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Lemme just say, I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing yet another photo book!  When I knew I had ankle surgery coming up, I started planning projects for myself to work on while I was recuperating.  I knew that I’d be off my feet for a while, and so I compiled a list of specific things I wanted to try to finish while I was confined to a chair or couch for most of the day.  One of those things was photo books.  I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again: I LOVE the end result of photo books, but I really dislike making them.  My kids love looking at them– and I love seeing them enjoying the books, too, so I grit my teeth and get them done.

In the time since my surgery, I’ve completed three photo books: Hersheypark 2015, Day in the Life 2019, and this book: Day in the Life 2018.  With the completion of this book, my DITL book set is completely caught up– I’ve been doing this project since 2013!  I am glad that I’ve made good use of this sitting-down time (and proud of myself for staying motivated) to accomplish these goals.

Here’s the cover of my 2018 DITL book:


For this book, I used the beautiful digital papers from Karen Funk’s “A Fresh Start” paper kit.  It’s a smaller set of papers, but I had a lot of photos for this book (there are 106 included), so there were fewer spaces to fill.


There’s not much new to say about my process that hasn’t already been said…but that basic formula that I use made this book a quick finish, even with so many photos!

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I surprised myself and managed to finish another digital scrapbook photo book– this one in less than a week!

This is my Day in the Life book for this year (2019! finished already! …but I still do need to complete the book for 2018…).  Since it was an unusual day (off my feet due to ankle surgery, plus I was leaving for an out-of-town trip that afternoon), I didn’t take as many photos as usual.  (In fact, I almost didn’t document at all, but in the end, I’m glad that I decided to take photos and write my journaling!) Husband was so kind to help me take many of the photos I try to capture annually.

Aside from the smaller number of photos, this project is a bit more straightforward than my other digital scrapbooks, because I have a fairly tried-and-true formula by now.  The backgrounds of all my pages are white, and I make flat (no shadows) collages of photos and patterned paper blocks on each page.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve made a lot of basic templates, which I use for these pages!


I used patterned papers from The Lilypad collaboration kit “All About Me” — it was a freebie blog hop kit that I collected in September 2019.

The title page and front cover are the same each year, too.  The title page is always a photo of the front of my house taken that day, with a title banner and typed credits.  In the past few books I’ve made, I’ve made a point to add the day of the week with the date.


The very first year I did this project, (back in 2013!!) I made the cover collage by tiling four Scrapbook Lady “Sixteens” templates together, and I add photos and patterned papers that I used throughout the book.  This cover comes together more easily if I add photos as I work on each page rather than waiting til the end!

The scripty titles are from Ali Edwards– back in 2012, she created this freebie, and I’ve been using them every year!

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(This is the final post in a series about a digital scrapbook/photo book I created for our trip to Hersheypark in 2015.  See also PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3!)


A tradition we started the very first year we went to Hersheypark was to get a photo of our kids (although it was just V that year!) with the statue of Mr. Hershey near the historic Carrousel.  We’ve managed to continue that tradition every year, and I have ended each photo book with those photos!


The back cover of the book features the park map from that year– thankfully back in 2015 I thought ahead and downloaded the .pdf from the Hersheypark website.  I took a “snapshot” (screenshot) from that pdf to use here.  I like having this little record of the layout of the park each year on the back of the book!


I like to make a contact sheet of all the pages of the book to see how they look together!


I ordered this book through Shutterfly, using their “Digiscrap” book style.  I’ve been using their 8×8 page templates for years, and it seems like the bleed and gutter margins are increasing (the templates they provided haven’t seemed to change; the ones provided currently for download have a file date of 2013 for the spine/covers and 2009 for the inside page!), so I’ll have to leave even more room around the edges than I already do.  Also, I am finding that the spine template is off: I used the exact same file as my 2018 book (with just the date and background paper changed) for the spine.  That book’s title printed perfectly centered on the spine (the book was printed in August 2018), but this one’s is shifted and overlaps the edge, which is disappointing (and I noticed it happening on a couple other books I printed recently).  I’ll have to remember these details for future books.

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(links to: PART 1 and PART 2)

Here are the next three spreads in this digital scrapbook/photo book…


Most of the pages were single-page, standalone layouts (albeit all telling one continuous story through the book, so no individual titles on each page), but this next one merited a two-page spread:


This is one of Husband’s and my favorite page spreads in the whole book.  I am so glad that we caught these photos of us going down the sack slid– the expressions on our kids’ faces are priceless.

To create this spread, I simply designed one side’s basic “sketch” and mirrored it for the other side.  I then added an extra photo space and the journaling on the right hand page.


Even though there were so many photos in this book, I was glad for the chance to feature special shots by making them large on the page.


One more post to go!  Stay tuned for the final pages and back cover of this book.

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(See part 1 HERE)

Here are the next three spreads (six pages) in the Hersheypark 2015 photo book.



To make my task a bit easier, I used a couple tricks I’d learned from the Rehoboth vacation photo book I wrote about in May: first, I again leveraged the Shutterfly software’s “storyboard” feature to help figure out how to divide my many photos over the 20 pages.  There are approximately 100 photos in this book!  Even though I made my final pages completely in PSE, it was nice to have a visual representation of the photo organization to help me as I went along.

Second, I made another set of “reference” documents (maybe contact sheets is a better term?) for the papers and the embellishments from this kit.  I opened all the files and made one .psd document with all the papers, and then I put all the embellishments into the other .psd document.  Not only did this allow me to see all of the embellishments at once, but it helped me to keep the shadow styles consistent from page to page.  I applied the shadows in the reference document and just copied and pasted the embellishments onto the layouts as I worked.


For this book, I decided to use the same white textured background on all the pages (except for the title page) for a bit of consistency.  On most of the pages, I also added a bit of digital “mixed media” from the kit, but occasionally, I left them without, like the following spread:


Stay tuned for more pages soon!

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Being off my feet after my ankle surgery has forced  enabled me to focus on some projects that I’ve been putting off.  I have a growing collection of photo books on our shelf, and I decided to use some of this time to fill in a gap in our Hersheypark collection.  We go every year, usually on my husband’s company day, and in 2015, it was my son’s first time.  That meant that there were more photos than other years, which in turn meant that it would be a more complex book to make, so I’d put it off.

Until now!

Over the next few posts, I’m going to show (off ;-)) the digital layouts I made for this book.  It’s an 8″x8″ photo book that I’m printing through Shutterfly using their Digiscrap book option.

Front cover: 


For my Hersheypark books, I usually make the title page very similar to the cover, but this time, I had some more photos I wanted to include right off the bat, so I added them in a photo strip with labels containing captions.


I embellished the book using the Sweet Shoppe Designs collaboration kit “Create Something Beautiful” — I’ve had it for a long time in my digital “stash,” and this was the perfect use for it.

As I make more of my photo books by digitally scrapbooking the pages in PSE (rather than using the printer’s site software), I have been growing my collection of basic me-made templates.  Every page in this book was my own template design, and I’m kind of proud of that!


I had three sets of photos/brief stories that I wanted to include on this next page, so I set them in columns to delineate them, while still keeping the look cohesive.


Look at those cheeks!



Stay tuned for future posts showing the rest of the digi layouts!

PART 2 …… PART 3 …… PART 4


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This is part two of a two-part post about the digital scrapbook/photo book I created for our Rehoboth 2018 vacation.  You can see the first part HERE.  

The next spread in the book is the only one that doesn’t “match”– for the most part, the stories of adjacent pages were at least coordinated, if not one whole story.  In those cases, I used matching background papers on the facing pages.  But here, I decided to emphasize the disconnect by using different papers.

I fit a LOT of photos into this book.  I adapted templates that I’d created for my other (square) photo book projects. I also made good use of Katie the Creative Lady’s (formerly Scrapbook Lady) “Sixteens” templates (looks as though they are no longer available), which I rotated one, two, or three times, and then adapted to fit onto my 8″x11″ pages by cutting off a row of photos.  They ended up holding about 12 photos in their revised forms.

I was delighted that one of the digital “wood veneer” pieces was a bicycle– perfect for this next spread about my husband and I biking through Henlopen!

…and the closing page:


I don’t know how many times I went through these pages, checking for consistent shadow styles, looking for typos and stray embellishments… I even had my husband look it over for a fresh set of eyes.

And yet, we didn’t notice the little stray button on the back cover!  It was the first thing my daughter spotted when we looked at the book when it arrived from Shutterfly, though!  Next time I’ll ask her to proofread, too!  I’m just glad it’s not on someone’s face…

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It is so satisfying to have another vacation documented in a way that we can all enjoy it!


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