Creating the Perfect Mother’s Day Photo Book

It is that time of year again, the time when we set out to honor the strong female role models in our lives. That’s right – It’s Mother’s Day, and time to think about what you are going to get the important woman in your life.
Many people think that roses and chocolates are a great gift idea, but we all know that roses wilt and chocolates get eaten. Then they are gone! If you want to get your mother something which will last, these are not the gifts to choose.
So, what can you give your mother that will be both beautiful in the moment while lasting for years or even generations to come? How about a family photo album!

Advantages of Classic Photo Albums

A picture is worth a thousand words. They can provide a window into the past, as well as giving us a chance to bond with our relatives. Using this medium, we are given a unique view of the moments that took our breath away or were otherwise worth capturing. We are allowed to peek back at bygone times and imagine ourselves back there. Perhaps seeing the pictures will shake loose a few old family stories that had been forgotten as well or start a conversation that allows us to learn something new about the people we thought we knew best.

Disadvantages of Classic Photo Albums

Though classic photo albums are a good gift, they are not perfect. For one, it takes time to slot in all those pictures, and there is a limited design. Also, the pictures are usually forced into neat little rows with very few options for personalization. Some albums come with places for text next to the pictures, but that isn’t a common feature. Most of the time, it is just rows and rows of pictures, and everyone knows how boring that can be.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the typical photo album isn’t designed to last for a lifetime. Eventually, pictures start to fade and the pages yellow. The album becomes fragile, and pages can even fall out, further jeopardizing your family memories. Most photo albums are not made with archival quality materials. No care is taken to use papers and inks that won’t damage your pictures. Some albums even have sticky backing. If you need to remove a picture for any reason, you might simply destroy it instead.

Why Photo Books Are Better

Though classic photo albums do not last for a lifetime, there is a photo solution which will. Why not give your mother a photo book instead?

Photo books come in various sizes, shapes and designs. They are also highly customizable. In fact, the design process is quite interactive. You have a choice on almost every step of the way. This means that the photo book you produce is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art instead of just another album you picked up from the retail store. There’s guaranteed to be no other album like this one. Your mother will have a gift she’ll show her friends and family for years to come.

About MILK books

MILK Books is a love of labor for its founder Geoff Blackwell who, with his team, has published many award-winning and best-selling books over the past twenty years, under the name PQ Blackwell. Due to this, we have tried out every kind of paper, ink and cover material, and we are passing that experience onto you. MILK Books offers only premium materials, guaranteed to be acid-free. Acid free paper and ink may not seem very important, but they really are. The acid in the pages of a classic photo album begins to degrade your picture quality over time. Your photos can even start to yellow and disintegrate.

MILK Books Mission

There are many moments that make life worthwhile. Many times, in today’s hectic rat race we find ourselves losing sight of what is important. We capture pictures of those times and then they just wind up sitting on our devices or in the cloud, and we don’t think of them again, lulled into a false sense of security that our photos will always be safe. Only when it is too late do we realize that we did not back them up properly.

The team here at MILK Books takes those special moments seriously. You can trust us to make you an heirloom-quality photo book which will showcase your pictures in a design of your choosing and in a way where you will never have to worry about losing them again.

The Origin of the Name

MILK Books may seem like an odd name, especially if you are thinking of the stuff you pour on your breakfast cereal in the morning. However, there is a reason for the name. MILK is an acronym. It stands for Moments of Inspiration, Laughter and Kinship. This is the philosophy that inspired founder Geoff Blackwell. He was collecting photos like these long before the site we have today ever existed, and has published a number of photo books of his own.

How to Create a Photo Book

Now that you know a little more about MILK Books, perhaps you are wondering how to get started creating the best photo book for your mother.  If you are not the most tech savvy, do not worry. We are an easy-to-use photo book maker. All you need to get started is an account.
MILK Books accounts are free. You do not have to pay anything until you are ready to place your order.

After you have created your account, it is wise to spend some time thinking about the type of photo book you want. Do you want a small book or a large one? Do you want one with our special lay-flat binding which allows you to display pictures across two pages as if they were one without having to worry about a gutter? Whatever type of book you have in mind, we can help you pick the one that is right for you.

