took over. Thankfully, my hubby organizes his fairly well. I do miss real photos I can hold in my hand. I should really try to get my favorites printed out.

  6. Impressive!! The book looks great, Andrea! I just keep all of my photos on my computer, as backup, but then I also print them and put them in albums. I'm not real organized, but I like to have hard copies. Once I get a better camera I will probably do something like what you've done.

  7. Nice photo albums...I tried to keep my in files and just print a few of them. Thanks for the information about the Kodak Gallery, I will sure take a look.
    Hope you have a fantastic week ahead Andrea :-)

  8. Anonymous8/01/2011

    what a great idea! i am was the same way....develop pics and put in albums now what do you do.....make books how cool :)

  9. That's a great way to appreciate and keep track of your digital photos. I'm bad. I just have mine on discs and on my hard-drive. But I have oodles of old photo albums in my closet from back in the day when I shot with actual film. ;)

  10. Looks great!

    I've made a few photobooks from previous vacations but not from the last 2 ones.
    We have a special folder on our backup drive for photos where we put them all categorized under the event so we hardly ever "lose" photos.

  11. Andrea than you for sharing about this! I think this would make awesome gifts!

    I have to say I fail when it comes to putting photos in albums.I never get around to it.

  12. Since having digital photos, I definitely don't keep track of them as I used to.

    This is such a great idea. I think I might have to do this. It's so nice to easily pull out a photo book and flip through it.

  13. Yep, I've got THOUSANDS of digital pictures too - and I keep saying "someday I need to organize these!"

    Thanks for the link and discount!

  14. Hi Andrea, I LOVE photobooks!!! I used to print alot more photos than I do now...I guess I just take too many. BUT...I have a system and create folders for each "event" or "topic" and drag them in there as soon as they're downloaded. And at the end of each year, I burn the whole year's photos to one disc. Have a great day!!

  15. I have way too many folders online with my digital photos. I also find that I no longer make those memory books, and rely on digital pictures, but it takes up less room in the house. I love making those photobooks online now and I think it is a great way to keep track of everything. I just try to label my computer files really well so nothing gets lost.

  16. Anonymous8/04/2011

    I wish it was easier to print out good quality pictures from my digital camera. On nice stock I can stuff in a photo album. I love having Facebook to display photos, but nothing beats looking through an album. Thanks for telling us about photobooks...they are actually quite new to me and I want to check them out!

  17. I love the idea of making a book at the end of the year, it's not as though i don't sort through every photo anyway for the holiday card. I agree I have fewer hard copies since going digital not to mention what to do with all the video we take from the kids.

  18. thanks for answering my question re the dailey method.