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Articles about my digital scrapbooks, as seen at scrapbookideas.wordpress.com
Shutterfly 12x12 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:
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.
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 :).
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 :).
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 :).
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 12x12 size! The solution was to place four 6x6 layouts together on one page like the example below. I even made some of my 12x12 pages this size to save space (and money) in this book.
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 8.5x11 size instead of 12x12, 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.
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 :)!
Shutterfly 8x8 Soft Cover Book
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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!
My Digital Scrapbooks
Photos of 2010
5/21/2013 1:11:10 PM