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How to Create a Beautiful ‘Year in Review’ Photo Book

1 Choose your theme

3 of the most popular themes for ‘Year in Review’ Photo Books include:

  • Favorite Photos of the Year
  • Monthly Journal
  • Story of Events

2 Select your photos

Easily select photos from your computer, camera, phone or Facebook.

  • Prearrange photos into folders to save time
  • Select a minimum of 50 photos. If you have more, simply add pages to your book

3 Design your book

With Picaboo, designing a beautiful Photo Book is easy.

  • Use our predesigned page templates
  • Design the perfect book, exactly as you want with Creative Mode
  • For more, watch this 2-minute video.

Book Option 1: Favorite Photos

Approximate time: 1 – 2 hours

This book features a collection of your favorite photos taken throughout the year, arranged in any order you choose.

  • Design spreads (2 facing pages) one at a time
  • For simple, clean pages use 2 – 3 large photos
  • For a more full look, create collages using 4 or more photos

Tip: Use your favorite Instagram photos to create the perfect ‘Year in Review’ Photo Book.

Choose a book format to get started:

Landscape   Square

Book Option 2: Monthly Journal

Approximate time: 2 – 3 hours

Creating a monthly journal is a great way to summarize your year.

  • Use 1 or 2 spreads (2 facing pages) per month
  • Add photos one month at a time, design the pages, then hide used photos and discard any not used. Move on to the next month

Tip: For a dramatic impact, spread a photo across 2 pages. Select Lay-Flat Pages to really highlight the effect

Tip: Use a mix of black and white and color photos throughout for an artistic effect.

Choose a book format to get started:

Landscape   Square

Book Option 3: Story of Events

Approximate time: 3 – 5 hours

Telling a story of your year is a fun way to highlight all the wonderful events that are important to you.

  • Select topics reflective of your year. Our favorites include: vacations, family events, birthdays, milestones, everyday life, school, sports and hobbies
  • Create a table of contents to use as a guide or as an introduction to your book
  • Add photos one topic at a time, design the pages, then hide used photos and discard any not used. Move on to the next topic

Tip: Create a unique page by using a photo as the background. Add complementary photos as an overlay

Tip: Use these recommended font sizes: 16 – 20 pt for headlines,  10 – 12 pt for body copy and 8 – 9 pt for photo captions

Choose a book format to get started:

Landscape   Square

Most Popular Tips

Choose Lay-Flat Pages option in check out to show off 2 page spreads.

Support photos with creative headlines and captions.

View recommended font pairings

For special occasions, choose a leather-wrapped Photo Book from our Prestige Collection