WIN: Are Photobooks the New Scrapbooking? (SP + Giveaway)

Are photobooks the new scrapbooking?
Are photobooks the new scrapbooking?

This post is in collaboration with Photobox

Are photobooks the new scrapbooking?

Are photobooks the new scrapbooking?

The Viking is, as he explains it, obsessed with the temporary nature of existence. To this end he has begun a few things to try to capture our lives in a more permanent way, so we have something more than our memories. He has begun using what is termed a “life logger” which you wear and it takes a photo every 30 seconds of whatever you’re looking at (obviously he doesn’t use it at work). Extending the permanency idea, he has also started printing our Instagram photos as magnets, creating a video of every photo taken throughout the year shown for only 10 seconds each, and doing a photobook for each year of our lives.

I particularly enjoy the photobook.

Back in the day, when time was free and I somehow seemed to have more energy, I used to indulge in scrapbooking. I’m sure you’re familiar with that hobby, you put photos onto card inside a folder with all kinds of embellishments to turn every page into a work of art in itself. But as I began to run out of time, scrapbooking became more and more difficult to maintain. The cost, the time involved in creating the pages, selecting and printing all the photos, and the storage. Oh, the storage. So it was easy to see why I was excited to discover you can actually design the whole page online and have it printed into a book for you.

Our year books are quite silly, to be honest, and although they capture the big events like getting engaged, getting married and buying a house, we have also elected to include the things we consider to be “big moments” in our everyday lives.

One year, for example,  has a big picture of a spider in it, because that was the night we found a spider on the wall which was too big to go down the vacuum cleaner and wasn’t any kind of spider we had ever encountered. So we did what any normal people would do – we surrendered the house to the spider and sealed ourselves in our bedroom, hoping it wouldn’t bring 50 of its mates during the night and re-enact a scene from Eight Legged Freaks.

We also put together a book for our wedding, and are working on one for our trip overseas. It’s often overlooked, in this digital age, to have physical photos but I still believe it’s important. If for no other reason than a photobook can be looked at and flipped through by your audience at their leisure, rather than you having to explain every photo a thousand times. And if I get bored giving a slideshow presentation, I can only assume how bored you are to receive one.

And, as we all know – if there’s no pic, it didn’t happen 😉


In conjunction with Photobox, we’re giving away an A4 personalised Photobook, valued at $49.95!

To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post and answer this question: What would you put in your Photobook, and why?

Terms & Conditions

  • Competition opens Friday 20 June 2014 and closes midnight Friday 4 July 2014
  • Competition open to residents of Australia and New Zealand
  • This is a game of skill and entries will be judged on creativity
  • The winner will be notified by reply comment on this post and will have 7 days to claim their prize


This post is in collaboration with Photobox. All opinions expression are my own. 

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  • Kel

    My photo book would be about where my beautiful children are at right now. We tend to think we will remember the moments we are in but life with children has shown me how fleeting life can be.

    So, there would be photos of my daughter in her ballet costume, my boys at tennis and photos of my beautiful husband cuddling and kissing our kids. I would love to capture them as they are in 2014.

    • Tamsin Howse

      What a wonderful idea! You are completely right, we forget the day to day details of life so often.

  • Emily

    I am LONG overdue on creating a photobook for my baby boy to celebrate his first year of life. Winning this would see me get straight to work! (In theory…)
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    (And yes, I definitely think photobooks are the new scrapbooking. My scrapbook accessories has been languishing in the cupboard for two years now – it’s so hard to do, because setting up the table with everything and packing it away so the kids can’t get the little bitty bits takes longer than the actual scrapbooking!)

    • Tamsin Howse

      Scrapbooking with kids would be such a pain in the bum! It’s hard enough with cats!

  • Camilla

    I would use the photobook to capture and share the growth of our family this year with puppies, chooks and cows. It’s a major milestone in our life prior to getting married.

    • Tamsin Howse

      Ooh! Cows! I would love to have cows! My backyard is too small for even a dog so somehow I don’t think the strata corporation will approve a cow.

      • Camilla

        Lol I don’t think so either… We’re on 11 acres so there’s a little bit of room.

  • Katherine | Kapcha The World

    I’ve just moved to Melbourne and have been taking lots of photos around the city. I’d put those in the photo book and send it to my friend who I’m trying to convince to move here too!!

    • Tamsin Howse

      Haha! I love it! Melbourne is lovely, I’d love to see some of your pics.

  • Heather Tyler

    Scrapbooks were part of my childhood, but photobooks are taking over now. I’d use it to capture precious moments with loved ones, because we’ve had several untimely deaths in our family recently, and it makes me want to keep memories even closer and more vivid.

    • Tamsin Howse

      I hear you on that one! We went overseas last year and while we were away two family members passed away. It was heartbreaking to not only lose them, but not be able to properly say goodbye.

      • Heather Tyler

        Thanks, Tamsin. I’m in the same situation. My mother passed away when we were overseas.

  • Cate Brickell

    I still scrapbook, although project life (as a system, not necessarily the products) has taken over. If I had a photobook to fill, I’d fill it with photos fro the last 12mths of Sophie’s life, or the next 12mths of our lives, just the everyday moments that get forgotten as the years move forward

  • J’aimee

    I’d love to create a photobook with pics of all the new things our kids havd tried over the last few years-kayaking, bushwalking, cooking, and art projects. It’d be a fantastic way of keeping the memories alive & a boost to their motivation to keep on pushing themselves to try new experiences and adventures. Thanks for the opportunity to win & great blog!

  • ClaireyHewitt

    I have a folder on my computer called ‘Dad’ it is all the images of my Dad and my two girls before he died 18 months ago. Sadly there are not really all that many. He was not one to be in photos. I really want to get them printed up into a lovely book, something that they will have to keep of him and sadly, I expect as they grow their personal memories of him will fade. Photos really do keep memories alive.

  • Lesley

    I lost most of my photo’s in a flood a few years back so I would put what photo’s I have left in it.

  • Diana

    Furry friends the one’s why share our lives at the moment and the one’s who now dwell in our hearts after having painfully moved on to a better place. Be a photo book to make me smile and also bring a tear to my eye.


    All of my most awesome photo’s that I’ve taken over the years and am ridiculously proud of. Flowers, insects, animals, artistic shots that leave you guessing what the subject is and those I hold dear. There will be a lot in my photobook.

  • Karina Lee

    Photos of my 4 month old daughter because they grow up so fast!

  • lisa

    My 6 year old like writing and illustrating stories on tiny pieces of paper. So I would collaborate all her stories and illustrations and print them together as a collection of her work. A – so we don’t loose

    • Tamsin Howse

      Hi Lisa, Congrautlations! You win! Contact me at within 14 days to claim your prize.

  • Lisa Shulman

    I’d like to make a family album for my Dad for fathers day. Although he wouldn’t openly admit it, he’s a softie at heart and would really love and appreciate it!

  • Charlotte

    My beautiful rescue dogs. Their lives pass by so fast – living only a fraction of a human life, every year brings new changes in their faces, spots, coats and personalities. They slow down, grow grey eyebrows and sleep more in the blink of an eye, and then they have left us. My brother made a photobook of photos of our old dog and it is such a comfort, something to hold onto when the ache of missing her is strong.

  • Michelle Gray

    Pictures of my kids, brag book :)