Photobooks can be the minimalist’s best friend as well as the sidekick to the most embellishment-loving scrapper. They bring stories together in a permanent, cohesive way for storing and sharing.
There are a few ways to go about making a digital photobook and this post will organize the approaches in two ways.
The DIY Approach
This method involves sending files of your own creation off for printing in a bound format. These files can be regular digital scrapbook pages or pages creating using templates designed specifically for photobooks.
Photobook from Artscow
There are not a huge number of options for printing full-bleed scrapbook layouts in a bound photobook. Some of the most well-known include:
Persnickety Prints is an additional, newer option. While their regular scrapbook pages are printed on-site in Utah, they outsource their book printing to an expert in Minnesota. I’m eager to see how this option compares with some of others.
The market for photobook templates is on the rise. I’m seeing more and more minimalist templates that mimic the black or white background offerings within the All-in-One options listed below.
There are also an increasing number of album kits designed to the specs for particular book printer. A few options include:
Off to Press templates from Paislee Press
Templates photography vol.3 by bisontine
Shutterfly Toolkit: 8×8 v2.0 by Wendyzine Scraps
The All-in-One Approach
More commonly available are services that allow you to upload photos and use pre-made page templates to arrange your book. I’ve listed a few options below, but the range of options these days is quite large.
Photobook from My Publisher
This month we’re spreading the love for 21 ways to tell your story. Photobooks are #5. How are you telling your story?