As you recall from my first “Scrapbooking Disney” post about my photo organization, one of my major goals for my photos was to create a no-frills photo book containing all of our favorite photos from the trip. I didn’t want any text, just photos!
I had about 250 photos in our “favorites” category, and I knew I was going to try to stick as close to 20 pages as possible. It turned out that I earned a free 12″x12″ hardcover photo book through Pampers Rewards. I decided to add 6 pages (the equivalent of the shipping I’d have paid–because the reward included shipping! Awesome!), and 26 was the perfect number of pages.
Husband and I sat down together yet again to decide on page breaks. I know that one of my flaws is my indecisiveness! But there’s nothing like sitting down with someone you love (like your husband) to get their advice/help on a project to make you realize that you have very specific ideas on how to do it, after all! ::wink:: But really, he was very helpful and his suggestions really got me going in the right direction. Thank you, Husband.
I waffled for a bit about whether I should use Shutterfly’s web templates, whether I should use my own in PSE, or if I should attempt something in Lightroom. I’ve known for a while that the Print module in LR is extremely powerful for batch-printing, and that you can make your own templates, but I’d never attempted the truly custom templates before. I finally chose to devote a bit of time to learn how to use custom templates in the Print module of Lightroom. I am so glad that I did! Let me tell you, it is like MAGIC. Even though I had to overcome a bit of a learning curve (THIS post at the Daily Digi helped me get started!), by the end, I was practically dancing in my seat as I put together layouts. It still took some time, since the group of photos for each page/spread was different, but I was thrilled with the control I had over placement, inter-photo borders, and the ability to quickly switch back and edit/crop a photo in place. WOW. I’ve fallen in love with LR all over again.
The photos are not in strict chronological order in the book, but they are pretty close. Where they stray from chronology, they are grouped to tell a particular story.
The front and back cover, spine, and title page are all designed in PSE using the page templates provided on the Shutterfly website (and yes, I messed up a bit with the blue at the top of the cover. I just didn’t want to cut off the tip of the castle spire!). The blue is color-matched with the eyedropper tool from the turrets of the castle. The font is “Waltograph.”
An awesome bonus that resulted from doing my pages in LR was that I can re-print the book in any (square) size and not have to redo all of the work. I imported the high-res borderless square collages back into LR to add the necessary borders to account for the book gutter and bleed margins. If I decide to print additional copies of the book in a different size (say at 8″x8″), it is a piece of cake to change those borders).
I am SO, SO delighted with how this book turned out. I ordered it on February 29, one month and three days after we returned from our trip. I am pretty proud of that turnaround!
I couldn’t contain my excitement when the book arrived in the mail. I opened it right away, and my kids were drawn like moths to the flame to look at the photos with me! This is essentially the first time that they saw the photos from our trip (besides an occasional glimpse as I worked with them on my computer), and their reactions were priceless.
The photo book continues to be a favorite book around here. I love seeing my kids pull it off of the book shelf to page through it.
Seeing my kids look through this photo book (and then get interested all over again in the other photo books that I’ve made…) makes me want to buckle down and make more!