Create a Photo Book as a Garden Yearbook
Keep Hold of the Time Spent in Your Garden This Year with a Photo Book Featuring
Gardening continues to be a popular hobby. Many people love spending their free time in their own garden. Being out in the fresh air and coming in close contact with nature are perfect for relaxing. Rightly so, because what could be better than helping shape and experience nature’s cycle of life on a small scale?
Keep hold of the developments and inspiring impressions all the way from the first bloom to the harvest. We’ll show you how you can easily create your own personalised garden yearbook.
Creating the Photo Book with the ifolor Designer
It’s best to utilise the ifolor Designer, which offers you countless designing possibilities, to create your garden yearbook. You’ll be able to choose from different photo books available in numerous formats - here we recommend the photo book soft. With its soft cover and A4 portrait format, it will give your yearbook a high-quality, magazine-esque feel.
You’ll have a multitude of different options to choose from when arranging text and photos in your photo book. You could, for instance, use your own photos that have an appropriate theme and colour scheme as backgrounds or choose one of the backgrounds available in the ifolor Designer. Add some text to your photos while designing your book and really bring your memories to life while flipping through your photo book. You can also use frames to better distinguish pictures from their backgrounds and emphasise them. You can then use floral-themed clipart to brighten up the pages a bit.
Arranging the Garden Yearbook According to Season - Motif Ideas for All 12 Gardening Months
Arranging the garden yearbook according to season is an intuitive way to organise it. This makes it even more important to already start taking photos for your yearbook early in the spring. We’ve gathered together numerous motif ideas so you can best showcase your photos in the yearbook.
The Spring: the Start of Something New
Spring is the time for gardeners to begin sowing. Photograph this work in beautiful arrangements, such as with gardening tools, seeds, or flowerpots. The ifolor Designer will help you along the way with adding comments or sayings to your photos.
Everything sprouts in the spring: the first mild rays of sunlight begin warming up the earth and the small plants begin diffidently venturing out into the light. Be sure to take close-up photos of this occurrence, such as of tender, lush sprouts as they slowly sprawl out of the soil. For taking such photographs, it’s best to make use of the bright, soft light of the sun in the morning.
When the shades of green begin growing stronger and the plants and flowers start budding, it’s time for another photo session. Make sure to photograph in warm light so the colours will appear more intense. Dew or raindrops will showcase their freshness.
The Summer: Blossoms and Fruits in Shimmering Heat
All the splendour of nature unfolds in your garden during the summer. Brilliant cascades of colour emerge - photograph especially beautiful blossoms extremely close up. Here too, a good image composition will make all the difference in your photos; leave some free space in your photo or play around a bit with the depth of field to ensure the photo’s viewer doesn’t become overwhelmed.
Whether sweet strawberries or plump, juicy cherries: now you can finally enjoy the “fruit” of your labour! However, don’t forget to take photos of these delicacies before enjoying them. Fruits still hanging from the plant make a great photo. Keep in mind that you should avoid photographing in shadows and during the midday sun since this will prevent the colours from being optimally showcased. It’s better to photograph when the sun is low in the morning or evening.
Still-lifes in the kitchen can also make interesting motifs, such as an overfilled fruit basket or lovingly arranged compote bowl. As far as the perspective goes, it’s ideal to photograph from above or the side. With the ifolor Designer you can also add recipes in the text fields if you managed to create something especially delectable.
Use a whole double-page spread in the photo book to display a menu: from the plant in the garden to the finished dish. Instructions or recipes are perfect additions to the spread.
The Fall: Fervid Colours and a Plentiful Harvest
Indian summer, golden October - the first days of autumn are usually still warm. For the gardener this means it’s time to tidy up the garden and prepare the plants for the winter. While doing this you’ll have the fall foliage rustling and crackling under your feet. A great opportunity to take pictures! Capture the fantastic shades of the colouring leaves in some photos. If you photograph the leaves while they’re still on the tree, preferably against the light, the red and golden tones will almost appear to be glowing. For good measure you can also photograph foliage on the ground to end up with a sort of leaf-collage. You’ll get the best results if you photograph in warm light.
The same holds true when photographing late fruits such as apples. Their colours will be most optimally showcased in the evening sun. Combine these fantastic photos with an autumn poem in your photo book.
Do you like to cook? Then you could photograph, for instance, your Mason jar collection on the shelf. Another idea could be to photograph wonderfully fragrant herbal bouquets hanging side by side to dry. There are many different ways you can brilliantly capture the results of all your efforts.
Winter Approaching Near the Year’s End
As the year draws to a close and the nights start getting colder, it’s finally time for nature to take a rest. Winter also has its beautiful side: showcase this beauty in a couple of pages in your photo book. The slow retreat of nature, fewer animal visitors, and snow-covered trees - even the end of the gardening year has some beautiful photo motifs to offer.
With no more work to do in the garden, you’ll have a bit more free time. You can use this extra time to gather together photos and create your own individualised garden yearbook.