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August 25, 2011

New Photobooks Available Through Shutterfly | Top 10 and Words Of Faith

I’ve got two new photobooks now available through Shutterfly: Words Of Faith and Top 10.

Shutterfly has made some changes to their photobooks and they are are now offering what’s called Custom Path. The biggest change is that they’ve given you more design flexibility if you want it – and if you’d like to just drop in your photos, add your journaling and print you can still do that too.

The two books I created for them are similar to ones that are available as layered template packages through Designer Digitals – check out Love You Because and Rejoice. I know many of you out there are not interested in learning about using layered templates in Photoshop so this may be a great option for you if you’re still interested in having these sort of themed photobooks.

The process for creating an album via Shutterfly is simple.

Once you see the photobook you’ve chosen click “apply” on the top right corner. Select the My Photos tab and upload photos to Shutterfly from your computer. Select the photos you’d like to use in this project and click “add to photo book.” The next screen will show you the cover page where you can then begin adding your photos by dragging them from the bin along the bottom onto the gray areas of the book. Add your journaling. Click save. Order a book.

You’ll see as you move your mouse around that you have the ability to delete elements by clicking on the “blue x.” Along the left side of the window you’ll see embellishment and background tabs. Clicking on those will show you additional word art and paper background options.

These two books are set up so you can simply upload your photos into the photo spots, adjust the journaling and be done. But, if you want more control you are able to move things around with their online tools and swap out one word art or embellishment for something different.

Here’s a look at a spread from the Top 10 book before photos have been added:

And here’s a look at Words of Faith:

Here’s a few images of my Top 10 book in progress (those little yellow boxes are not on the images when printed – that’s where my mouse was when I took the screenshot):

And here’s a few pages of my Words Of Faith book in progress:

I’ll be finishing up my sample books and ordering them next week. Enjoy!


  • 1.
    Susan said…

    love the books Ali. i’ve made a simple, 8×8 ‘words of faith’ type book for my hubby last year for father’s day. love your top 10. is your everyday life still available too? i’ve wanted to do that book…one thing after another. thanks for sharing your talent and creativity…so inspiring.

  • 2.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Hi Ali love these but are you going to offer these later on down the track as a designer digital template set. I would rather that than shutterfly as I am in Australia and the shipping costs probably kill. Thanks!

    • ….
      Allison M. said…

      Hi Paula,
      Ali did indicate that similar templates are available with Designer Digitals…

      The two books I created for them are similar to ones that are available as layered template packages through Designer Digitals – check out Love You Because and Rejoice. I know many of you out there are not interested in learning about using layered templates in Photoshop so this may be a great option for you if you’re still interested in having these sort of themed photobooks.

    • ….
      Paula in Australia said…

      Thanks Alison yeah I know about the ones available and have seen those templates on DD but they are different and don’t have the added bits ie this story box and Hello Life bits and pieces.
      These new ones are really nice and I like this layout better then the exisiting ones available. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I will not be selling these same versions through Designer Digitals as they were made exclusively for Shutterfly.

  • 3.
    cheryl said…

    yay!!! Ali, thanks!!! I’ve been waiting patiently, ok so not so patiently!!! love them :)

  • 4.
    Allison M. said…

    Yay Ali! I have been wanting to do the Top 10 book. Glad to see it available now through Shutterfly.

  • 5.
    Elizabeth said…

    Hi Ali,
    These are just fantastic! Love them. Have done your Everyday Life one before (and I’m from Australia – postage is not a killer :) ) Have you ever considered doing a Week in the Life Shutterfly book? I would LOVE that – HINT Pretty Please!! ;)
    Thanks for always being so inspiring and sharing.

    • ….
      Gen said…

      I second a Shutterfly Week in the Life – pretty please from me too!

  • 6.
    jenn said…

    these look really fun! I have been pleased with my shutterfly books in the past, so I look forward to trying these out.

  • 7.
    Amy said…

    Sigh….gorgeous, as always! Beautiful work, Ali!

