A DIY photo book is a beautiful treasure chest of life’s memories, but it can be overwhelming to make a photo book that transforms a mess of photographs into an organized, meaningful keepsake album. We know how you can turn those blank pages into a photo album as unique and special as the memories it holds.

Balance the layout of your photo book

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Balance the layout of your photobook or wedding album design

A balanced, symmetrical layout helps the photos in your do it yourself (DIY) photo book flow together. However, that does not mean all the photos have to be the same size. Place a larger photo on the right side of the layout for effect, then arrange smaller photos to the left. If you plan how the design will flow over two adjacent pages (a “spread”), the finished product will be more appealing.

Create a DIY photo book design with focal points

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Create a photobook or wedding album with focused pages

Every photo page layout needs a focal point—usually a photo that grabs a viewer’s attention. This image should be larger than others on the page. Size contrast allows the important photo to stand out, and other images to complement it.

Less is more in a photo book

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Less is more in a photobook or wedding album design

Don’t drown pages with too many photographs. A busy layout detracts from the beauty of the images. Leave space between photos, except for an occasional strategic overlap. Blank areas lend a sense of calm and allow viewers to concentrate on the images, rather than the design of the page.

Make a photo book with one background throughout

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Use one type of background throughout your photobook or wedding album design

If you choose one type of background, you create a uniform, cohesive feel for your album. Different elements on each page can distract the viewer. Consistency will set the stage to tell your story.

Minimize graphic elements

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Minimize the graphic elements in your photobook or wedding album design

If you are going to create a photo album rather than buying one, concentrate on letting your photos tell the story. Limit the number of graphics, such as borders or drop shadows. Too many different elements cause the layout of many a do it yourself (DIY) album to compete with photos for the viewer’s attention. Keep it simple, and let the images stand out.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, create layouts for your DIY photo book that let the messages come through loud and clear. Because you’ve done it yourself, it’s more special than ever.