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20 Photo Book Ideas for Meaningful Albums

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Why do we create photo books? Simply put, because we have stories to tell. When we create an album, we channel intention, thoughtfully weaving narratives from the moments we want to return to.

So when we sit down to build it, the question isn't "what photos should I use?" Rather, we ask ourselves "what is the story I want to tell" and "how do I want to tell it?" After all, there are many ways to tell a story.

Here, we explore 20 creative photo album ideas to help you tell yours — each as unique as the reason you're making it.



Baby Photo Book Ideas


Idea 1

All Your Firsts

Hardcover photo book opened to photo of baby in pumpkin patch

From those first steps to their first bites of solid food, every new experience is special when it comes to your little one. Document them all in a photo book you can look back on often and even hand down when the time comes.

Photo Book Pictured: Hardcover Photo Book


Idea 02

One Month at a Time

Softcover Photo Book opened to page marked November featuring baby photo

As your little one grows, they change so much from one month to the next. Yet, when we're with them everyday, we don't always realize just how much change there's been. By putting photos from each month in an album and seeing them side by side, it truly puts into perspective that age-old saying: They grow so fast!

Photo Book Pictured: Softcover Photo Book


Idea 03

Letters to the Little One

Hand slipping letter to baby into an envelope in a baby book

There's so much we want to say that they may not yet understand. Put those sentiments to paper by writing regular letters to the little one, reflecting on their growth and moments spent together. Then, compile them in a baby book or a photo book, rich with intention and the many photos you've taken. It's a collection you'll both come back to as the years go on.

Pro Tip: Use a baby book to create this type of album. The interactive pages and thoughtful prompts make it easy to save the letters, photos, and other little sentimentals from baby's first years.

Photo Book Pictured: Story of You Baby Book


Idea 04

Illustrated by You

Baby Board Book opened up to page featuring hand-drawn illustrations

Maybe the most creative of the many board book ideas we've encountered, this one comes to us from Artifact Uprising customer Eva — who created a unique, heartfelt picture book inspired by her little one, Mark. Though now happy and healthy, he was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford one day after his birth, where he spent the next three weeks. After his recovery, Eva wrote and illustrated this cheerful bedtime story for families to share with their babies. She hopes to donate a copy to every NICU across the country to help other parents enduring the same struggle.

Pro Tip: Save your illustrations as .jpg files you can easily upload when building your book. (Use these tips for scanning photos to ensure high-quality images!)

Photo Book Pictured: Baby Board Book


Idea 05

My Favorite People

Baby picking up board book titled My Family

Keep the little one close to faraway family with a board book that celebrates those who will soon become their favorite people. Fill it with photos of loved ones, and flip through the pages together to build recognition of their names and faces. Our even offers a pre-designed theme that makes it refreshingly simple to create pages of family and friends.

Photo Book Pictured: Baby Board Book



Anniversary Photo Album Ideas


Idea 01

How We Got Here

Couple flipping through Layflat Photo Album

Honor the story you're writing together by looking back at the chapters that started it all. This exercise in reflection is the perfect means of giving permanence to the many moments worth reliving. Simply gather the shots that mark meaningful milestones as a couple — then, organize them as you see fit.

Photo Book Pictured: Layflat Photo Album


Idea 02

The Many Years of Us

Hardcover Photo Book opened up to spread with 2018 on the left page and a wedding photo of a couple on the right page

As the years go by, it becomes easy to lose track of where we were at a specific place or time in our lives. Put your past together into perspective by gathering a photo (or five!) for every year. The result is a chronological trip down memory lane that you can return to by the year, together.

Photo Book Pictured: Hardcover Photo Book


Idea 03

What I Love About You

Couple flipping through Softcover Photo Book opened to photo of laughing couple

When we think about what makes our partners so special, it's often the unique little quirks that come to mind. Whether it's the way they laugh, a favorite phrase, or something else altogether, all of these traits are worthy of acknowledgement. Pair these traits with photos to create a thoughtful anniversary gift, or build your book in tandem with a section for each of you.

Photo Book Pictured: Softcover Photo Book


Idea 04

When We Met

close up shot of woman's hand holding pink Color Series Photo Book with couple photo on cover

Looking back on those first months together can be a meaningful reminder of just how far you've come. Capture all the hope, excitement, and (let's be honest) awkwardness of your beginnings together in a book that honors the connection that emerged.

