Make a Valentine’s Day book for your child

by Katie Pertiet Posted on February 03, 2010

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and a photo book makes a wonderful gift. It shows your love through the time and effort you put into the project, and gives the recipient a keepsake that will last forever.

This Valentine’s Day I put together a photo book for my daughter with some of our favorite moments from this past year. I started by going through my photos and selecting 10 different events, with 2 photos to highlight each – one large full page photo, and one photo for a scrapbook page. I converted all the images to black and white for a sense of continuity.

I didn’t want the book to be so heavy on journaling that she would be embarrassed to share it with her friends. You know, teenage girls can be very sensitive. So instead I used titles from The Reasons Why Layered Template Books along with the Love You Quick Pages!

If you’re not into digital scrapbooking, you can achieve a similar effect using Shutterfly’s templates. Just alternate full page bleed layouts (where the photo takes up the entire page) with backgrounds highlighting a single images. Like this. Either way, you’ll create a keepsake that your child (whether she’s six or sixteen) will cherish forever.

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  1. rsheedy Says:

    Oh Katie, your book is gorgeous!! I simply adore your designs. I wish I had a teeny portion of your talent. :)

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    I think it is a super idea how you broke down how quick and easy a digital book can be. Full bleed pages next to a wonderful decorated digital page can have a big impact magazine style.

  3. conniee4 Says:

    I just love the colors and elements! What a perfect keepsake and wonderful instructions!Thanks for sharing with us…Perfection again!

  4. Joey Says:

    Katie I loved your book when I viewed it in Gallery, Its something your daughter will treasure always.
    Great work as always.

  5. Earl J Says:

    Good, practical information. Short and sweet.

  6. Tiffany M Says:

    Your book is gorgeous and so sweet! Great idea but I’ll have to file this away until my babe gets a little older!

  7. BarbaraJ Says:

    I love this book and you have given us so many wonderful ideas for scrapbooks and shutterfly books. Thank you for all your ideas.

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Katie is the owner and founder of Her layouts have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Legacy, and BHG Scrapbooks Etc. Katie also designs products for Autumn Leaves and Creativity, and licenses her designs in the home decor market.

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