My second grader is receiving his First Communion this spring. Once again, I am putting together a First Communion Album to be turned in at school right before class receives the Eucharist. When I put together an album for my oldest son, now 15, I used scrap booking supplies from Michael’s along with printed photos and my son’s artwork and homework. This time, I’m going digital with a photo book made on my laptop.
I’m not new to photo books. A few years ago, I put together an alphabet book for my little ones using the Blurb software. I went with a soft cover and a full bleed photo on the front. Recently, I made a photo book of a year of art projects and another one documenting our 2 Flat Stanley projects. Both done through Winkflash, the photo books have hard covers with embossed titles.
For the Communion Album, I’m using scrap booking digital software from Creative Memories. I’ll be honest. I’m not, and I’ve never been, a scrap booker. Doing the First Communion Album for my oldest son is the only project I ever did. I’m a photographer at heart. I want my pictures to speak for themselves, though a few captions and explanations do help.
Many of the web-based photo printing services offer photo books: Picaboo, Winkflash, Artscow, Snapfish, and Shutterfly. Blurb is another option if you only want to do photo books. Blurb can be downloaded to the computer for offline editing at any time.
If you’re more interested in digital scrap booking, a photo editing program like Photoshop Elements ($73.45), Gimp (free), or ipiccy (free online photo editor can help you create pages to print on photo quality paper. The drawback to these programs is the lack of embellishments seen in traditional scrap booking.
What’s your favorite site for creating photo books?
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