Photobox Photo Journals: How To Create Yours

Recently I was asked if I would like to review some of the new Photobox Photo Journals, which I thought would be a lovely, very different way of capturing some of our memories from the year.

Decorated journals

What are Photobox Photo Journals?

Printed on vintage style paper and with two cover colour choices, they are a perfect way to collate images and jot down notes to remind you of your journey. It might be a holiday, a favourite trip, or something a more personal journey which you can tell with your photographs. Whatever it is you want to capture I love the way you can put this journal together.

Photo journal inside

The Photobox Photo Journals are much smaller than a photobook and designed to be decorated and added to. You can make notes on the pages, add decoration and memorabilia like travel tickets for example, and when the 40 pages are filled up you can start again. To be honest when I first started creating mine I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for, but as the process went on I found them great fun, and a modern way to document our holidays this year.

The Process:

Putting together any photobook is time-consuming. You have to source the images you want to use, upload them, insert them in the right order and then edit them. Don’t be fooled into thinking this will be a quick job! However the end result is well worth it I think.

With these Photo Journals, which are new to the Photobox range, the editing options for your photos are really comprehensive. You can add all kinds of effects, crop them and even add your own text in a variety of fonts. I think this is why it took me so long to make the books; the editing options are so vast. I made two identical booklets of my girls’ year to give to family as a gift, but you can obviously make them for yourselves to remind you of your journey. I can imagine they would be ideal for someone like Penny who has just experienced her first family cruise holiday.

Photo journal decor

The Decorating:

You will be able to see more of how we decorated our Photobox Photo Journals on the Photobox blog very soon, but for now let me show what we added. The covers are very plain, and whilst I really liked that, they are also brilliant for adding your own decorations and doodles. We chose a pretty vintage theme and gave each a different kind of look.

Photo Journal decorating

We also added a few extra decorations on the inside covers to pull the theme together.

I love you journal

The Verdict:

To begin with I wasn’t sure about these journals, I really couldn’t see how they worked and whether there was a point to them to be honest. BUT once I’d completed the editing, and once they arrived I soon changed my mind. I absolutely LOVE THEM! As with all photobox products the quality of print is just stunning and I had even used some Instagram images from my phone. I’d given all my images a vintage type effect and so they look fabulous on the page, and with the added text too, it looks like you’ve written on them yourself. One has already gone off to a relative and they are thrilled with them. At £14.99 and with 40 pages I think they’re a great price too. I’m a little bit in love with all things Photobox at the moment (watch out for my Collage Canvas review coming soon!) and there are lots of deals on the site currently. I’m hankering after some acrylic desk blocks for Christmas gifts so watch this space.

If like me, you love turning your photographs into pieces of art or memorabilia then do check these out. They would make lovely Christmas gifts, so what are you waiting for!

The Photobox Photo Journals can be seen on their website here.


Disclaimer: I was given 2 complimentary Photobox photo journals. The comments, ideas and opinions expressed are all my own.


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Becky
    November 14, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    These are adoreable and priceless gifts for family I am sure

    • Jen Stanbrook
      November 18, 2013 / 10:27 am

      Thanks Becky! We love them 🙂

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