kid friendly personal photo album tutorial
{from capturing joy}

by @according2kelly on November 21, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.


so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is the incredibly talented kristen, the portrait photographer & lifestyle blogger behind capturing joy.

kid friendly personal photo album tutorial

Giving the gift of pictures is what I do best. Not just for my parents and grandparents, but for my kids, as well. Today I’m sharing a quick and easy gift you can make to give to any family member for Christmas–they will love it! I’m Kristen Duke, and I’m a portrait photographer and lifestyle blogger at Capturing Joy.

Kristen Duke

Not only do I share photo tips such as what camera to buy, I also share home DIY projects such as the treehouse we just built, recipes my kids gobble down like Chicken Curry Broccoli, as well as parties like my daughters Pretty Purple Party.

Everyone loves pictures! It’s a no brainer that I gift my parents and grandparents pictures of my family and children each year. It’s what they love and something unique only I can give. But this gift idea is geared more specifically to young children (but I’m sure adults would enjoy it as well). It can be done in just a few short steps and even on Christmas Eve if needed. It isn’t too fancy, but it is well loved. I suppose you could get scrapbook paper out and make it extra fancy, but I think it is the simplicity of the pictures that draws my kids in.

The kid friendly personal photo album

It’s as easy as 1.2.3.

1) Turn on the computer and select 25-30 images per child

2) Print said pictures as 4×6’s to your favorite 1 hour photo lab

3) Find a mini album to slide in those images


Print out a bunch of pictures. Yes, those pictures that have sat there for years and have never jumped out of the screen. They deserve to have a life and be enjoyed! I made this mini album for each of my 4 kids last year for Christmas, and they have loved it all year long. You can find the simple 24 print albums at most any store for $5 or less. Some are cuter than others…most feel pretty cheaply made, but that’s what makes it easy to give to the kids as a gift because you don’t care if it gets bent in all directions. I think this album above holds 36 pictures. I printed a variety of images from my “nice” camera to my camera phone….the whole family on vacation, the 4 kids playing in the rain in the street, just me and my hubby, grandparents, individual shots current, and individual shots as a baby. Here is a close up of some of our pages, just to give you an idea…and a glimpse into our life;)

If you don’t want to wade through past pictures, just highlight the past year. Some pictures I liked so much, I wanted them each to have, so printed 4 of that same shot. Others, just one. I ordered a big stack from Sams Club of about 150 pictures and waded through them once I got home. It was too much to decide ahead of time what to do with them. One of the kids favorite shots is a picture of my hubby sticking his tongue out as a silly face. This makes my youngest laugh each time she see’s it and she wants to immitate daddy being funny sticking his tongue out. It’s a great quiet book in the car or church and especially fun to put pictures of family that they might not be seen too often.

It’s part of my philosophy that children need to see images of themselves happy. With their siblings, their parents, etc. because it builds their self esteem and their sense of family. It is concrete engrained images of joy in life.

See…simple! Now aren’t you thinking….”why didn’t I think of that?” Or maybe you have thought of it….but I love giving this gift, because I see the smiles all year long. Just the other day I caught my 11 year old son enjoying pictures from his album all smiles. Melts. My. Mothers. Heart.

For other Christmas Ideas, CLICK HERE.

Thanks for having me!!!

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