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14 Fall Photo Book Tips and Over 35 Autumn Scrapbook Pages!

Wow, I can’t believe the autumn leaves are almost all gone and Christmas is right around the corner! I have had a super busy, yet completely wonderful fall. Between enjoying outdoor “leaf-peeping” activities, church activities, school activities, and helping with my sister’s wedding preparations, there hasn’t been much time for my favorite hobby. How do I fit scrapbooking into my packed schedule? Photo books! I have become a big time fan of making photo books to help preserve our family memories these last couple of years, since my second child was born. I still make traditional scrapbooks, but it is usually just one per year that I work on slowly at a bi-weekly crop held at my church. The rest of my photos have been going into my growing collection of photo books :)!

Simple Fall Photo Book Ideas:

I created this photo book called “Autumn in New England”  (click here to see the full 24 image gallery) back in 2007, and it’s still one of my favorite fall photo books!

Quick Photo Book Tips:

  • I used digital templates to help me easily place my photos in a pleasing way.
  • The backgrounds are simple neutral digital scrapbook papers, keeping the focus on my photos.
  • I created the digital pages in Photoshop Elements, then uploaded them to Shutterfly to print my photo book.
My family scrapbook for 2007 had SO many fall layouts! When I only had one baby who went to bed at 6 pm and took a 3 hour nap every day, I had a lot more time for scrapbooking!
Fall Photo Book Tips:
  • Use fall-themed digital scrapbook kits and templates to compliment the feel of your autumn scrapbook pages. The pumpkins and hearts on the following two pages were created using  shape templates (available for free, click here).
  • Beyond the obvious things to include like pumpkins and fall leaves, don’t forget about regular digital elements in fall colors (notice the buttons, ribbons and other rustic elements).
  • Try using a decorative font with leaves and acorns like  Acorn Initials. If you “rasterize” the text in Photoshop, you can then use coordinating fall colors to fill in the letters.
Here’s a cute fall scrapbook page I made in 2008:
Autumn Scrapbook Tips:
  • I used my favorite fall photo for inspiration to create my own digital scrapbook papers and elements in Photoshop! The colors and textures came from Gabe’s fall sweater and jeans :).
  • Since this kit is a few years old, it is now offered as a freebie :)!  Click here for my free “Fall Fun” digital scrapbook kit and templates. 
  • When you have a great fall photo, let it dominate the page – it doesn’t need lots of words or embellishments competing with it.
In 2009 and 2010, life was getting pretty busy with two young kids and lots of travelling, so I went with the basic photo book templates. Here are some layouts from my 2009 family scrapbook:
I actually went into labor with Julia on Labor Day 2009 :)!
And here are photos from 2008 and 2010 as seen in a Snapfish photo book I made which covers the past 5 years of visits to our favorite pumpkin patch:
Quick and Easy Fall Photo Book Ideas:
  • Use the themed photo book pages available at most photo book sites, they will have fall colors and decorations that will highlight your photos without overwhelming them.
  • Most photo book software allows you to rearrange your photos on the page, add new photo spots, and adjust the sizes of the photos. Make use of these features to put the focus on your favorite photos.
  • You can fill up most of the pages with photos, then place all your journaling about the events and memories in large columns of text on just a few pages.
  • Many photo book sites have autumn backgrounds, titles and digital elements you can add to your pages – no Photoshop needed!
  • If you have digital scrapbook papers you would like to add to your pages, but don’t have the time or ability to create digital scrapbook pages, try this technique I blogged about: (click here, then scroll down).
Do you have fall photo book tips to share? If so, please share in the comments section, I love new ideas! I hope you’re having a fabulous fall!

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: https://scrapbookideas.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/shutterfly-classic-photo-book/


A Month of Digital Scrapbook Pages!

Happy Monday my friends :). I have some new scrapbook pages to share with you today. These are 12×12 pages side-by-side to make two-page layouts.

If you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging very often lately, here’s one of the reasons – I’ve been getting caught up on scrapbooking!

I have found that if I spend a lot of time blogging, I tend to get way behind on my scrapbooking.

I’d rather have one big post once in a while, where I share what I’ve been up to.

