Photo Book Design Ideas

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Photo Book Design Ideas
Photo books keep images and memories organised. (photo album image by .shock from

Photo books, also sometimes referred to as photo albums or scrapbooks, are suitable for a variety of occasions. A photo book keeps pictures and memories organised, and works well as a gift or for personal uses. When you design a photo book, keep the person or occasion in mind while you develop the theme.

Baby Album

Design a baby album using pastel colours such as blue, pink or yellow on the front and back covers. On the front, put a picture of the baby and her name. Lining the outside photo will formalise the album and assist in keeping the picture in place by holding down the edges. Use an edging that follows a baby-related theme for the book such as stripes, polka dots or animals. Carry on that theme with the inside pages by placing cutouts on the pages with pictures. If the page is not large enough for a cutout and the photo, consider placing a cutout image over pictures with dead spaces.

Arrange the album in chronological order so the first pictures of the baby are in the front and older pictures follow. Another idea for arranging the pictures is to use the album for one occasion such as a birthday or christening.

Birthday Book

Create a birthday book by filling a photo album with pictures of the child on his birthday and from the following year. Select a photo book that allows you to insert as many pages as you want so you can incorporate favourite photos from the year after the child’s birthday. Cover the album with construction paper, wrapping paper or wallpaper. Construction paper and wrapping paper require you to stick the paper to the album but self-adhesive wallpaper enables you to peel the back layer off and attach it directly to the album cover.

Decorate the cover with the child’s name, age and some of his favourite things. One design theme for the book is to use the same theme the child used for his birthday party.

Wedding Scrapbook

Compiling a wedding scrapbook for a recently married couple serves as a nice post-wedding gift. Cover a basic photo album or scrapbook in the colours used in the couple’s wedding. Paste one of the couple’s wedding photos on the front and add the wedding date. Write each word using calligraphy. Most calligraphy sets have instructions and practice routines to help you gain an understanding of how to write in that style.

You have a couple of options for the order of the photos. One option is to start with pictures from the wedding and leave some spaces at the back for the couple to add their honeymoon pictures. Another way to compile the pictures is to place candid pictures of the couple before the wedding in the front and lead up to the wedding pictures.

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