If you have a pet, you know they are as dear to you as your child. As your pet grows older, you will often look back at old photos doting over how cute, and tiny your fur baby used to be. These little furry friends, with their innocent faces and adorable antics, have a unique way of making their way into everyone’s hearts.
An excellent way to preserve these memories is to make a photo album for your pet that you and your family can cherish for the years to come.
Designing a Pet Album
Like all other photo albums, a pet album can be designed any way you like. It all depends on the theme and aesthetic you want. However, if you’re looking for ideas, here are five ways to design a pet album:
- Timeline Train
A timeline album is one of the most popular designs parents usually opt for when designing their kid’s albums. You can also opt for this design theme for your pets. A timeline album is an excellent design for a pet album, as you can record and see how your four-legged friend has grown over the years.
As the name suggests, a timeline album is designed chronologically, with the first page starting with baby pictures and each successive page holding photographs of your baby as they grow. Naturally, the last pages consist of present-day images.
- Magazine Style
Another option for a pet album is creating a magazine-style photo book. A magazine-style album is designed more abstractly, with statement pictures of all shapes and sizes placed on some cool and attractive backgrounds.
You can choose all your favorite pictures and create the placement to your liking. As for the album background, you can find great stock photos online of other animals or just abstract patterns and free designs; you can choose as per the theme or design in your mind.
To make it extra special, you can add short notes or captions next to the pictures. It’ll make the album more meaningful for everyone who sees it.
- Scrapbook Saga
If you like to get their hands dirty, consider making a scrapbook for your little companion. It will allow you to design each page in a custom way and give the album an old-school charm. You can write, paint, or color the pages to create the perfect handmade placement for each picture.
If you have kids, they can also be part of the process and add their artistic touches to the pages. In fact, so can your pet! Just get yourself some pet-safe paint or a pet ink pad and take down the pawprints of your fur baby at the start of the scrapbook, or have them walk across the pages for a unique design.
- You & Me, or ‘Us’
A ‘you and me’ design theme is perfect for a pet album! Each page can be dedicated to a special event, such as the day they were born, the day you brought them home, their first birthday, or your trip to the beach with them. With this theme, you can record all your most memorable moments with your pet and preserve them for a lifetime.
Any day you remember as a special one for you and your best friend can be added to your ‘you and me’ or ‘Us’ album. This way, the album will be dedicated to your pet and the beautiful bond you share with them.
- Modeling Portfolio
If you’re looking for a unique idea for your pet album, this is it! A modeling portfolio is an album that consists of portraits and solo pictures of your furry friend. It is an unorthodox but trendy design theme for pet albums.
A portfolio album can be exceptional if you know a thing or two about photography. It’s not practical, but a portfolio album can be used as an exclusive coffee table book. Plus, a portfolio album will make for a fantastic going-away present if you’ve got a family member who’s off to college or moving out for a new job.
Whichever design you choose to go with, to make your album genuinely memorable, make sure to follow these tips:
- Use a mix of staged and candid pictures. Often, it’s the natural pictures that capture the true essence of a moment. So make sure your final photo selection includes a few candids that show your furry friend for the adorable little goofball they are.
- Mix and match designs if it fits your aesthetic. The above list is neither conclusive nor set in stone. You can choose any one, use elements from two or more, or even choose an altogether different design. Refrain from confining yourself to any number of design options.
- A pet album is supposed to be about your pet, so add anything of your pet that you like. It may be the charm of your first collar or your veterinary records.
Anything which you deem meaningful can be added to your pet album. Make sure to expand the album beyond pictures.
A pet album is an excellent idea for putting all your special moments in one place. You may be worried about it being odd, but it only proves that you love your furry friend as much as they love you. Don’t worry, and get started on your album. It’ll likely be a treasured possession for the whole family.