We love talking to our customers and are always happy to catch up after they receive their books. Karen decided to create a book as a memento for her grandchildren – to keep the memories alive and pass them to the future generations. We talked to Karen about her childhood memories, about her adorable grandsons and about the sentimental values of photographs.
“Family photo books keep precious secrets and tell fascinating stories.”
– Please tell us the story behind the book. Why did you decide to get it?
I must admit, I was always fascinated by photo albums: how much they can tell about people, how many stories and secrets they keep. When I was a little girl, my dad was quite a busy man. But every once in a while, he would take me on his laps and show me our family photo albums, sharing his memories, explaining who was who, telling fascinating stories about our ancestors. We would spend the whole evening fantasizing about their lives, laughing about their outdated outfits, and never smiling faces. Have you ever noticed that people don’t smile on the old photographs?
– Indeed, they never do! So you decided to revive the family traditions and print some photos out?
Exactly, that was the main reason. A couple of months ago I was going through our old family photos and suddenly realized that we don’t print pictures anymore. I have two grandsons – they are too young to appreciate the photo books, but in a couple of years I want to take them on my laps and go through all the family photo albums, share the memories – just like my father did. And there will definitely be a lot of photos of my grandsons, as I just can’t stop taking pictures of them – look at these munchkins!
– Aaw, they are adorable! You must have gazillions of their photos!
I do, guilty. I share a lot of them on Facebook but some I keep privately on my computer. So when making a photo book, I wanted to have an opportunity to retrieve the photos from Facebook and also from other places.
– Guide me through the process, please. How did you make your photo book?
First, I saw a post from your company on Facebook, where you promised to “create a Facebook photo book in 1 click”. I decided to give it a try and was blown away by how easy it was! I just clicked on the year (I decided to start with 2015) – and all my Facebook photos from this year instantly appeared in a photo book!
“I want to take my grandsons on my laps and go through all the family photo albums, share the memories – just like my father used to do.”
– Did you do some editing or kept it as it was?
Basically, my book was almost ready, PastBook did all the work for me! There were some pics that I didn’t want to have in my book, so I contacted the customer support, and they were so helpful. Not only they answered all of my questions, they also recommended me to put 2 or 3 photos on each page, that saved me a lot of money! I loved how easy the editing was, I loved that I could add some captions to the photos, and most importantly, I loved that apart from Facebook, I could add photos from other sources, including my computer.
– Did you end up with a big book?
The book is 70 pages and there are around 150 photos in it. And this is just for 2015! I will definitely order more books from earlier years.
– How long did it take you to create the book?
I started the project a couple of months ago but then had to stop – so many things came in the way. Great thing is, my book was safe and sound on the website, I just returned to it and was done in one evening!
“We all should restore the tradition of making family photo albums, they are the best way to tell our stories to the future generations.”
– What was the most exciting part of creating a photo book?
Definitely, the part when it came to my mail. I was so excited, felt like a little girl unwrapping Christmas presents! The book turned out just great – even better than I imagined: the quality of the photos is off the charts good, the cover looks outstanding too! I get so many compliments from people who look at my albums and want to do the same with their photos. Now I can’t wait for my grandchildren to grow up a little bit so that I can show them how their grandma was: what I did, how I looked, where I traveled.
“When the book came to my mail, I was so excited, felt like a little girl unwrapping Christmas presents!”
– Is there anything else you would like to tell to our readers?
Print your photos! Save your memories, you never know what can happen to them if you just store them digitally – maybe Facebook crashes one day and all the precious moments will be lost forever! Restore the tradition of making family photo albums, they are the best way to tell our stories to the future generations.
What about you? Have you ever thought of reviving traditions, print out your recent photos and add them to your family photo archive? Follow Karen’s example and preserve your happy memories forever!