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How to create a Personalized Photo Album For Any Gift Giving Season

Updated on April 14, 2014

Create a Custom Personalized Photo Album for any Gift Giving Season

Who doesn't like pictures. People take pictures for all of life's events; weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions, vacations, baptisms.

What better way to document an event than with pictures. What better way to keep your pictures than with a photo album.

So what could be a better gift idea to yourself, your family, friends or clients than a personalized photo album.

Personalizing a photo album is as simple as cutting and pasting a few items to empty pages in the book to create any type theme you wish.

With the right materials and a few instructions you will be making these adorable albums for you, your friends and family.

Happy scrapping!

All photos on this page belong to the bead at home mom unless otherwise indicated.

photo album
photo album

Collect Memorabilia

Once you have decided what you want your photo album to be about, make sure to collect memorabilia from your event.

Keep everything that you think you might use. Don't be afraid to save too much. Better to have too much and not use than to want to use and not have it.

In this photo and the ones below are of a child's 1st birthday party scrapbook photo album I used party napkins, streamers, party theme decorations, the invitation and thank you notes to commemorate her first birthday.

See if you can find items in each picture.

What collectibles can you use for your album?

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Where Do I Begin?

gather supplies

When you have collected memorabilia from the event you wish to create your photo album about and have purchased your plain front photo album, finish pulling your supplies together.

Decide what pictures you would like to use in your album. If you take digital pictures you will need to take your time to have your favorites processed.

Here is a list of additional supplies you may need to begin and complete your photo album project.

image: Microsoft Clipart

  • Glue Sticks
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Decorative Edge Scissors
  • Decorative Scrapbook Papers
  • Paper Cutter

Create a Personalized Photo Album by Decorating the Front Album Cover - Decide your Theme

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Front covers can be as simple or as elaporate as you want to deal with. This example here is just a simple plaque found in the scrapbooking dept of a craft store.

For a full effect I added letter stickers found a few isles over. There is a large selection and they hold up very well and make a nice impression. It's gives an immediate embossed effect and all you need to do is peel and stick. Of course you want to take care to lining up your lettering.

Below you will find more samples fronts I have done. When I began I started with very simple designs shown here but as I became more comfortable with my techniques I became more elaborate. Sometimes the simpliest is the best and cleanest look. But it's all a personal preference.

Front Album Covers

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Front Cover Supplies

Pick up large stickers, metal decals with your event or trip theme to create the introduction to your album.

Maybe you went to visit the Lego Plant, or a Fall visit to Canada or maybe you went scuba diving. What ever your event find or create some type of embellishment to commemorate your trip or event.

Use letter stickers to create your sayings. It's easy and fun to do. You are only limited by your imagination.

Classic Sea Turtle (Honu) Decal Sticker - Size:4.0 x 3.8 inches - Color:Kelly Green
Classic Sea Turtle (Honu) Decal Sticker - Size:4.0 x 3.8 inches - Color:Kelly Green

Large Stickers for your front covers is the easiest decor for any custom photo album. Finding the right one is the challenge.

 

Create a Theme Page - Tell a Story

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Creating a theme page on the inside is the anchor for creating your personalization to your photo album.

By adding stickers and mementos from the event will create your own special scrapbook photo album. All you will need now is to add the photos to complete your one of a kind keepsake.

The scrapbook effect tells whole lot in itself. Add as much or as little as you want to see.

I always try to do a layout draft by just scribbling an idea on a scrap piece of paper to help me collect and keep my thoughts from getting jumbled.

Here below are some suggestions of stickers that may get your imagination started.

Added Embellishments - to compliment your themed photo album

Additional embellishments can be attached to your photo album to create extra touches. Use your imagination as to what can be added. Here are a few that I like to add.

  1. A ribbon bookmark.
  2. Add a charm to the ribbon bookmark.
  3. Create photo frames for the individual photo pages. Using specialty paper based on the theme of you album increases the personal touches.
  4. Create a 'Compliments of' or 'Created By' information section on the front inside cover so the recipient always remembers who the gift was from.
  5. Create an additional scrapbook page on another empty page, inside Cover for example. Dedicate this page to an additional activity that the album theme will be based on.
  6. Turn the photo album into a portfolio of your work. Decorate the album based on your specialty.

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#1 & #2 Ribbon bookmark with a themed charm added.#1, #2, and #3 Theme charmed ribbon with extra photo frame.#3 Photo Frame#4 & #5 "Compliments of" page and extra themed page#6 Portfolio photo album
#1 & #2 Ribbon bookmark with a themed charm added.
#1 & #2 Ribbon bookmark with a themed charm added.
#1, #2, and #3 Theme charmed ribbon with extra photo frame.
#1, #2, and #3 Theme charmed ribbon with extra photo frame.
#3 Photo Frame
#3 Photo Frame
#4 & #5 "Compliments of" page and extra themed page
#4 & #5 "Compliments of" page and extra themed page
#6 Portfolio photo album
#6 Portfolio photo album

I enjoy knowing when guest have been by to visit. Please feel free to leave a comment or share a story of a technique you have used to embellish a photo album.

Come back again to visit or share with a friend. Either way thanks for stopping by.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @cendana1: They do make great keepsakes and a not so difficult project. Glad you enjoyed. Thx for stopping by for a visit.

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      Samsuryani 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Good idea for a gift to a special friend. Good tips as well! Thanks!

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      AlexandraHubbard 6 years ago

      Oh, so crafty! I have a big box of stuff I've kept from different occasions, I still need to start, though.