Every year, I take the multitude of pictures that I’ve taken of the girls and turn them into something that I think is really awesome. And, in all actuality, it doesn’t take nearly as much work as you would think, provided that you are as anal-retentive and proactive about downloading and filing the year’s pictures as I am. I understand that not everyone wants to have a crazy photo filing system like I do – most people probably think I’m weird that I find it relaxing to sit at the computer and file my pics, but it’s very soothing for me. However, I think that the ability to create these amazing calendars for LB and BIT to have is well worth overcoming any reluctance to sort through old pictures.
And without further ado, here are some pictures of this 2015’s calendars:
For those of you who are new to the blog and/or have never seen the yearly calendars, what they are is a collection of daily pictures of the girls. I snap a quick picture every day (or as near to every day as I can – you can see a few blank spots in the months above) and then I use Shutterfly to make a calendar of the past year, with the appropriate photo on the appropriate date. (i.e. The picture on December 1st was taken December 1st, and so on.)
Here’s a close-up of BIT’s December page:
BIT is building her own collection of calendars, as well.
If I’m strapped for time or I forget until the last minute, I have been known to get pictures of the girls asleep in their beds or I’ll get a picture of them together and use it for both.
And in case you’re wondering just how I file my pictures, each picture is tagged with the date and a number when I upload it. If I took two pictures today, for instance, they would be Feb.4.2016.1 and Feb.4.2016.2. Then, I sort them into files for each girl by year and month. So, one of LB would go in the LB:2016:Feb file and BIT’s would be in BIT:2016:Feb. I do have the rule that if it’s a picture of both girls together, it goes in the Littlest Brewster’s file alone. When I was making BIT’s calendar and I would think that I had missed days, it was often that there was a picture of the two girls and I would just need to snag it from LB’s files.
After the photos are labeled and sorted, I upload them to Shutterfly and get started on the calendar. If you’ve never made a calendar through them, it’s a really easy process and all you have to do is drag and drop the picture to the appropriate day. I promise you that it’s NOT hard and that it’s a great way to spend 30 minutes when you’re afflicted by insomnia.
And voila! An amazing keepsake that your kids will love looking at and you will treasure forever. BIT is still a little too young to get what it is, but the Littlest Brewster can spend hours flipping through the calendars and reminiscing with us about each picture.