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Adeline’s Family Photo Book for Face Recognition

Hello hello!

Christmas was absolutely wonderful, and I will always remember and cherish my first Christmas as a mom. I think Adeline loved it as well, and I know each year from here on out is only going to get better! Because I took 10 million photos over the weekend and it will take me a year to get a blog post up about it, I thought I’d start with one of Adeline’s gifts!

I don’t get crafty too often, but when I do it’s when I have barely 5 minutes to myself, a fussy 6 week old, a memory the size of a pea, and all while running on no sleep. Worth it. Since our families all live far away, I wanted to make Adeline something that would help her learn everyone’s names and faces easily, and be fun at the same time. I love reading to her, and so far, she loves looking at books, so I thought a family photo book would be perfect.

I’ve become a seasoned pro at making photo books on Shutterfly (cheap, quick, easy, great quality). So with what little time I had, I snagged up a ‘free 8×10 photo book’ coupon, picked out a beyond simple and plain layout, and as recent-as-I-could-find photos of our immediate family members. I wanted the book to be super easy for her to see, and have lots of bright colors that would capture her attention. Here’s how it turned out:

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The first page has two family group shots from around this time last year. I figured that way she could clearly see who’s on which side.

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Each page after that has a headshot of a family member, with their name directly underneath. Easy peasy.

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I didn’t do a very good job of planning the order of photos, so it looks like my dad and Adam’s mom go together. Whoops! She’ll figure it out though!

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I made sure to include a page for Adeline’s great grandparents as well. It definitely made me sad to leave out our grandmothers who had passed, since I know they would have just adored our sweet girl.

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And the last page is just a few pictures of her cousins. Two group shops of all the Ingle cousins, and two extra shots of Henry from my side.

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I’m excited for when Adeline will be able to start pointing to and recognizing her family members, and learning to say their names! But for now, I’m perfectly content with her staring at the pictures while she lays next to me on her play mat.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll be back with my Christmas photo dump and recap! Also on my agenda: a roundup of what we use most with Adeline, my New Year’s Resolutions, a few protein bars/powders, a recipe post featuring Chobani (if I can get my butt in gear), and a fitness update! At least that’s my plan. The 9 week old sleeping next to me may alter things a bit!

Happy Wednesday!

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    Lesli
    December 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

    This is such an awesome idea!! I’m sure Adeline will love getting to know the faces of her family members 🙂 Our families live a decent ways away, too, so I’ll definitely be keeping this idea in mind for my own children someday. Shutterfly is the best!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    December 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I absolutely love this idea Sarah! What a thoughtful and useful gift. I definitely need to make one for Jack! 🙂
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    Kelly
    December 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    This is SO sweet! I love this idea. I am definitely going to do this the next time I get one of those free 8×8 book coupons from Shutterfly. I made three last year for the grandparents with photos of the kiddo but I didn’t think of doing one in reverse!
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    Matilda
    December 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    This is a beauitful idea. Now why didn’t I think of that for my kids.

    Might do this for my new nephew.
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    Meredith
    December 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I love this! What an awesome idea! I know what I’ll be doing during nap times today 🙂

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    Chelsea @ SimplyChelsea
    December 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    ADORABLE. My MIL got me a similar book for Christmas, I thought it was such a cute idea 🙂
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    Edye
    December 31, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Love it! Such a unique idea! Hope you have a great New Year! <3

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    Kathy
    January 3, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Great idea! Good to know that small projects can still get done even when you’re busy w a newborn!

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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Don’t be mistaken, this little EASY book took me like, two weeks to finally gather all my pictures and actually make it! It took forever to decide on headshots of everyone that were somewhat recent!

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