Hi! I’m Hannah and I blog over at Sprints & Scones. I am a law student, food lover, and self-proclaimed photo junky.
I take pictures of everything. My foods, friends, family…. Everything. But those photos often end up sitting on my phone for months, and then migrating to the black hole of my external hard drive. I really like to display my photos, but I only have so much wall space in my apartment. And hanging things gives me nightmares.
Then I found photo books on Shutterfly.
I decided to start making books with all my photos a few years ago, after a scrapbooking fail. I was shocked that the process was so simple, and even more impressed with the results. My silly snapshots from the camera on my phone suddenly looked so professional when they were organized in a book.
The process is simple. I pick my book size (usually 8 x 8), but I did a larger one for my mom last year). Then I upload all my photos and play around with backgrounds, lettering, and borders. Some of my books are strictly photos, while others are a combination of photos and journaling.
The best part? I can work on a little bit at a time, and finish the photo book at my own pace. I do a few pages at a time, or I sit down and build the entire book in an afternoon.
Sometimes I make my own themes, but other times I take advantage of the styled books. These come with a theme of colors, papers, and embellishments, plus idea pages to get the juices flowing.
When I was teaching, I made a photo book for each year in my classroom. I wanted to remember my students and their journeys. I built the books throughout the school year so that I could journal about things as they happened. It was fun to bring the books to Open House at the school for parents to look through – they loved it!
I’ve also made photo books for each of my big trips – I like to organize them by destination and scan in ticket stubs, maps, and programs to go along with my photos.
I am currently building a guest photo book on Shutterfly with all of my engagement photos. Shutterfly has built in templates for wedding guest books, so the process has been a breeze.
I am organizing all of our photos, along with spaces for our friends and family to write messages and sign their names. I think this makes for a more unique guestbook, and I think incorporating the photos makes the book more personal. I look forward to leaving it on our coffee table to flip through for years to come!