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The Art of Storytelling: How to Arrange Pictures in Your Photo Book

Make the photo book of your dreams in just minutes

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So, you have over 20,000 photos in your camera roll just waiting for their big debut in your photo book. From the countless accidental screenshots and 600 unflattering pics your toddler took of you to the actual photos you intended to take, there’s a lot going on in there. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to make a photo book with all of those photos in there, but don’t worry, with these easy tips on organizing your photos you’ll be able to create a custom photo book between episodes of Bluey

Remember, your photo book doesn’t have to contain perfectly edited and curated photos. When you’re creating photo books, your books should reflect the vibrancy of your life. Don’t get so caught up in wanting to create the perfect baby or travel book that you never actually take the time to do it. Simply select the photos from your camera roll and add them to your photo book with just a few taps. You’ll be really happy you did when you see your whole family enjoying them. Take that, camera roll

Decide What Type of Photo Book You Want to Make

Do you want to commemorate a recent trip you just took? Are you making a heartfelt gift for someone? Or, do you just want to make a photo book so you can enjoy your family photos? Once you’ve figured that out, the rest becomes a lot easier. 

If you’re big on wanting to remember those little magical everyday moments, consider monthly photo books. Instead of having to design a photo book from scratch, monthly photo books are an easy way to stay on top of those memories without feeling overwhelmed by that camera roll of yours. Plus, your photos are automatically organized by month in the Chatbooks app, making it the best way to organize your photos in photo books.

And, if you have little ones and don’t want to miss out on remembering those sweet little milestones, there’s a Monthly Mini photo book option that’s perfect for their little hands. And with the Chatbooks Toddler Guarantee, if your kiddos rough up your photo books a little too much, we’ll replace them for free.

Gather Your Photos

Photos live in many places. Yes, they’re mostly in your camera roll but there are also other hiding spots. Check places like the Cloud, your Mom’s old photo albums, your partner’s camera roll, and other online storage platforms like Dropbox or Google Photos

Pro Tip: If you know there are photos you may want to add to your photo book on someone else’s phone, you can actually add that person as a contributor to your photo book and they can add those photos to your custom photo album.

Sort, Delete, and Organize

Now that you’ve got all of your photos in one place, it’s time to review them and decide which ones make the cut. One of the most helpful tips on organizing your photos is to create organized photo albums in your camera roll to easily categorize which photos will go in which photo book. Don’t be afraid to delete the 20 versions of the same photo and keep only the best one. 

And if that camera roll has still got you down, consider taking a peek at this free course on decluttering your photos by Chatbooks co-founder Vanessa Quigley.

Edit or Don’t

This one is up to you. If you want to create a custom photo book to get your photos off your phone and into your home ASAP, feel free to skip this step and don’t feel guilty about it. If you have a knack for editing photos, this is one of those photo book design tips you might love doing. Either way, your photo book is going to be absolutely beautiful.

Review with Family

If you want to surprise your family with a photo book, then skip this step. But, if you’d rather make a photo book together, then by all means, show them what you have so far. If you have little ones, ask them what they’d like to see in the photo book, and be prepared for some adorable and silly answers. You can use this time to make a photo album with your family while bonding and making more memories. This is also a great opportunity to add text pages and captions, so you can add your family’s thoughts to any photos or memories you’d like.

Upload and Print

You gathered, sorted, edited and reviewed—that means there is only one thing left to do… print! It’s time to choose a cover photo to star as an eye-catching design, or you can browse through hundreds of designer covers.

If you want to add captions to remember dates and places, you can easily do that right from your phone, along with adding in text pages to tell stories. Once you hit that print button, not only can you do a happy dance but you can preview your photo book in the form of a Chatbooks Mini Movie that you can share with friends and family, oh the perks of using an online photo book maker!

And there you have it! Organizing your photos for your photo book can be as involved or not involved as you want it to be. With Chatbooks, uploading your photos is a breeze, especially since the app organizes your photos in chronological order automatically. So, print that photo book you’ve been thinking about and start a monthly photo journal to stay on top of your family’s memories, you’ll be so happy you did! 

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