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.
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!