Mother’s Day Photobook from Shutterfly

May 13, 2013

Every May I combine my mom’s birthday and Mother’s day present together since they are only about a week and half apart. Last year I went above and beyond to give her the perfect gift. I did a collage for her of her childhood photos and a few photos of her kids. This year I thought I was so screwed!! However, about 4 days before her birthday I came up with the most amazing idea!!!!

I decided to head over to Shutterfly and see what their prices were for their hardcover photo books and I was super excited to see they were 50% off. I decide to build her a book of her childhood photos just like her collage. Then I got the idea to make it just so much better and I contacted my brothers, sister in law and aunts and had them all add in a little something special to the book. Messages from the family! What could be a better gift then a book filled with memories and letters to tell you how loved you are?

So, Here are photos of the book. I hope you like it! I stayed up almost every night to make this book and it was well worth it! By the way, My mom loved it and cried and cried and cried some more! Happy tears that is!

Here is the cover, which I am in love with, it’s super simple, clean and modern! Which I just love!

The first page of this book is something very special. “Hey Kiddo”, is something my dad has always said to my mom, Kiddo is her nickname by him. When making this book I had to remind myself this is just about her and if someone that is in her life now is offended there is nothing I can do about it because my dad will always be apart of her life whether anyone likes it or not. Just because I am an adult and have a child of my own doesn’t mean I don’t need my parents communicating. So, I made the first page with my dad in mind since he was a huge part of her life!

The following two pages are photos I found of my mom in some of her albums! I added little messages just as a reminder that our past is what makes us who we are today!

The following pages are hand written letters to my mom from my oldest brother Larry Jr, my sister in law Charlene & my first nephew Larry III. The second page is messages from my aunts to my mom! I am very thankful they all helped make this book possible!!

These were the some of the harder pages to make. I am thankful to still have both my parents but I sure have had my scares over the years. Losing parents is something we all have to deal with and it just down right sucks, but something we have to remember is even with the mistakes our parents make or the lack of vocal love, know that deep down they love you and they know you love them!

One thing I am always vocal about is being honest and upfront with people. If you have something to say, say it today because tomorrow may never come and then you are left with the guilt, the wondering of “what if”. Sometimes it is too late, so don’t let it be too late!

My mom has had some tough times so these pages were to remind her what she has been apart of and what she will always be apart of! It’s important to remind people how much they are valued, it’s easy to forget!!


My brother Nick and I wrote longer messages. I personally had a very hard time doing this and I rewrote my letter 3 times. I have a lot to say and didn’t know where to start. By the time I made it to the 3rd letter I had no choice but to accept it because I was running out of time! I think adding the hand written letters just made this book so much more valuable to my mom!

This is the back cover! We all are very busy and it’s hard to get us into a photograph together and the last time we had a chance I choose not to because I knew what I made for this book. I personally am a behind the camera kind of girl and this like many other issues, I need to face. But what it comes down to, is my mom knows I love her and no picture will ever amount to the love I have for her! She is one tough woman!!

Shutterfly is my goto place for photos, cards and photo books. I am signed up for their email list and always get some seriously awesome coupons and you can’t go wrong with coupons!
This isn’t my first photo book from Shutterfly and surly won’t be my last. Be sure to head on over and check out their amazing prices!!!
Also, did you know they offer pre-paid plans for 4×6 prints?? NO???
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  • Alicia Silva

    That’s gorgeous Amanda! You always come up with the coolest ideas for gifts! =)
    I love the hand written parts. A very personal touch.

    May 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you Alicia, I try hard to make them more personal then anything. I can easily buy anything she wanted but by finding things she doesn’t know she wants until she has them is something i love. Things that will get passed down generations to come.

      September 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    What a fab gift! :D

    May 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you so much Sarah!

      September 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Marcy Kay

    Love this photobook, what an amazing gift !!

    May 25, 2013 at 4:50 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Aww, Thank you Marcy!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply
  • asadistrict3Keri

    That is literally the best idea I’ve seen in a while! Great job Amanda

    May 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Aww, Thank you so much!!! I love doing personal gifts!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Sarah

    What a gorgeous book and what an amazing keep sake! Fantastically put together as well :) X

    July 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you so much Sarah!! =D

      September 22, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Staci L.

    This is absolutely adorable–I need to do a book like this of my kids!

    July 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Staci, You should! It was so easy and super fun!!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply
  • FaVeMom

    These are too cute and I absolutely love all the patterns and prints. Great idea.

    July 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you so much! I tried to keep it modern looking but simple.

      September 22, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Debbie (@Scatteredmusing)

    I made the hub’s a photo book for Christmas and he loved it. I love the design you made your cover with.

    July 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      That is awesome Debbie!!! Would you be willing to share? I would love to see what you have come up with!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply
  • mommasbacon

    This is such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I did a similar Shutterfly book this year for my FIL’s life (his mom just passed away a few weeks ago) and one of our family for my MIL. although yours is quite extensive! Very impressive. It’s these gifts that really matter to our parents! So sweet.

    July 6, 2013 at 12:03 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Awww, I would love to see the books you made. Thank you for the compliments! I reall had lots of fun with this!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Krista

    What a beautiful gift! I would love to give or get something like this! <3

    July 6, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Krista, It was amazing to watch her open it. She balled like a baby… hahaha

      September 22, 2013 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Diane Nassy (@philZENdia)

    Oh wow! That is such a great gift. I would love to receive a gift like that!

    July 6, 2013 at 1:16 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Diane, I hope one day someone will take the time to make this for you. It’s truly one of my favorites gifts to give!!

      September 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm Reply
  • Tara V

    That is such a great idea!

    July 6, 2013 at 3:15 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you Tara!! =D

      September 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    What a great gift idea! The book is adorable. I’ll have to check them out for possible engagement photo ideas!

    July 6, 2013 at 3:34 am Reply
    • AKee88

      =) You should! They have so many designs. I did everything in photoshop with all my digital scrapbooking stuff but they have so many that i have to use one of these days!!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm Reply
  • Mel Cole

    oh what a cute photo book. nice to keep memories in it.

    July 6, 2013 at 4:41 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you Mel!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Victoria H (@funmom91)

    This is super cute. I have heard of Shutterfly but I have not had an opportunity to check them out yet.

    July 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      You really should!!! They are so great!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm Reply
  • Alaina Bullock

    I love Shutterbug and their photo books! Yours came out great! I really like all those colors and designs on the pages!

    July 8, 2013 at 12:37 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Hehe Shutterbug… lol I love their stuff too, this is my second book!!! Thank you so much!!

      September 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply
  • Amanda Love

    Oh my I love your idea. Christmas is coming up and I’m thinking now of doing one for my own mom with my kids in there for her. Your book came out so amazing! I love it!!

    November 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you so much! =) I need to make more! I have so many amazing photos of Jaiden. <3

      May 24, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply

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