Our Mixbook Yearbook

Thank you Mixbook for sponsoring this post!

I am officially obsessed with what I like to call “Life Yearbooks.” They are just like the ones in high school but WAY better because they are only the photos about your life & memories and not 1200 other kids attending the same school as you. Plus they are way more fun to set out on the coffee table because friends & family love finding themselves in the pages and recounting stories. We did our first yearbook back in 2016 and it has been one of my favorite books to look through with people or alone.

2016’s Life Yearbook was such a hit that like 2 weeks after we had it sitting on our coffee table, I knew that 2017 needed one as well! It really works out perfectly for me. I already organize my millions of pictures I take though the year in files by month, so when it comes to the end of the year, I just start a new book on Mixbook and proceed to fill it in month by month. It is like a scrapbook that takes me 2 hours instead of 222 hours (which is why my real scrapbooks are all unfinished!)

At the end of December, I sat down with my computer and a giant mug of peppermint tea and got to work! Using Mixbook for this project is the best. Last year I picked out a simple layout and this year I just made a copy of last year’s book without the pictures (I love that!) You can save & close multiple times and come back to where you were which is really nice that you don’t just have to chain yourself to your desk and pray your internet doesn’t go out! You can either go month by month or do it all at the end of the year – if you are me you do the later but even that wasn’t a huge time suck! I picked the hardcover lay-flat style of photo book on Mixbook like I did last year so that they would match & look beautiful on coffee tables or shelves.

And just like last year when I got the book in the mail, I looked through 2017 month by month and smiled. The memories, the people, the kids (how fast they grow!!) and our life. It is so easy to just look toward the future – doing one day at a time and missing what is really happening. Having a book of the year in photos tells our stories. The weddings, the dinner parties, the trips, the visitors, the community and the story – all ours. It is honestly a gift to have all these photos siting on my computer & blog but having a physical copy to hold in your hands and pass down the couch.

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • What a gorgeous piece to remember the year by! I’m trying to get better at making photo books each year.

    • Thanks so much!! I know, it just became easier for me to go one year at a time!

  • Wow! I love this idea. Photos are always a classic + keep sake for me. 🙂

  • That is absolutely fantastic! I would LOVEEEEEE to have something like this! <3 *Swooning*

  • Beth, your Mixbook turned out beautifully! I love the idea of documenting life in the same way, year after year.

    • Thanks so much! Yes! It is so fun. The vacations and the parties. and just the little life moments!

  • Abi

    So I’ve been making photo books since I’ve been married… we just hit 8 years, and I’ve gone through year Five….
    I SO want to start back up, and these look amazing!!

    • Yes! You should start back up! Catch up now before you get more behind!

  • Love this! I’m going to check out their website and see if my mom’s interested 🙂

  • We didn’t start doing yearbooks until we’d been married for 9 years! Great job starting early on the journey… photos help keep the memories alive. 🙂

    • Thanks so much!! Yeah, it helps that I have this blog and take a million photos all the time! hahah!

  • SO a fun!!

  • I love your yearbooks! That is one of my goals this year… hopefully I do it, haha! I’m looking forward to making yearbooks and you’re looks amazing! So fun!

  • Livie Rose

    I loved Mixbook the one time I used it. My sisters all use Shutterfly, but I prefer Mixbook. I have a huge backlog of photos from, well all my life, that I need to access and compile in some Mixbooks. I’m hoping to do this this year. I like that you can save your format; that is a good tip to know.

  • I love photo books so much! I’m working on our Christmas 2017 one right now 🙂