Sunday, November 15, 2009

Photobooks and Digital Scrapbooking

In high school and college I was HUGE scrapbooker. But in recent years I'm less and less into it. The time and the cost of paper scrapbooking have become huge factors for me.

I've recently started making some digital scrapbooks/photobooks. Back in June I blogged about making a Honeymoon Photobook on Blurb, I've also done a Kodak Gallery Book for my Baptism, and MyPublisher Book for our Engagement Pictures/Wedding Guest Book.

Here they all are:

So I was really excited when someone from Shutterfly offered me a free 8x11 Photobook!

I used my Shutterfly book to capture all of our "Wedding Festivities" -- basically the events around our wedding like Bridal Shower, Rehearsal, Rehearsal Dinner, etc that weren't the actual "big day."

I think the book turned out great!

Here are some of my Bridal Shower pages...

And our Rehearsal Dinner...

{Click to enlarge any of these pages}

Here is a look inside of all of my photobooks (the Shutterfly one is on the upper left side).

What I liked about Shutterfly:
- Really high quality book
- Cute backgrounds to choose from
- Lots of layout choices
- Easy to use
- GREAT prices
- Fast shipping

The only thing I didn't like is that the website seemed a tad bit slow at times (probably because of the large size of the photos in my book). And you have to be connected to the internet at all times since you build the book online (you don't download software).

(I also found that scrappers can create digital scrapbook layouts in Photoshop or other programs and then upload full pages to Shutterfly to have their books printed. I really want to give this a try! Does anyone use Photoshop Elements for Digital Scrapbooking? Would you recommend it?)

Because I liked making my Shutterfly Photo Book so much, I wanted to give you a chance to win one! Click here to enter my giveaway that I've posted on my "Reviews and Giveaways Blog!"


Jen said...

You books came out great! I hear you, I used to be a big scrapbooker but now with all the websites to make such nice books on, it's so much easier to just do that!

Marissa said...

Wow! Those are so cool!!

Kate Starr said...

Photoshop Elements is perfect for digital scrappers... it isn't as "heavy" or intensive as regular photoshop! I use my PSE for digital scrapbooks/layouts all the time!

Kudos to you for getting your books done... do it now before the thought of children cross your mind!

Rachel said...

Your books look awesome. I am a paper scrapper, but I still love the digital way of creating books, too. Blurb is my favorite program, but I'd love to try the Shutterfly one!

Kassie said...

Your books look fantastic! I love this as a way to scrap for the "modern" age. :) I might have to use this idea for a friend's upcoming bridal shower!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Those look great! I've always wondering about their quality for photo books!

Risley and Dylan said...

super cute!! great idea for gifts!

Ms. A said...

Hi!! I have been a big fan of shutterfly for a while now. I am a digital scrapbooker (have been since 2005). In the past I have created my own pages and uploaded them. I just made a few tonight with just their layouts & backgrounds. If you have more questions about digital scrapbooking I would be more than happy to answer your questions. I use Photoshop, but MANY do use Photoshop Elements. My profile has a link to my scrapbook blog as well. My email is sunflwrdesigns AT aol DOT com

Christie said...

Your books look nice. I always say that I am the biggest collector of scrapbooking stuff and I dont scrapbook. I want to do it but I dont have. I think I may have to try a digital book. Thanks for the idea.

New Girl on Post said...

I love those! I use Snapfish for my photo books and I've found them to be really similar to Shutterfly. I like to do them as gifts.

Lindsey said...

Wow! The books turned out gorgeous!!

monogramgirl said...

I have also made several of these for different family trips. They are a great way to preserve memories.

By the way, I am inspired by your hair...looking to try a similar color, and if I get brave...maybe bangs!

Katie said...

so cute!!

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