This will be my last post on this subject for the time being. I thought I would share with you my personal goals to keep my family’s history off the computer and in our hands.
Family yearbooks or scrapbooking: I know many of you who are scrap bookers and good for you! For those of you who are more like me and don't have that itch for scrapbooking then family yearbooks may be the way to go. You can go to just about any photo editing website (I prefer the reasonably priced, but high quality of mpix) and pick out a digital book and easily upload your photos and create a digital album. Some sites will even setup the album for you based on the photos you have selected. I started doing this a few years ago. A way to make it even easier on yourself is to download your photos monthly, sort through them if possible, and put them in a file labeled with month and year (you should be doing this anyway - see my blog post on the importance of backing up).
Copies of several photos from the yearbook printed in 4x6 prints for handing down to both kids: While I love the idea of the family yearbook, I recently realized that it would be hard to give copies to both my kids when that time comes. A couple solutions would be to have multiple yearbooks printed to hand down to each child, or for a less expensive method just print 4x6 copies of several of the images that are included in each yearbook to hand down. Or do both!
Printed copies of photos from your phone using an app such as mpix. You could also just download these snapshots to include in your family yearbook.
Large wall portraits or professional albums and other printed products to hand down (usually these are your professional portraits). Just be sure to store them safely so that they stay in good condition.