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!
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:
- Portrait or landscape
- The same people or places together
- Selfies vs places
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!
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.
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?
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 🙂
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?