Do you ever look at a photo and get a flash of inspiration?
When my son texted me this pano photo of his road trip through Canada to Alaska, I had an instant vision for a surprise photo book—using his text messages and photos for the content and journaling.
I right clicked on each photo attachment and chose an option to save. Then I copied and pasted my son’s text message into a document to use for dates and journaling.
It helped that his return would coincide with his birthday.
What better excuse for a gift book than a birthday, right?
FYI: I did consult with my son shortly before his birthday to make sure I had all the information correct and that he was pleased with the choice of photos and layout of the book. It was still a surprise, and his input and corrections were valuable.
My motto: If I have to choose between surprise and getting the details right, I’ll side with the details every time!
Choosing an Online Book Printer
I knew instantly that this book had to be done by AdoramaPix.
Why? Because it was going to be a really special book.
It would contain lots of eye-popping scenery perfect for stretching seamlessly across two pages, so I definitely wanted a lay flat binding.
Here’s a better view of the lay-flat spine.
I also wanted excellent quality and color.
Yup. It had to be AdoramaPix.
I’m fairly new to AdoramaPix. My first project, a heritage book, was a more traditional scrapbook. I’d already finished designing it before I was introduced to AdoramaPix.
When I decided to use AdoramaPix, I did alter a couple of the heritage pages to take advantage of the lay-flat binding, but the Alaska Adventure book was the first time I used the lay-flat feature as part of my design from the very start and on almost every spread.
I love designing that way!
I love the freedom to place photos across the center without worrying about losing part of the photo.
The heritage album I made for my mother was a traditional scrapbook in every way.
The Alaska Adventure album was for my son, so I kept it spare and simple in more of a “photo book” style, but I did add some scrapbooking touches:
I used a layer style photo edge that was slightly grayer than the white background to give the photos a finished look. The layer style also had a very small drop shadow.
Occasionally I added scrapbooking elements to my pages. Here I used a banner with word art.
I placed an American flag on the page that told about my son crossing the U.S./Canadian border into Hyder, Alaska.
I also selected road signs from photos to use as elements. The fact that there are fewer elements makes them all the more appealing when you see one.
Type is also a design element. I kept the type the same throughout the book, using Abadi Mt Condensed Light Regular in different sizes for the titles, dates, and journaling.
Repeating design elements like the photo edge layer style and consistent type treatment makes your book feel professional and cohesive.
Printing My Book
AdoramaPix has lots of great book sizes to choose from. I used the 10 x 10 inch size for the first time ever, and it was perfect!
I’ll definitely use that size again.
Here’s the printed book standing up. It had 74 pages. The paper is slightly thicker than routine photo books, which makes for a sturdy and glossy look.
Did My Son Like It?
Did he like it?! He loved it!
For years to come he can relive his grand adventure every time he opens this photo book. They’re his pictures and his stories.
Stories to pass down to his kids and grandkids.
And to think it all came from text messages.
Want to give a gift someone special will adore?
Consider creating a photo book or scrapbook about that person. It’s sure to be their most prized gift of the season!
Need some inspiration?
Get a boat-load of ideas, tips, templates, covers, and how-to’s in my class, Picture Perfect Gift Books now on sale for 25% off through midnight Eastern Monday, November 30, 2015.
Here’s what one of my students said about the class:
“Linda’s templates made my book a breeze to create, unlike the others that I have made!”
Joyce Schardt, Camdenton, Missouri
When you create your book, consider using AdoramaPix to print it. Here’s what one of my Picture Perfect Gift Book students said about her experience with AdoramaPix.
“I just received my book today and I’m thrilled. AdoramaPix did a wonderful job with the printing. All the photos look exactly the way they did on my computer, which makes me very happy. I can’t wait to get started on the next book! I am thrilled with your class videos and also for introducing us to AdoramaPix. I love the paper this company uses for its pages, and I love the lay flat book!!!”
Jean Thomas, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Thanks, Jean. I couldn’t agree more.
Good news! AdoramaPix.com is offering our readers an exclusive 25% discount on all 10 x 10 Hardcover Photo Books valid through December 14, 2015. That gives you plenty of time to create a photo book (using the magic formula outlined in Linda’s Picture Perfect Gift Books class), get it uploaded, and have it sent to your home in time for Christmas.
Here’s an opportunity to win a FREE 10 x 10 photo book (up to 26 pages) from AdoramaPix.com. From now thru Monday, November 30, 2015, toss your name into our drawing. Here’s how:
==> 2 Ways to Enter the Drawing (DRAWING HAS ENDED)
Hint: You can do both ways for a total of two entries into the drawing.
- Leave a comment below this blogpost answering this question: What story about you or a loved one is begging to be told in a beautiful scrapbook or photo book? For example, I need to finish a heritage album of my ancestors while my mom (almost 88-years-old) is still able to help me with the historical details.
- Comment and tag a friend (or two) on our Save & Win Facebook post featuring Linda’s review.
===> WINNER: Terry has been contacted. Yay!
What to expect:
- The winner is responsible for shipping costs of the photo book.
- The winner will be contacted via email and announced at the end of this blogpost Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
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