I honestly can't believe how quickly last year went by. When I started the 52 Weeks of Memories challenge last January week 52 felt so far away and yet there it was last week - week 52, the end of the challenge I set for myself. When I first created 52 Weeks of Memories it was just going to be a one off challenge for a year to ensure that I didn't miss creating memories of my daughter during her first year. I never realised how popular it would become on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. The prompts for the challenge were re-pinned over 738 times and that's not including re-pins from those re-pins! I've never had a post go viral on Pinterest before, but it seems everyone loves a photography challenge.
Even though none of the prompts were duplicated throughout the year, there definitely seemed to be some themes that came through my photos. Completely by accident. The main one being the "sleeping baby" photos which seemed to become my signature photos for the challenge, even though only one prompt was actually sleeping. Its also ironic because she used to hardly sleep for the first few months unless she was on me (hence me being in lots of the photos) and even then I was lucky if she slept 40 minutes at a time.
Its also given me some great photos of daddy/daughter moments that I probably otherwise would've missed. I'm so glad I have them caught forever now because I was being mindful to capture certain moments.
When I started the challenge I always had in mind that I wanted to turn the photos into a photobook. I love the idea of photobooks so much better than photo albums, because the photos are actually printed on the pages of the book instead of behind a flimsy piece of plastic which inevitably turns yellow or falls away over time (you should see my baby albums, they haven't stood the test of time at all). The only problem with photoboooks is that I never know where to start with organising the photos. I can't tell you how many times I've started to compile a photobook online and then abandoned it because it all gets too hard.
Thankfully this time around I went through with it and actually got a photobook made up. The great part was that while researching businesses that do photobooks I came across Photobook Moments and discovered that Sandra actually compiles the book for you including the layout and order of photos. Yay. All I had to do was send off the photos to her. So easy!
I got the classic photobook option in a square layout (because square is perfect for Instagram photos). I ordered my book a few weeks before the end of the challenge so it would come in time to write this post so I didn't have all the 52 photos for the book, but substituted some other ones I'd taken. Sandra did such a fantastic job with the layout of the book, coordinating the photos by colour and theme so that the book flows nicely from start to finish. I love it so much! These are a few of the pages from my book.
The photobook is hard cover and the pages are nice thick high quality paper. It arrived quickly (especially given I ordered around Christmas) and in perfect condition. I can't recommend Sandra enough. She provides a fully personalised service and prices include the design, print and delivery. I'll definitely be turning this years challenge into a photobook again.
Speaking of this year, I know you're all dying to hear about the new challenge. Essentially the challenge is staying the same, being run on a Wednesday each week with the first week starting this Wednesday the 7th January, but the prompts have had a makeover. The rules are simple:
To play along:
1. Follow the weekly prompt for your photo - you can be as creative or literal as you like.
2. Share your photo - there are many ways you can do this:
- via Instagram, simply use #fmy52weeksofmemories
- on the Finding Myself Young Facebook wall
- on your own Facebook, just remember to use #fmy52weeksofmemories
- via the weekly blog link up here if you have a blog
You can jump in and out of the challenge whenever you like, there is no pressure to stay playing for the entire 52 weeks and you wont get a black mark if you miss a week. I'll be sharing across all 3 platforms - Facebook, Instagram and via the weekly linky here. You can choose which platform you prefer or share across all of them as well.
So what do you think of the new prompts?
Are you going to play along this year?