Friday, December 02, 2011

Working with Fonts: A Font for Gates' Monthly Snapshot

Everyone says babies grow up so quickly. So how do you capture these memories? Besides marking their height on a door frame? With a monthly photograph!

One of my favorite blogs Making it Lovely has two series that I've loved following: Eleanor's Monthly Photos and August's Monthly Photos. Now that we're expecting our first baby, I'm thinking of doing a similar series once Gates is born.

I want to be able to quickly create an album for the grandparents from these photos, so I'll be creating a 7x7 layout into which I'll drop the monthly photo. Why 7x7? I love the square format and Blurb has a 7x7 book option.

With each photo, I want to capture a brief note about what Gates was doing, for example, now sleeping through the night or sitting up on her own. My layout inspiration comes from the packaging of my favorite tea, Steven Smith's No. 45. The photo will go where the logo is. (I'm not sure if I want to give the photo a sepia treatment or go black and white where I colorize something Gates is wearing or holding.) In the upper left hand corner, where the ingredients information is now, I'll note what Gates is doing. The text "Varietal" will be replaced with "Age." The contents information will be replaced with date of photograph and Gates' weight.

I've got one of the fonts I'm planning to use picked out - the serif font. For it, I chose Berylium. Why? The font reminded me of the cover of one of my favorite childhood books, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. The Berylium font family by Larabie Fonts is available for free in both Mac & Win Opentype as well as Windows Truetype from with registration.

I'm still undecided about the sans serif font, but that's a post for another Font Friday. In the meantime, got any suggestions?

Happy Designing!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life. Font Fun is a monthly series showcasing a roundup of free fonts or featuring a free printable with a favorite font.