It's an Open Book
Topic: Other Projects
I was fortunate enough to get another coupon from Shutterfly - this time for a 20-page hardbound full-color book. All I had to pay was a small shipping fee.
The website allows you to choose a 'theme' for the page backgrounds. I selected solid black pages with white text.
As you go through the process you get to specify how manu photos you want on each page. You are then presented with sample layouts that have that number of spaces as well as a text block on many of them.
Whenever I had a layout without a text block I made sure the facing page had one that I could use to reference across the gutter.
I had SO many photos from out trip to the UK last spring that I decided to use them to create a book documenting it.
You even get to put your own photos and text on the front cover:
My first page was all about our day in London. This was an excellent layout to include a dozen photos. You can see where I and typed out some placeholders ("XXXX") where I needed to look up the official name of a landmark. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the end of the book layout I forgot to go back and fix those placeholders. So when I got the book, I used white dots to cover up the Xs with a number and added a label next to the photo with the name written in.
Since the facing page is blank I may add a map that shows the locale of each of the sites.
The rest of the book follows in order of the places visited. This spread includes Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry Cathedral.
Thi spread documents our walking tour of York and visiting Hadrian's Wall:
Moving up into Scotland, this spread shows 'The Angel of the North', Jedburough Castle, Edinburgh and the Royal Yacht Brittania:
On the left are St Andrews and Blair Castle and on the right are MacBeth's Castle and some battlefields and memorials we visited.
This spread is all about the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands:
On the left side is the walled city of Chester and the right takes us to Ireland - Dublin, the Book of Kells, the River Shannon, the city of Limerick and a local pub. You can see another of those placeholder boo-boos:
On the left is Boyle Abbey and on the right is Mountbatten's Castle, the Beleek Pottery Factory and Donegal Castle:
Some sights around the southwest of Ireland. You can see one of the pages (right side) that does not have a text block:
Blarney Castle, Killarney and Waterford on the left. Cardiff, Windsor and Wales on the right:
Four photos from Bath, England:
And there is another opportunity to feature a photo on the back cover:
You can see by the hand in the photo above the size of the book - the pages are 8x8.
I have no association with Shutterfly - I'm just a satisfied customer. They have lots of products to choose from - larger books, mugs, postcards, greeting cards, and more - all featuring your own photos.
If I have another opportunity to use them for Books or Calendars like I already have, I will definitely do it.
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