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If you are compiling a history of a person - his or her life, career or marriage - you will need to gather photos from the recipient - or family and friends.  If you are creating a special gift, such as a friend's album, Father's Day gift or storybook album, you may need to determine and plan what pictured you meed to take.  Have your camera with you when the opportunity arises to get the needed pictures.  Using random photo's for a grandparents' brag book,  flip calendar or treasured photo album may be easier to gather together, but may require searching through many photos to find the perfect photos to fit your theme.

If you are going to give a gift that showcases events throughout the year, such as a special trip, a season of sports, a year of school or a year-in-review, you will need to take pictures during the season or year.

When you create a gift for a single event - such as a showers, birthday or concert - you may want to plan your album before hand to help determine the type of pictures you take during the event.  Plan ahead for any photos that may need to be duplicated or resized.  Use only the best photos and keep the  number of photos to be used manageable to ensure the success of your weekend project.  Finally, make notes about the memories each selected photo triggers to make journaling in the album quick and easy.

You may have a gift idea in mind for a holiday or birthday, but some of the best gifts are given for unexpected reasons.  Just to show that someone is an important part of your life is a distinctive gift that never goes out of style.



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