A custom photo book from Collage.com makes it easy to show your loved ones how much you care. These professional books are ideal for a variety of occasions or simply to express your love and appreciation for the most special people in your life.
Read on to discover how to make a photo book.
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What Are Photo Books?
Collage.com allows you to create high-quality photo books to bring together all of your favorite memories into one place. Each book contains 20 pages printed on glossy archival paper, ensuring a product that will stand the test of time. The crip and clear images come across in vivid detail. You can choose from a myriad of sizes and binding options, giving you total control over the project. The designer can also choose between a customizable glossy or matte cover when using the hardcover option. Your creativity will come through loud and clear with these personalized photo books.
You do not have to stop with just 20 pages in your book. It is easy to add additional pages for only $1 more page. The hardcover and softcover photo book options can hold up to 150 pages while the layflat binding can include up to 70 pages.
How to Make Your Own Photo Book
Collage.com will walk you through the design and execution process of your custom photo book. You will appreciate the detailed instructions that are in place to help you to create the perfect keepsake.
1. Select your favorite size and type photo book
The first step in making your photo book is to confirm your binding preference. You can choose between the classic hardcover binding, a softcover book, or a layflat option. A strong and sturdy adhesive binds together the hardcover and softcover options while the layflat books feature a flex binding, allowing the pages to lay flat when open.
Depending on the binding option, you will then have a set number of sizes to choose from:
- 8 x 8
- 11 1/2 x 8 1/2
- 12 x 12
- 14 x 10 1/2
Each binding option has a different set of sizes. With so many options and all of the details available during the beginning of the design phase, you will feel confident about making an informed decision. If you end up going with the hardcover design, you will then need to choose either a glossy or matte cover for your book.
2. Select your favorite photos
You will love this part of the design process the most. Now is the time to start going through all of your favorite photo memories and choosing the ones that you want to include in your thoughtful book. Be sure to use the theme of your book as your guide as you sort through the shots to find the right ones to convey your intended sentiment. Don’t worry about picking out too many photos during the first run. You can always eliminate some shots as you go through the final phases of the creation process.
3. Upload them to Collage.com from your computer, or social media
Once you have your photos in mind, you can upload them to the Collage.com design portal. You can capture the shots directly from your stored photos on your computer. Or you can grab them from your personal social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram. Collage.com makes it as painless as possible to upload your pictures with just a few clicks of your mouse.
4. Arrange them in you favorite order, and choose from our photo book templates
After you have all of the backbone of your book set, you can begin arranging the photos in order. You can choose from a variety of templates, arrange the photos yourself, or let Collage.com automatically place them in a seamless arrangement for you. You will have so much fun watching the pages come alive as you arrange your photos and create your personal masterpiece.
5. Customize your photo book: choose from our variety of backgrounds, and add text
The next step involves putting the finishing touches on all of the pages of your beautiful book. Consider customizing each page yourself or choose from a bevy of backgrounds and patterns that Collage.com offers you. For even further personalization, you may add text to your pages for another layer of sentiment.
6. Enjoy the photo book you’ve made for yourself!
The last step in the process is to simply enjoy your book. Once you submit your design, Collage.com takes over the rest of the work as it prints and binds your book of memories. It will not be long before you receive your creation to enjoy yourself or to give to a loved one.
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What Can You Do with Photo Books?
There is no limit to the gift-giving possibilities with a custom Collage.com photo book. Now is a great time to start putting your unique holiday gifts together and these photo books will check off many people from your list.
1. Birthday Gifts or Anniversaries
These books also make fun birthday gift ideas. Everyone will feel the love as they are honored with a special collection of memories on their birthday. Another great use of these photo books is as an anniversary present chronicling the months or years spent together. It is easy to create your book to fit the theme of the occasion by choosing the appropriate photos to include.
2. Showcase Children Growing Up
There is no better way to capture the various stages of your kids growing up than with a Collage.com photo book. This would make a great keepsake to present to your kids for a high school graduation present. If your child is an athlete, you can even make the theme of the book to document their playing days so that they can see their improvement and change over the years.
3. Family Recipes and Favorite Memories
This item is also the perfect way to bring together all of your favorite family recipes into one professionally bound book. A photo recipe book is an ideal family reunion gift or a fun way to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones. A photo book with all of the family’s most loved recipes gathered in one place will please everyone gathered around the tree on Christmas Day.
4. Table Decorations
These books make fun coffee table decorations and great conversation pieces. Guests will love visiting your home and flipping through your books to learn more about your life and family. Grandparents will appreciate having a special book out to show off their favorite kids. However you decide to use the book, it is sure to be a hit with the recipient.
The Bottom Line
Now that you know how to make a photo book, are you ready to make your own? A custom photo book from Collage.com is an ideal way to collect all of your memories and preserve them for years to come. One of the best things about these photo books is that they are ideal for anyone on your gift list. Everyone will appreciate receiving a thoughtful gift that highlights all of the special times that you have spent together over the years.