Two Year Anniversary Shutterfly Photo Book

I recently put together a photo book of our two year anniversary this last year.  I am pretty behind in making my photo books, so getting a small one done felt like a big accomplishment!  I usually use Blurb, but had a free photo book coupon to try out Shutterfly.

First off, I love that the cover is a glossy finish.  Blurb books have a flat finish, so I will sometimes go with the dust jacket as it is a glossy finish, but does not last as long as a hardcover image wrap.

I usually stick with Blurb because they are less expensive for a still high quality product.  Though Shutterfly definitely created a quality product, if making a large book you are going to pay per page after 20 pages. 

Blurb on the other hand, goes up in price every 40 pages from about $5-$10 {Shutterfly and many other photo book companies charges $1 for each additional page}.  A much better value by page.  You can read more about comparing photo book companies in an older post.

I used Picassa for the first time to create each page in a collage.  This was back when Picnik {I just used the free version} was still available, so some of the elements are no longer available.

Picassa is free to download and has some great features to do basic edits and collages.  The main element I used Picnik for was to create transparent shapes to add a decorative element or for better reading text {like the grey box in the picture above}.

I have seen other blogger's share about using other free downloadable software now that Picnik is gone but since I have Photoshop, I use that now to add these elements.  I use Lightroom to edit my photos.

I will not go into detail on how I made the collages, but you can read a great tutorial on it over at Clover Lane.

My main design focus was to create more layers and add more text.  If you look back at some of my older photo books, they had a much simpler design.  The more books I make, the better idea I get of what I like and how I want to design the pages.

Using Picassa makes the collage process so incredibly easy!  You can also do this when making a book in Blurb but the process takes more time and is a bit more complicated.  I am sold at how easy it is to drag and drop and adjust photo sizes in Picassa.

The only thing to be careful of is when making the collage, you have to make sure to set up the page to be the same size as your book.  Since the cover is a bit larger, I had some trouble getting the collage to be the right size and so I could still see all of the text.  It took a few tries but I eventually got it!  Just to know for future reference, I dropped a few pages and the cover into Blurb and there was no problem adjusting the page sizes. 

Using different fonts and different sized fonts give the text a more professional and artistic look.

The curvy elements are images I used from My Memories Suite.

And when I say Naked Juice, I am referring to the drink.  I did have the stomach flu if you didn't catch that in a previous photo.  It was an anniversary trip, but don't worry, I don't document "those" type of memories! ;)

Much like adding text to images in blogging, I am following this trend to tell more of a story in the photos.  Instead of typing out summaries of our trips, I used words or phrases that help me remember what we did.

For the back cover, I included the photo and words I shared on the post I wrote for our two year anniversary.  A great memory for where my heart was at this season of our marriage.

For more tips and ideas on photo books and scrapbooking, read my other posts on this topic and visit my scrapbooking Pinterest board.


  1. This is beautiful!!! I made one of these for my sister after her wedding with the candid shots I took myself. It was my first attempt though, so it turned out not nearly as professional looking as yours. I love how in yours practically every page is completely covered in a photo. There's no blank space except for tiny border trims! Great job!

  2. the naked juice commentary had me rolling. your photo book is absolutely fab!

  3. I love all the layers to it and how it all came together. What a gorgeous book, it looks great!!

  4. This is so cute!!! I made a photo book for our anniversary as well, but it was not nearly as cute. I'm going to check out Blurb for next time I need to make one. Thanks for the tip!

  5. So sweet! Love looking at all the pics!!!

  6. I love your photo book! I used to be really into scrapbooking with paper, not photobooks, but I love how you can still be creative with these types of books. I may have to try one. Thanks for sharing.

  7. You are so good at documenting your life with photos! It reminds me that I need to be better about catching those moments on film. Love the photo books. I still haven't made one from our wedding which was the week before yours. I managed to get them made for our parents as thank you gifts that Christmas but somehow didn't make one for us! One of these days I'll get around to it. Maybe when the kitchen is done haha!

  8. This is such a great way to remember something so sweet and meaningful for you two little love birds! I love it! When my grandson turned a year old my daughter presented the two grandma's with a book like this showing all the little milestones of his first year from birth to his first birthday party! In this Facebook, phone pictures, Picassa emails etc we often look at pictures but we rarely print them out and frame them - I always think I'll do it later but I never seem to get around to it. It's so nice to have something tangible that you can pick up and look through - this is especially meaningful to me since my mom was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer's disease & she is losing parts of her life and memories daily. She has many photo albums but like most of us - no names, dates, places or other details were captured, so when she no longer remembers the info will be gone. You did such a great job on recording all the details for your book - I won't ask what Naked Juice is but it sounds fun! :D

  9. I was inspired! I have started putting together our wedding book on blurb and I am so excited for the finished product. I was looking for digital scrapbooking downloads but I couldnt find what I liked plus I have no idea how to do it so I am sticking to basics for my first one but I have a feeling I am going to be hooked! Thank you!


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