Once you have chosen the basic style of the photo book, it is time to upload. If your photos are not on the cloud, you will need to scan them into a digital format. When that is done, the real fun begins.
After the upload is complete, you will be given a page with previews of all your pictures. You can use this page to design your photo book.

The Design Process

Designing your photo book from MILK Books is a snap. After the photos are uploaded, you can drag them into any configuration you like. If you want to give your mother a time-lapse page of your childhood, for example, you could do that by starting with a baby picture at the top of the page and progressively older pictures of you as you go further down. Then you would put a picture of yourself as you are now at the bottom. This can be a fun way to show off how much you have changed.
Since MILK Books allows you to add text with your pictures, you could even leave a nice message for your mother, telling her how proud you are to have her in your life. A page like that is sure to make her day.

If something does not turn out properly, do not worry. This is only a virtual version of your photo book. Simply fix your mistake and keep on creating.


Once you have all the page designs created, it is time to choose the feel of your book. Choose from MILK Books’ nine cover options in linen, bukram and wibalin. These cover materials were chosen for both their aesthetic and environmental qualities. These covers are library-quality, perfect to display in your mother’s home, just as if you had payed thousands of dollars for them.


All MILK Books are hand-bound with archival-quality materials and center-stitched. The benefit of this careful attention to details in the binding of your photo album is that these books are guaranteed to last at least a hundred years. Imagine your descendants holding a photo book that you created for your mother and getting to learn about their ancestors.
There are two types of binding available, depending on the type of book you choose. The normal binding leaves a gutter or seam in the middle. This way, you can put pictures on both sides of the pages, and is how a book is typically bound. The other option, however, is something truly special.

Lay-Flat Binding

The other type of MILK Books binding is a lay-flat binding. This means that you can open the book and lay it flat. Pictures and text can spill across both pages, creating an uninterrupted visual field. It is no longer possible to tell where one page ends and the other begins.

Paper and Printing

MILK Books is very careful about what sorts of paper they print your photo book on. This means we only use papers approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council to be environmentally friendly. These papers are also guaranteed to be acid free and not to yellow or crumble over time.

Another advantage to MILK Books over other online photo book makers is that we use a six-color printing process. Most of our competitors only use four. This means that MILK Books are more vibrant and true to life than the competition. Life doesn’t come in only four colors, so MILK Books does not believe the moments you choose to put into an heirloom photo book should either.

Additional Pages

Depending on the type of book you have chosen to make, you may add additional pages. They come in groups of two, and each book has a different maximum number of pages. That way, you can really put all the pictures you want in your new photo book without having to worry about space requirements. Page costs are calculated from the base cost of your book for your convenience.

Cover and Spine Text

To put the finishing touch on your heirloom book, why not add cover and spine text? MILK Books makes this easy. Choose your text, and we will print it onto your book with our special raised-ink application.

This application gives your cover text a completely classy look, making your book perfect for display.

Presentation Boxes

If you would like the perfect box to store your custom photo album in for gifting, try out MILK Books’ custom presentation boxes. These stylish boxes come in linen or bukram which guarantees they will not crumble over time. Simply slide your photo book into the box and give it to your mother. There’s no need for wrapping. These boxes are beautiful and classy on their own.

What’s Next?

Once you have picked all the details of your book and submitted your order, we take over. The team at MILK Books carefully prints the designs you have created onto the pages with the paper you have chosen. Then we bind your book by hand, paying meticulous attention to detail. After that, we ship the book promptly off to you. Since we take so much care with the details, you can be assured your book will be perfect.
Delivery of your photo book takes four to six weeks, so do keep that in mind when ordering. Then sit back and prepare to be wowed by the masterpiece you receive.

What You Waiting For?

Mother’s Day is an important holiday, and the best way to let your mother know that you love her is with a customized online photo book from MILK Books. This book will not yellow or become brittle over time, and the six-color printing process assures pictures that are vibrant and as true-to-life as possible.

Using a custom MILK photo book, you can show your mother exactly what she means to you. You can help her relive her past or your own, or even make a family album of your children for her.

This isn’t just a classic photo album. This is a book created to your exact specifications, which is guaranteed to last at least a hundred years. A custom photo book from MILK Books isn’t just a gift for your mother. It is a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come.