Splish Splash: Creating Bathtime Memories

by Jessi Weithman Posted on June 18, 2010

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There is no better way to end a busy day than with a rub-a-dub-dub in the tub. Creating a fun storybook from everyday moments like bath time is as easy as one-two-three. Here are my secrets to my new Spit Spat Splish Splash photo book:

1) Get a $10 tub! Bath photos are always tricky to capture since most bathrooms do not get great lighting and are so small. Pick a $10 tub, fill it up inside with warm water and pop it in your backyard for instant fun and guaranteed great photos.

2) Snap Away! This requires two adults for wee-little ones. One to watch the baby, and one to take too many pictures. The more you take, the more selection you will have. You’ll need at least 10-12 photos for a 20 page book. Take 5x more than you need to be sure you get a fun variety and eyes open.

3) Tell a Story! Add simple text written in short sentences to the pages just like a children’s picture books. The simpler the better, even single words will work. Limit each double page to one image for the most stunning results. Images can cross pages or add the image to the left side and text on the right rotating throughout.

My Spit Spat Splish Splash photo book just arrived in the mail and is an instant favorite with my boys. It combines the steps above with two twists. The book open from top to bottom, and contains two books in one. The first is Levi’s bath time story and the second is Mack’s and opens the opposite direction.

Bonus Tip for the Digiscrapper: I created the book designing pages in Photoshop, and using a free animals webding font for an added touch. Check out the free font sites and search for “animals.” If you want to flip, after adding the pages into the book, you can rotate them using the Shutterfly edit options.

Be prepared to order two copies of this one! Your little one will adore this book so much it’ll get lots of love, so you’ll need one for keeps too.

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  1. Joey Says:

    I love this idea Jessi. Your photos of your boys are stunning. I love the green tub. This is way fun. You have so many ideas brewing in your head. I can’t wait til baby number 3 arrives to see all your fabulous pictures. I loved your Spit Spat Splish Splash photo book. SUPER CUTE.
    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    I really love this album. I love the top to bottom opening idea. Double the book for twice the kids….:). This is awesome…

  3. Natalie Says:

    Such a great idea, and so simple!!!!! Very in expensive and the memories will last a lifetime! You did an excellent job on the photobook! Love every picture, every smile, and of course your boys are just the cutest ever!!!!!! Great idea putting the pictures on the side, very different!!!!! Great Blog and Feature!
    Natalie B
    Shutterfly Galler Guru

  4. babygiggles Says:

    I did this after reading your article and it was a hit!! I brought my baby’s tub outside and took like 200 photos with him playing in the water! my baby is 5 months old!! Thanks so much!!

more about Jessi Weithman

I love being a mom! I adore my boys, and take too many pictures of them... this I know. While I flirted with photography for many years, the day my oldest son was born was the day my passion for photography was fully charged. I started taking pictures of my friends little ones and now run a small professional photography business called Everyday Studios. I love working with families to help preserve memories in the form of albums and artwork. Jessi Weithman jessi.weithman at gmail.com blog.everydaybabystudios.com PS. Many people ask about my equipment... I'm a Canon girl.

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