I love taking photos of my kids but which parent doesn't? In fact, now that phones are coupled with cameras, I am almost always equipped to catch that perfect shot. But the problem with digital photos is that you now need to be extra deliberate about printing them too.
I recently decided to try printing a photobook from Shutterfly. It is not the cheapest photo book around but the real reason why I chose Shutterfly is because they have a special feature called storytelling where their photobooks come with scrapbook-like layouts.
In fact, you can even personalise each page by adding embellishments and/or text. It really makes scrapbooking so much faster. You see, the one thing I don't like about scrapbooking is that the project takes far too long to complete which um, sometimes means I never ever complete it.
For my first project, I wanted to create a photobook of both of my son's first month. I first worked with the photos and selected the photos that I wanted to include.
I created a folder in my computer called J First Month and in that folder, I created subfolders with pages numbers and a theme (if I had one in mind). This made it a lot easier when it came to actually making the photobook online.
Then I just just put the photos in the page layouts and added embellishment and text. I completed a book in one evening and I really really loved the style. The book that I chose was designed by Liz Tamanaha at Paislee Press. I absolutely adore her storytelling books that come with a chalkboard theme. Have you noticed that I love chalkboard backgrounds! I really hope she continues to add more storytelling themes in 2013.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed taking a glimpse at the Shutterfly photobooks that I made. They did cost a little more but they are so special. The best part about these photobooks is that I can easily print extra copies for grandparents and also for myself to keep after the kids leave home and take their books with them. Great christmas presents and ours are on the way, shh!
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