Coralee Dixon, rookie mom and creator of Shortcake Photo Book, emailed me with an offer to create a personalized photo book so easy that I wouldn’t need to do anything at all. For a few weeks, I was too frazzled to respond to her message so that gives you some sense of my frame of mind. Baby books and year-end videos fall into the big bucket of Wonderful Ideas I Don’t Have Time For.
After a few more weeks with Coralee’s offer starred in my inbox, I finally responded that I would be excited to try to make a gorgeous keepsake book if I didn’t have to do anything at all. She told me that if I logged in, connected my social media accounts, and identified my favorite book styles, the rest could be slurped up from what I’ve already posted on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. At this point I thought it might actually be easy enough for me, but it was worth the test drive of her Shortcake design team to find out.
I picked a gender-neutral theme and template, but she has approximately a gazillion styles to choose from with including many scrapbooky designs. I put it out of my mind and she did the rest of the work putting together my book as a Family Yearbook for 2015.
I reviewed the book before it went to print using a password-protected photobucket. I wondered, “What was I thinking Instagramming so much last summer?” worrying that I was over-representing a few events (four pictures of Holden getting a haircut? zero pictures of us arriving at a family reunion?) and I sought Coralee’s reassurance that my perfectly messy life was going to look great in print. I ultimately clicked ORDER with no changes.