December Daily 2014 | 2

Monday, December 1, 2014

I was talking to someone about how I was going about designing a photo book for my December Daily project. I mean a book with more than just photos.

For me it's pretty much the same as thinking through making an album project. You need to have some sort of vision of how you want your project to look. If you're stuck for ideas, a great starting place is to create a board on Pinterest to gather ideas. Try and narrow it down to what you really love. I find it useful for any project to have a moodboard and colour scheme.

But with a physical album you can prep foundation pages. How do you do this with a digital album/photo book?

You need a few simple things to allow you to get started:
1. Decide on a size and photo book printer. I'm going with Artifact Uprising 6x8. I've used other printers before which are located in my own country but once I used Artifact Uprising for my Winter Magic book, I was so taken with both the quality of the book and the whole philosophy of the company that I'm happy to pay the extra postage costs. At the end of the day, I'm sure I'd spend the same on physical scrapbook album, photos, papers, embellishments etc anyway.

2. Choose your digital supplies. Because I want to make my pages before I upload as photos to a photo book template, I gathered a few suitable templates. I purchased Paislee Press 6x8 templates. I already have some 6x8 templates from Ali Edwards from Week in the Life and I have some others I can use if needed. These make putting simple grids together in PSE a piece of cake.

I also purchased Ali Edwards Noel digital brushes - words which will be useful. There are some with the Paislee Press templates. Where the words don't work for me, I've deleted and added in what does work.

I'm hoping to add some of my own script in as well.

3. Sketch out a rough plan for pages. For me this always changes multiple times but it gives a starting point! Because I started my book from Nov 25th when we put up our tree, I had to think of a different way to lay out the pages. My inside title page is Christmas Memories 2014 and a few pages in I've made a December title page and will record daily from there.

4. Get title pages, filler pages and anything else you can, completed as soon as possible. We all know that once Dec 1 arrives, time just disappears. Once you have these pages done and saved as JPEGs, you can start your photo book online and add in as per your rough plan. You can always shift things around as you go. All photo books are saved so you can just open and edit as you like.

5. Commit time daily to work on this - even if it's just remembering to take a few photos and jot things down.

I've allowed a few pages for each week's daily photos in grid format and some room for enlarged photos. If I get the 'hero' photo, then I'll get that uploaded to the photo book asap. Remember, you can always change it but these little steps all help get it done. It also helps give you an overview of the book as it's going along.

This year I want to include a few pages of stories in text. I've been able to complete a couple of these already. (see below). I've allowed pages where I'm hoping to have some 'moments' to write about. Actually I'm hoping to ask my teens for some thoughts to add in. We'll see!
{Pages 14 and 15}
You can see a couple of other completed double pages here. Hopefully you can see my plan/scheme coming together:) I'll talk about my colour scheme next time.

Right now just tweaking "my reason why" using a free download from Ali Edwards. This has really helped me nail the reason why I'm doing this project and the angle I need to take to nail it as planned.


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