We have such a huge range of pre-designed products, from photo books to calendars, that we thought we’d take you on a little tour of some of our favourites, old and new. Whether you want to make a photo book, calendar, or Christmas cards, our pre-designed templates make things really easy for you. Just select the one you want, drop your photos into it, and customise it until you’re happy. We sidled into the creative department to get some top tips and info from the copywriters and designers on how to use these themes so they’ll look their best. Who better to give advice on using the bonusprint pre-designed products than the team who created them?
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Creating a family planner
When there’s a bunch of you in the house, it really makes sense to create something that keeps tabs on the places you all have to be. One of the best ways to do that is with one of our family planners. It’s a fantastic and easy way to see what all your family are up to. Have a look at our Crafted planner pre-design theme. It’s got a really natural look, and is a great option if you want to add multiple photos on one page using our layouts tool. Our design team recommend that even when creating a family planner, it’s good to determine a style to go withand to stick with it. You’ll find that when you make use of consistent lay-outs — even if you make your own adjustments — throughout the calendar, it will make the pages all blend together perfectly.
Customising modern calendars
Not everyone wants an overly Christmassy calendar or anything that’s too seasonal, we get that. You do have it hanging on your wall all year round, after all. If you’re looking for something that’s stylish and modern, we find that less is more when it comes to adding photos to the pages — you need to make that white space work (more on that later). Using one large image on the page creates a minimal look and gives the impact you want. Our bestseller, the Simple script calendar design, does just that, and it’s an ideal choice for anyone with a contemporary styled home.
When you’re sending cards out to your nearest and dearest, our creative teams all agree that it’s a great idea to keep things personal, fun, and lighthearted. They reckon that if you love sharing inside jokes with your friends and sending upbeat messages to your family, then something bright and bold would probably be the best choice in terms of the design. If that’s the sort of thing that floats your boat, then our Bright and beautiful pre-designed cards are what you’re after, check out the design here. It comes in a choice of matt, extra matt, and gloss paper finishes too.
What to write?
If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, then you’re probably already thinking about getting your Christmas cards written and ready to post. But no matter how well you think in advance, when it comes to writing the message, we all get stuck with our pens in the air. We asked our copywriting department for their advice. They told us that a classic ‘Merry Christmas’ will do the job for most people, but when you’re writing for close friends or family, you should keep things as personal as you can. They also added that you should make sure your message and the style of your card work well together. They suggested a card with a modern design keeps things simple, so a short and sweet but thoughtful message would work well with it. Check out our theme Festive line drawing — we think that’ll tick the right boxes.
The beauty of white space
You know you’ve stumbled upon a design department when you hear people talking about white space. So we stopped and asked ours what that actually means. The designers all took their headphones off and told us that white space is actually very powerful when used in a photo album. When you use white space around your pictures, it makes them stand out more and it gives your pages a fresh clean look. White, they tell us, goes with any photo. Make sure to leave an area of white around your photos, as this will give them a natural frame and make the photo itself really pop and stand out. Check out our Classic travel pre-designed photo book to see how white space really helps to make photos shine.
Making a baby photo book
We love the baby books people make with us, so you won’t be surprised that we have loads of pre-designed templates to help you create one. If you’re thinking of making a photo book about your new arrival, then keep in mind who it’s going to be for. If it’s a book for yourself, then you could keep things simple and tell your baby’s story in milestones. If it’s a gift for proud grandparents who might not have had a chance to meet their grandchild yet, have a think about adding in stories and anecdotes so they can enjoy those first precious few months even more. Our Pure and simple pre-designed photo book is, as you’d imagine, a brilliantly simple and clean way of laying out your baby photo book. Check it out here.
Keep things consistent
As we ended our trip around the creative department, we thought we’d ask if they had one overriding piece of advice for using the bonusprint pre-designed products. And they were unanimous in their answer — be consistent. Make sure you keep consistency with the fonts, shapes, colours, and general look. When you come to add your own customisations to your page, try to find something that matches one or more colours that appear in your pictures. This could be as simple as making the title or text a certain colour, or if you’re adding shapes, make sure the colour reflects your overall theme too. If you’re starting a design from scratch, you could pick a couple of colours from the ‘Colours on-trend’ dropdown menu in the online editor, and make sure you keep using those throughout the photo book for that all important consistency. A great example of this is with one of our favourite photo book themes: Pop art. This features a bold look and really shows how using consistent colours, shapes, and patterns can be really effective.
We hope that our expert advice has inspired you to make your own fantastic photo products and helped you work out which pre-designed templates would work for you. Now all you need to do is start creating. Have a browse on our site for ones that will match your project, click one of the pre-designed product links above, or the button below, and you’re ready to go.