At the end of February, my husband and I took our kids to a Great Wolf Lodge located a few hours from our house. We realized that it was the first “vacation” we’d taken as just our nuclear family! The kids had a blast (so did we!) and ever since we returned, they’ve been playing an imaginary game of Great Wolf Lodge all through the house (think sliding around on the floor pretending to be on water slides–ha!)
One day at the end of March, I was working through organizing and editing my photos from the month of February. As I worked, I received an email with a free photobook offer from Shutterfly–that expired that night! Thanks to some recent posts on the Lightroom Killer Tips blog, I had the idea of creating photo collages for photobooks on my mind. I told my husband, “I’m dropping everything to do this today. I think I can do it!” And I did! Woo! It was probably the very fastest turnaround on a project for me, period. I chose favorites from our trip, edited them, organized them into pages, made collages, added text, created a title page, covers, and spine and uploaded it to order– all in about 8 hours. Whoa.
I’ve done a photobook this way before, but this time, it was even faster- I think because there were a lot fewer photos! Last time, I just put the collages onto Shutterfly pages and printed, but this time, I wanted to have text along with the photos, so I kept that in mind while I constructed my photo collages. I made the collages in LR, then imported the “printed-to-file” images into PSE and added text boxes. The text is a slightly modified version of the captions I’d added to the metadata of my photos, so it went very quickly.
I wanted the title page and final page to be a bit more fancy than just a white background, so I made those pages in PSE (they are still super simple!) and used Audrey Neal’s digital paper from the Whiteout collection to add a whimsical woodgrain. I also did a quick internet search to find an image of the Great Wolf Lodge logo to use on the title page.
I used the Shutterfly templates to make my cover images and spine, then uploaded everything to print! It was so satisfying to get it done so quickly.
It was even more satisfying to get the book so soon after our trip, so that my kids could enjoy it.
I even took the time to go through the many video clips I took while we were there and grab some screenshots of us going down the slides!
My kids were immediately drawn to the new photobook. I loved seeing them sitting close on the couch to look at the book together!