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Keepsake Photo Album – The Perfect Gift

A keepsake photo album or scrapbook makes a beautiful gift for your loved ones. After all, what expresses how much your relationship means better than a book of shared memories. We’ll show you how to make a photo album step by step.

In this article, we will give you tips for making a unique photo album as a gift. Here are some things to think about as you get started:

 

🎁 Decide who you are making the album for and what it should look like

🎁 Collect inspiration

🎁 Gather everything you need

🎁 Start creating!

🎁 Wrap the gift in an original way

 

Find explanations for each step below.


1. The recipient and album style 🤗

Start by thinking about the person you are making the gift for. Will they enjoy the simple style of a classic photo album, or will they prefer to flip through colorful pages? Do they like reading stories? While one album style may be perfect for your grandparents, another album style will please the friends you went on vacation with.

 

In this first step, answer the following questions:

  • Will I make a photo album or a scrapbook?
  • Can I use old photos or do I need to print photos? Or possibly, both?
  • Will I tell the story chronologically? 📆
  • Will I add text to the album – short captions or long paragraphs?
  • Can I customize the photo album with tickets and maps from our travels together?
  • Will I use stickers, printables, and washi tapes, or just mounting corners to attach the photos?

2. Get inspired 🔍

Now that you’ve decided whether to use just photos and text or create a scrapbook, 📒 as well as if the album will be colorful or more subtle in style, it’s time to solidify the look of the album. Check out the photos below, explore Pinterest, and start getting a mental picture of what you want your album to look like.

Mothers and grandmothers in particular will enjoy a photo album that captures their little ones growing up ❤️


3. What you need

 

📒 Or, get our scrapbooking kit. It contains everything you need to make a scrapbook, including a $25 gift card for printing your photos.📒

For scrapbooks, also include:

  • Memorabilia - tickets, pressed flowers, or anything you can think of
  • Stickers
  • Washi tapes - colored or patterned tapes to add pizzazz to your scrapbook
  • Envelopes for trinkets and notes
  • Magazine, newspaper clippings, and travel pamphlets
  • Printed maps and guides

4. Let the creating begin 🖍

Once you have everything ready, you can get started.

Planning comes first - be sure to test the layout before attaching the photos. If you want to add, draw, or stick something to the photos, be sure to leave enough space.

Photos first - the photos are the foundation, always make sure they look good and the embellishments don’t distract from them. Any captions, drawings, or stickers should only make the photos stand out more.

Write - text is the perfect way to recall your memories and thoughts from your time together. It doesn't have to be a novel, even a short caption next to the photo will be appreciated.

Blank spaces can be filled with drawings, a ribbon, or a pressed flower. Or leave them blank. There is beauty in simplicity!

If you want to surprise the lucky recipient even more, use a variety of envelopes, pockets, and other compartments. You can hide small mementos in them or insert a letter, gift card, or anything else to surprise the recipient.


5. Wrap and you're done 🎀

Now, all you have to do is wrap your creation


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