How to Make a Baby Book in 4 Easy Steps
See the baby doing something cute. Take a photo with the phone. Upload the moment onto Facebook or Instagram. That seems to be the ‘go to’ option for parents to easily share and keep track of their child’s growth and progress. Unfortunately, most of these ‘ slices of life’ snaps may never exist outside of the digital space. This is really quite a shame as some of these snaps are just pure gold!
At Pixajoy, we believe that by creating a physical photo book, parents are able to bring their child’s early moments to life in a unique and tangible way. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be artistic, with this simple guide on how to make a personalised baby book, creating something beautiful and touching has never been easier.
Note: We highly recommend using an Imagewrap Hardcover Photo Book to create your Baby Book. Alternatively, if you wish for a more lightweight and easy to store option, the Softcover Photo Book is a pretty good alternative!
Step 1: Compile & Choose Your Photos
The first step in creating your own personalised baby book is to choose your photos. We recommend using photos that are of a high quality (at least 300 dpi) in order for the images to come out looking crisp when printed.
Aside from the technical aspect of the photos, in order to make the baby book much more meaningful, be sure to choose images that significantly show your baby’s growth, progress and development. Additionally, if you tend to take a LOT of photos, you can also make several baby books based on certain themes, (so that you can include a little bit of everything) such as:
- The first-day baby comes home
- The first month with baby
- Baby’s First Milestone (i.e. first time rolling over, sitting, standing, haircut, etc…)
- Celebrations (i.e. Birthdays, Raya, CNY, Deepavali, Christmas…)
Step 2: Starting Your Baby Book
Now that you know what photos you want to include inside your baby book, it’s time to move onto layout designs. One good tip is to arrange the photos that you have chosen in chronological order. By utilising this method, you will be able to easily see the progression of your baby’s first years and watch your baby ‘grow’ as you flip through the pages.
A great way to start the baby book is with a few pregnancy shots before the baby is born. Alternatively, you can also start with a photo of the baby at birth and have the book continue over the course of the baby’s first month, year or years.
Step 3: Create Highlight Sections
If you’re planning to do a themed baby book, another way to effortlessly fill up pages and have it ‘make sense’, is to sort photos based on occasions, events or special highlights. For example, having a few dedicated spreads that feature situations like:
- Holidays (i.e. New Year, Christmas, Raya, Deepavali, Chinese New Year)
- Family Trips
- Baby & Relative (i.e. siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncle)
The beauty of these highlight sections is that you don’t even have to arrange the photos in chronological order. So you can have a mix of old photos and current photos on the spread.
Step 4: Decorate Your Book
Now that you have all your photos laid out in place, it’s time for the fun bit. Decorating your baby book! Now, we understand that each person has their own preference when it comes to creating a personalised baby book (it wouldn’t be called personalised if everyone’s book was all the same, now would it?).
Some prefer a very simple and clean design; one of those one photos per page style books with a simple background and some text.
Note: For those who prefer using this minimalistic style, we suggest going for pastel colours for the background, such as light blue, pink, green, yellow, or grey.
Others may prefer to go all out; choosing fun and colourful template full of stickers and texts.
Whichever method you prefer, adding your own artistic flair to your baby book can really make a difference – elevating a good book into a great one. You can use decorations that reflect a general baby theme, such as stickers or images of teddy bears, toys, rattles, bottles, pacifiers, ABC blocks, etc. Or include text that complements the page’s theme; for example – ‘First steps’, ‘1st Birthday’ or ‘Fun with mom & dad’ – just to give your photos a bit more context.
And that concludes our mini-guide on how you can create your own personalised baby book in 4 easy steps. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun project. There’s no right or wrong way of creating your baby book, but this blog post does help to make the process a little more organised.