When we stumbled across Caylee Grey’s Favorite Things Photo Book, we knew we had to show you.
Yes, the design is intimidatingly good but creating something like it is very much achievable — if you keep a few things in mind.
First, you can have a browse through some of Paislee Press’ InDesign Photo Book Templates here (you can even buy the exact design that Caylee used for this project).
However, if you’re like us and lack the design skills to navigate InDesign or Photoshop, don’t fret. There are some very simple things that you can learn from Caylee’s book. So sit back, take a browse, and take note: here are three lessons to help you to create a Photo Book as beautiful as Caylee Grey’s.
1.) Don’t be afraid to write on your books!
One of our favorite details in any book (photo or written) is the writing in the margins or dedications on the front cover — it’s these human touches that create a real connection to your memories. Caylee kept the right-side cover of her book blank so that she could journal by hand, straight onto the book. In addition to this, she went one step further, scanned her handwriting and, with a little bit of tech-savviness, overlayed it with a beautiful gold and uploaded the image to her front page. J’adore!
2.) You don’t need a special occasion to make a book
More often than not, the impactful moments in our lives happen during our regular day-to-day routine. Unfortunately, we tend not to take photos during this time. For this reason, we love ‘photo-a-day’ or ‘year in review’ projects. If the idea of a 365+ photos sounds intimidating, you can start small — take one photo per day for one month.
For a bit of inspiration, you can have a look at Gerty Photography’s beautiful Photo-A-Day project here >
3.) Don’t be discouraged by low-resolution photos
If you, like most people, find that you take way more images on your phone than a proper camera, the low-resolution warning on in the MILK Editor Tool is nothing new and can be quite discouraging. Don’t give up — just get creative. Think outside the box or, in this case, outside of the square frame. Present lower res images in a collage or, like Caylee, in cute circles.
If you’re not a Photoshop wiz, there are plenty of user-friendly photo editing tools online like Fotor or Canva (my personal favorite). Here you can easily crop, rotate, collage and use basic effects on our photos.
You can learn more about Caylee Grey through her Instagram and Blog, or you can see more of her projects at Paislee Press.
Photo credit: Caylee Grey