We love birthdays in our family and go all out for the kids’ birthday parties.
Because we literally take 100s of photos, I always make a photo book about the party. This summer Adeline had a Hello Kitty party and Elias had a Star Wars party (posts coming later this month) and I have recently been working on their birthday party photo books.
Since I’ve been making these types of birthday photo books for the past 5 years, I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips on putting them together. It’s not rocket science, but sometimes it’s nice to read through someone’s process, right? Many of these tips are applicable to any photo book. (This post contains affiliate links.)
I should note that I typically make 8×8 hardcover Shutterfly photo books. I find their quality to be excellent and they often offer awesome deals. (Current promotion: through 9/11/14 get a FREE 8×8 hardcover book with the code BOOK4FREE – more details below.)
Birthday Themed Photo Book Tips
Pick the best birthday photos first: If you have a lot of photos, select your best photos to upload to Shutterfly (or whatever site you are using). This makes the process of putting together the book go much faster because you aren’t wading through a bunch of photos you don’t want to use.
Use different layouts: It also helps to use different photo layouts across your page spreads. My favorite style is to use a large photo on one side and then multiple photos on the other. I love that Shutterfly also offers the option to use one photo across a two-page spread because the result is always stunning.
Organize the photos chronologically: Typically we do games, then cake, then gifts at my kids’ parties, so that is generally the way I organize the birthday photo books. I also always include a spread about the theme, decorations and anything else special about the party decor.
Use a great photo on the cover: I always pick a special photo of just the child for the cover of the book. There’s nothing better than a full-bleed photo on the cover, in my opinion. Also, don’t forget to label the binding!
Get personal: I always include a personal note to my child at the end of the book. This is an opportunity to celebrate what makes your child uniquely them at that age and leave a legacy of love in the book.
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I love free photo books! This offer is only available through September 11, so get to work on your photo book right away.
Bonus tips: If you have never read my 5 tips for creating a photo book fast, you must. Photo books do not have to be time consuming!
I hope this post inspires you to create a photo book that will be cherished for many years to come.