You know by now that I like to make the most out of photos of my family and I, rather than just leave them on a phone or computer gathering dust and no actual views. As soon as we received our engagement shoot photos back from our photographer, Albert Palmer, I knew I would be printing them in some shape or form. They will play a part in the guestbook at the wedding, but I also wanted them printed out for me to look at whenever I wanted to. I didn’t just want prints in an album, that was a little boring for my taste, so when I saw that Photobox had a bunch of offers on a few weeks ago I went about putting together a photo book. Here’s a little about the process and the other resources I used.
I started by sifting through the photos and dropping out any that I didn’t feel would add anything to an album – either because they were just too similar to other shots, or I just plain didn’t like how we looked in them. I ended up with 59 photos, cut down from 70. I then decided which one were better suited to colour and black and white and saved them separately from the original photos.
I then decided to purchase some quick pages from Paislee Press – these are pre-made scrapbook-style pages that you simply add photos to to create a layout ready for printing for your desired purpose. I used some of them directly as they were, I edited a few to create more photo windows or to join a couple of pages together, whatever I felt made best use of the photos and the number of pages I had to work with (I chose a 40 page photo book). They were also designed to fit square scrapbook pages, but the photo book was rectangular, so I took that into consideration when placing my photos and text/brushes.
Once I saved all of my designs and decided where they would go, I started to create the book in Photobox’s easy to use design studio. As I had designed the pages myself, I didn’t use any of their multi-photo layouts and stuck to full photo layouts which fit each whole page. It was so easy to put together, the longest part of the process being the designing of the pages, but the designs from Paislee Press made it much easier and were beautiful to include.
In terms of the photo book itself, it’s quality is what you’d expect from a large, reasonably priced printing company – it is great quality without being exceptional. I got it during a sale, so got a better deal, and I’m not sure I’d have paid full price, but I’m definitely pleased with what we’ve ended up with. When it comes to wedding albums, I will be looking more high-end than this, but our budget didn’t stretch that far for our engagement book and I’m absolutely fine with that as I love the book. The lay flat look is perfect for seeing every bit of your images and I also paid extra for the gorgeous matte finish cover, so overall, I’m extremely happy with how we’ve chosen to display our images. I can’t wait to show our families what we’ve done with the photos, and I look forward to looking back at them for many years to come.
Photo book printed by Photobox / Scrapbook designs by Paislee Press / Photos by Albert Palmer.