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Questions and Answers About Printing Your Digital Scrapbook

I have had some great questions in email and comments about printing Shutterfly photo books, so I thought I’d share the questions and answers here for you to see too :)!

Question From Chelsey:

I looked through Shutterfly and I cant find the same backgrounds that you have?  Is there somewhere special I need to get these?

My Answer:

Sometimes I use the backgrounds by Shutterfly, but sometimes I create my own and upload them into Shutterfly using their “print your digital scrapbook” feature. Are you familiar with digital scrapbooking? In digital scrapbooking, you use digital “papers” and page elements to create scrapbook pages. Shutterfly has an option for uploading these already made pages and printing them in their books. It is a bit more time consuming, but I love being able to create a personalized book :).

Follow-up Questions From Chelsey:

I am not familiar with digital scrap booking. Do you have to pay extra for those pages? Where do you find them or do you have to create these yourself?

My Follow-up Answers:

Programs like Photoshop Elements can be used to create digital scrapbook pages using your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies, which can be purchased or even downloaded for free (I have several free kits available at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com). You can also find pre-made digital scrapbook pages, often called quick pages, to use – then all you need to do is add your pictures!

Question From Maryam:

I have decided to start digi scrapbooking and was just wondering what digital scrapbooking program you use…

My Answer:

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.

Question From Taylor:

I love how you have different backgrounds on your books. I’m not the biggest fan of Shutterfly’s backgrounds, and I was wondering how you applied those backgrounds?

My Answer:

I know what you mean about the Shutterfly backgrounds, although they do have a few cute ones :). I am a digital scrapbooker, so I use digital scrapbook papers in a lot of my photo books. I make the digital scrapbook pages in Photoshop before I upload them to Shutterfly, then I use the “print your digital scrapbook” feature in Shutterfly to create my book using my own custom-designed pages.

Here’s an idea that just came to me: If you want to use a digital scrapbooking paper, but you don’t have Photoshop, you could try uploading whole digital scrapbooking papers you want to use when you upload your photos to Shutterfly. Then, choose a very simple photo book design, like “Versatile Classics”. Then, when you add your photos to the pages, choose layouts with one or two extra photo spots than you need, and place the digital scrapbook paper in those spots. It won’t cover the whole background, but at least you could add a little extra character to your page that way :). I tried it just now, and attached a screen shot of what I came up with below. The background is by Shutterfly, but the pink papers are from the free “Real Love” digital scrapbook papers available at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com.

Tip: you can double click on the image once you insert it into the Shutterfly page, then you will be able to adjust the position and zoom.

Question From Vicki:

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.

My Answers:

I usually design my own digital pages in Photoshop, then use the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” feature at Shutterfly to print my book. Here is a link to the page at Shutterfly where you can choose from the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” options: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/print-your-digital-scrapbook. They have several choices for the size and shape of your book. Once you choose a size, you will be taken to a page where you can download free Photoshop templates in the exact size and shape of the book pages and cover, the templates even have built in guides showing you where the edge of the page might be cut off in the printing process, so you can keep all important details (like text) within the safe zone. For my digital pages I plan to print, I usually use one of the templates as I design the page so that I know that there will be a perfect fit and nothing will get cut off in printing. The great thing about using the “Print Your Digital Scrapbook” feature instead of the one photo pages is that you have complete control over the covers and binding of the book too, plus you know exactly how big to make your pages because of the templates.

I have also used square pages in a landscape book to make use of coupon code like you mentioned, but I just designed a landscape page, with black as my background, then resized my square pages by hand in Photoshop, and added them in along with text. Here’s and example of a book like that I made a few years ago: http://scrapbookideas.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/shutterfly-classic-photo-book/


Photo Book Idea and a New Coupon

I finished my latest Shutterfly photo book! This is the first book I’ve made which does not include scrapbook pages or photos of people – it’s actually a collection of some of my favorite flower photos from the past few years, and I LOVE it!

You can click on the image below to virtually “flip through” the photo book:

Botanical Gardens Shutterfly Photo Book

I just can’t wait to see this new book in person! It is one of the new soft cover books available in the 8×8 size, which are more affordable but still allow you to customize the front and back covers and spine. I will take pics of it when it comes and let you know how it compares to the other styles I’ve tried. Speaking of which, I have posted my other Shutterfly photo books at my new Gordon Family Photos share site, so now they are all available to flip through for ideas :). Click here to check it out!

Do any of you have a Shutterfly site? If so, please share the link – I’d love to see your projects! These sites are really cool and easy to customize – I will be updating mine with more of my Shutterfly projects soon – feel free to add yourself as a member to my site if you want to be updated regularly :).

