DIY Photo Book

August 18, 2013


If you are like every other person in the world with a smart phone, you probably have hundreds of photos on your phone. I have over a thousand, and that after sifting through and erasing a lot of them. Over the past two years, I have been using an app called Postal Pix to print photos off of my phone. The app is available for iPhone and Android phones. I love this app because the quality of paper they print on is high and you can chose different shapes and sizes of prints. Also, it’s a cheap app (99 cents), and the you order the prints on your phone and they arrive at your door a few days later.

After collecting a stack of photos, I decided it was time to actually do something with them. Making my own photo book is something I have wanted to try for some time now.

DIY Photo Book (9 of 62) DIY Photo Book (4 of 62)To make the photo book, I used some thick drawing paper, cardboard stationary (for the book “cover”), a hole punch, scissors, baker’s twine (or any kind of string/yarn/rope to bind), felt tip pens and washi tape. I got some really cute Scotch Washi tape at Target – it was on sale, so I grabbed these four:

Washi TapeI found cardboard stationary at Michael’s. I took one card and cut it in half. This will be the cover of the book:

DIY Photo Book (18 of 62)Then I traced one piece of the cardboard onto the white drawing paper and then cut it out.

DIY Photo Book (20 of 62) DIY Photo Book (21 of 62)Next, I clipped that piece of paper to stack of drawing paper in the corner and cut around it:

DIY Photo Book (23 of 62)After I had about 30 sheets, I started using the washi tape to tape down my photos:DIY Photo Book (27 of 62) DIY Photo Book (29 of 62)Then, I punched holes in the covers and the sheets with photos on them:DIY Photo Book (31 of 62)Next, I bound the cover and the pages together to make a book:

DIY Photo Book (36 of 62) DIY Photo Book (37 of 62)I used baker’s twine, because I am obsessed with it and I use it for everything right now. Finally, I used my stamp set to add a title to my book. I did a play on the cliched “Memories”:

DIY Photo Book (42 of 62) DIY Photo Book (54 of 62)I spent the rest of the night adding notes to all of the pages – my handwriting needs a little work, so I didn’t go too crazy. For my next one, I would like to make a bigger sized book with a different style of binding, but this a fun thing to put on the coffee table for now.

DIY Photo Book (46 of 62) DIY Photo Book (44 of 62) DIY Photo Book (51 of 62)

I love the idea of making these as gifts. It would be a great gift for a new grandparent or for a friend’s birthday or to give to someone you went on a trip with. And hey, the holidays are coming whether we like it or not, so it’s never too early to start thinking of meaningful (yet inexpensive) gifts! What do you think? Anything you would have done differently?

6 thoughts on “DIY Photo Book

  1. Marlene @ Jade and Fern

    Katy, this is beautiful! I love how personal and pretty you’ve made it. I will be trying out Postal Pix, I realized the other day that I haven’t printed any photos since graduating college! (Apparently I never adjusted to having to pay to use darkroom or printing facilities, haha).


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