This post and all of the art within was written by Mary Dargis. Does her name sound familiar? You may recall her Scary Halloween Book. She’s a Picaboo Pro, a talented artist and digiscrapper and the blogger behind DigitalPhotoBookPages, which offers free embellishment kits and great tips for making amazing projects. Since she’s a New Orleans resident, we though it would be fitting to share two Picaboo projects created by her. Both projects cover her favorite subject, Mardi Gras. But they were made completely differently. We’ll let her tell you the rest.


I love Mardi Gras. There’s nothing like it in the world.


I’ve created two different Mardi Gras photo books using Picaboo and wanted to share how each were made. While both books are centered around a common theme, they are unique in their own rights. I love being able to take a common theme and tie it together.

Book #1: “Throw Me Somethin’ Mister”

Picaboo Mardi Gras Parade Photobook

This book was created in Picaboo. I didn’t use any other software programs or applications. But I did create a lot of the embellishments on my own using Photoshop. I make embellishments all the time, so this wasn’t tough for me. And I spent extra time making sure each embellishment was just right because I knew this book would be very popular with my family. As you know, you import embellishments just like you would photos and then place them wherever you’d like on your pages. It’s really easy. But just in case you want to see it in action, take a look at this short video or this step-by-step blog post.

When I was creating Throw Me Somethin’ Mister!, I spent time going from page to page, playing with it until I had it exactly as I wanted. Picaboo allows you to develop stunning albums without requiring advanced skills. Whether adding embellishments, backgrounds or photos, I was having fun.

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Picaboo Photobook

Mardi Gras Parade in the 1950's

With Picaboo, you have access to over 20,000 backgrounds. And they’re easy to find. When I started creating my book, I did a couple of searches to find the backgrounds I wanted to use. When searching, type in what kind of background you’re looking for in the search window in the Backgrounds Tab. To find the backgrounds for my book, I searched for the following keywords: Mardi Gras, purple, green and New Orleans.

I searched for Mardi Gras-themed backgrounds.


I searched for Green backgrounds.

Along with using backgrounds to spice up my pages, I also used them to add dimension and texture to my photos. This is called layering. Here are a couple of pages where the backgrounds really made the images come alive. You’ll also see that I’m a big fan of photo-shaped wells.


Here’s my second book. It’s a cookbook because one of the things I love best about New Orleans is the food.

 Book 2: My Mardis Gras Cookbook

Mardi Gras Favorites Cookbook Cover for Picaboo Photobook

This book was made entirely in Photoshop. Every page was created within Photoshop and then uploaded individually into Picaboo. It was definitely a time-consuming venture. When you’re working in Photoshop, you’ve got to get everything fixed exactly how you want it before saving it as a .JPG (image or photo fil). Once you’ve made your page and saved it? Changes can’t be made. True confession time: The cookbook took me three times longer to create than Throw Me Somethin’ Mister! In the future, I can’t see going this route because Photoshop doesn’t offer the editing flexibility that Picaboo does. But I am proud of this book. It includes all my favorite foods and I love showing it off to my friends.

Mardi Gras Picaboo Photo Book Jambalaya recipe

mardi gras picaboo photobook cookbook creole red or white beans

Yum! Pralines and New Orleans go hand in hand!

Mardi Gras Picaboo Photobook cookbook praline recipe new orleans

Picaboo PhotoBook mardi gras cookbook rum punch recipe

I must admit, Throw Me Somethin’ Mister! was easier and a whole lot more fun to create. I uploaded everything I wanted to use in Picaboo and just experimented with the pages until it felt right. By using embellishments I created and my own personal photos for backgrounds, I made a truly unique photo book that has become a cherished family heirloom.

Looking for more resources on Picaboo backgrounds and embellishments?
Check out: Embellishments 101, this stunning Holiday Traditions Book and this Cookie of the Month Cookbook!
Want to make a Picaboo cookbook? Check out this cookbook tutorial.