2016 Year in Review


I'm doing things in a backwards order here, I know. I jumped right into my 2017 goals and one little word without doing any sort of wrap-up post for 2016. Whoops! Whatever...it's my blog so I get to make up the rules, right? I wanted to share this "year in review" photo book I put together to celebrate our 2016 highlights. I used Mixbook and it was so easy! Reminded me of my scrapbooking days...but without all the mess and the hassle. And looking through all our photos made me realize what a great year we had. Maybe I wasn't the best blogger, but it sure was a fun, eventful, and significant year for me personally. That's how the teeter totter goes!

Year in Review book

Our 2016 by the numbers:

- 6 vacations
- 8 states
- 2 countries
- 4 national parks
- 33 weeks of pregnancy
- 38 days in the hospital
- 1 perfect baby


It's really nice to have some actual printed pages to flip through instead of everything being on a screen. And Ian LOVED "reading" our book and examining all the pictures. I'm definitely going to make photo books a yearly thing.

Year in review book

Customized photo book from Mixbook

If you're thinking of doing something similar, I would totally recommend Mixbook. They have lots of beautifully designed templates you can start with (I used the Minimalist theme), then you have the freedom to edit and customize as much as you'd like. You can add new photos and text, rearrange and resize them to your heart's content, choose different fonts, and add finishing touches with their free "stickers," backgrounds, and design elements. Seriously, it's like digital scrapbooking! Fun and really easy to play around with.

Yearly photo book

What were some of your highlights from 2016? Do you create photo books, or do you have other ways to celebrate your memories from year to year?

Thanks to Mixbook for partnering with me on this post.

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  1. Posted by Liz on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    I used Mixbook for my Christmas cards this year, and I was really pleased with the flexibility - it is what I had been wanting in a Christmas card design shop. I would love to try a yearbook/photo book.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

      Yay, glad to hear that! I was really impressed with the flexibility too. It makes it easy to design and create exactly what you want. For my photo book next year, I think I want to add a few more pages with some full page spreads of our favorite photos. I did a lot of collage pages, which are fun for recaps, but the big spreads are so beautiful for showcasing scenery, etc. I tried to cull down our photos to the very best of the year, but I feel like I could have included a few more!
  2. Posted by 'Becca'lise on Saturday, January 28th, 2017

    I'm an old-school scrapbooker, and I'm somewhat new to it. I made a book of highlights of my 10 year relationship with my husband, and another book of our foster-soon-to-be-adopted daughter (got her in May, so the book covers May to December). I think going forward I'm going to make one book for each year.