List 10 possible themes from the material you have gathered. Look at the reference photos, the key interest section and your background questions. Don’t try to evaluate your ideas at this stage, just get them down on paper.
Look at the list you made in Stage 2. You can use some of the things you wrote down as key interests but it doesn’t have to be the main thing you’ve written down - it could be one facet of it or something related. Maybe you love cooking – your theme could be types of cakes, old-fashioned sweet shop, 10 favourite restaurants, or childhood food memories.
Choose 2 that you think will work the best. (This might not be your favourites!)
Choose based on your background question answers - what would the recipient of your gift prefer? Which one do you have the right photos for? If you are making a surprise gift for someone else this might be an issue. It’s no good planning a book about your Aunt and Uncle’s Wedding if you have no way of getting photos from it without asking them (ruining the surprise!)
Bonus Stage: Tweak your ideas…
Sometimes you might need to refine your ideas to make them suitable for your book. There is a space for you to do this in the workbook.
Your chosen theme needs to be broken down into a relevant number of parts for the number of pages - so a theme like ‘Transport’ would work because you could have one example of a vehicle on each page or double page. Something like African Countries wouldn’t, however because there are 54 countries and you would need to be far too many pages to cover all of the information. Keep it simple. Perhaps instead of trying to represent all African countries, you could just focus on one part (west or east Africa), One specific country, or a collection of specific facts or stories. If you need to tweak your two ideas to make them more suitable.
Make a list of 10 possible themes and tweak if required.