Once the afterglow of your dream vacation has worn off and the tan has faded into non-existence, if you’re like me, you’re probably left with hundreds of travel photos and no clue how to organize them. Once upon a time, scrapbooking was the way to go, but has quickly becoming a thing of the past, and thank goodness, because honestly, the average person doesn’t have all that extra time to be crafty. There are plenty of creative ways to display your travel photos, more if you peruse the Pinterest boards. But sometimes simple is better. What I do know is that if travel is anything, it’s a conversation starter, a universal endeavour amongst my friends, and a great way to lighten the mood. After sorting through my 16,000 travel photos, I decided I needed a tactile yet creative way to share my photos with my house guests. I thought a coffee table travel photo book from Shutterfly would be a great idea.
Shutterfly is an American based photo publishing company and my new favourite obsession. If you can put it a photograph on it, Shutterfly probably can do it. From Aprons, Keyboard pads and luggage tags, to canvas prints, mugs and my personal favourite, photo books. Shutterfly is the ultimate travel photo book solution. With 7 different photo book sizes to choose from, there is an option for every personal library.
For my photo essays, I use the 12 x 12 hardcover option, a perfect size and shape for a square or rectangular coffee table. Now comes the fun part – Customizing your travel photo book. If you are short on time, or you’re using Shutterfly for the first time, there are over 200 pre-formatted photo book options that you can simply drag and drop your photos to create a themed travel photo book. As a writer and photographer, I want my photo books to tell a story, so I opt for the customized option.
When you customize a Shutterfly travel photo book, the options are infinite – You’re limited only by the parameters of your imagination. With hundreds of layouts, colours, ’embellishments’ (stickers, icons, cartoons and pictures), and a healthy selection of fonts, I was able to weave a written narrative into my project, mix and match backgrounds, and add colour.
If you’re wondering about whether an online photo book company will hinder the quality of your travel photos, worry no more! Shutterfly has a number of failsafes including flashing icons that let you know whether your photo is of print quality.
Getting started with Shutterfly is simple. Log on to the website, and sign up for an account, it’s free! It’s worth spending some time clicking around because the photo project ideas are endless, and the gift tips are fantastic. There are always sales going on, and don’t worry if you live in Canada, it may take a little longer to get your photo book, but it’s totally worth the wait! Creating your very own travel photo book is a fun, affordable and professional looking way to share your adventures with friends and family.