Life with these two little cuties is so precious  I just want to make sure I capture it!

So, I challenged myself to take at least one photo each day in January (I ended up taking many more) and put them into digital scrapbook pages.

Here are close-ups of two of the pages – I tried to keep the focus on the photos, rather than spend a lot of time on embellishments.

I designed these with Photoshop and ArtRage software using Shutterfly’s blank template for their 12×12 digital scrapbook. Then I uploaded the finished pages to my Shutterfly account so they will be ready for me when it’s time to print my next photo book. Plus I know have a free digital back-up of these pages for safe keeping :)!

Photography Tips and 50% Off Photo Books

Happy Monday! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about some GREAT sales going on – then I need to get back to “work” I am trying to finish a bunch of photo projects and get them all ordered before these sales end! This is especially hard to do when my only chance to work on them is when the kids are asleep :).

Firstly: I answered some photography and photo editing questions today and linked to some other related posts I wrote on my blog Lovely, Lovely Things.

Plus: My favorite photo gift site, Shutterfly is having an awesome sale right now – up to 50% off on photo books, free shipping on orders of $30 or more and 20%-30% off on lots of other photo gifts! I’m planning on getting at least $30 worth of the 50% off photo books so I can get the free shipping (and get a head start on Christmas gift making too)! Sale ends 11/03/10.

Finally: Snapfish has a couple of great sales going on too – 50% off several of their photo gifts, and 100 free 4×6 prints with the purchase of two 8x10s. I am making a 12×12 calendar for 50% off and I plan on getting the free prints too – since we just got back from a vacation in Hawaii and I have lots of scrapbooking to do :)! Sale ends 11/02/10.

Oh, and there is another way to get free prints at Snapfish too – if you sign up for their Merry Deal Reveal newsletter you will get 20 free prints plus extra coupon codes in your email starting Nov 15th. I took advantage of a lot of these deals last year – photo gifts for all Ho Ho Ho ;).

Have fun – I’m off to work on my little projects before the kiddos wake up :)!

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 :)!!

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*

Shutterfly Sales and FREE Photo Editing Software

Happy Monday everyone :)! For my USA readers, I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday, we sure did! I posted a few pics of our fun weekend at my Lovely Lovely Things blog.  I just wanted to pop in to let you know about a couple of hot tips:

Summer Sales at Shutterfly

I found out that Shutterfly is having some great summer promotions where you can save up to 30% off on things like the photo books, prints and 18 month calendars! I put a link to the promotion in my sidebar  – sorry email subscribers, you will have to actually come to the site to access this ;). But hurry – the promotion only lasts until the 13th of July!

FREE Photo Editing Software

My sister Rebekah clued me in to this great photo editing software called Photoscape, which you can download onto your computer for free! She loves the fact that is is very simple to learn to use (unlike Photoshop, which she is a little overwhelmed by). I took a few minutes to check it out, and I love all the great features! Here’s an example of one of our weekend photos before and after a quick editing session with Photoscape:

Before:

Before Editing with Photoscape

After Editing with Photoscape:

After Editing with Photoscape

Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to give up my Photoshop anytime soon, but for those of you who are interested in doing photo editing, but don’t have the time or budget for Photoshop – this could be the solution!

That’s all for now, hope your week is off to a great start :)!  ~xo Jess

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!

Free Shutterfly Collage Poster

I tried a new Shutterfly project recently: the collage poster – this is only one of many, many possible layouts they have to choose from! I had Chris pick some of his favorite recent photos of Gabe so I could make this poster for his office as a birthday gift for him. I think he’s going to love it :).

Collage Poster Tip: I edited the center photo in Photoshop to add text before I uploaded it to the Shutterfly website. This way, I was able to get it looking exactly the way I wanted :).

Free 11×14 Collage Poster from Shutterfly!

If you aren’t already a member of Shutterfly, now is a great time to join – you will get one of these posters for free PLUS 50 free prints – that’s an awesome deal!! When I first joined Shutterfly a few years ago I was excited just to receive a handful of free prints ;). If you’re interested, I put a link for the free poster offer in the sidebar (to the right). Enjoy!

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

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