1. Start your book with BookSmart
Open BookSmart and click the “Start a New Book” button. Ideally, you’ll have all of your favorite family photos chosen and have the files organized and named in a way that makes sense to you. You should also have an idea of what order you want to feature the photos. But don’t worry—you can add and delete photos at any time, and change the order as you go. Just keep in mind that having a grip on your book’s outline now will make it much easer in the long run to make a great book.
Here are a few tips on how to get organized:
Great family books have great themes. If you can think of a way to conceptually tie your photos together—holidays, world events, costumes, whatever—your book will be much more likely to draw people in.
Have all your photos gathered together in one place on your computer (if they’re still all in shoeboxes or physical albums, make sure you’ve scanned everything you think you’ll want to feature). Name each file something that makes sense and that makes it easy to keep things in order when you’re viewing a list of files (like Grandma_birthday.1.jpg).