When making photo books, I always make the book as meaningful as I can.
Of course a book of photos of your loved ones are meaningful, that’s a given. But how do you put more meaning into just pictures? Here are 5 ideas to create meaningful photo books and an example of a photo book I have made.
Question and Answer Book
Wouldn’t it be fun to ask your children a list of random questions and see what they come up with? I bet they would really crack you up =) Here are some questions you could include in this photo book:
- If you (or anyone else in your family) have a super power, what would it be?
- If mommy and daddy could take you anywhere in the world, where would we go?
- If you have 1 wish that would come true, what would you wish for?
- If there’s an elephant in the room, what would he be doing?
- If mommy is a cartoon character, who would she be?
How many times have your children said something and you either burst out laughing, or you’re trying your hardest to not laugh? This happens to me all the time, usually when I’m disciplining Elle! I have to cover my mouth with my hand or fully turn around so she can’t see me laughing!
I think these are the moments worth remembering and worth documenting. I usually write them down and/or share them on Facebook (doesn’t everyone?).
If these moments are put in photo books, I’m sure it’ll provide hours of entertainment for years and years. Your children’s children would be reading this =)
Write A Letter
If you’re making a photo book of your children, one of my favourite things to do is to write a letter to them and include it in the book. How wonderful would it be for your children to look at these photos even 5 years from now and know how you felt about them.
All About Me From A-Z
Make a list of things about your child, 1 for each letter of the alphabet. You could use adjectives that describes them, names of the places that they’ve been, things that they love, and friends that they have.
What I Love About You
I bet you’d feel pretty loved if your children gave you a photo book with things they say they love about you. I would feel pretty darn special if I received a book like this =) This would also make a great gift for any family member or anyone who loves your children.
Photo Book Example
Now that you have lots of ideas to make your next photo book more meaningful, let’s look at a photo book I created for my sister and her first child for her first Mother’s Day.
I used photos of my sister and her daughter and included a sweet letter she wrote to her little girl. The letter was broken into a few sections that was placed throughout the book. I also personalized the book by pulling special quotes and placed them on top of corresponding/appropriate images.
Not only will this book serve as a sweet bedtime story when this little girl is a bit older, but it will be a memory of how much a mother loved her child and how much she thought about them while growing up.
I created this photo book using Blurb.com. I really like making photo books with them because their quality is WAY better than others that I’ve used and even some of my photographer friends uses them. Their pricing is extremely affordable and their pricing is competitive with other photo book companies out there.
How To Make A Photo Book That Lasts
When I make photo books, I always make them as durable as possible since I want them to last. These photos are precious and I want to look at them with my grandchildren one day.
I always start with a hardcover book and upgrade to thicker paper.
For this particular book, I got a small square 7×7 hardcover book with a dust jacket, upgraded from the standard black linen cover to a natural colored linen, and from standard paper to premium lustre paper.
The standard price for a hardcover book is $25.99 and with all my upgrades, it cost less than $36 for it all – a small price to pay for an heirloom photo album that my family and I will enjoy for years and years. I even had a Blurb coupon so it brought the price down a bit.
Let me take a moment to say that while soft cover books are a lot cheaper (Blurb’s start at 12.99 for a small square album), they’re also not as nice or durable.
These family photo albums are meant to last a long time, meant to be heirlooms for your children so I’d recommend investing a little bit more money to get a hardcover book.
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