Now that summer has come to an end, it’s time to turn your vacation photos into a fun Picaboo photo book. When Shauna got home from her family trip to Hawaii and the Hawaiian islands, she made this lovely photo book for her granddaughter, Baylee. Shauna is one of our resident Picaboo Pros and from her photo books, we always garner creative ideas that are easily adaptable to your own photo projects. You may remember her lovely creations like her Cookie of the Month Cookbook and the fun kids tutorial, How To: Make an ABC Photo Book. We are thrilled that she has offered to share her trip to Hawaii. This is an amazing photo book. And here’s why.
Have I mentioned how much a photo book cover sets the tone? (Yes, I’ve mentioned this a lot! But it’s really important.) This photo book invites you in. Bright colors, whimsical embellishments and smart typography make you want to turn the page. If I owned this book, it’s official residence would be on my ottoman so everyone would see it!
I love how Shauna recaps how the trip to Hawaii. The journey is just as important as the destination. I know someone famous said that once. If you know who it was, leave their name in the comments! I also love the personalized travel gift bags. This fun travel gift and the family photograph with each member holding their bag is such a lovely touch. Side Note to Shauna: You are more than welcome to travel with my family anytime you’d like. One last thing: Look at the embellishments that run alongside the gutter. That’s the beauty of lay-flat pages! They give you more room to tell your story!
Embellishments are a fun way to tell your story visually. And I love how Shauna uses them to add texture and momentum to her layouts. The fun airplane, camera and crepe-paper umbrellas work perfectly alongside matching Picaboo backgrounds. Plus, I love the photo-shaped wells. Shauna uses these to house captions and to add a balance to her photo grid. See the top line of semi-circles? Shauna cropped the photo-shaped wells in a way that is different and fun. We talk about this in our 7 Tips for Creating a Picaboo Recipe Book. Check out that post for more fun ways to use photo-shaped wells.
Creating a photo frame that matches the colors in your layout is easy with our signature Eye-Dropper Tool. Here, Shauna created photo frames for her pictures that perfectly match the camo background. This is a great way to make your photos pop and still make them match. Want to learn how to create a custom background or a photo frame? This post includes step-by-step instructions that show you how easy it is!
See the dog tag and the pineapple embellishment in the middle of the page? I love that. I love how the embellishments pop out at you and connect the two pages together. This is a great way to highlight lay-flat pages and use them in a way that showcases your design. And lay-flat pages are extra durable. So if you’re creating a photo book that may have a lot of hands on it, lay-flat pages are the way to go! We’ve seen a lot of photo books that use lay-flat pages to highlight a landscape photograph. But adding an embellishment to connect two pages is a new idea that I really love!
I really love this layout. The three-grided panel, the fun embellishments and the sparkly caption box work really well together. Why? Because each element has equal weight so the layout isn’t weighted down with too many objects. And because they’re all weighted nicely, no one image steals the spot light. This isn’t easy to do. And yet there’s a lot going on. This layout will definitely be a template in my next photo book.
Shauna is an expert at layering photographs and embellishments to create a three-dimensional look in her photo books. And these layouts are a perfect example. By layering photo-shaped wells and embellishments on top of the floral Picaboo background, Shauna creates depth and motion. To learn more about this technique, check out these tips on layering embellishments. Also, to help you find great seasonal embellishments for your own photo book project, check out How To Find FREE Seasonal Embellishment Kits.
These two layouts are great examples of layouts that use a lot of photos in a way that doesn’t weigh down the page. I like how Shauna selected a pre-set Picaboo layout and then customized the placement of the photo wells by rotating the images to the right and the left. This creates a unique layout that flows smoothly and tells your story with very little transitions.
Shhh. As you can see, this is a Christmas present for Baylee. So please, no mention that you saw this until after December 25th. Ok, thanks. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to draw your eye to the clever gift tag on the back cover of this lovely photo book. This is a signature design element that Shauna created and I just love. What a fun way to customize a book and end it with such personal and lovely note.
Want more resources? Check out:
How To Find FREE Seasonal Embellishment Kits, Using & Layering Embellishments, Why Lay-Flat Pages Rock, How To: Make an ABC Photo Book and Cookie of the Month Cookbook.