June 7, 2019Tips for Creating Your First Board Book

Personalized board books are wonderful because they are long-lasting. But, sometimes the words “long-lasting” make us freeze and panic. Stop! It’s not only super easy, but it is also really fun to create a personalized board book that your family can enjoy for years to come. Whether this is your first time creating a Pint Size board book or you have experience, these tips will make the process easy from start to finish.

Organize Your Pictures Before You Begin

First things first, you’re going to want to organize your photos. If you are like most parents, you have countless photos of your kiddos. However, not all these photos are going to wind up in your board book. Instead, create a desktop folder on your computer with just the photos you are considering for your board book. Having the photos you plan to use all in the same place is a huge time saver!

Make Sure Your Computer is Working with You

Oh, technology. We can’t live with you; we can’t live without you. When you are ready to get started creating your board book, you must make sure you have your pop-up blocker turned off. If the Pint Size interface attempts to open a new window during the process and your pop-up blocker is on, you will encounter errors or problems during the book building process. No fun! If you need help with this step, check out how to disable your popup blocker.

Choose the Pictures that Work Best

Next, choose the pics that will work the best. For instance, even if it is a photo you love, you may have to pass on it if it isn’t high enough resolution. This is because it may look blurry when printed. Instead, choose pictures that are high resolution. For the best results, upload the original photo taken with the camera and not the small, medium, or large versions you have uploaded to other sites.

Define Your Subject

 

A board book has a certain number of pages, so you should think about what the purpose of this photo book is. For instance, is your new baby the subject or is the subject of your mom’s cookie recipes? By keeping the subject in mind, you will have an easier time choosing pictures and what to say.

Go with a Theme

After you know the subject, it is time to select a theme. This is where it really starts to get fun! Pint Size offers two different options – pre-designed templates and custom designed board books. We have templates that are themed for all occasions – baby love, families, holidays, and more! Our custom designed photo board book templates give you even more creative freedom allowing you to design the book around whatever theme you have in mind.

Choose Your Words with Care

Generally, a personalized board book is personalized because it includes both photos and words. It is a book, so use the words of the book to tell your story! Now, that doesn’t mean it has to have a ton of words. Often, simple is better. Choose to write captions that matter to your family and will continue to matter in the future.

Don’t Clutter the Pages

Okay – this is going to be a hard one for some of the parents. Yes, every single photo of your child is precious, but not every single photo should be in your board book. It is always better to choose a few perfect photos than to clutter the pages with several photos that are just okay. In many cases, it is better to have only one great photo on a page.

Review, Review, Review

Once you have uploaded all the photos and added all the captions to your photo book, do not rush to hit publish. Instead, take your time and review the board book carefully. Check for misspellings, incorrect information, and photos that may need more editing. Pint Size allows you to save your board book and return to it as needed, giving you time to get it perfect before you purchase.

Publish and Love

Now that your board book looks exactly how you want it to look, it’s time to order the book and wait for it to arrive! Once it arrives on your doorstep, you get to enjoy it from today until forever. Get started on creating your first board book masterpiece!

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