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2017 is here and you want this year to be different… we all do, don’t we?! We say we will remember every moment, every fun thing we do with the kids and funny thing they say, but while your intentions are good, we all know it’s next to impossible to remember it all. One of my resolutions is to take more photos of the kids this year, but not just a few more, 365 more… per kid!

When kids are small, they change so much, so fast and you really see those changes through photos. Sometimes, I don’t notice the little changes in the way they’re growing and changing because I’m with them every day of their lives. To try to capture every little moment, change and memory in 2017, I will be taking a picture a day of my kids! It sounds crazy, right? It’s not! I’ve done it before and while it takes a bit of work, you will never regret doing it, especially having Chatbooks on your team.

Documenting 2017 with Chatbooks
Step 1: Decide on how to save the pictures you take daily

Pick one place to store them digitally — make a file on your computer (this will be the hardest part), start an album on your phone (this is easier since we always use our phones to snap a pic), or start an Instagram account and post them there (this is my number one choice). You don’t need to be fancy… take the pictures with your phone and keep it simple, or take them with your camera, but remember, the goal isn’t to have a professional looking picture everyday, but rather to take a photo everyday.

Picture a day project
Step 2: Start taking pictures

It will be a transition at the beginning. You will be all excited about it at the beginning of the year, but as time goes on, you may begin to forget. Put a daily reminder in your phone to make sure you don’t miss a day.

Documenting 2017
Step 3: Include a caption

This step is the reason why I prefer to use Instagram to store my daily photos. The more information you have for each picture, the better. When you post your photos, you can write a caption about what they were doing in the picture or add a funny quote that your child said that day. Help yourself to remember what the picture means to you each day when you’re looking at them a year from now, five years from now or 10 years from now.

Step 4: Get creative, when necessary

Now, you may be asking yourself, what about the days your child is sick? Or what do you do if you are traveling and you aren’t with the kids? If your child isn’t feeling well, get creative and take a picture of their feet and add a caption like “Snuggled under the covers and feeling a bit under the weather.” If you are away or you don’t see your kids some days, get someone else on board to take a picture and send it to you! Share with your family what you are doing and they will be happy to help.

365 days of chatbooks
Step 5: Print your pictures

This is where the fun really begins! If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to download the Chatbooks App. Chatbooks is an app that lets you create photo books using your Instagram account or photos from your phone. You are already doing all of the work by taking the pictures each day, so let Chatbooks make it easy to get them printed. Instead of printing loose photos (which you can do through Chatbooks as well), you will get a beautiful 6×6 photo book with your pictures printed in order. Each book contains 60 pictures and once you sign up, they will print these books automatically, so you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to see your pictures come to life! 

Use code SAVVYSASSY for your first book free in a series and 10% off custom books and prints!

How to use chatbooks
  • Download the app from iTunes.
  • Select the Most Popular Photo Book Series, which begins at only $8
  • Add your source: You can link your Instagram account, Facebook page or your iPhone favorites. Enter your information and authorize Chatbooks to access your photos and then begin exploring the options.
  • Decide whether or not the date and location show up.
  • Change the cover photos and remove any photos you don’t want included in the book. They are completely customizable!
  • Print a custom book, print your entire Instagram feed or print loose photos.

I am challenging you to take the daily picture challenge by taking a picture a day of your kids. At the end of the year, you will thank me! You can follow along with me as I post daily photos of my kids on our Instagram account, @365daysofjonahandaddi

Good luck!

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If you are anything like me, then you take way too many pictures of your kids. I believe that you can’t possibly take enough because they change so fast. Even though we swear we are going to remember every special moment forever, I promise your memory will fail you once or twice as the years go by. While you probably don’t have your camera on you every second of the day, you most definitely have your phone… and I’ve found the perfect app to go with those pictures you take on the go!

Baby Pics is an app designed for new parents and parents-to-be to document all of the exciting milestones that they’ll never want to forget by adding the cutest artwork to your photos. While I am creative in some ways, I am not in others. (Thank goodness for friends who have Photoshop and put up with my incessant messaging and picture sending to make my photos just right!) The Baby Pics app is completely foolproof and has become my go-to for editing pictures of my kids. And, at less than $5, it’s such a steal!

How to Create Cute Baby Pics in an App

Getting started

Start by downloading the app via iTunes or Google Play.

