Don’t think you have what it takes to be a digital scrapbooker? Does the thought of using Photoshop frighten you? First of all, you probably do have what it takes if you are willing to put in the time to learn. Regardless, now you don’t really have to. Shutterfly has a new custom path option for creating photo books that gives you a lot of choices and flexibility.
The new custom path is kind of like a user friendly version of digital scrapbooking. With the custom path, you can choose different backgrounds, layouts, where you want to put text and you can even add stickers (embellishments) to pages and adjust the size of them.
Shutterfly’s old style of photo book wouldn’t allow for moving of text, stickers, or photos. Now you can play around as much as you want to!
1. Go to Shutterfly.com and create an account if you don’t already have one.
2. Upload your photos to Shutterfly.com.
What’s nice about having your photos uploaded to Shutterfly is that if your house were to burn down or be destroyed by a natural disaster, you will still have your photos you’ve uploaded onto Shutterfly. What a relief! Plus, once you make photo books and something happens to them, you can just order a new one and all the work you did won’t be wasted like it would for a paper scrapbook.
3. Choose the all new custom path option for creating photo books.
4. Choose what size of book you want.
I make all my kids’ scrapbooks and our family scrapbooks into a 12×12 photo book. This is the most expensive size, but I don’t want to regret not getting the large size later down the road. Because of the pricing and the fact that I make a 12×12 photo book for each kid every year, scrapbooks are an item on our budget we save for throughout the year. Other books that are just for fun or for little projects or perhaps of a trip we take, I usually make as an 8×8 photo book.
Find the theme that fits the photos/book you are wanting to make. If you see something you like in two different themes, don’t worry, you can borrow stickers and backgrounds from themes that aren’t the one you actually chose. When you pick a theme, you are choosing it as a starting place and its options will appear first.
BTW, I LOVE all the new themes!
Here is a sampling of some new themes Shutterfly has available for use with the new custom path:
6. Click on a page and then choose a background paper you want for that individual page.
7. Drag and drop the photos you want on that page, onto the page.
8. Pick a layout you want for your photos, based on the number of photos you have dropped onto the page.
There are a lot more layouts to choose from than what is seen here.
Just drag and drop the embellishments you want onto the page. Then you can move them around and resize them how you like.
10. Add text.
You can choose font, size, color, and style.
11. Edit photos if you want.
You can crop photos, fix red eye, rotate it, and make it black and white.
12. Finalize page
Click “apply changes” in the upper right hand corner. Then you can progress to other pages.
There are a lot more customization items to play around with but I hope this is enough to get you started or at least motivate you to do so. Once you get the hang of it, don’t be afraid to play around a bit!
On a side note, I get all of my scrapbooks printed as photobooks through Shutterfly and have even made several books using their templates and themes.