Today, I am sharing a guest post from Alyssa that was authored with Whitney Hollingshead! Alyssa and Whitney are sharing some great ways to remember 2014! Take it away, ladies.
Another year is quickly making an exit and 2015 is right around the corner. Before you start setting resolutions, take some time to remember the best moments of 2014. Here are some great ways that the entire family can participate in preserving the year’s highlights.
Photo Book or Photo Album
Create a family yearbook to capture the best Kodak moments of 2014. You can purchase a photo album to fill with photo prints, or you can make and order a customized photo book online. Many websites allow you to create the layout of your book and add all of your pictures. Some of these websites include Shutterfly, Mixbook, My Publisher, and Snapfish. Check out the photo tab on various store websites like Walgreens, Costco, and Walmart for their photo book creation options as well.
Here are some fun ways to create your family yearbook:
Top 10 – Have family members vote on the top 10 memories of the year and create your yearbook as a picture countdown to the best moment of the year.
Month by Month – Format your yearbook to capture the highlights from each month of 2014.
Spotlight – Give each family member their own section of pages and let them decide which pictures will be included in their section.
For 2015, set a goal to take more pictures throughout the year. Did you feel like you were missing pictures of key moments from 2014? While you don’t want to view the entire year through your camera lens, make sure you snap a picture or two of the moments that seem likely to be highlights. Upload the pictures to your computer at the end of each month and create a subfolder with a dozen favorite images each month. This will make creating your yearbook at the end of next year much easier.
Capturing video is easier than ever and provides the best way to preserve family memories. Don’t let the best stories of 2014 fade into distant memories. The easiest way to get your family members talking is to use questions or topic prompts. You can either interview family members one by one, or set up a camera to record the entire family at once.
Here are some topic prompts you can use:
Family vacation memories
Biggest surprise of the year
Biggest family adventure
Top 10 countdown
Favorite memory of 2014
For 2015, get in the habit of remembering to capture accounts by video as they unfold. For example, if one of your children comes home from school and tells a great story, ask them to tell it again and get their account on video. At the end of the year, you can create a family film that highlights the best video moments captured over the entire year.
If your family members have a habit of saying really funny or insightful things, then this is the perfect memory capturing tool for your family. Before the memories start to get a little cloudy, have each family member write down the best things said by family members throughout the year. Once all of the quotes have been recorded, transfer them to a poster and vote on the best place to hang your quotes.
For 2015 you can hang a blank poster at the beginning of the year. This will make it easier to capture the best quotes in a timely manner. At the end of next year, you can gather around the poster full of quotes, reminisce about the past year, and even vote on your favorites.
Word or Phrase of the Year
Have the entire family work together to come up with a word or short phrase that accurately sums up 2014 for your family. The word or phrase can be sentimental, funny, or inspirational. Let your family decide!
Once you decide on the word or phrase that best captures the year, make or order shirts for each family member showcasing your word or phrase. Check out this online design studio to get started designing your shirts. Your chosen word or phrase will become your family “brand” for the next year. Feel free to add this brand to any item you like.
So gather your family and choose your favorite memory preservation method from the suggestions above and get ready to make 2015 a year to remember.