  • 8.
    Stacy said…

    I am wondering if you will be selling (at DD) sets of the papers you included in these albums. It looks like the chevron papers may be the same as a former paper pack, but I really like some of the others…especially the white linen looking one.

  • 9.
    Tanja said…

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to check them out!

  • 10.
    NatalieSpring said…

    I used Shutterfly’s Custom Path to make my “Week in the Life” book. It was my first digitally designed and printed book. My book arrived yesterday and it looks great, although I need to work on my photography. It was easier to use than I thought and there are so many page layout options and I liked that you could layer text. My book has some of their layouts and some of mine own.
    Here is a link to a blog I just started where I talk about my process: Here is a link to my Shutterfly Custom Path book:

  • 11.
    Jan from Canada said…

    Lovely Ali…

    I became a follower of Melissa Speelman after seeing her top 10 layout on your site.. Her books were absolutely breathtaking.

    I am so glad you put this in Shutterfly :) awesome job!


  • 12.
    Teri Mason said…

    I love them both! The top 10 is a must make on my ever growing list of things to do! Thanks!

  • 13.
    Sandy said…

    Ali – thank you so much!! I am planning a book for my son’s 10th birthday with this kind of format and this is perfect and perfectly timed. Photos are almost all collected, and I am on my way.

  • 14.
    slmnontec said…

    They look fun, but I can’t find the cost for them. Help?

    • ….
      Emily said…

      It depends on the size of your book, the type of cover you get, and the number of pages. For example, an 8×8 album with 20 pages starts at $15.99, a 12×12 is around $38. You can always get coupons for Shutterfly books (sometimes 20-40%) and if you order one, you’ll most likely get coupons in your email for additional books. For example, I recently got a coupon code for a free 8×8 album, I just had to pay the shipping (and I picked Ali’s Top 10 template!).

  • 15.

    Hi Ali,
    Awesome books and easy to complete thanks for sharing yours.
    hugs and blessings

    sharon dryjanski

  • 16.
    Emily said…

    I am expecting my Top 10 photobook to arrive today! I received a free 8×8 album coupon for ordering a different photo book last week and was so excited to see your template (I knew it was an Ali Edwards template right away!!). I’m excited to get it! I also have the Everyday Life book that you had designed! =D I just love the professional look of the bound books (rather than the homemade look of my scrapbooks…not that I mind that either, lol). Thanks for sharing your skills and talent!!

  • 17.
    Jaime said…

    I love that you have such a discernible style! I was making a photo book with shutterfly earlier this week, and as soon as I saw the Top 10 template I knew that you had designed it! That template didn’t fit with the project I was doing, but I want to go back and use it for another project. I think it would make a great Christmas gift. (yes, I am already thinking about gifts!) : )

  • 18.
    Leeann said…

    I am very excited about this!
    I know you had another Shutterfly exclusive book (can’t remember the name). Is it still available? I haven’t been able to locate it.


    • ….
      Kathleen Loughran said…

      Leeann I was wondering the same thing. When Sutterfly went to this format the first thing I did was look for Ali’s original design for them. I would love to know it is still available.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m pretty sure they have phased that one out – I’ll double check this week.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It looks like you can still make that album by clicking on this link: On that page you need to click the orange button that says “make one like this.” That’s the only way I’ve been able to figure out how to make one.

    • ….
      Leeann Sammons said…

      Thank you Ali! I love this book design (as well as the new ones).


  • 19.
    Debby said…

    Beautiful Ali. I can’t wait to create a book using this design. Christmas is around the corner and I make a book or two from Shutterfly every year.

  • 20.
    jamie said…

    these are great.

  • 21.
    Danielle said…

    Hello Ali,
    Is “Celebrate Everyday” still available at Shuttefly? I tried to find it and I can’t.

    Thank you

  • 22.
    jenn said…

    I just ordered my Top 10 album!!! I cannot wait to get it in my hands. I used my golden as the subject.

  • 23.
    apnea said…

    Right now it sounds like Movable Type is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

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