|Minnie Mouse for a DIY Disney themed photo book|
I like Mixbook for the simple fact that I'm comfortable on the program. I think it offers a lot of options for creativity and you can make it as simple or as complex as you like. They do offer some decent coupons on their photo books, but not quite as good as the other digital photo book companies, so you'll have to weigh your options. For a travel book, I don't usually have as many pages as a yearly photo book of my family so the books are still pretty reasonable.
Anyway, for my Disney themed book on Mixbook, I started with their free princess theme -- pretty much because my daughter was dressed in a princess dress everyday of our trip. However, I only used the pre-built theme on a few pages and the others I deleted the actual template and added my own.
On most of the other pages, I searched for "stickers" (which they have a ton) to go with the theme of my pictures. For example, on my page with pictures of our "Chef Mickey's" dinner I added solid colored kitchen utensil stickers (a whisk, measuring spoons, salt and pepper shakers) which gave it a whimsical feel. I found some really cute elephant stickers and added them on the page where I had photos of my kids on the Dumbo ride. For the first page of my album, I had some shots from the airport and plane and I used the "travel" theme with some baggage tag stickers.
Other stickers I found useful:
- Roses for Beauty and the Beast
- Seashells for The Little Mermaid
- Pirate-related stickers (flags, ships, skull and crossbones) for Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Pirates of the Caribbean
- Stickers of princess, wands, crowns, banners
- Three black circles and you have a Mickey Mouse head
- Three black circles, a red circle and two red triangles and you have Minnie Mouse.
- A couple of rectangles next to each other topped by triangles and you have a castle.
- A rectangle with two triangles on the bottom and you have a banner that's perfect a page with photos from a meal with the princesses.
- All -- or at least many -- of you pictures scream "Disney" so don't feel like the background has to scream Disney, too. A simple bright background color like red, yellow, blue or pink can really make your busy Disney pictures pop off the page. A red background with some big white polka dots and you have an instant "Minny" theme.
- Plan ahead by taking pictures of Disney "stuff" and attraction/park signs. For example, I snapped pictures like this Mickey cupcake and found, while making my photo book, it was great for a page with other photos of our character meals.
What tips and tricks do you have for making Disney theme photo books? I'd love to hear your ideas for added inspiration.