As you may or may not know, I am a HUGE digital scrapbooker. I used to sell products for Stampin’ Up! and when their digital products came out, I was about dancing for joy! I had done a lot of traditional scrapbooking as well, but I’d always struggled with it. It would take me literally HOURS to select the colors, trim the photos, select the right embellishments, and I’d usually just end up frustrated.
I came over to the digital side of scrapbooking like a duck to water! I could enlarge, shrink, recolor, move stuff around, just do anything my little heart desired and if it came out looking yucky, there was always that undo button!
One of my favorite things to do was to create printed photo books because it was so easy to share them with my friends and family members. I did quite a number of them over the years, including nice ones for my son’s Jamboree Troop and for other youth group-type events he was involved in. It was wonderful because all of the parents could order copies for themselves and I would usually earn enough money to pay for my own books, although creating them was a labor of love. I do all my layouts from scratch, so it was about a 40-hour labor of love for each book!One of my favorite things to do was to create printed photo books because it was so easy to… Click To Tweet
Sadly, Stampin’ Up! is discontinuing their digital product line and their print services, so I am shopping around for a new provider. So far, Blurb is the front runner. I’ve checked out their website and they have some pretty great options for printing out my creations. And I have a son who will have an Eagle ceremony sooooooon, so I need to get on the stick and finish up his Scout pages!
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The nice thing about companies like Blurb is that you don’t HAVE to do the whole create-from-scratch thing like I do. They have all sorts of templates and options where you can just drop in your photos and run with it. And each one is still your own unique creation.
Or you could create your own recipe book and give them as gifts, a baby book for grandparents, a memory book for your soccer team. It’s totally up to you – it’s like having some Shake-a-bake on hand when you don’t want to cook a whole gourmet meal.
However, if you DO want to do the whole custom photo book thing, I can share a secret with you. Here is a whole post on how to create your pages in a full-sized 12 X 12 layout and then easily downsize them to fit in a smaller (and cheaper) book. Downsize your Digital pages
And here are a few of my layouts just ‘cuz I’m a big show off! These are some pages from a special book I made for my sister’s birthday. It features all of her kids and grandkids – who are my nieces and nephews, so I was very happy to have a copy too.