How to make a photo album for a 21st birthday

Traditionally, when a person reaches 21 years of age, he or she is considered a full adult by society. Many people celebrate this monumental occasion with a large party or other event. One appropriate gift for a twenty-first birthday is a photo album filled with pictures of the birthday person or his or her friends and family. You can choose from a variety of themes for the album. Have several friends or family members work together on the album to produce a greater variety of photos for the album.

Choose a theme for the book. You could choose one picture from each year of the person's life for a total of 21 pictures, a theme of special events throughout the person's life, a collection of favourite memories with that person, photos that represent that person, pictures of places the person has visited, things that remind you of that person or any other idea you can think of.

Collect two or three photos for each book layout. Most scrapbooks have space for about 10 to 20 layouts, so you will need a total number of photos between 20 to 40. If you have a larger photo, or an exceptionally good one, then you can use it alone. You can also just purchase a photo album and slip the photos into the sleeves, which can hold up to hundreds of pictures depending on the size.

Decorate the photo album pages to add interest to the page. Use colours from the photos or themed paper based on the activities in the photos to decorate the background.

Trim the photos to the desired shape. You can use traditional rectangles, squares, circles, stars or any other shape you want.

Glue the photos in the photo album with glue dots. Use dots designed for use with photos.

Write the name of the event and what happened in each picture along with the date. Use an acid-free pen to prevent the ink from damaging the photos.

Embellish the pages with related stickers, buttons, ribbons and other embellishments. Just one or two embellishments per page really enhance the appearance of the album.

Things You'll Need

  • Printed photos
  • Photo album
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue dots
  • Acid-free pen
  • Embellishments
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.