Scrapbook Ideas

Tips & Tricks. Ideas & Inspiration. Resources for Scrapbookers.


I’m a huge fan of Shutterfly, and I’ve been using their services more and more, so I decided to create a whole page dedicated to my Shutterfly stuff :)! I hope to update often with my latest projects, so keep checking back for new articles. I highly recommend Shutterfly for printing your digital scrapbook projects, I’m always pleased with the final result. I will try to share as much information about my experiences with Shutterfly as I can (positive and negative), so that if you are considering making a Shutterfly project of your own, you will know what to expect!

Here are some of my favorite Shutterfly projects – so far :)!

8.5×11 Classic Photo Book (with 8×8 digital scrapbook pages)
12×12 Memory Book (plus tips and ideas)
8×8 Story Book (& Shutterfly review)

Shutterfly 8.5×11 Classic Photo Book (with 8×8 digital scrapbook pages)

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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Shutterfly 12×12 Memory Book
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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 :)! (Back to Top)

Shutterfly 8×8 Story Book & Review
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I’m finally ready to write the review I’ve been promising since July :)! I designed my first Shutterfly 8×8 photo book (using the Being Me Quick Album), ordered it on August 31st, it was printed and arrived at my doorstep on September 7th!

I am completely thrilled with my Shutterfly photo book! The process, the customer service, and the final product from Shutterfly are all top notch :)!

Here are some photos of the finished book (NOTE: My photos hardly do this book justice, the color and quality of the book is much better than you can see here, but you can get a general idea of what the book looks like):

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If you saw the odd looking splotches on the front cover of the book, it is not due to a printing error – I photographed the book outdoors, and the cover is so glossy and shiny that the photo shows a reflection of some trees in my yard :).

I ordered a 20 page, 8×8 Story Book, under the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” category. Shutterfly offers plenty of pre-designed options for the Story Books, but I wanted to print a book using the Being Me Quick Album I designed. The quick album comes in 8×8 size, but the actual dimensions of the Shutterfly pages are 7.95×7.95 – no worries, I just re-sized each page to 7.95×7.95 at 300 dpi before saving! If you are designing your own pages, be sure to use these templates provided by Shutterfly – they show the “bleed” areas on the page that might get cut off during printing (to insure that there are no white borders on the page). You can download the templates to your computer and open them right up in Photoshop! You’ll want to keep all the important info on your page within the boundaries they provide, and keep in mind that the pages curl inward where the binding is.

I love the customer service I received from Shutterfly – even though I read the step by step instructions provided, I still forgot to do an important step – but I emailed them through the site right away, and they canceled my order for me before it was printed, so I could fix my error and reorder!

Tips and Tricks for Printing Shutterfly Photo Books

  • Make sure you use the templates provided by Shutterfly, so that you don’t lose any important details on your page – there are separate templates for the covers and binding as well.
  • Read the instructions provided, and follow them CAREFULLY for best results.
  • It is a lot faster if you turn off “Vividpics” and custom crop when you first upload your photos into an album then after you’ve already added them to the book.
  • Preview your work carefully to make sure your pages are in the correct order, etc.
  • Here is a PDF file provided by Shutterfly that contains even more design tips!

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17 responses to “Shutterfly

  1. AnnaMarie Holland October 6, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    i love your work…..
    Shutterfly 12×12 Memory Book is doind a project for my senoir friends if i could get some of those ideas like would help alot..

    thanks AnnaMarie

  2. Beelissa November 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm


    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but never posted before. You’re very creative and I love your ideas!

    I got the idea from your blog to make a book at Shutterfly. However, now that I’m sitting down to do it I have a bunch of questions that I can’t seem to get answers to. I wonder if you can email me?


  3. ayin landa January 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    hi im trying to make a scrapbook for my senior class only im not sure how to start? can you please help me.
    thatnk you i appreciate it.

  4. Siobhan Johnson April 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Hi I am trying to scrapbook my wedding pictures. As a beginner scrapbooker I am not sure how to make my pages look the best they can. I look at so many other scrapbooks and am just so impressed my how cool they are that I don’t think I will be able to do as well. How as a beginner do I start doing amazing scrapbooks?

