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Recap of travel photobooks

Since Z was born and the popularisation of photobooks, I made a photobook to mark every holiday with the kids.

Before X
2010 Jun – Sendai, Tokyo (Japan) with Z
2010 Dec – Hongkong with Z
2011 Jul – Edinburgh, York, Manchester, Oxford, Bath, London (England) with Z
2011 Dec – Seoul (Korea) with Z
2012 Jan – Paris, Brussels (France, Belgium) with Z
2012 Sep – Hongkong with Z
2012 Oct – Bangkok (Thailand) with Z

After X
2013 Apr – London, Paris (England, France) with Z & X
2014 Feb – Bali (Indonesia) with Z & X
2014 May – Sokcho, Hwaseong, Seoul (Korea) with Z & X
2014 Sep – Legoland (Malaysia) with Z & X
2014 Oct – Melbourne, Tasmania (Australia) with Z & X
2015 Jan – Penang, Cruise (Malaysia) with Z & X
2015 Feb – Bali (Indonesia) with Z & X
2015 May – Kanazawa, Tateyama, Tokyo (Japan) with Z & X TBC

It sure looked like I only had 2015 photobooks to follow up at this point and I planned to combine the cruise & Bali trip into one.

Photobooks

I had started a tradition of making photobooks for every holiday taken with our children.

At the moment, I was in bad debt. I owed a photobook for the Bali trip in Feb, the Korea trip in May, the Legoland trip in Sept and now the Australia trip in Oct.

Thankfully, Photobook Singapore conducted a 70% discount promotion off its 40-page and 100-page photobooks.

I might actually take leave to stay home to do the photobooks. So much “home”work indeed.

Not to forget, a 3-year life cycle book for X when he hit 3 years’ old. If I had a chance to go back in time, I would tell myself not to be too overzealous with the first child. Keeping it up for the second child was tough!

Making photobooks

A fellow livejournal friend had affirmed the quality of photobooks from http://www.photobooksingapore.com many years ago.

Since then, I had never looked back.  I made my first photobook in 2011.  The very first book was based on our family holiday to Edinburgh, York, Manchester, Oxford and London.  I spent many days working on it because sieving the photos alone took nearly two weeks.  From there, I learnt the good habit of culling badly taken photos instead of letting them sit in the hard drive to clog the space and hinder photobooking process.

The photobook making software also underwent improvements, so much so that it was a lot easier to drag and drop photos into readily prepared templates.  They also rolled out readybooks which were more brainless, but less slots to insert photos.

I had done a photobook per holiday taken with the kids.  This meant I had many photobooks.  I would typically squeeze about 500 photos in a 120-page photobook (in medium landscape 8″ by 11″).  I had never paid full price for the photobooks because I would only print when there was 60~70% discount.  If you would like to archive your memories in a thematic manner, photobooks were a great way to go.  Plus, I always had a pleasant experience with this brand of photobooks.  If the quality looked bad (colours too dark, or spine of book was bent etc), they either reprinted for free or they would offer a pretty decent discount.

My proudest photobook was the one of Z from birth till he turned 3 years’ old.  It was to commemorate his growing up days before X came along.  In fact, I only completed the book when I was on maternity leave.  The sheer thought of going through tens of thousands of photos to make that book was daunting but we somehow made that happen.

Right now, whenever I took photos of X, it was with the preparation of his 3-year old photobook in mind.

The only dedicated book X had to himself to date was the small, softcover photobook which were groupon giveaways.  I had only paid $7 for DHL shipping and 15minutes of manhours to make this happen.  Needless to say, I loved the results.

It was really rewarding when Z adored the photobooks so much.  It was part of creating precious memories which would always be for them to keep in the years to come.