How to Make a Handmade Photo Album for your Boyfriend
Most of the photos that people take every day are posted directly on social media. These photos can be seen by thousands of people across the world, who are given a free ticket into your life. Not everyone is comfortable making their life public and sharing their personal lives with the world. Creating a handmade photo album can be a great way to keep a beautiful private record of your relationship that you can also offer as a romantic gift for your boyfriend.
In this OneHowTo article we explain how to make a handmade photo album for your boyfriend.
To begin you have to decide if you want to create a digital photo album or a traditional photo album. Nowadays, there are several software options that offer personalized digital photo apps. You can select from a few different backgrounds and add on icons or elements to make it special and unique. These will also help you when choosing the pictures you want to print. Especially if you want them in different styles such as Polaroid-like or with an antique look.
Alternatively, you can opt for the traditional route and make a physical photo album. This may sound like more work; but the possibilities are endless with regards to customization and design.
The next step is to devise a general theme or idea for your photo album. Think about the reason why you want to offer it to your boyfriend. Did you reach a special mark on your relationship? Is it a special occasion such as his birthday or Valentine’s day?
Once you have come up with your theme it is time to gather your supplies.
You will need:
- Blank photo album or similar notebook
- Photographs you want to include
- Collectibles that you have saved from your time together
- Pens and pencils
If you don't have a photo album or similar, you can also be more creative and cut out different colored pieces of cardboard (approx. 23 cm x 23cm), make two holes at the same level on all of the papers (it's best if you make them with a hole punch so they are all at the same level) and pass a thick string through to tie the pages up.
Before you dig right in, take your time to decide how are you going to situate your photographs in the album, in what order and what elements you want to include. You may want to leave some blank space at the end so that you can keep adding memories in the future.
To begin, consider if you want to decorate the cover. Many photo albums already have a front design while others come in plain. Maybe you want to write both of your names on the cover and the theme of your photo album.
To do so, you can create the letters with a beautiful font, drawn on cardboard and cut out with stencil. Add some book lining for a perfect finish. You can also use paint to cover it in your boyfriend's favorite color or make an amazing pattern.
With the regards to the inside pages, that is all up to you. Try to be creative and think about what are your boyfriend’s interests. For example, if he enjoys motor racing you can draw a small car and then stick an image beside it of a time you went to see a car race.
The key is to combine different material: felt, magazine cuttings, envelopes... Anything you can find that fits in the theme.If you're finding yourself a bit lost, we advise you to take a look at our article on How to start your own scrapbook.
Also, write the date beside the photo and if if you have any memorabilia that you gathered from that day place it underneath. Memorabilia may include, brochures, entry tickets or entry wristbands.
There are many things that photographs can’t express so to wrap up this gift leave a note at the end. You may want to add a few lines where you share your feelings and thoughts. Unlike social media, there isn’t a limit as to how much you can write so belt your heart out.
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