Thanks for the warm welcome yesterday and I loved hearing about all the ways you preserve your memories… even if it is in a rubber tub… a project for a rainy day [or two], right?!
Our random winner for the $20 gift certificate is Shawn Janelle
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Today I wanted to introduce you to Shutterfly Photobooks and one of my favorite projects!
I, like a lot of you, have photos scattered in boxes and tubs all over the place. I have 4 large, traditionally scrapped albums for my daughter but hundreds of photos [okay maybe thousands now that we have digital] that have not been scrapped and I wanted a simple compilation to see her growing into a teenager!
The answer was a photobook!
I created a year-by-year memories album to show how much she has grown and changed over the past years!
I used a layered template book and worked with just one kit, Alandia, from DesignerDigitals to help create a unified look throughout the book.
I also converted all but one of the photos on each page to a sepia so there would be less distraction. When laying out your pages you want it to be obvious what the focus image is on the page and make sure your journaling is easily read and converting the photos was a great, easy way to do that!
I absolutely love this book and think I'll be adding to it over the next few years and having it reprinted! And it will be a theme I will also be using for books for our granddaughters and my nephews! I figure if I get them going now, won't they make the most amazing presents for them when they are teenagers?!
I hope this inspires you to get started with some digital scrapbooking and photobooks!
And I have ONE 8×8 20-page Shutterfly Photobook to give away. Simply leave a comment about an album you would like to create! Leave comments by 12 noon EST July 31st for your chance to win!
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And now on to tackle a few of your questions!
How to get started? It can be easily accomplished with Photoshop Elements or any image editing program. Some are even so comfortable with Microsoft word that they simply scrap their memories in that program. But for the most versatility in your creative process I recommend working with Adobe Photoshop Elements which can be found for under $75. And then download a few freebies to get a feel for things before you pick put the products for your projects!