I’ve been doing a lot of Spring cleaning lately and I’ve been staying true to my new year’s resolution (albeit from 2014) to “declutter and simplify”. Let’s just say I renewed that same resolution for 2015, and I didn’t consider it just a one year project. When one amasses that much stuff, it takes a lot of time to get through it all, and I’ve been cleaning out not only personal stuff, but also various things from a business I ran for over ten years. I’ve allowed myself to celebrate the small victories each step of the way and now that most of my business stuff is mostly gone (yea!) I’ve been working on the personal stuff.
One thing I have a hard time letting go of is magazines. What can I say? I like pretty pictures and I’m very fond of graphic design. I get a lot of design inspiration for my photo books from layouts I see in magazines and I just wanted to share a few of the ones I dug up from Blueprint magazine which unfortunately is no longer in print. I was browsing through them again before tossing them and tore out a few goodies. These magazines are from around 2007. (Yes, I know – time to let these go to the recycling bin!)
I love the black and white boldness of the “classified ads” layout above. There are several different fonts in use here and although I normally stick to only two or three fonts per photo book for consistency, you can see here that going with several fonts happens to work with this type of layout. Here’s a little closer up view below.
Here’s the same idea but as a “ticket stub” concept. Even though there are varying sizes, fonts and colors, they all work well together here. Keeping it all in a tidy grid is what gives they layout a sense of order. I keep all my ticket stubs and use them in my photo books for nearly every travel photo book I make. Another closer view.
This last one is a bunch of different quotes.
In addition to the text, I like the creative use of backgrounds, especially the map background in the first example.
So, what kinds of text would you lay out like this? Besides the obvious ticket stubs from a trip, like in the middle example, it could be highlights from a trip for a vacation photo book, or highlights of the year for a year in review. You might lay out various funny quotes from your five-year-old or snippets of wisdom from Dad. Perhaps your child’s milestones? Yes, it definitely takes more work to do this, but if you have special text to highlight, it’s nice to break away from the standard block of words.
Check out a couple of my other related text layout ideas and inspiration posts: