For a single event book, my approach is:
- set up a file with a variety of templates and a number of background papers;
- include drop shadows on all the photo spots on the template;
- look at the photos to determine if more portrait or landscape spots were needed;
- place the photos on the template and clip them to the mask;
- size and straighten them on the page;
- select from background papers included in the file, many were the same and simply recolored in PS
- select and use just a few fonts and font sizes;
I like to make a two page spread for each place or activity. One page is a large single photo from the event. The other side is a collage of images that tell the story.
In the end, doing any type of photo book is an opportunity to clean out photo files. Storage in a PC while not messy, is not free. It is also clutter. How many photos of an event do you really need. Don't be a hoarder. haha
Here are a few examples from my New Zealand trip and book.