Stop me if I've said this before (just kidding, I have said it 600 times) but I've got a new favorite family keepsake.
Remember the E&e photo project?!
Somehow a year has passed since I started that.
Somehow twelve months have gone by and each one is captured in five side-by-side photos of mama & toddler favorites.
This was a fun and easy project and something I never worried too much about. Usually, I was in need of a blog post and glad to see that I hadn't yet documented E&e. I usually ran a quick mental checklist of what we'd been doing the past week and that was what made the photos.
I took the photos on white poster board. And when Ellerie colored on my poster board, I used white cardboard.
It was far from scientific, but it was simple.
I had planned all along to make a book of the images and so each month, I was sure to save high-res, edited images. (I even got fancy and had a whole file devoted to this on my computer.) I am so grateful that I had this bit of foresight. If not, amidst all my "real work" projects right now this never would have made the top of the to-do list.
I decided to print with Artifact Uprising because they were running a 10% off Father's Day sale (Happy Father's Day, Paul!) and because I have loved them in the past. I went with their vertical hardcover photobook in goldenrod yellow. I wasn't concerned at all with the cover and so I picked the half wrap which (let's be honest) most likely will get discarded in the decades that follow.
Whenever I share a photobook project like this I get questions about why I go with one brand over the other and the answer is ... it doesn't matter to me. I don't worry about it, I don't compare and contrast, I just pick one based on the book size I am looking for and get to work. 100% of the time, no matter what the brand, I am pleased.
AND MAN AM I PLEASED.
This book exceeded my expectations. To keep things simple, I left out all words, aside from a few at the beginning. (Which in classic Elise fashion I screwed up and wrote the wrong dates. To fix this error, I crossed out and hand wrote and then added "The E&e Project" to make it look deliberate.) I included every single "item" photo but I left out the photos of Ellerie and I because those were not really the point.
The result is a super visual, time capsule of our lives. This is the sort of thing I will page through decades from now. This is the sort of thing I hope Ellerie will page through decades from now. This is the sort of thing that I really hope my grand babies will page through a century from now.
Like I said, I've got a new favorite.
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