Making your own photo book is the perfect way to celebrate your favorite memories, look back on the highlights at the end of each year, and tell stories that are important to you. While some photo books are dedicated to the big moments in life such as weddings and international trips, these daily moments in between are what the big moments are built on. Don’t let them pass you by.
Make a photo book or instant photo book for this unique year – whether it’s the day-to-day life at home or local weekend getaways. Capture the joy of your everyday moments in a keepsake photo album that you can flip through for years to come. Also known as an easy photo book, an instant book holding your best memories can be made in just minutes. We’ve put together this list of creative everyday photo book ideas so that you can keep finding joy in the little things.
Everyday Photo Book
As everyone has been living through this historical moment in time, many have been documenting their daily routine with photos and social media posts. Make a custom photo book that celebrates these day-to-day, quiet and special moments, in print. It’s the ordinary memories you’ll want to record and remember because those are the ones that are often overlooked, yet in the long run, are the most important.
You can choose an everyday photo book template to start with or build your very own from scratch. Years from now when the kids are grown, you’ve moved houses or have a completely different routine, those photos of everyday moments will be among your favorites, and making a photo book that highlights all the inside jokes and special times spent together is a great way to keep them alive.
Year-In-Review Photo Book
If you want to get into the habit of creating your own photo books on a more regular basis, creating an annual year-in-review photo book is a great place to start. You can bring together photos from all your favorite moments, including local trips, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, and have them turned into a professional-quality photo book that sums up your year. Need some guidance? Read some of our tips on how to make the perfect photo book.
Local Travel Photo Book
If you’ve been exploring within arm’s reach of your own home recently, why not find your favorite photos from your day trips or weekend getaways and create your own series of mini vacation photo books? Creating a local travel photo book is a great way to tell the story of your own town, give others a sense of what your home is like, and preserve the best memories from your travels.
Turn the local travel book into a small travel diary too by adding little notes about what you saw, how it felt, and what you experienced along the way. Before you know it, you’ll have a lovely collection of personalized travel books on your shelf.
Recreate The Classics Family Photo Book
In recent years, it’s become popular for siblings to recreate classic family photos years after they were taken and share the often hilarious results online. If you have the patience to tackle a longer term photo project during quarantine, tracking down some of your favorite childhood photos and re-shooting them with your grownup siblings, parents or children can make for a wonderfully funny family photo book that the whole family will enjoy.
Pets Photo Book
If you have a beloved family pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bunny or bird, chances are your phone is already brimming with photos of all the adorable ways they make you smile every day. Creating a pets photo book helps you bring all these photos together and document your pet’s quirks, unique personality, and the joy they bring to your life. You can keep it simple and include only photos, or get creative with captions, quotes, and poems.
Book of Art Photo Book
Whether you’re a photographer, graphic designer, or fine artist, putting together a book of art photo book is an excellent way to showcase your best work. You can also highlight your child’s artwork with this bright and playful photo book. Feature all your favorite masterpieces in one place – perfect as a keepsake or gift for parents or grandparents.
Personalized ABC Photo Book
If you have a child or even nephew or niece who is just starting to learn how to read, a personalized alphabet book can make a great gift and will remain a lovely keepsake even once they are grown. You can find photos of family members, friends, pets and even familiar objects from around the home to represent the different letters of the alphabet. Of course, you may have to get a little bit creative for letters like Z and Q, but the only limit is your imagination.
Instagram Photo Book
Our Instagram feeds are often wonderful collections of our happiest memories, from the big important events in our lives to the silly everyday things that made us laugh. Why not gather all these moments together and turn them into a physical Instagram photo book? By enabling Instagram’s “Save Original Photos” feature, your posts will automatically be saved to your Camera Roll. You can then customize your photo book with details such as dates, captions or funny comments. It might even become an ongoing series that you add to every year.
Recipe Photo Book
Storing your favorite recipes just got easier with these recipe photo books. Make a book that includes photos of your favorite moments spent gathered around the table, and include recipes for the dishes featured throughout. If you like to cook a lot, consider setting up a food photo book series!
A lot of people are looking for ways to remember this very unique moment in time. There have been a lot of ups and downs and, and a lot of them have probably happened around the kitchen table. Consider a quarantine food journal. Maybe most of what you highlight is take-out (that counts, too) or maybe it’s a lot of really easy meals that you had week after week. This is one way to catalogue the wild ride that has been 2020.
Favorite Hobby Photo Book
If you have a practical skill or a hobby you excel at, why not create your own “How-to guide” that breaks it down for beginners. It could be anything from how to bake bread, how to photograph a wedding or how to meditate. You can add your own text with simple instructions and photograph each step of the process to make it easy for others to follow along.
