Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 24, 2008

Celebrate Everyday Life with Shutterfly


One of the big projects I have been working on over the last few months (and am really excited about)  is the creation of a Celebrate Everyday Life photo book for Shutterfly.

This hard-bound book is available in 12×12 and 8×8 formats (minimum of 20 pages but you can add up to 80) and are set up for you to simply drag and drop your photos right into the book & type your text into specified areas. The design is super clean with plenty of white space to keep the emphasis on the photos + words.

Page topics within the photo book include everyday celebrations, observations, distractions, travel, play, work, routines, family, home, beauty, little things, etc. All those parts of our life worth documenting.

In addition to creating the photo book I wrote four short articles related to putting this book together (and scrapbooking everyday life in general). Here’s a link to each:

Making A Successful Everyday Life Book
Journaling Your Everyday Life
8 Techniques for Choosing or Taking Photos
List of Everyday Photos

While you are visiting Shutterfly, check out the darling photo book created by Jessica Sprague: ABC’s of You.


  • 51.

    Ali, this is amazing!! It was love at first sight!! :)

  • 52.
    DEANA said…

    WOW… just another amazing idea from Ali! Love it! :-)

  • 53.
    Selena said…

    I must say this is absolutely incredible!!!! You should be so proud. I think you hooked me…I’m gonna have to try it out. Thanks girl!!!

  • 54.
    Tona said…

    What a family treasure!

  • 55.
    Liz Ness said…

    AWESOME idea! Way to go Ali! (Smart and very, very cool!)

  • 56.
    Debby said…

    Congrats and you have done a wonderful job.

  • 57.
    susie said…

    Ali, thanks so much for the articles you wrote for Shutterfly! I esp. like the idea that imperfect photos can be used if that fits the right moment! =)

  • 58.
    Debbie L. said…

    I loved the articles. Somehow it makes me feel normal when it comes to my photography shortcomings. There is hope for the challenged picture taker. Thank you!

  • 59.

    this is so COOL!!! i would love to take the time to create my own album from scratch…but keep putting it off cuz I don’t have the time to do it all prefectly. with this, I won’t have to worry…drag and drop, and i know it looks great! i can move on to other projects without stressing over THIS one. thanks!

  • 60.
    ~Karrilee~ said…

    I recently (before you had any option on Shutterfly) made my own all digi layouts hardbound book of a long weekend on the Olympic Peninsula via Shutterfly and I SO LOVE it!!!! Man… now I have to go and do ANOTHER one now that you have made it so easy!?!! So cool!

  • 61.
    Tiffani M. said…

    Ali, yet another creative thing you’ve done.

  • 62.
    Stacie said…

    does your creativity ever stop!?!? this is so cool!

  • 63.
    Molly said…

    Ali, I LOVE how your shutterfly template makes this so completely accessible, allowing us to focus on what really matters … putting it together; getting it done!

  • 64.
    Jenn said…

    Ali…you have definitely outdone yourself! I have used Shutterfly books in the past…so immediately had to try yours out! LOVE IT! I am having so much fun adding pictures to layouts that you have created…I absolutely adore your work. YOU ROCK! Give yourself a pat on the back…you deserve it! Yea!!!

  • 65.
    donna jean said…

    hi ali- that book is soooo cool- i just cannot decide what pics to choose to make-
    i am trying to decide that if they are pics that i put there- if i will use those pics again for my kids books or not…
    too many decisions– or i should say way too many photos- thats why i need that photo freedom book too!
    i cant wait to make mine!
    donna jean

  • 66.
    Joy said…

    Hi Ali
    I don’t know if you have seen this video but it is amazing. It is to raise money and awareness of autism. Five for Fighting is donatind $.40 each time it is watched. Get out the kleenex though because it is a heart breaker.

  • 67.
    Amy Tolbert said…

    So cool!

  • 68.
    Lynne said…

    Oh Man! Something else I want RIGHT now and can’t afford! =)

  • 69.
    Teresa said…

    Oh how fantastic is this!! I LOVE your scrapping style and think this book is just yummy!! You must be so proud- congrats on such a cool accomplishment!

  • 70.
    Angie said…

    I love this. I’m definitely making one once I get all my pictures and text pulled together

  • 71.
    Jamie K said…

    OMG….this is SO awesome! Can’t wait to go check it out!!! You never cease to amaze me!

  • 72.
    Jac said…

    I am blown away by your idea once again :)
    amazing.. is there anywhere where we can view yr entire album? :)

  • 73.
    sunny said…

    I have to do this book..and I have never scrapbooked a thing in my life! it looks that doable!
    beautiful book!

