Memory Keeping & Photo Organization

August 25, 2016

Memory Keeping & Photo Organization

Printing and organizing photos are a thing of the past. Even scrapbooking is loosing it’s popularity. Everyone has gone digital, whether it’s on your smart phone, iPad, or your computer. This means that most of us haven’t printed out photos in ages or have minimal pictures to show for all of the memories we’ve created. We want to cherish our family photos, vacations, holidays, and life events.  But most importantly we want to preserve those memories for our children, so that when they are grown they can look back through the years.  I’ve found the easiest, fastest, and perfect way to do it and it’s called My Social Book.


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Everyone has a Facebook page (well most do), so it only makes sense to utilize this outlet to help us document memories for our family. I recently came across a social media post by My Social Book which is a company that transforms your Facebook or Instagram timeline into a memory book. It’s completely customizable and you choose what types of posts you want included in the book. Don’t want to include posts others have shared on your page? No problem, you don’t have to! Since I began using Facebook in 2008, I have shared family photos, life events, and silly snapshots of our day to day lives.  Through My Social Book, I’ve been able to take those shared posts and create a memory book.



Instead of mindlessly using Facebook to post silly memes, I now pay more attention to the events and photos I share with my friends. I am in control of the content I share on Facebook and I only post what I want in our books. I am the keeper of memories for my family and I am documenting our lives. My Social Book has been a true blessing for us and I’m so grateful to be able to capture and preserve memories in such an easy way.


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If you want to use Facebook (or Instagram) to create a memory book for your family, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Be conscious of what you post. If you don’t want to read it in your memory book, don’t post it on Facebook.
  • Think of it as a journal. Add your thoughts to the post and share what you felt that day. Give meaning to the post.
  • Give detailed explanations of pictures. Share the who, where, when, what, and why’s.
  • Post for yourself  and not for you friends. Use Facebook as a tool for you, not to impress others, but to capture your life!


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False! My Social Book is not time consuming like scrapbooking & Project Life. Creating a My Social Book literally takes a few minutes, at most! If you are a busy person like me, this may be the answer to your prayers.  Pictured above are the four books that I’ve created over the past 8 years. I began in 2008 and have documented through 2015 so far. These books are priceless in my eyes. Each book was created in less than ten minutes.


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My Social Book is completely customizable from the colors, to the styles and covers.


Memory Keeping and Photo Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Memory Keeping and Photo Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Memory Keeping and Photo Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Below is a page documenting our family vacation from several years ago.


Memory Keeping and Photo Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


And here is my daughters very first middle school dance. She is now a college student!

Memory Keeping and Photo Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


You can share day to day happenings or big life events on Facebook. The sky is the limit!


Memory Keeping and Photo Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


I can’t say enough about My Social Book. It truly has changed the way we document our lives. Here are some FAQs to help get you started.

  1. How often should I create a book?   If you post on Facebook a lot, you might want to order a book every year. I post regularly and I create a book every two years. So every other January, I will order a new book.
  2. Want to save 30% on your first order? Click on this link to save!
  3. Is it difficult to create a book? No, It is super easy! It will take you less than ten minutes, from start to finish.
  4. Can I order a book for previous years? Absolutely! You can start on the day you began using Facebook.


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If you feel guilty for not printing out pictures of your family, give My Social Book a try. I promise you will fall in love!

Happy Organizing,



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29 comments on “Memory Keeping & Photo Organization

  1. Christina says:

    I have years of photos (printed & digital) to organize. At times I am a minimal sharer on social media. Can this service be used with photos not posted on social media. Thank you for insight!

    • Toni says:

      Thats a good question. You can ask them on chat. Go to their website and at the bottom right, click. They can help you. 🙂

  2. Terra Moon says:

    Just checking this out real fast before work, what are the cost? Prices?

    • Toni says:

      It entirely depends on how big your book is. How many pages, hard cover, soft cover, etc… It is a wide range of pricing. Don’t forget you get 25% off your first order with my link. 🙂

  3. Kristi says:

    A word of caution: like any social media site, your content can be gone tomorrow. If you are printing once per year, and things disappear, you will want to make sure you have your photos and memories backed up elsewhere also.

  4. Melissa says:

    Thank you for this update on your Photos…I must not have been the only one asking about all of your Project Life photos and your new Office update!

    • Melissa says:

      I forgot to ask in the previous comment…what is in the larger skinny box (maybe a 12 x 12 size box)? If you care to share.

  5. Gemma says:

    Do they ship to the UK do you know?

    • Toni says:

      Im not sure.

    • Carol says:

      Hello Gemma. I am also from the UK. I went on the My Social Book website and it comes up in our pounds and pence currency automatically. Therefore I can only assume wherever anyone comes from, it automatically comes up in that particular currency and all information pertains to that country too.

      Hope hat helps.

    • Berenice says:

      Yes they totally do it! ; They ship all over the world.
      The total price can be different depending of the location.

