I created a picture book about Daphne. The story is in a simple day-in-the-life format. Each page has a picture of Daphne, and one short sentence. Daphne wakes up, eats, dresses, and goes about her day. My daughter and I planned and took the pictures together, and I edited the pictures using a free, online photo editor called Picnik. My editing was basic: I upped the contrast and brightness, and added some text. Finally, I printed the pictures at Walmart (for free - I had some free prints) and popped the pictures into a dollar store photo album. The total cost for my project was $1 plus tax.
Here are some tips for those who are interested in making their own personalized picture book:
- Plan to take all of your pictures vertical. You don't want to keep turning the book around when reading.
- Use a simple background. Especially when text is placed on top, you don't want a lot interfering with the focus. I used a white fleece blanket and propped it up against my daughter's bed.
- When placing text, leave lots of room on the sides. Photocenters often crop your picture slightly. You don't want the first letters or punctuation to be cut off.