  5. Nicole Friedman June 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Hi, I love your layouts and ideas! I don’t have photoshop and it looks like it’s very costly. Do you recommend any other programs that I could use to create me layouts? Perhaps something less costly? Thanks for your help!


    Hi Nikki,

    I don’t know what you price range is, but if you can afford it, I would recommend Photoshop Elements (which is about $80 on the Photoshop site right now). It is way cheaper than the full version of Photoshop, but it has everything you will need (and more)!

    If that is too much $$, you could also try GIMP, which I think is actually free. Some of my friends have used it, but I’ve never tried it. I have heard it does the same things as Photoshop.

    I’m sure there are others out there too – but I am not familiar with them.

    Good luck!


  6. Maryam August 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hi, I have decided to start digiscrapbooking and was just wondering what digital scrapbooking program you use… The link under your digiscrapbooking page is outdated, missing, etc…

    • Jess August 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      Hi Maryam –

      I use Photoshop for my digital scrapbooking. I was fortunate to win a copy of the full version, but before that I used Photoshop elements which is much less expensive and all you really need for photo editing and digital scrapbooking.

      Thanks for the heads-up about the outdated link!

      Welcome to the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking :)!

  7. JC October 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    you should try You will HATE Shutterfly after you use Mixbook. It is SOOOO user friendly. And the best part is you can access it from anywhere. You don’t have to download anything. You can log on at a friend’s house and download pictures they may have taken that you want or you can work on your books from anywhere there is internet. Just wait to order books when you get an e-mail coupon. They come pretty often.

    Check it out.


    • Jess October 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      That is funny! I don’t think I could ever not LOVE Shutterfly :)! I get a lot of online photo companies offering to let me try their products for free, but so far they just can’t match the quality of Shutterfly. I think that people who are not already scrapbookers might like sites that offer digital scrapbooking features in the books, but people who are already digital scrapbookers usually have their own kits and programs they like using. I would try it if they sent me a voucher for a free book but so far I haven’t been too impressed with non-Shutterfly photo books. Thanks for sharing though :)!

  8. Vicki February 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Which layout on Shutterfly are you using to convert your square pages to landscape with a border for journalling? I’m assuming you use custom path with a 1 photo layout but I’m having a hard time figuring out which one!
    I also “scrap” in square, but would sometimes like to take advantage of the landscape album codes and I also don’t journal alot on my pages but could see where one day my kids would want to know more of the details.

    Now you’ve got me thinking about using landscape recipe cards to make a square book that is a mix of landscape and square layouts. I wish Shutterfly would put the dimesions in inches of their borders on their layout choices!

  9. Ilyn November 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Hi Jess!

    I’m really blessed with your blog. Yesterday, I came across your page and saw the Faithbooking tab. I got curious so I checked it out. Like you, I’m also a Christian. I started making my own faithbook this year (I weren’t aware it was actually called faithbook though. I mean, I call it faithbook but I never had an idea that there was really such a thing, haha.) Anyway, just dropping by to say that you’re so blessed and you’re blessing others through your works. God bless you, Jess! I hope you can share with me some tips regarding paper (traditional) scrapbooking, I’m not into digital. Many thanks!

    Much love,
    Ilyn :)

    • Jess November 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

      Hi Ilyn! Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words! I LOVE faithbooking because it helps strengthen my faith, comforts me during rough times, encourages others and I hope one day it will be legacy for my kids. I’m so happy you are faithbooking too! I have had limited time for scrapbooking in general, so I have been adding verses and faithbooking thoughts into my family books. As I have more time I hope to get back to my faithbook about Psalms. I have done a lot of digital scrapbooking lately due to lack of time, but I am still working on paper scrapbooks too, and will share as many tips as I can! Please feel free to ask questions if you have them and I will try to help :). God Bless!

  10. Debbie December 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Are you still updating your page here? I have a questions as to your pages you created. I was wondering what pages you used on Weeds and packages? Your pages are BEAUTIFUL!!

  11. Debbie December 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Sorry, I am new to all this digital scrapbooking, just curious.

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