  6. Donna says:

    I do the same with my Blog. It’s my diary. My cousin uses Instagram books. So many neat options out there for every style!

  7. Arline says:

    Wow! Never heard of these before. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, the quality looks great xx

  8. Kit says:

    I love My Social Books! Every year I have one made for each of my kids and husband as a Christmas gift. Because they are completely customizable, you can make them whatever you need them to be. Last year the hubs and I went to Paris, London and Amsterdam, and we ended up with the BEST social book documenting our vacation. #imafan

  9. Thanks for this! I’ve seen those ads on Facebook and thought it was such a good idea, but kind of unsure about it! So glad someone did a review! Definitely going to consider this. 🙂

  10. Jenifer Graham says:

    Thank you Toni.
    This is amazing I was just thinking I hate that my photos are just sitting on my computer not being seen…

  11. Michelle says:

    So glad I found you again! I’ve been a follower for some time, but somehow stopped getting posts. Came across this in a blurb about ‘s had my groups were posting’ and this was the content. What a FANTASTIC IDEA!!! I’m pretty sure that this isn’t WELL known yet either for some reason. THANK YOU for sharing.

  12. Lavues says:

    This looks really nice, such a nice idea of keeping memories!

  13. Michelle says:

    Great post Toni! My question is, how did you deal with all of your scrapbook supplies once you found this wonderful way to preserve your pictures? I have a ton of scrap booking supplies, which I haven’t used in years. I don’t know how to go about dealing with or parting with any of it. Keep up the great work, it’s appreciated!

  14. D. Wheel says:

    Love this! For those who take lots of pictures with their smartphones, Groovebook is fabulous for getting those pictures printed. It is an app and you can have 100 pictures printed in a small book for $2.99 a month. It’s been a great way to print pictures of our grandkids and cheap too!

  15. Lisa says:

    I haven’t seen this before and am going to be doing this in the future. It sure brings a lot of perspective on what I will be and will not be sharing from here on out on my social media. 🙂 One question though, what do you do with the boxes and boxes of pictures you (err…I have) from the pre-Facebook/Instagram era? I’ve thought about scanning them and putting them in books, just the monumental task seems daunting… P.S. Love your blog!

  16. Tom Wright says:

    Great ideas, Toni. As well as doing your life memories for your own kids, I am doing a social book for my elderly parents so they can leave their precious memories to us and their grandchildren.

  17. Sheila Martin says:

    I just finished reading an email from My Social Book where they’ve shared this blog post (with your permission they said), and that’s how I’ve found my way here! I just discovered My Social Book this year. I joined Facebook in July 2009 so the first book I ordered included that partial year and all of 2010. Wow, was I impressed!! To me it was priceless!! My dad who turned 88 this year is so enjoying looking through it and reading all the comments! Since that first book, I learned how to spend a little time customizing exactly what I want in the book and have ordered separate books for years 2011 through 2014 and a Photo Book of our trip to Disney World in 2014. I’m working now on going through my 2015 Timeline so I can order a book from that year. And for 2016, like you’ve shared in your blog post, I’m careful what I post, making sure it’s only something I’d like future generations to see.

    My goal is to make Facebook albums with pictures of my ancestors with their stories as captions and also albums of my own pictures and life stories through the decades then have those albums printed as books (you can choose just to have Facebook albums printed into a book as long as there are enough pictures and pages). It’s a huge project getting everything together but those books, too, should be priceless. Thank you for the inspiration!

  18. Alyson says:

    I’ve noticed you have really scaled back on some of your purchases and while I understand you are now on a strict budget, I can’t help the relief I feel seeing the change to more simplified organization. I’ve been following you for years since I love all thing organization, but have always thought, “man, she constantly has new things and organization systems, planners, gadgets, decor, etc.” and it got pretty overwhelming for a loyal reader seeing your new office updated several times a year and new things here and there as well as all the different planners you have. While that might be in some people’s budget, it’s not realistic for others and in my case it’s just too much stuff I don’t need. I was recently re-reading some of your old blog posts and came across your post about the Project Life/scrapbooking organization (Oct 2013), are you still doing Project Life or any form of scrapbooking besides the Social Book? You had A LOT of Project Life kits and was wondering if you are still doing it? 🙂

  19. I have been thinking of ways to organize my photos I really like the social book idea.

  20. Kimberly says:

    HI Toni! I just adore your blog. You are so inspirational! I am also wondering about whether or not you are still doing Project Life. I’m trying to really decide on how to do memory keeping for my family, my kids, and my family history. Would love to know your current system.

  21. Derek Hines says:

    Thanks for the great suggestion. I recently did a project for my family where I digitized all the family slides (over 2000) as well as converted VHS videos into digital files. I had CDs made that allowed me to share all these images and videos with my brothers and their families. It’s definitely important to keep the memories alive!

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