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The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014

The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014

Steve and I only have a handful of annual traditions.

On our first morning in this flat, we went to the bakery at the bottom of the lane and bought smiley face biscuits; we took photos of ourselves hiding behind them. This year, on our first anniversary of moving in, we did the same. We promised to make it a yearly thing.

In July, we visit my family. We don't only visit them in July but that's when the small town they live in holds its week of (highly photographable) summer festivities - we like to catch those if we can. This year was particularly fun as we got to take our at-the-time-very-nearly-five year old nephew to the funfair for the first time.

And during the first few days of January I compile a photobook of all the previous year's memories.

The Rooftops Annual Photobook - All Covers 2009-2014
The Rooftops Annual Photobook - All Back Covers 2009-2014

The front cover of the book always has a random, vaguely arty picture on it. The back cover is always a picture of the two of us (albeit with Ben Stiller in 2009 and a friend's feet in 2010).

The picture of us from 2009 is the night we got together; 2013 is the weekend we moved into our flat; 2014 is our fifth anniversary, taken at the Love Wall in Paris.

The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014
The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014

There are so many places to get photobooks printed online. Personally, I always use Blurb for two reasons: last time I checked (two years ago), they were the only place which would let me print books THIS THICK (2013 and 2014 were both close to 300 pages); and habit - I know that all the books will match.

This isn't a sponsored or affiliate post but I am very happy with them. Their editing software is easy to use, their books are good quality and their prices are about average - that's all I ask.

The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014

And I love this tradition. Receiving a book of happy memories halfway through January is such a good way to start the year; it gets me excited for the (almost) twelve months about to come.

The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014

19 comments

  1. Ooh I love these! We have ours as our photo wall in the living room, 6 years of polaroid pictures. I love it.

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  2. Aw, what a lovely tradition. I never remember to get photos printed, which is such a shame.

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  3. That's such a fun tradition! I may have to steal this idea. (It may also motivate me to take more photos.)

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  4. What a great tradition! I just went through all 80 gazillion photos I have taken of Amelia in the last 6 months, got them printed and put them in a photo album. It was SO time intensive (time is something I don't really have now) and something like this would make the process much easier.

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  5. I love that you do this, I was thinking about it recently when my friend said she'd been making herself one over the Christmas holidays (and still is, she's pretty fussy...) I really want to get myself one now!

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  6. Do it! It makes me take more photos, too - my inclination is just to take pretty photos for the blog; knowing I'm going to be compiling a photobook prompts me to take photos of people and special occasions, too.

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  7. Yep, it takes a few hours per book and I prefer the feel of a printed book to a photo album - worth considering in the future.

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  8. You two are just TOO cute together! This makes me want to take tons more photos and do the same - we try and print a few from each trip we take (or just nice weekends we have) and put them into a scrapbook with tickets, etc, but this is such a nice idea.

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  9. I always think scrapbooks are a nice idea, too, but they've never worked for me. Either way, yes, tons more photos!

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  10. These are 7" x 7" - I initially bought them because I couldn't afford the bigger ones but I actually really like this size. I upgraded to the fancier paper this year which was nice. :)

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  11. Yay! I love being in the book ^__^
    (I like to read Sarah's blog when I'm supposed to be getting ready for work)

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  12. There's a big wad of photos of you over the summer for SOME reason...!

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  13. I love this as a thing. I think we might need to start it even though we haven't for the last six years.

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  14. (This is a bit weird, hopping between five different conversations with you at once)

    Do it! I did the first three years all at the same time - it took AGES but I'm so glad I made the effort.

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  15. Ooh - that makes it sound totally possible. I think I might see if I can do this. Thanks!

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