  • 74.
    jenn said…

    Fabulous!!! Love this idea!!!

  • 75.
    HappyHappyJoyJoy said…

    Hi Ali! Love this – it makes your concepts so “doable”! You are the best thing CK has going for them! One question, are there any additional filler pages that are of the same design? Those would be great also!HappyHappyJoyJoy

  • 76.
    MistyD said…

    That is awesome! I would love to see more of your book!

  • 77.
    JenniB said…

    I LOVE SHUTTERFLY!! Can’t wait to try out your new photo book!

  • 78.
    Sherri Gerak said…

    My biggest photo challenge would be to take the photos as I see real life. I see my kids in their everyday, totally amazed by their process and when I try to capture it, the photos come out flat. No emotion! Would love to learn the artistic way of portraying my emotions thru my photography!

  • 79.
    Lisa said…

    I have made a number of books through shutterfly.
    Thank you so much for designing a new format for all of us to use. A new perspective and a great way to collect photos and memories that may otherwise not be included in other places. I love the everyday…its the best stuff.

  • 80.
    Maggie said…

    Yeah…wow. You seriously need to create a “happy file” and print all these comments to put in there!
    Awesome! I do hope I’m reading that right and you are helping us with this task. I tried one before and it was nice, but pretty boxy and dry.

  • 81.
    giosmama26 said…

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! Wonderful and so fun. I am so going to purchase this. Can’t wait to get started on it!!!

  • 82.
    Aggie said…

    Hi Ali,
    I am a digital scrapbooker and have made 2 Shutterfly albums. I am so excited to see an Ali book available at Shutterfly!!! Im going to given this a go and will share with you once it is completed.
    Thanks for being such a great inspiration.

  • 83.
    erin said…

    how very cool…tfs!!! happy friday!

  • 84.
    Helene said…

    This is exactly what Ineeded to put my week in the life project on the road, it’s simply perfect !!!
    thanks Ali

  • 85.
    Jenn said…

    This is brilliant. Thanks for your creativity! I look forward to making one of these.

  • 86.
    Laura T. said…

    This is awesome — I’ll definitely have to check it out this weekend.

  • 87.
    Shannon said…

    Can’t wait to take a look at this. I am hoping to take my 365 Project from this year and turn it into a book come January of next year. Maybe this will be an option (or your creative mind will work with shutterfly on something else for that, hint hint)
    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • 88.
    Cindy said…

    I have been on scrapping hiatus for awhile because I just didn’t “feel it”. I checked out your book design and…..”I felt it” this morning. God bless you and shutterfly. I am starting on my book TODAY!

  • 89.
    Carole said…

    Okay , staying up all night and making a book…..LOVE IT !!! Thank you

  • 90.
    MaryRuth Francks said…

    Love it!!!!!
    is there a way that we can view your completed book page by page to get a better idea?

  • 91.
    lacy said…

    SHUT UP! That is so fabulous! Girl you are Martha worthy ( I mean that in the best way) and your book is waaay cute! OMG- wow- celebrating you!

  • 92.
    Laurie said…

    I LOVE this idea! I’ve had great experience with shutterfly & their products. And I’m into white space and clean layouts…can’t wait to get into this project!

  • 93.
    Corey said…

    Ali, this is just so flippin cool! what a brilliant idea. I’ve been wanting to make a Shutterfly book anyway, now I have no excuse! Awesome. :)

  • 94.

    oh wow, awesome!!

  • 95.
    Tammy said…

    There is also a great company called Heritage Makers. I like the idea of helping someone with their home based business.

  • 96.
    Tammy said…

    Sorry, still sleeping. At first glance, I thought you were just sharing an album you made… I love the album you designed! Awesome addition to Shutterfly. Thanks for making it so easy for so many of us!

  • 97.
    Tracy(twazd) said…

    I had already started one of these books before I read this on your blog-LOVE this as a prompt to not always want the Perfect shot in my books! Thanks for addingyou creativity to my newest passion!

  • 98.
    Tara in maryland said…

    LOVE this ali!!
    can we see more of your pages in your book?
    how many pages did you have total?
    thank-you so much!! -tara

  • 99.
    Amber said…

    SO cool Ali!!! What an awesome project! I love the ease of it too! I can’t wait to do one of my own….will start taking more pics now!

  • 100.
    jeline said…

    Ali – Thank you thank you. Shutterfly is one of the best photobook manufacturer for me. Your design is amazing and I can’t wait to use it. Thank you again

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