Winter is a great time for photography! Though snow covers everything, you can still find a lot of colors and fun images to capture. Plus, your family generally comes close together for the holidays! And when you have so many great photos, what better to do than to create a custom winter photo album just to show them off?

We’re sharing our design tips for designing a winter photo album to help you get started!

Photo Arrangement

Go ahead and blend the types of photos together–landscape, detail, or family pictures–however you want. You don’t have to keep each type to its own section. In fact, pictures of your family playing in the snow plus some detailed shots of frost-covered buildings or branches can create a fun wintry mood.

Arrange according to mood, lighting, and colors used, whether complementary or contrasting. You’ll create some fun and interesting unity between your pages, as well as set a mood depending on the scenes.

Design Elements

Pick fonts and other elements carefully. You want to enhance your photos, not distract from them!

When selecting a font, look at your style of photos and pick something to match. You want fonts that help create the right sort of mood to go along with your images. Though some fonts can be more fun when they’re crazy or heavily stylized, be sure that they don’t clash with the images or distract from them. They should be a complement, not the focus.

The same goes for design elements! While it might be tempting to emphasize a winter scene with lots of snowflakes or Christmas art, you don’t want them to take over the page. Keep them to the corners or backgrounds so they won’t take over. Also, in the case of these, make sure your elements complement the colors and lines of your photos. Use odd numbers of elements and avoid lining them up neatly. Triangles, if you’re using three, form a much more interesting shape and can “frame” a photo.

Book Cover

If you’re going for a photo printed on your cover, pick the one that best exemplifies the whole album. Did you primarily take family photos? Get one of your whole family on the cover. Was your focus on a beautiful, frosty landscape instead? Get your favorite on there to start a conversation!

If you’re not going for a photo, pick a color and style that matches the interior. Albums like this should have a feeling of unity throughout. It won’t have to match every photo perfectly, but it should go with the overall or most dominant colors inside. Blue, for example, is a good winter color, since it appears in many winter photography subjects. Plus it’s a “cool” color. Another one, if you primarily focused on holidays, might be green.

Book Creation

Now all that’s left to do is to find somewhere to print it! And why not print your book through MyCanvas? We can create any type of photo album, not just family history books!  Learn more about creating a custom photo album here.