1. Peter Werner

    First thing I do after unwrapping is look through each month with my wife and daughter so we can ooo and aaahhh over the photos. Best is when you have included a photo from long ago that sparks great memories of the time or the event.

    1. Dear Peter,
      Thank you for leaving this comment. As one of many recipients to this gift, I’m glad to read your take on it. I’ll be heading to the post office shortly to mail yours.
      Thanks, Bro 😉

    1. Amy, it’s so true. Our kids really enjoy this and every single month when we flip the page, it’s fun all over again.
      I should add also that I print ours on 8 1/2 x 14 paper because we use it as our family planner as well.
      My kids do a little grumbling about this project but they also really enjoy it. They really enjoy seeing the fashions over the years – especially with my hair!
      Thank, Amy.

  2. Kris

    What a great idea! This year I finally made a photo book for my husband’s side of the family, including family events we had all attended. Just from doing that I realize how tricky it is to include pictures of everyone (and his side of the family is small!) so I’m sure it’s no mean feat for you to include a large number of people in your calendar. But how fun and meaningful!

    1. Kris,
      Your gift sounds lovely. Pictures have such nice memories and the photos we hold and touch in an album get enjoyed much more than those on a computer! I miss having printed pictures and am often torn about the space they take up vs. the convenience of having them on my laptop.
      What a nice gift to give your family. I’m sure they really appreciated your hard work.
      Thanks, Kris!

  3. I love gifts like this! If this is what Christmas were really about for all of us, I would be so much more into the season. (And am, since I made it more like this for me and our family.)

    I give my parents a photo calendar of my kids each year. Like you, I include family birthdays and special days. I always have to make sure I include exactly the same number of pictures of each child. (Yes, they count!) Because I’m only getting 1, I splurge a little and order them from online photos companies. They look so nice! (Before these were available, I made my own.)

    Loved seeing how you make this work for you. Thanks!
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    1. Oh, thanks, Rita! Your calendar sounds great and I’m sure your parents love it. Your kids counting their photos made me laugh! I’ll bet your parents love the gift, too. Homemade gifts are very heartfelt whether you print them yourself or not!!
      Thanks for sharing that, Rita.
      PS Tomorrow I’m having a giveaway with Shutterfly so if you haven’t ordered your calendar yet, you could get it for free!

  4. What a great idea! I have seen this done where there are only pics of one family and their kids (cute but I don’t need to see them everyday of the year) – but making it full of pics of the entire extended family makes this really something everyone would love to get and use! It looks like it takes some effort too! Great idea!

    1. Annie, this gift is so much easier than it used to be when our kids were younger! Now, the 4 of us each do 3 sheets of pictures to equal 12 months. We put on Christmas music (yes, in October!!) and make it as fun as possible.
      Our UPS store has an old binding/hand crack machine that we borrow and use to bind it ourselves.
      Everyone does really like it, too.
      Thanks, Annie!!

  5. Mary Hopkins

    Ooooo we made the sneak peek!!

    1. Mimi,
      Don’t tell but you and your new hubby are in the calendar this year 😉 and his birthday AND your wedding anniversary!
      Thanks, sista! Love it that 2 out of my 5 siblings left comments on this. SWAK.

  6. I like this better than mom doing it all on her computer. I need to think of ways, low cost ways, to get my fourteen year old more involved in gift giving.
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    1. Ginger Kay,
      If you come up with any ideas, I’d love to hear them! Getting teens involved with low cost gift giving can be hard because well – everything can be hard with teens! :)
      Seriously, we do try and focus on gifts that are handmade or books. I also have my husband and kids memorize and recite a poem to me for my birthday every year. It’s my absolute favorite gift and I always looks forward to what they’ll choose.
      Thanks, Ginger Kay.

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