Tis the season to be making everybody photobooks!
Each year I always over commit myself with all these grand plans for photobooks for family and friends etc. but it ends up quite a struggle to get just one done, let alone several.
But I have been filling my paid orders first, and it feels good to be creating with different subjects for a change. I've been given full creative licence to make an end-of-year-10 graduation book for a local lady who brought me a pile of ephemera snuck out of her daughter's bedroom, and it's invigorating to get inside the head of a teenage girl again - reliving my youth as it were ... Hope she likes it!
One problem here in Australia is that there is no where to print out a photo book unless you want to use the spacky pre-designed templates available at photo stores. They are fairly unispiring layouts and it's impossible to "create" (or compile is a better word) one standing in the middle of a store with three youngsters demanding attention from every customer who ventures into the store. So I'm still ordering them online from scrapbookpictures.com but with the Aussie dollar heading downward fast, the exchange rate is making it exhorbitant again. I think scrapbookpictures and shutterfly are the only places where you can print out your layouts into a blank photobook. No where in Australia offers that service. If you do know of a place, PLEASE tell me!
Anyway, here are a few things I've worked on intermittantly, in between trying the wean Dana, immunise everybody, taking off to the coast, holding Christening and birthday parties ...
Wanted to do this for a while. Uses papers from Hootfest May? over at www.littledreamerdesigns.com .
Love this tree. Trees are so in right now. Love them. Liking the colour combinations of teal, cream and brown too. I think the "design rule" is meant to be 60% light colour, 30% medium colour and 10% dark colour.
This next one was to try out the extraction method, so it looks like the photo subject is coming out of the photo. I took the tutorial over at www.designerdigitals.com.
These next three are for wall decor - I'll get them printed onto 12 x 12 canvases (when they go on special!)
And here are some pages from two photobooks I made for the preschool - obviously can't show kiddy faces...
And look what can happen when you surrender your point-n-shoot camera to your 4 and 5yo's! Love the different perspectives and subjects that are a part of life down there at hip height!
Thanks for the photos Harvey! (5yo) and Riley (4). (Last two were touched up a bit by mummy!)