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My Photo Book Ideas PLUS Free Greeting Cards

Hi Friends! I’m so excited to get caught up with you after taking a little break ;). Things seem to be calming down a bit around my house and I am finding more and more time for crafty projects these days – yippee!!

I’ve made some great Shutterfly photo books I’d love to share with you – just click on the image of the book to be taken to my Shutterfly share site if you want to peek inside :).

This Creating Keepsakes pre-made scrapbook called The ABCs of You turned out to be a super fun birthday gift for Gabe – and it was easy to put together too! TIP: There are several extra layouts available to add to this book, in case you want more than one page for some letters.

Here is the HUGE 12×12 Memory book I put together with all my favorite photos from 2009. I was short on time (during the holidays, with a new baby) so I just used Shutterfly’s classic everyday layout style which really put the focus on my photos. TIP: To give my photo book a beautiful, yet simple cover, I uploaded a digital scrapbook paper by Shabby Princess to my Shutterfly album to use as my custom photo cover!

This is one of my favorite photo books – I made digital scrapbook pages using Photoshop and a beach-themed kit by Shabby Miss Jenn, then I uploaded them to make a Shutterfly Digital Scrapbook!

I also made three photo books about our trip to England last fall to send as gifts. The great thing about making photo books through Shutterfly is that once you make a book, it is saved in your account so you can easily order duplicates or even save a book as a new project and make changes to customize the book for a specific person, as I did for my England trip memory books.

Last but not least, I wanted to share some real – life photos of another Shutterfly book I made a while back.

I had promised to share pics of what the finished product looked like with my digital layouts which spanned the gutter (where the pages meet in the center at the binding). Here are a few examples:

I created these layouts in Photoshop as one continuous image, then split it into two pages, which I uploaded into Shutterfly and added to the photo book.

As you can see, some of the image gets lost in the center where it folds into the binding, which is why you shouldn’t put key text or images in that area.

I think in these examples, though, it is worth losing a little of the image to have the effect of a large image spanning the two pages – I was happy with the result!

Shutterfly has a 20% off sale on photo books going on right now, along with lots of other great deals, including three free greeting cards (use this coupon code: SUMMERCARDS by September 1st). Here are the custom cards I just ordered :)!

Well, it’s GREAT to be getting back into scrapbooking – I have tons of wonderful new photos to use so I hope to be blogging much more often! Please leave a comment to say “hi”, I can’t wait to hear from my fellow scrapbookers – I miss you :)!!

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12 responses to “My Photo Book Ideas PLUS Free Greeting Cards

  1. Rita August 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Oh, my goodness, ALL the books are awesome! I might have to give these books a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Have a great day! May God continue to bless you.

    • Jess August 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Rita!! You should really try these photo books – I have made so many of them and love them all :). You can make them as simple or as in-depth as you like, but they always look great!

  2. Mom August 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Wow! Julia is getting less demanding. It’s good to see you back on your scrapping blog.


  3. Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs August 25, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hi Jess!! Good to see you back! Your photo books are lovely!

  4. Jenni August 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Glad to see you back!
    Great job on the books! There’s something so fabulous about creating layouts and then holding a *real* book full of them!

  5. Gabriel Hanson August 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I stumbled on to your blog several months ago and really enjoyed your “faith scrapbooking”. I was pleasantly surprised to receive your update today. Your work is lovely and refreshing! -Gabriel

  6. Melinda August 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Jess! so good to see you back :)

  7. KirstenStar October 25, 2010 at 4:40 am

    You have some really cute stuff here! I love the kids scrapbook stuff. I think I am getting broody or something! (been trying for some time now). Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning :D

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