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Shutterfly 12×12 Memory Book

I had my very first 12×12 Shutterfly Memory Book printed a while back, and I’ve been wanting to share my photos and experience, so I’m glad to finally have the chance :). I had printed some of the other sizes in the past and loved them (see the end of this post for more information about those), so I was really excited to see how the larger size would turn out! 

Ready for some photos? Here’s the cover I designed – as you can see, I made a mosaic of some of the pages contained in the book, which I think turned out well:

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Cover

This is what the inside cover looks like. The image from the front cover wraps around to the inside. That’s why it is important that you don’t have any important details of your cover image right on the edge, because they won’t be showing on the front of the book.

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Inside Cover

Here’s the first page of my book, I was amazed at how much more beautiful this page looks printed than on my computer screen!!!! In fact, all of my pages looked so much better to me in print :).

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Inside

A Couple of Tips:

Tip # 1: Like the front cover image, the images in your book will be cut off a bit around the outside edges (although not to that extent). For this reason, it is recommended that you not include important details or text right on the edge of your pages. HOWEVER, many of the pages I included in this book had been made before I knew I would be printing them in a Shutterfly book, so (as you can see in the bottom right of the image below) I had text going right up to the edge. My solution to this problem was to size down all of my images slightly, and place them on a black background. I was happy with the look and very glad nothing got cut from my pages :).

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Tip

Tip # 2: Even WITH the added border, text on the edge of the page will be difficult to read if it is on the inside border, because the pages curl in toward the binding, as seen below. So just keep that in mind :).

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Tip

A Couple of Ideas:

Idea # 1: I really wanted to include ALL of my pages in this book that had not been previously printed, but there was one problem, some of my pages were smaller than 12×12 size! The solution was to place four 6×6 layouts together on one page like the example below. I even made some of my 12×12 pages this size to save space (and money) in this book.

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Idea

Idea # 2: I had made some of the beautiful calendars by Shabby Princess as Christmas gifts in December, so I decided to include the calendar tops as pages in my book as well. This way, they can be enjoyed beyond 2008 – and the calendars are so pretty that the tops really can work as stand-alone pages. Since they are 8.5×11 size instead of 12×12, I placed miniatures of some of my layouts along the bottoms of the pages. How? I designed the whole layout of these pages in advance, flattened them, and uploaded them to Shutterfly just as you see them here.

Shutterfly 12x12 Memory Book Idea

I am SO happy with this book, as with the other Shutterfly books I’ve made, and I KNOW I’ll be making more in the future :)! If you want to read more about Shutterfly photo books, you might like these other articles I’ve written:

Review: Shutterfly Photo Books (This one includes more info about the whole process, plus tips and tricks).

New Look and a Shutterfly Book (This is a post about one of the 8.5×11 books I did, but I guess I never posted photos of the actual book. I’ll have to do that, because this is my favorite of the books I’ve made so far!)

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10 responses to “Shutterfly 12×12 Memory Book

  1. Jennifer April 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I love this! I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I love it! I purchased serveral Shutterfly books at Target after Christmas on sale-yea! I am working on my first book now. I think this is a great idea-putting more than one page on a page! I love the way these look! Thanks!

  2. Brooke - in Oregon April 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Jess, your book is FABULOUS!! Oh my GOSH I love it :) Thanks for the tips, cause I WILL do one of these!

  3. Margie S. April 9, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Looks great-love the cover! I made an 8×8 one for in laws and am finishing up one for my parents. They are amazing to have!!

  4. Carol April 9, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Great idea about the black edging, I didn’t think to do that. Like you I had old layouts that I wanted to put in my last book and ended up getting all my old layouts and moving them across to the Shutterfly template and adjusting them in a bit that way. Tedious!

    But you’ve just opened my eyes. I’ve had 2 Shutterfly books printed now, both the 8×8 story book ones so I could design the cover. I didn’t know you could design the cover on a 12×12 size, is that only new? Or have I lived on another planet!!! LOL

    Absolutely beautiful work.

  5. Holley V April 9, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Wow! Your book looks AWESOME, Jess! What a great memento! When are you going to do mine?! lol

  6. Kelleigh April 9, 2008 at 9:04 am

    This looks awesome! Maybe I should do one of those . ..

  7. Amy Hoogstad April 9, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    WOW!!! This turned out gorgeous! Love that first LO with Ps. 139 – that is a family motto for us:)

  8. JanMary, N Ireland April 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Stunning book – thanks for sharing all those tips.

  9. Melissa April 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Your book is fabulous! Thank you for sharing all of the helpful tips on how to create the pages for the book.

  10. Scrapmuch May 5, 2008 at 8:39 am

    gorgeous book – I love your ideas for getting more pages into the book, too!

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