Family Traditions Photo Book
Each family is unique and tends to create their own fun and quirky traditions, so why not capture these on camera and immortalize them in a family photo book? You can include daily rituals like story time before bed, weekly occurrences such as family brunch on Sundays, and annual occasions like spring picnics, summer barbeques, or picking out a Christmas tree together
Photo A Day Project
If you’re looking to enhance your photography skills, participating in a 365-day photo challenge can be a great way to improve your technical skills and also develop your creative eye. The resulting images can be turned into a layflat photo book that allows you to see your progress throughout the year. Of course, some images will likely be more striking than others, so some pages might showcase multiple images side-by-side, whereas standout photographs can be given a full page spread.
Baby’s First Moments Photo Book
The initial months and even year of your baby’s life will be filled with “firsts,” whether it’s their first time sitting up, their first haircut, or even their first time eating ice cream. A baby photo book is the perfect way to document these important milestones, as you’ll be able to add details that you might otherwise forget, such as where and when the photo was taken, how old many months old your baby was, and anything else that stands out as important.
Quarantine Memory Books
Quarantine is like nothing any of us has ever experienced, so document your family’s time spent “safer at home” with a quarantine memory book. Include quotes from your children, photos of the whole family, and quick summaries of fun activities you all did together so you can look back on it years from now.
Themed Photo Book
If you want to create your first photo book but are finding it difficult to get started, it can help to narrow your focus a bit and decide on a specific theme. This will allow you to comb through your archives and select only the photos that match your chosen theme. For instance, your theme might be beach days, winter holidays, everyday moments, family gatherings, or cute themed photo books. The more specific your theme, the easier it will be to put your photo book together.
Selfies Photo Book
Do you have hundreds of selfies on your phone that you can’t quite bring yourself to delete? Choose all the best silly selfies that you’ve taken with your partner, friends or children over the past year and turn them into a dedicated selfie photo book. It’s a great way to get your precious images off your device, and with our app’s unlimited storage feature, you can create a memorable keepsake in just a couple of minutes.
A “Reasons Why” Photo Book
Want to show your significant other how much they mean to you? Or maybe you want your mum or dad to know why they’re your all time hero? A “Reasons why” photo book can be a fun way to line up all the things you love and admire about someone. Start by picking a theme for your photo book and making a list of all the points you want to include. It could be anything from “Reasons I love you” to “Reasons I miss you,” or “Reasons you’re my best friend.”
Friendship Photo Book
Photo books are not reserved for family members or romantic partners. Some of the most important relationships in our lives are our friendships, so it can be fun to create a friendship photo book highlighting some of the memorable moments you’ve shared with your besties. Personalized friendship photo books also make great gifts for important occasions such birthdays, leaving dos or weddings.
School Days Photo Book
Most kids get yearbooks these days, but they are filled with lots of kids—not just your special student and the people he or she is close to. School is just getting started for the year, so this is a great time to plan a school photo book so you can capture all the significant moments throughout the year. Consider a custom photo book as a truly unique graduation or year-end gift that your child will treasure, whether they are just entering the first grade or graduating from high school, college, or even kindergarten!
Pregnancy Photo Book
Want to document the stages of your pregnancy as your baby grows? A pregnancy photo book can be a beautiful way to celebrate your nine-month journey as well as the day your little one finally arrives. In addition to a planned maternity photoshoot, ultrasound photos, and baby shower photos, it can be nice to include spontaneous photos showing everyday moments. You might even want to capture bump progression photos that show how quickly your baby is growing.
‘A week in the life of’ Photo Book
If you’re trying to get into the habit of snapping photos more regularly, why not commit to taking a couple of photos every day for one week? You can then turn your favorite ones into a photo book that chronicles some of your daily routines. For instance, you can snap a few photos while your kids get ready for school, while walking the dog, when sitting down for a meal as a family, or enjoying a lazy evening on the sofa. When brought together in a custom photo book, all these little rituals that seem so ordinary today will make a wonderful keepsake further down the line.
Black And White Photo Book
Using solely black and white images can add a more journalistic feel to your modern photo book and help the viewer focus on certain elements such as composition, contrast and texture. Black and white tends to work particularly well for portraits, which is why many wedding photo books are printed in this style.
Photo books provide a fun way to organize all the photos you’ve taken. They are also an impressive way to relive memories with your friends and family. Whether you make your own or create a photo book online, make sure to add unique touches to your photo book to make it extra personal.
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