Give thanks with a photo book

by Susie R Posted on February 15, 2011

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This year my mother is celebrating her 80th birthday. The elderly can be quite difficult to buy for, because they have reached a stage in their lives where people are more important to them than things. They also tend to look back on their past and reflect.

My gift to my mother will be a digital scrapbook of her life. As I’ve been collecting photos and tributes from family and friends who have known her for a very long time, I realize how thankful I am to have the opportunity of doing this now, while she is still alive to answer my questions. I’ve discovered things about her life that I never knew and seen some very special photos for the first time.

Creating a photo book with a “Thankful” theme is good for the soul. It makes you reflect on what is important in your life, and often you’ll find that it is your loved ones who are at the top of the list.

Jen White, one of our Digital Scrapper album designers, has created a stunning template album called ‘Thankful For You.’ Using a digital kit by Paislee Press called ‘At Home,’ she has shared pictures of the people who she is thankful for – her family! You can view the book online here.

With minimal effort, and using design software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can recreate this template album with your own photos and words. To learn more about digital scrapbooking, go to our website,, and join our ‘Learn Digital Scrapbooking Class.’

If Photoshop isn’t for you, don’t let that stop you from creating a thank you photo book. Check out this example featuring easy-to-use Shutterfly templates.


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  1. Tiffany M Says:

    Gorgeous pages and scrapping. I love the tribute books. Reflect is exactly what anybody celebrating 80 yrs needs as a gift!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    I can not think of a better gift. Wonderful. I bet she thinks its better than gold.

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is a wonderful idea and your mother will love each and every page. I did this for my mom’s 85th Birthday and she enjoys looking at it over and over. Thank you for all the ideas for making another.

  4. Joey Says:

    I signed up for the scrappersguide PSE class but still haven’t taken it. I can’t think of a greater gift than this. A book filled with photos and memories. Happy 80th to your mom!
    These pages are beautiful.

more about Susie R

When I was ten years old my grandmother gave me a Box Brownie camera.To take a simple black and white photo all you had to do was point and shoot. It began in me a lifelong passion for photography which has only grown all the more with the advent of Digital Scrapbooking. Fast-forward from 1965 to 2010 and here I am teaching and designing for What I love about it the most is that I can make our family memories more beautiful and meaningful with a Shutterfly album. Now that I am about to become a grandmother myself for the first time, I feel like I’ve come full circle. My family’s bookshelves no longer groan under the weight of the old style photo albums that were so rarely opened. Instead they regularly pick up the beautiful, hard cover Shutterfly albums and marvel at seeing themselves in print. It gives me the greatest pleasure.

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