11.2GB of pictures and videos later...

we are back. Pargo is back too. The family is together again, just in time for the new year. :) Hello 2008!

Over the next few days or maybe weeks, I have the arduous task of sorting through thousands of photos and videos we took, as well as editing them. It's going to be long and tedious and I get overwhelmed just thinking about it.

After editing the photos, I am not sure what I want to do in terms of albums. I am considering 2 options:

1) Shortly after the wedding and Disneymoon, I made 2 "photo book" albums. I ordered them from Shutterfly and Picaboo. They are both 10 pages (20 front and back) and I paid less than $8 for them since I had coupons. The books were easy to make using their software programs. If you want, you can design your own layout to make your books more professional-looking.

Pages inside the books. The wedding pictures were taken by friends and family. (I will be receiving our wedding DVD from the photographer soon and will need to decide what to do with them as well. That will be another post.)

To be honest, I am not entirely happy with them. The binding of the books is flimsy and the pages are thin and lightweight. I have to be extra careful when flipping through them. Whenever I show them to my friends and family, I worry that they wouldn't handle with care. However, the binding could just be due to the lack of pages (again, only 10 pages). The problem could be fixed if I had more pages to bulk up the book?

However, I like the layout and design of my books. I think I did a great job selecting the right photos and making them work together. The magazine style makes the photos more interesting and together, they tell a story without having to use words.

2) An easier way out is simply printing hard copies of the photos and slide them into these 2 pretty and timeless photo albums that I already have. Even without coupons, printing a 4x6 can be as little as 6 cents nowadays. Printing 400 photos to fill up these 2 books is only $24! We took over 1000 photos so narrowing down to which ones to print will be the ultimate challenge. I think these albums can be just as aesthetically appealing as the photo books and they are much more durable. Also, they are classic and will never go out of style.

So which one should I pick? I still have a while before I need to decide. Time to dive into those Hawaiian photos!!


  1. The photoalbums you laid out are really nice. But like I said before, it feels kinda "year booky". So I guess my vote would be for the traditional printed photos slid into the albums we already have. yup!

  2. True true. The magazine style is so popular now, but it may get old in a couple of years. The old fashion way will never go away. Yeah, I think I will stick with option 2. Thanks!


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