Making a Lego Photobook

Moments are fleeting, blink or not pay attention, and the moment becomes a memory. One reason why we take photos, is to try and keep hold of those memories, as clearly as possible. While I love digital photography, as much as the next iPhone photo addict, the nature of digital photography can also become fleeting.

The nature of digital also means it can be intangible. Just like how services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are becoming the new way of watching videos, it feels that looking at a screen is the way of viewing photos.

All our photos become part of one folder, a library of our own creation. Yet not to be held, passed to another, or shown as something other.

Photobooks really are the old style photo albums, which have been dragged into this century. And by that, I mean. They look good.

Making a Lego Photobook with Saal Digital

Or at least they can look good.

The photos show a photo book from Saal-Digital. You have a number of options to customize your book how you like, so my number one advice while ordering… TAKE YOUR TIME!

Take your time to work out not only what photos you’d like included, but the layout of the photos, any text you’d like to include, the style of the paper, style of the covers… what style you’d like the covers to be – THE LIST GOES ON.

Making a Lego Photobook with Saal Digital

In short, lots of options, good quality results, and better customer service then a lot of others out there.

But one final note about the photo book, I’ve featured. Our little one could pick out which Lego minifigure she was in the photos – no problems.

Now excuse me. I’m going to go and take some more pictures of small people in the big world out there.

(I was given a voucher from Saal Digital towards the cost of the above – but opinions expressed above are mine – ALL MINE!)

12 Steps To Leaving The House With Children

There are somethings you don’t understand about parenthood, until, you are, an actual parent. You can think you understand those things, but. You don’t. The obvious example of what I’m talking about? Trying to leave the house with kids. (Or even just one kid in our case)

During a particularly elongated attempt  at leaving the house, I decided to write down the twelve steps at leaving the house, when you have little people.

  1. Suggestion. This is normally when someone comes up with an idea of a thing to do. People without kids normally just get ready to go at this point.
  2. Negotiation. When you all work out where you want to go.
  3. Settlement on a plan. DECIDE SOMETHING!!
  4. Realising that the plan you settled on isn’t for whatever reason, going to work, and therefore, you go with the original idea.
  5. Start getting everyone washed, dressed, and shoes on. This step can take two maybe three hours.
  6. Ponder going to Tesco whilst you wait for small person / people to start getting ready.
  7. Time for Threats
  8. Time for Bribery
  9. Ponder if its too early for wine? 
  10. Someone starts cleaning whilst waiting for someone else.
  11. Ensure everyone who needs the toilet has gone to the toilet.
  12. Finish getting shoes on.
  13. Pack the inevitably needed snack.
  14. Pack some emergency wine.
  15. Realise that “someone” didn’t brush their teeth. Send them back to actually do it this time.
  16. Drink the flipping emergency wine.
  17. Leaving.
  18. Coming back to check if the door is locked.
  19. Leaving.
  20. Coming back to grab the camera.
  21. Leaving.
  22. “I NEED THE TOILET”
  23. Leaving.
  24. Time for Shouting.
  25. Time for Wailing.
  26. Time for Gnashing of teeth!!!
  27. Leaving and having a happy day. (Phew)

Yes. There are more then 12 steps.

There was always going to be more then 12 steps involved in getting children ready to go out.

What do you think I’ve missed?

What My Fridge Says

#MySundayPhoto -Exploring Killerton

The other day, we finally decided to take the leap.

With National Trust – Killerton just down the road, we figured it was about time.

We finally signed up to National Trust membership, and explored Killerton on Sunday evening .

I had forgotten how beautiful that area is, and its just down the road.

Photalife

5 Things I Wish I Knew about Running from the Beginning

In case you missed my previous post, I’ve taken up running*. Or at least attempting to run.

Its nothing much at the moment, just a quick stamina run around the block. (As it fits in with family life nice and easily).

I’ve just came across, and thought it was interesting. Sharing here, in case someone else out there is just beginning to go for a run.

*I say running, I mean running, jogging, fast walking, stumbling, etc…