I thinking about doing a photo book for a friend who has Dementia, a "memory book". I don't want it to look cheap and tacky so I'm really looking to "pick folks brains". For instance what would be the best paper to print it on and are there any tips you could pass on that would make the task feel less daunting.
Gather up all the photos right now, and put them all in the same folder. Upload your pictures / layouts to any number of online services- save yourself the time, and frustration. Figure out a service- look at what they require for layouts- then go to work making your pages. Start with blank 300 ppi canvases, and try to use only 300ppi images. For the cost of a pack of good photo paper (about $30) you could have a book / album printed professionally for the same cost.
The paper would depend upon your printer. I used different paper in my inkjet and different paper in my lazer printer (yes I know lazer is spelled "laser" I just like it bettter with a z in it). The paper would also depend upon what you like-- which could be different that what I like.
Use Photoshop Elements to create the pages, then upload those to whatever online service.
Think more about using 150 -200gm weight if print these on your own.
I've taken plenty of stuff to a local print place had them print it and bind it with one of the pplastic binders.