Gather meaningful information before you create your
page by asking yourself: What do I want this layout
to communicate? Are my photos memorable and effective?
Have I included the stories behind the pictures? Do
my page accents compliment my pictures, or compete with
Bone up on your photography skills. Get a good camera,
read your manual, and practice taking close-ups and
"slice of life" shots. Use a digital camera so that
you can crop your pictures on your computer. Do your
best to capture emotion and personality in your pictures.
Share the stories. Too often we forget to include the
most meaningful tidbits about people's lives. Make sure
to always journal the who, what, where and when. Record
any funny stories that go along with your pictures.
Use size to help people know what's important. Direct
people's eyes to your photos by keeping the pictures large,
with prominent subjects. You may incorporate several items
but keep the scale and complexity in check.
Think through your page accents. Choose those that enhance
your photo rather than compete with them. Pay close attention
to your page accents' size and prominence. Consider their
complexity. Large, single-subject photos can generally
handle accents with a variety of colors and patterns,
while photos with numerous smaller subjects are generally
more suited to solid-colored or subtler accents.
Be aware of visual "lines." Any time you tilt a photograph
on a layout or introduce curved text or accents, you create
visual lines that people's eyes will follow. Direct people
toward rather than away from your important focal points.
Consider color and contrast. Want to draw attention to
your photos and journaling? Surround them with bright
or complementary colors. You can also use contrast to
an advantage. For example, if you have a photo with a
lot of light colors, use dark colors for your background
and title. They are readable and effective, yet your eyes
go first to the lighter colors in the photo.