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How to Make a Digital Photo Book
Photo books make saving your memories a snap. Let’s get real. This is the most photographed generation ever. How many photos do you quickly snap of your kids each day? Click and post….facebook, instagram (I’m sure there’s other sites) This is a great place to learn how to make a digital photo book so you can page through and smile. I’m also providing a free printable with top digital photo book sites.
Old School Scrapbooker
I’m a scrapbooker at heart and still enjoy the tactile creating of a scrapbook. But, it takes a lot of time and preparation. I have also learned how to digital scrapbook but I have to say, I still like to touch and put them together with my hands.
When my sons served missions away from home, the first Christmas they were gone they received a scrapbook from me. It took a long time (and I loved it) to put together memories from their lives and they loved them. I’d make a paper copy and send it to them. When they got home they got the original. It would have broken my heart to send the original in the mail to have it lost. With digital photo books you can put them together, order as many copies as you want and the original is saved on the site so you can go back to get more.
There are a lot of sites on the internet where you can make a book. I’m not going to lie, it takes a bit of time but as I said before, once it’s done you can make copies for years. I’ve provided a free printable of top rated digital sites to order books.
How to make your digital photo book:
- ORGANIZE YOUR PHOTOS
It takes a bit of time to sort through your photos. I like to use free
photo editing software like Picasa (it’s retired now) and Google Photos to
edit my photos prior to making a book. This step takes the most work but
is so worth the effort
- LESS IS MORE
Don’t crowd your pages with tons of photos. Have a balance with your layouts that some pages just have 1 and others a few more. The photos are bigger, making them easier to see.
- KEEP TYPOGRAPHY CONSTANT
Use 1 or 2 types of fonts when doing your books. Too many take away from a nice clean look, plus some are hard to read when they are small
- MAKE THE COVER COUNT
Don’t forget to make the cover really pop out and say “read me” It what
will bring the first smile to your face.
- DON’T FORGET THE SPINES
When you have 3 or more photo books on the bookshelf, it makes it
easy to find the one you want with the topic on the spine. It gives it a finished look
- HIGHLIGHT YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOS
These will be the ones that will be a full page photo or some of the larger
ones in the book
- CREATE A VARIETY OF SPREADS
You’ll be amazed at what configurations the book sites offer. It really
makes the end result look great.
- PICK A THEME
Whether you’re doing your family reunion, Christmas gathering or even
a special book for one of your kids, there are many varieties out there to choose from. Some sites offer premium rates for special themes but many are still standard
- TELL ME A STORY
Include some fun text and a description on each page to tell the story of your event or photos.
- LOOK FOR FREEBIES OR COUPONS
Lots of sites offer promotions like a free 8 x 8 book, 75% off your first order or you can find coupons for free books that will come throughout the year. They’ll post on facebook if you joined their site as well of others will alert you to a freebie! I’ve been at Old Navy at Christmas where they offered a free book coupon with a purchase. The site may ask you to sign up for their emails that come out. Here’s a big tip. Making books takes a bit of time so assemble as much as you can and save it on the site. When you get find a promotion… let’s say for a free book and you only have a short time, it’s already done. You just have to tweak it a bit and put in the code. I have made numerous photo books using Shutterfly and never paid for anything other than shipping. It’s been great. I can send them anywhere for a flat rate! I love it!
Digital photo books are a great way to preserve those old family photos and share them with family members. My brother in law is in the process of scanning his mother’s photos that go back to the 1800’s and will make them into photo books. If you make a book, you can invite family members to your collection on the site and they can order their own book. They are great ways to share your memories!
I’m heading over to MIXBOOK to use a coupon that’s good until March 31 (tomny19)
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