Oh, and I also wanted to mention that I added a new coupon for a free collage poster or $5 off your Shutterfly purchase to the sidebar.  If you’re interested but you’re reading this via email or feed – you can click here to be taken to the site and get the coupon code :).  Enjoy! ~xo Jess

* Update: I combined my Scrapbook Ideas share site with my family share site to save myself some time/effort uploading things. Sorry if you had added yourself as a member on that old site, but feel free to add yourself to the new site as well! Also, people are asking some good questions in the comments section below and I decided to put my answers right with the questions, so be sure to check them out below*

Anniversary Memory Book

Today my husband and I celebrate our five-year wedding anniversary!! Each year that goes by is more wonderful than the last and we have made so many memories, which will be cherished always. He is my best friend and he knows how to fill my heart with pure bliss! I’m working on a special memory album to celebrate romantic highlights from our first five years of marriage, but it isn’t ready yet. I am taking my time because I want it to be perfect :)!

Last year I made a Shutterfly photo book as an anniversary gift for Chris, and that one wasn’t done in time for the actual day either – and I also never had a chance to post photos of the finished book here. So, in honor this special day, here is a gallery of photos from my all time favorite Shutterfly photo book: “Autumn in New England”!

If you click on the thumbnail photos below, you will be able to see a larger image and a description of the photo – PLUS Shutterfly photo book tips for those interested :)!

Credits: I believe all of the digital designs used in this book were created by Shabby Princess, Shabby Miss Jenn and Lanne; except for the last layout, which uses this collab kit (which is on sale now and actually about to be retired). I created this photo book almost a year ago, so I may have forgotten something – if you see one I missed, please let me know!

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.

Click Here to See More of My Shutterfly Projects

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!)
 

Win a Shutterfly Photo Book!!!

I have some some AWESOME news!!!!

Shutterfly has contributed FOUR 20 Page 12×12 Memory books as prizes for our 100th post celebration!!! Wow, I’m blown away by their generosity, THANKS Shutterfly!!! I just LOVE these photos books by Shutterfly - I have made one 8×8 book, and two 8.5×11 books so far and I’m currently working on my first 12×12 :). I love how my digital scrapbook pages look printed out – it’s SO much better than looking at them on the computer screen! Plus they will be something that will be cherished by our family for years to come. If you’re not a digital scrapbooker, don’t worry! The books come with LOTS of pre-made styles – all you have to do is add your photos :)

Enter to Win:

In order to be entered to win one of these great Shutterfly Photo Books, or one of the other awesome prizes (listed below), just share a scrapbook idea with us by leaving a comment on the page called “Celebration Details” by Sunday, November 4th. You will also get a little digital freebie from me just for entering :). If you’ve already entered to win one of the other prizes, you don’t have to enter again. PLEASE NOTE: Only comments left on the Celebration Details page will be entered to win, and they MUST contain a scrapbook idea!

Prize List:

Celebration Prizes 

Shutterfly Prizes:

FOUR winners will each receive a 12×12, 20 page Memory Book ($54.99 value)!

Digital Prizes:

Shabby Princess: $20 Gift Card to The Shabby Shoppe

ChereKaye:  $15 gift card to her store at FPD

Weeds and Wildflowers: $10 Gift Card to the Weeds and Wildflowers Shoppe

Shabby Miss Jenn: Kit of Your Choice from SMJ Designs

Jeannie Papai: Kit of Your Choice

Holley VanDenBerg: Lottie’s Trunk Kit Plus Stamps

Also, here are some prizes from me :):

8×8 Scrapbook Album and Posies

Album and Posies

 Paper Crafts Remodeled

 Paper Crafts Remodeled

The Joy of Card Making

The Joy of Card Making

Card Creations

Card Creations

New Look and a Shutterfly Book

This is post #99!! 

Do things look a bit different around here? I thought it would be nice to decorate the place a bit in preparation for the BIG celebration :)! I sure am getting excited – I hope you are too! I decided to make a freebie to give out to everyone who participates – don’t worry it will be so easy to participate, you don’t even have to scrap a page if you don’t want to :)!

My latest Shutterfly Photo Book just came in the mail! I haven’t had a chance to snap pics of the actual book yet, but I did make this slide show of the pages in digital form. I am SO pleased with how this book turned out – I had never scrapped in this horizontal rectangle format before, so that was fun to experiment with. I kept the pages pretty simple because I wanted the focus to be on all my Autumn photos. Almost everything I used came from Heidi Williams, Shabby Miss Jenn and Shabby Princess, oh and a storyboard by Lanne! The Shutterfly prints look fantastic!!!! I will have to take pics of the finished book – this slideshow does not do it justice :).

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