Photo Book Pictured: Color Series Photo Book


Idea 05

Then and Now

Gray Everyday Photo Book with title Then and Now

Every couple has those iconic photos they hold near and dear. Revisit them in a unique way by recreating the photos and pairing them with the originals. It's a means of paying homage to the couple you once were, while celebrating the relationship you now have. Plus, it can be fun to return to those places that meant so much.

Photo Book Pictured: Everyday Photo Book



Family Photo Album Ideas


Idea 01

Family History Album

Hands holding up family history album for the Lynd Family

We've seen countless people print their family history books with us over the years, each one different from the last. Carefully compiled and documented, these heirlooms-in-the-making keep recipients in touch with the faces and stories that paved the way for the family that surrounds them.

Photo Book Pictured: Hardcover Photo Book


Idea 02

Year in Review

Color Series Photo Book opened up to image of young children holding up a gingerbread house

Make it an annual tradition! Bring together the photos that shaped your year as a family into a "best of" recap of the many moments you've shared. By creating one every year, you'll eventually have a series that honors your time together in the most tangible of ways.

Photo Book Pictured: Color Series Photo Book


Idea 03

Just a Note

Woman holding photo book opened to picture with daughter on left page and letter from daughter on the right

Whether it's birthday cards or letters home, the words we share with each other become the little sentimentals we stow away for years to come. This photo book idea celebrates the disappearing beauty of the written word by collecting letters from one family member to another. Just create a section for each family member and have everyone else write them a letter, pairing it with their favorite photo of that person.

Photo Book Pictured: Layflat Photo Album


Idea 04

That Time That…

Softcover photo book opened up to a picture of a man diving into water off of a boat

Often, the photos that are the most enjoyable to look back on are those that are intricately tied to memorable moments. And in this sense, it's the "bloopers" and "imperfect" shots that stand out the most. Collecting these photos and telling the stories behind them makes sure that they never go by the wayside.

Photo Book Pictured: Softcover Photo Book


Idea 05

Our Furry Family

Woman holding up Everyday Photo Book opened up to a two-page spread of Australian Shepherds running along the beach

The furry ones are family too, and they deserve an album of their own! From single-kitty families to homes housing entire pup packs, this photo book idea is for the animal lovers out there.

Photo Book Pictured: Everyday Photo Book



Travel Photo Book Ideas


Idea 01

Our Backyard

Hardcover Photo Book opened to picture of mountainscape

You don't always have to travel far to find yourself somewhere photo-worthy. The neighborhood, the hills behind the house, and your favorite stretch of downtown all deserve their place on the page. So why not celebrate the place you call home by creating an album that you can look back on wherever you go?

Photo Book Pictured: Hardcover Photo Book


Idea 02

The People We Meet

Softcover photo book titled the people we meet with an image of a group of people standing in the ocean

It's not just the sights and sounds that make the trip — the people we meet go just as far in shaping the experience. Celebrate these friendly faces that represent human connection and hospitality by creating a photo book filled with the many memorable people you've met in your travels.

Photo Book Pictured: Softcover Photo Book


Idea 03

Cityscapes

Everyday Photo Book opened to two page image of coastal city

City streets, breathtaking architecture, the tiny plaza with the street food that stole your heart — create an album of it all, retracing your footsteps through the locales that left an impression on you (and a hefty dent in your camera roll).

Photo Book Pictured: Everyday Photo Book


Idea 04

Landscapes

Layflat Photo Book opened to two page image of snowy mountains

Is traveling simply your excuse to get out of the city and into the wilderness? Dig up all of that incredible landscape photography and put it in a book that pays homage to many faces of mother nature. (Better yet, make it a two-part series with your Cityscapes book.)

Photo Book Pictured: Layflat Photo Album


Idea 05

A Series of Fortunate Events

Four Color Series Photo Books with titles representing different travel destinations

Every trip is worth its own book — which means your many adventures deserve a series. By creating the same type of book for each vacation, you can create a collection of themed books that tie together aesthetically. It's a simple, creative way to reconnect with nature all over again.

Pro Tip: Our Color Series photo book includes a series of seasonal themes that work perfectly for a travel collection!

Photo Book Pictured: Color Series Photo Book



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