Your Easter celebration is by now likely to be a distant memory, which means you may have finally downloaded all your can’t-miss Easter photo ops. Before you find yourself deep in summer activities, take an hour to create a custom Easter photo book to preserve the memories of the big family brunch, egg hunt, and twirly Sunday-best Easter dresses. You’ll want to print one copy for your family, plus a copy or two for grandparents.
Step 1: 10–15 minutes
Flip through all your digital Easter photos, dropping the very best into a folder called “Easter 2012.” Remember that in most cases, less is more. You’ll want to skip photos that are dark, blurry, or that feature people with closed eyes. Once you’ve whittled down the shots that are truly good, you might find that you got lucky with a series of shots that feature one subject in progressive action—it may be several photos of a child dying eggs, or multiple shots of a small child approaching an egg during the big hunt. Hold off on editing any great series shots till step two.
Step 2: 10–15 minutes
Go to mixbook.com and click on “photo books,” then choose between “Easter” and “Elegant Easter” themes and pick a trim size. Once Mixbook has quickly built your project for you, simply upload your photos from your “Easter 2012” desktop folder into the editor. You can choose to use the AutoMix feature, and then flip through your project to review how the editor placed your photos. Or you can manually drag and drop photos right where you want them.
Design tip: For any of your great photo series, choose a layout that gives equal emphasis with size and placement for each similar photo. Or feature several images in a series with similar emphasis, then the photo of the final payoff—the photo with the Easter bunny or golden egg in hands—more prominently.
Step 3: 20–30 minutes
Once your photos are all in place, flip through each page in your Easter photo book to add text and stickers. Write captions that describe the featured events, and include any funny kid quotes from the day. You can also add Bible passages and poems that are meaningful to you and your family. Let your kids pick a few fun stickers to decorate pages here and there, then do one final flip through your book to make sure all your pictures are high enough resolution. If not, you’ll notice a triangle icon with an exclamation point. If you find any of these warning signs, either upload an image with higher DPI (200 or higher), or simply decrease the size of that one image till the warning icon disappears.
Step 4: 5 minutes
Click to order your books, then turn your attention to the summer ahead and your next photo project (how about a summer vacation travel photo book?)—and how much fun it will be to get your Easter photo books in the mail!
Flip through our entire Easter photo book below!