If you grew up in the 80's, your mother like most mothers at that time, probably chronicled your childhood religiously. By the time we were in our teens, they must have had at least two bookshelves full of peel and stick photo albums.

While the days of the peel and stick albums may be behind us, the tradition of family photo keeping is something that we still love. But it’s not just for holidays or vacations anymore, creative moms all over the world are coming up with beautiful and unique ways to document their family’s lives. With so many creative ideas for family photo keeping, we are so excited to bring you four of our favorites today: here are four creative ways for you to capture your best family memories in a photo book.

Photo-A-Day Photo Books : The Family Photo Book to Celebrate the Little Things

The Photo-A-Day Challenge Photo Book is the perfect way to capture a snapshot of your family’s life: from bedtime rituals to breakfast chaos, creating a Photo-A-Day Photo Book is the best way to capture the moments that may not seem particularly important at the time, but are the moments that end up defining our lives.

How to start: aim to take one photo every day for a month or, if you’re feeling ambitious, every day for one year. The photo can be of anything – the mundane, the chaos, the traffic, anything, and jot down your notes on the day. These notes can be a description of the moment, quotes of a funny thing that your kids said/did, or how that moment made you feel.

The truly special thing about capturing these moments is that it celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary. Often, we only remember to take photos of the traditionally “big” moments in our kid’s lives: first day of school, birthdays, or Christmas, but sometimes, it’s the day-to-day moments that hold so much more meaning than we might have thought.

Yearly Interview Photo Book : The Family Photo Book to Celebrate Growing Up

Not only are your little ones sprouting like beanstalks, but their personalities are changing at the same time. It’s incredible to see the difference that a year makes in the life of your child.

The concept of the Yearly Interview Book is simple but long-term: it starts with setting a yearly date to interview your kids (and maybe even your partner and yourself). A friend of ours takes a photo and interviews her son on the day after his birthday, every single year. The interview always has the same ten questions: from what he wants to be when he grows up to his favorite color.

We’ve seen a few of these amazing books come across our printer in the last couple of years. The concept is simple and is an amazing way to chart how your family has grown over the years and how your little one’s personalities (and opinions) develop.

You can write their answers down and re-type them or handwrite them in your book.

Creative tip: If you’re feeling particularly tech-savvy, you can record your kids using your phone and convert the recording into a QR code (you know, those barcodes that you see on advertisements sometimes).

Start by recording your interview, then upload the recording to the internet (use a private YouTube channel), then create your QR Code on a website like http://www.qrstuff.com/. From here, you can upload the image of the scannable QR code (and the recording), into your book.

Ten years from now, you can flip back and listen to your adorable 3-year old’s voice.

The “Ten Favorite Family Holidays Moments” for Photo Book: The Family Photo Book for the Busy Mom

Ah yes, the family holiday. A time to relax, restore and enjoy yourself. Right?

Not likely: if you are a parent with children on a vacation then you’ve probably got your hands full. Whether it’s making sure that everyone is covered head to toe in sunscreen (or at the bare minimum still surviving), the idea of recording every single moment of your vacation can feel like a huge task. And who really wants to spend their holiday behind the lens of a camera taking a thousand pictures rather than actually experiencing anything?

This is why we love “Ten Favorite Things Photo Books” — the ultimate “short but so sweet” family holiday photo book that requires only ten photographs from your family’s best holiday moments. Add in quotes and memories from your family members and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday keepsake — all without having to sacrifice your sanity.

The Family Selfie Book : The Family Photo Book that You Are Actually a Part Of

The last favorite photo book isn’t actually all that creative, in fact, it feels a bit obvious.

It came to mind when a friend of ours said that all of the photos of her family vacations appeared as if only her son and husband were on them, despite her being on every single vacation. In being the thoughtful mother, intent on capturing her family’s special moments, she accidentally left herself out entirely.

How, you may ask, did she finally feature in a family photo? Que the family selfie: yes, that’s right, a “felfie”. Welcome to a world where mom actually appears in family photos rather than just taking them. Yes, we know, the selfie may seem cringe-worthy at first, but it is so important that you are a part of your family’s moments because, at the end of the day, you’re their mom and, years from now, they will thank you for capturing the moments that you had together.

Feeling inspired?

*Images courtesy of Winky Lewis of www.winkylewisphoto.com, Kieran Scott of kieranscottphotography.com and Tim Harper of thomproductions.com.

Long distance relationships: as much as we try to avoid them, it’s likely that at one point or another, you’ve had at least one. Whether you were the one who left, or you were the one who was left, distance is something that we’ve all had to deal with. As much as you know you’ll have new relationships, there is that fear that the distance will hurt your old ones.

There’s always that initial period of fretting: organising numerous Skype dates and phone calls, but, as time goes on, the calls become less frequent and slowly but surely, you find that you’ve drifted. Until one day, years later, you meet again and you’re both filled with apprehension, ‘Will it be the same? Will they even like me anymore?’. And then there is that moment when you first see their face and they crack that familiar smile, that you realise you were worried about nothing; there are some relationships that can survive anything.

Yes, long distance relationships - we all have at least one, whether it’s your best friend, boyfriend, parents or siblings who live millions of miles away. And sometimes, despite how much you love them, the distance can feel insurmountable.

But, in the face of these obstacles, they’re always there for you, in one way or another: through late night phone calls or cards on your birthday, through thick and thin. You may not get to see each other every day, but when you do, you’re right back to where you left off as if no time has passed at all.

They’re not the most convenient of relationships - time differences, life, family, and careers have a way of complicating even the strongest bonds. But as much as you hate living so far apart, in a way, sometimes the distance forces us to truly appreciate and celebrate the time that you do have together - a time that you normally might have taken for granted.

Here at MILK Books, we’re all about celebrating those moments, and while we know that seeing your precious memories in a book is an incredible feeling - sharing those moments with the people that you love is when the real magic happens.

For this reason, we’ve created the MILK Online Photo Book, the digital version of your MILK Books or Albums, that can be easily shared through social media or email with the people that you love, regardless of the miles that separate you.

Simply go to the ‘Online Photo Books’ page of your account and, with the click of a button, your best friend in Bali or grandma in Florida can be flipping through the online version of your wedding album with you. After all, if the distance hasn’t stopped your friendship, why should it stop you from sharing with them?

To celebrate the launch of our Online Photo Books, we’re giving away one MILK Archival Photo Album (valued at US$240) each month. To enter, share your MILK Online Photo Book or Album with us on our Facebook fan page or on Twitter using the hashtag #MyMILKBook, and you’ll be in the running. Help us celebrate the people who matter most to you; because these moments are best when shared.

Terms & conditions: Online Photo Book URL must be posted to the MILK Books Facebook page to qualify for entry to win a 24-page large MILK Archival Photo Album valued at US$250. Alternatively, share your Online Photo Book on Twitter to qualify for entry with the hashtag #myMILKBook. Competition will run each month until 30 June 2017. Winning book will be chosen on the last day of each month from the books shared during the current month and contacted via email. Winners decision is final by MILK. Gift voucher must be used within one transaction.