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STEP 2 – WHEN THE END OF THE YEAR COMES AROUND…
At the end of the year you will want to sort out your December photos, and then as close to Jan 1st as possible you can then create your Photo Book.
I now choose PhotoBox** for my photo books as their system works well for what I need, and they usually have good deals on which means I can get the photo book for a lot less than their usual price – (Pick when you buy!).
All you need to do is create an account, and then you can load all your photos from your PHOTOBOOK folder into their site.
I simply create an album on their site in my account labelled “xxxx PHOTOBOOK” or something similar – so it’s easy to know what photos to use etc….
Then you choose the size and shape of book that you want – my advice here is to think about where you will store your photo book, and ensure the size you choose will go there easily. I like A4 size as this makes for an easy to read book.
If you have created a photobook before, then try and make them the same size and shape as they look great all lined up:-
Once you have decided on the type of book, and you have loaded your photos, it’s time to start the book:-
With PhotoBox** you have 2 options in how to create your book – you can either let them create the photo book for you – or you can create it from scratch.
I would advise that you get PhotoBox to create it if you are a little unsure of anything technical, as creating from scratch can be quite fiddly – but once you have got the hang of it, creating your own gives you so much more say in what the look and feel of each page will be.
Creating the Photo Book
Once you go into the editor you can start to have some real fun!
For each page you can choose lots of different things:-
- How many photos you want on the page
- Whether you want to add words to the page (and you can choose font, colour and size)
- What the layout of the photos will be
- What order you want the photos to be in (chronologically or random)
You can be as creative as you like – but what I would say is that it is easy to create a LOT of pages very quickly – especially with a year book – so just be aware of how many pages you are having. A trick to creating less pages is of course to put more photos per page – but I do like having some pages with just one large photo when it’s a particularly nice one!
I love to have the photos in date order so that it’s a true year book – and you can also have notes within the book to show things like childrens 1sts (tooth, words, walking, school etc…) which can help you remember when they happened. However, lots of people like to have a very random feel to their yearbooks so that it’s just a sample of what happened that year, and that can work really well as well.
You can see (only just, sorry it’s a little small!) in the picture above, that the pictures you have loaded are all in the bottom part of the screen, and then you create your pages in the main part of the screen and simply drag and drop the photos into each page – dead easy!
Always remember – it’s YOUR book – so you do what you want – make it as complicated or as simple as you like, and have fun doing it!
I hope that this post has helped you if you are thinking about creating your own book – and I’d love to see pictures of ones you have created!
(Want to know more about Photo books? CLICK HERE to go to another post I’ve written all about them…)