Album Design for Babies, Kids & Families

Chicago family album design

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016

Chicago family album design

This family is so unique and fun! I have designed a few albums for them for photographer Chanel Apsey of Your Reflection Your Style. These Cubs fans love their outfits, themes and settings – a sterile, museum like white background designed layout is NOT their personality.  I always custom design for every client, zero templates or automated programs for me!!  I’ll hand layout every aspect of the book and add extra design elements if the client will enjoy it – and I know these guys do! Check out this fun Chicago themed book!  If you do not want a cookie cutter album design...

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Published on Picaboo Yearbook blog

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

Published on Picaboo Yearbook blog

As many of our clients know when we’re not working on our clients projects – we are homeschooling our two kids ages 7 and 12. We’re on our 6th year! Wow. A worthy reason for not updating this blog 24/7 ….. 😉 Once a week I take them to a co-op where they do all kinds of amazing enrichment classes – PE, theatre, sign language, art, drawing, knitting, creative lettering, book clubs, duct tape creations, Glee, dance….. whatever you can image – hundreds of kids are exploring their interests in huge ways. My volunteer role is Yearbook Director...

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by on May 8, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day!

Busy mom……. we understand you! As business-running, photographer, designer, homeschooling parents ourselves – we know what your days are like.  Over the last decade we’ve watched many of our photographer clients marry, have their first babies, watch children graduate, leave for college….. and have cried with you on the phone through the loss of parents, divorce…..  Real life is sure bittersweet – super highs and super lows. Designing your albums, cards, storyboards, promotional material, processing and retouching your sessions ……....

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Storyboards – Canvas, Metal, Acrylic

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015

Storyboards – Canvas, Metal, Acrylic

Over the years I’ve probably designed almost 100 collages for canvas, metal prints, large prints, acrylic and more. Would be fun to count actually… but yeah, not enough time in the day to do that.  Here are just a few that were easy to pop into this post.  I’ve done very simple all white storyboards to ones with more patterns and wrap interest. Some have text, many do not. Primarily the customers who buy these products are looking for a way to display a few of their MOST favorite images from their session with you – they can’t decide on just one.  I’ve...

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Birth Announcements

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015

Birth Announcements

We LOVE babies here at HappyFish!  The next best thing to designing baby albums…. is creating baby announcement cards for the proud family. Most popular labs today offer various card formats and sizes.  From fancy die cut shapes to flat to folded. Labs like ProDpi or WHCC offer various paper textures as well – pearl, metallic, linen, recycled, matte, glossy, watercolor and UV coating options. If you need help with designing custom cards for your clients feel free to contact us. greeting card, birth announcement, press printed, short run, graphic design, babies,...

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10 years in the making

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014

10 years in the making

The cobbler’s kids have no shoes – it has been true until this year at our house.  I’ve been so busy designing albums for clients to design one for our own family. Designing albums for families is one of my most favorite things to do and I’m so excited that we’ve been blessed by Finao to have one to enjoy for years to come. I have already wrote an extensive review all about the Finao nextONE book if you’re interested in learning about the new hybrid album that burst into the market officially this year. This post is to share the inside of the book for fun...

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