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Remember when scrapbooking was big? I remember watching my mom get into it, though not FULLY committed like some others who may attend conferences and spend hours upon hours scrapbooking, and she made my sister, brother, and I our own scrapbook of our life until about age eighteen.

It was never my thing, but I loved having that book! When I had David back in 2013, Justin and I were noticing rather quickly that all the photos were sent via text message, and all the videos were 20-30 second clips that just lived on our phones or our hard drives. He mentioned a few times that he likes having tangible photo albums to look through, and that he misses the fact that no one sits down to go through old photos anymore.

I was juggling a newborn, work, and first-time motherhood when I first heard about Chatbooks. Instantly, I knew that would be the way I would easily and quickly create books of photos of David for family members. All my photos of David were on my phone, and many of those on Instagram as well, so selecting a bunch and creating a Chatbook on the app was totally doable.

As time has passed, I regret I haven’t been terribly consistent with yearly Chatbooks of the boys, but I did recently create a Chatbook of photos of Luke since he loved reading the Chatbook of baby David at my parents house.

Luke has LOVED the book of himself, and I kid you not, I will find him quietly sitting in the playroom flipping through photos of himself from birth to about age two and a half. When David first flipped through the “Luke” book and saw a photo of me holding newborn Luke he asked me why my face was different. I laughed so hard and thought, “Well, that was nearly 3 years ago and I didn’t have as many wrinkles as I do now!”

In thinking about Christmas gifts for both sets of grandparents this year, I thought an updated Chatbook of both the boys would be something they would appreciate! I started culling photos of the kids from all of 2017 and put them into an iCloud folder on my laptop and iPhone.

I picked a pretty cover that felt festive for the season and got them ordered!

If you are struggling with a gift idea for family members, or even your spouse this holiday, Chatbooks could not be easier and it’s a gift that loved ones will cherish forever. You still have time to order some Chatbooks to receive them before Christmas too! Just place your order by December 16th! All it takes is a little bit of time selecting your photos, picking a cover, and then hitting “order.” You can create a Chatbook from your Instagram feed, Facebook photos, a photo album on your phone, or manually upload them to Chatbooks website.

I’m happy to share a promo code for a 1st Series Book free or 10% off of a Custom Book! Enter promo code “Smallthings” in at checkout, and capitalization doesn’t matter! Have fun creating your books!

Thanks to Chatbooks for partnering on this post! 


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 12.11.17

Adorable photos. So happy to see the boys enjoying their gifts! 🙂

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Erinn says · 12.11.17

This is such a great idea! I will have to keep this in mind 🙂

Allie says · 12.11.17

This is such a great gift I got my parents a photo book for Christmas of photos of my wedding and they loved it! Nothing beats a personalized gift! xAllie

Laura Wilder says · 12.11.17

I love the custom books – the artists are the best. It’s so funny how kids get enraptured by photos of themselves and their special people. The last year and a half I have taken photos of my two boys in different settings in spots where they blend in or are hard to see and have put together their own personalized “Find (insert their names)” book. Can’t wait for them to open it. Thanks for the code!

Kate says · 12.11.17

for sure! Enjoy!

Katherine Lang says · 12.11.17

Just ordered my first Chatbook! It was so easy and fun to put together. Thanks for the the promo code! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Kim says · 12.11.17

Such a cute idea! I love sentimental gifts!

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amanda says · 12.11.17

ugh i really hate myself for being that person, but the wrapping paper. i need to know where you got your wrapping paper. 😂🤦‍♀️

Kate says · 12.11.17

Home Goods!

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Elayne Rauch says · 12.11.17

Hey Kate…what was the name of the devotional journaling book you were using. Thinking they might make good Christmas presents. Thanks

June says · 12.12.17

Have you used Shutterfly before? If so how do the two options compare?

Kate says · 12.12.17

I have not!

Tilesbay says · 01.03.18

This is such a great idea! I will have to keep this in mind!! 🙂

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