Every Chatbook tells a unique story. The How I Chatbook Series is a collection of those stories highlighting how people around the world use Chatbooks to help them hold on to what matters.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make a Chatbook without over-gramming (or excessively posting to Instagram).

Oftentimes, mothers suffer from a common illness: mom guilt. Every new mother goes and buys a baby book and gets her camera ready to document her baby’s every move. Everyone tells her that her kids will grow up so fast and that she’ll miss them being so young. And then she soon realizes that between sleepless nights, cleaning the house, and working, there is no time for baby books; and of course she starts feeling terrible about it!

Meet Lisa

Lisa is a mother of two young kids and works full-time as a marketing director for a hotel chain. She successfully made a baby book for her son Axel during her maternity leave, but when it was time to return to work, she simply ran out of time and energy—facing the inevitable mom guilt. So when her daughter Gemma came along, she turned to Instagram to document her kid’s lives. She subscribed to a Chatbook Instagram series and now had a convenient way to receive pictures of her kids in a printed book.

“I found Chatbooks and instantly realized it was the answer to a busy mom’s empty store-bought baby book. All I had to do was capture the moments and Chatbooks did the rest” says Lisa.

But as her kids started to grow Lisa ran into another mom guilt problem….what are you supposed to do with all of the projects and artwork that kids bring home from daycare or school??! There’s no way you can easily keep all of it!

Again, Lisa had a great Chatbooks-inspired idea. In order to avoid over-gramming pictures of her kids and keeping their artwork around the house she created a separate private Instagram account and created a new Instagram Series for that account. It was the perfect solution! Now she could post as many pictures of her kids as she wanted and preserve her kids artwork, and best of all she could receive all of it in a printed book. Now Lisa won’t have to rent out a storage unit to keep all of the art projects her kids bring home, and she can keep her friends engaged in her Instagram photos without posting every single cute thing her kids do.