How to Organise a Photo Album

Time to organise your photos?

I recently came back from my honeymoon. We went on a wonderful Caribbean Cruise with MSC Cruises and of course we took lots and lots of photos (and videos too which you can see on my YouTube channel by clicking here.)

As I get organised with my photos and add them into my awesome new photo album, I’ve put together a step by step guide to help you create your very own photo collage in a book, be it your summer holiday, wedding or another memorable occasion. Enjoy!

embossed leather photo album from pen heaven how to organise photo album for special occassions

Custom embossed leather photo album* & Calligraphy set* from Pen Heaven

1. First thing’s first; prepare your things!

  • Print your photos (I used an online service that prints in bulk)
  • Buy a photo album (link above)
  • Pen, marker or calligraphy set (link above)
  • Glue, pencil, ruler and rubber

2. Organise your photos into piles.

There are many ways your can separate your photographs into more manageable chunks, such as:

  • Colour
  • Portrait or landscape
  • The same people or places together
  • Selfies vs places
  • Chronologically

I did mine by the places we visited on our holiday, this meant that all of the photographs from Maimi, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica and other Caribbean locations were grouped together into piles. This might take time but it’s important because you don’t want to get confused when you start sticking the photographs into the album – or worse, you don’t want to miss one out!

how to organise a photo album tutorial guide

3. Decide on the Order

Once you separated the photographs it’s time to choose and arrange your photographs for each page. Start with the first page as I believe it’s the most important. It’s the introduction to a memorable part of your life. After a lot of swapping and changing I ended up using a photograph of the MSC Divina boat we lived on for 2 weeks and a selfie with the ship in the background.

title page photo album guide

4. Write Your Title

I tried out my calligraphy skills and added a large title, ‘Honeymoon’ and ‘Caribbean Cruise’ to the first page of my photo album. You may notice that I first added horizontal lines in pencil so that I wrote in a straight line and then I used a rubber to remove the lines.

I strongly recommend that you practice calligraphy fonts as it can be really tricky with the fountain pens and ink that has a habit of going everywhere if you’re not used to it! I love calligraphy though because it gives my writing that extra special and hand crafted look, if you know what I mean?

honeymoon calligraphy font writing pen and ink

5. Glue Your Photos

After you’ve written your title, stick your photos into place where you’d like them to go. I used an ‘all-purpose’ glue but I’m sure PVA will do the trick too. Luckily the photo book I have has very good quality paper so it doesn’t get ruined when gluing down the photographs.

6. Make it Special

Continue to add dates, quotes, special memories and anything else you might think of! This will make your photo album super special and personal. It’s also a good idea in case you end up forgetting the details, say, in ten years time.

I also like to add mementos, tickets or cut outs of holiday maps. As you can see in the photos, I’ve added our cruise cards onto the first page as well so that we’ve captured those forever 🙂

MSC cruise ship cards momentos souvenirs from caribbean

As I continue to work on my Honeymoon photo album I’ll update my photos above so be sure to check back.

Have you ever organised a photo album? If so, what was it for? If not, would you do one soon?



Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • August 3, 2016


    Great post, I am terrible with photo albums and have so many photos that I need to sort and put into albums. Congratulations x

  • August 3, 2016


    This is a great idea, specially for a customized gift! You can put the pics with that person and the moments you spent together 😀 nice post!! x

  • What a lovely keepsake.
    Congratulations to you both 🙂 x

  • August 3, 2016


    I would also add to put the names of the people in the photo and the date on the back – you may know who and when but when the album is passed on others may want to know but have no idea.

  • August 3, 2016

    Ayesha Farhad

    After having kids, i have so many photos, i am actually running out of the keepsake boxes to put the pictures in! But this is a great idea! X

  • August 4, 2016

    Baby Isabella

    We need to do one for all our festival adventures this year! We’re big fans of scrapbooking xx

  • August 4, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    This is something I need to do myself! I have so many photos that I need to organize and so jealous of your holiday it looked lush xx

  • August 4, 2016


    The book looks lovely Alina, and your calligraphy is great too! Nice work

  • August 4, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    Great post. I love your tips. Thanks for reminding me to sort my photos out.

  • August 4, 2016


    This is such a lovely idea and I like the thought of writing something next to the photos so in years to come I wont have to remember what the photos are about x

  • August 5, 2016


    These are great tips. What a lovely photo album. I always have rushed before and got the events mixed up. I would love some new photo albums to start again 🙂

  • August 5, 2016

    Newcastle Family Life

    This looks great. I am really bad and have no photo albums, all my photos are just saved on my laptop. I really need to get them printed and make some albums – great tips x

  • August 5, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    I don;t think I have done a photo album for years!

  • August 26, 2016

    Ariel Sitsler

    So you love to take photos. They’re lovely, but boy can they stack up, once they’re developed! Get them out where you and others can find and enjoy them.