After writing the long post about my thoughts about Guest Signing books I thought it would be fun to post a few pages from some guest books that I have loved designing – and why.
I like the different expressions and angles – used semi-translucent image to break it up and the light blue color block balances out the far left side wall. Clean area for writing, yet not boring to look at.
Danny supplied a map of the park and wanted to incorporate text somehow – we highlighted where they were – and the fun shot of their feet provided the perfect ‘spot’ location theme. Also love the fact that the map color matched her dress!! Extra bonus!! This spread is a title page – too ‘full’ to be written on in this case. Rest of book has plenty of opportunities.
This is an example from my previous post about the advantage of using scene setters to add interest. The far left and right shots use of blue sky also creates a symmetrical balance. The sky area of the center semi-translucent shot ‘could’ be written on … but beautiful left as-is too.
The semi-translucent image is a bird sitting on a branch, provides a quiet ‘moment’ in time that supports the couple and still provides ample clean writing space.
This spread would be an example of a ‘fuller’ page to break up the more open writing pages in a guest book. I love the interaction of the couple here. The semi-translucent shot ‘could’ be written on if desired – but likely would remain as-is. Is just fun to break it up as you flip from page to page – something unexpected.
This spread is bold and clean – love the contrast of the empty page for writing on the left – and the bold BW’s sequence shots lined up side by side. Very graphic.
I love the negative space on this spread – and how the feeling of the pink balloons drifting up and away is enforced by the image placement. Looks great with or without writing!
This spread is an example of a non-writing page of course – but this couple wanted to add lyrics of a song to their guest book. Great way to personalize a book. Love the very green/brown feeling of this page – creates a great lush, organic, verdant mood.
A simple page – one big bold image balanced by two smaller action sequence shots that directly relate to the main image. Plenty of writing space, yet not boring.
Playing with opacity can add dimension and tie in other smaller action sequence shots that all work together in time/place – creating interesting negative space for writing on.
On the left side used some ‘swirly’ art to add another fun element, much like the tangly dry branches and twigs in the really unique location – images featuring two different points of view of the same time/place.
The bright colored shirts and big grey stone wall create an interesting contrast for the two points of view of the couple in the same location. There are two places to potentially write on here – the white bg area as well as the semi-translucent block over the wall.
As you can see, I love designing guest books – if you’re interested in having one designed for you, please contact HappyFish Design.