From there, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Take your photo with the in-app camera or import a photo you have already taken.
  2. Choose the artwork you want to add and/or add text to personalize.
  3. Save and share!
Let your creativity go wild

The artwork is divided into groups to make your selection easy:

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DATES: Months (1-24), days of the week, due in, birthdays, weeks (1-42), weeks of pregnancy by fruit (Love this!), weeks of pregnancy by junk food (Even better!)

FIRSTS: All the firsts you can imagine from pregnancy firsts to big kid firsts, including first holidays

ON THE DAILY: Cute descriptions of your little ones such as Chubby Cheeks, Bath Time, and Messy Hair Don’t Care… to name a few

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PREGNANCY: The cute sayings and pictures in this section will have you taking pics of your belly just so you can use them!

HUMOR: These are exactly what it says… humorous! Poop Explosion, Party At My Crib, and Daddy’s Drinking Partner are just the beginning of these goodies.

BIG KIDS: This section covers milestones such as moving into a big kid bed, potty training, and the first day of Kindergarten.

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DOODLES: Add a variety of cute art to your photos when there isn’t any other more specific category to fit.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and besties are all taken care of!

Not sure what you are looking for? Browse through all of the options in the “All Artwork” section to find something you love or to get inspired.

More to love

Not only can you save the photos, but you can also print them directly from the app. Choose from two styles — square prints or retro-style prints — and two sizes. You can also print stickers and magnets, which I definitely see in my future!

I have so much fun with Baby Pics and find myself using it on a daily basis. The best part is going back through my pictures and putting artwork on old photos!

Here are a few of my Baby Pics favorites:

Wanna have some fun? Take the Baby Pics Challenge! When you join, you will receive a daily prompt with a new theme for seven days. Create your best pic to match the theme, share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag #BabyPicsChallenge #BabyPicsApp @babypicsapp

Have fun with this app! I certainly do!

What’s your favorite way to take pictures of your baby?
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A few weeks ago I went to snap a random picture of my dinner or a sunset and my phone wouldn’t let me. See, I had maxed out the capacity in my photo stream… Looking back on my collection of hundreds of photo’s of food or my kids, I realized that while 1/2 of the photos could be deleted, many of them were photos I want to keep somewhere more secure than on my phone. So I went on the hunt to see the various creative options I had to make the most out of these memories.

Prints

My mom’s biggest complaint is that she never has a printed picture anymore. But let’s face it, in the time it takes to download our pictures onto our computer, then upload them to a photo printer’s site or print them yourselves, 500 other things have distracted you. That’s why I was really excited to try out the FreePrints app. Available for your iOS device (sorry, no Droid at this time) FreePrints lets you print up to 85 4×6 prints a month (1,000 a year!) FOR FREE – you just pay shipping.

The app is easy to use and allows you to pull images from your photo stream, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Picassa in seconds (ok, it may have taken a minute or two – but it was still WAY quicker than online sites!). If you want duplicates or additional sizes, those can be bought for a minimal fee. You do pay for shipping, but your fee will never be more than $9.99 no matter how many images you order – also you can pay with a CC or Paypal.

Posters

We all have a bazillion gorgeous pictures that we’ve taken with the Instagram app, but what can you do with these mini works of art besides leave them there in digital obscurity? A few months ago, while looking for ways to get my photos off Instagram and into IRL, I discovered the website Printstagram. This site not only pulls directly from Instagram to print images, but also mini-photo books and posters.

 


I pulled a bunch of non-people photos from my Instagram steam – food, buildings, cool pictures of our pets and random sightings – and made them into a 20×30 poster. It came out amazing. A grouping of random things from the past few months that made up important (or at least delicious) moments of my life. The products did take longer to come than usual, but I love my poster and the mini-books I ordered, so for me it was worth the wait.

Books

I love traditional photo albums and scrapbooks, but never find the time to put them together anymore. And when you get behind on photo albums, it’s like you will never catch up. But my eventual grandkids are not going to (or at least I don’t think they will!) sit around looking through my old hard drives for pictures of their parents as kids, and I can barely find older images anymore. So on my “resolutions” list for 2013 will be making a printed book a season. Since, as I said above, so much of my life is on Istagram, being able to download and create a full book will make it easier to follow through with.


Unlike the mini-books from Pinstagram, the Blurb books allow you to manipulate the content by editing the pages, adding backgrounds and borders and reordering the pictures. In addition to the Instagram books, at the Blurb site you can also make blog books, Facebook books, magazines, notebooks and personal planners!

These are my top choices, but what do you do with all those pictures on your phone?

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