If you too have ever asked yourself What to do with all your digital photos you need to know that publishing your own Photo Album is possible! I did mine using InDesign, Blurb.com and my growing layout skills! I published a years worth of photos (from 2008) in one book, exported the PDF, uploaded it and ordered it online.
The whole book is a giant experiment with different layouts. My favorite are grids of all kinds, influenced by Ali Edwards hybrid scrapbooking. This is kind of like scrapbooking, but made on the computer – no home printing, no glue, no embellishments or pretty papers added.
I have played a lot; with black line borders, round corners, text overlays, dotted divider lines, close up photos, three different fonts and a huge variety of photo sizes. I haven’t done much of this kind of work before, but I know what I like. When I got the book I was pleased with the overall feel. I think the book composes well. I’m just going to share a few of the many spreads in the 180 pages book.
As you can see my photo album is filled with my life; friends, family, cat, painting, being crafty, walks in nature, more cat and garden photos.
I love grids
I’ve made several photo grids in the book, most of them square format. The front is white with two rows of photos and the title. But the backside is my favorite, a huge colorful grid of my life. I could just look at it for ever.
I fit a lot of photos into this book. The only thing there is not that much of is “journaling”; the writing. I write so much elsewhere (diary and blog) that I don’t want any journaling around my photos, though I think that could be important to someone else. A few short notes in a very small font with the date, people’s names and locality and that’s all. I want the photos to be viewed on their own. I think they say a lot, more than words can say even.
2008 was also the year I did a project called Daily Art Cards, so there are plenty of those in this book too. That reminds me that i wanted to do a book featuring all of the 366 cards, but never got around to doing that. Maybe I should…