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Shutterfly Classic Photo Book

I’m thinking about making some new Shutterfly books and other photo projects because I recently noticed that I have several new coupons available to me for Shutterfly products through the Pampers Gifts to Grow program – YAY! Anyway, that reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve shown you one of my Shutterfly photo books – and I have a bunch of ‘em around here that I haven’t posted about yet :)!

Today I want to show you a Shutterfly 8.5×11 Classic Photo Book I made. When I made this book, I had never scrapped in 8.5×11 format, but I had lots of layouts I wanted to print and I had a coupon for the Classic Photo Book. So I came up with a great plan – I resized my layouts to 8×8, and placed them on the pages with some typed journaling along the sides. This was perfect for my layouts, because I usually don’t put a lot of journaling on the actual page. When I print my digital layouts at home, I can add my journaling to the backs of the pages, but I can’t do that in a Shutterfly book, so being able to add it to the margin of the page was a real plus.

Here are some photos of the book:

Shutterfly’s 8.5×11 Classic Photo Book

If you look at the photos closely, you’ll notice that there is another 8.5x11book below the one I’m showing you today – I will get to the other one in a future post, but I included it so that you can compare the difference between the two covers. The book I’m talking about today has the black leather cover, and the one below it is the brown leather. The two colors are actually really close, but I prefer the brown I think.

I love the window in the front cover of the photo book, it makes the album look more inviting and helps me to quickly see which book is which when I have multiple books together in one place. The photo in the front cover window is a portion of whatever appears on the first page of the book. As you can see from image 1 above, there is a nice black cover page in between the book cover and the first page of the book. In image 2 you can see what the whole first page looks like. Shutterfly has a template you can work with when you’re creating your first page, so you will know exactly what the window in the cover will look like when you print the book (or you can just wing it and go by the online preview image you see before you order). I totally recommend using the templates offered by Shutterfly when designing your pages, it makes the whole process much easier. Here are some other tips about making a book like this one:

Shutterfly Photo Book Tips:

  • I gave the pages a black background, so they would flow nicely with the inside cover pages of the book.
  • I placed the layouts close to the inner edges of the pages, but not too close – I left a margin of black, so the edges of the layouts wouldn’t get lost in the binding (image 3).
  • With the exception of the first page, I kept the text on the outer edges of the pages, where it would be easiest to read (image 2 and image 4), on the first few pages, it isn’t as much of a problem, because the pages don’t curl into the binding the way they do toward the center of the book.

This was another fun Shutterfly project, and I love the final product! It’s always so exciting to see my digital layouts printed in a professionally bound hardcover book :).

Note: The scrapbook pages shown in this Shutterfly Photo Book were created using kits by Weeds and Wildflower Designs.

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9 responses to “Shutterfly Classic Photo Book

  1. Kelleigh September 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    These are gorgeous! Great idea too! I had a free album a while back that I never used because I didn’t know how to make it work with my square pages.

  2. ConnieC September 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I like how you re-sized your layouts and added the extra journaling on the side.

  3. JanMary, N Ireland September 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Another stunning photobook. I really ought to get some of my layouts into books.

    In fact, every time I come here, I realise there is something else I really ought to be doing :)

  4. Margie September 6, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I was just thinking that I need to get started on them again for Christmas! So-do you just leave the cover blank and just put a pic in the middle? I did a cover/back for the ones I made-didn’t know I could leave them as is.
    Your pages look so pretty! Another question-the black bkgrnd-do you do this for every page even if you use a regular 12×12 paper to start with?
    If so, does it just go under all the layers?
    Ok-back to my coffee- :)


    Hi Margie!

    To make a book with a leather cover with a window, like the one I made, you have to select that special cover when you are creating the book. There are several options now – the photo cover (like you have made before), the padded photo cover, and the window covers, like I did this time. There are different colors to choose from too.

    For the photo in the cover window, I just positioned a layout on the first page (inside the book) so that the photo on the page would be framed by the window. You can do this by downloading the free templates offered by Shutterfly, and they show you what the cover will look like so you can get it just right.

    And for you last question, this book was actually an 8.5×11 book, but the answer is still the same no matter what: yes, I like to use a black background when I create the pages (before uploading them to Shutterfly), because I like to make sure nothing on my pages will get cut off. Keep in mind that I use the “print your digital scrapbook” option – when you are just adding your photos to a premade Shutterfly book you don’t need to worry about anything getting cut off :)!

    OK, I think that about covers it! Let me know if you have any other questions :)!
    -Jess

  5. Jamie September 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    That looks great! I am in the process of making one of those from Emma Lee’s newborn portraits.

  6. Carol September 9, 2008 at 7:18 am

    What an inspired idea. You’d never have to worry about the cropping or anything. I must remember this for the future. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Smile Books September 10, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I love it, I would like to see the whole photo Book.


    Thanks! I am working on a Shutterfly Share site, which I will announce soon at Scrapbook Ideas. At my share site, you will be able to see the whole book virtually :). – Jess

  8. photohand October 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Are these templated designs?

  9. Pingback: Questions and Answers About Printing Your Digital Scrapbook « Scrapbook Ideas

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