When one of my dear digi scrap friends asked me about my process for organising my pages into a photobook, it got me thinking... Maybe there are some other folks who could also benefit from my (does not overlook anything) process. I make my books on shutterfly. But these steps should be similar if you are using any other photobook website. Therefore, here goes.... (Get ready for lots of images!) 1. The first thing I do is organise my pages into a list. I make a list for the pages with dates and then another for the pages without dates. Within those with dates, I also note down pages that have dates in mmddyy format and those that only have mmyy format. 2. Organise this list chronologically. At this stage, also give a once over to your non date pages and see colour scheme-wise, which date pages they best go with. 3. Visualise your book on paper. This step takes a little bit of time but after this its a cakewalk. On a paper, draw out double pages, and fill in names of layouts that go there. Decide which page goes where. I start with mmddyy pages as they are easiest to place. Then I fill in mmyy pages and then finally I fit in my non date pages. Here's where the hard work you did in step#2 comes in handy. I like to do this on paper. You can also do this on excel if you prefer. Mine looks something like this.... [/URL][/IMG] 4. Once you've got this, the next step is totally optional. I like to add my pages as double page spreads in shutterfly. Therefore, I first make double page spreads of all my layouts. Just open up a new 7200px by 3600px photoshop document. Open up final psd versions of both your left side and right side layouts. Now just drag each layout in the new document and place appropriately. Then save as jpeg as you usually save your layouts for print. Repeat this for all the layouts. However, this is optional. I prefer it like this. You can also simply drag your single page layouts into the photobook website software, if you prefer that. 5. You are done with the pre-work now. (yayy!) We now start the actual photobook process! Go to shutterfly.com (or any other website), sign in and then go to my pictures on top right. Create a new album here and upload all your jpegs for the book, in this new album. 6. Once all the pictures are in the album, select a spread you just uploaded, click edit, click on apply effect and once you are in the effect page, select no effect AND check the box that reads DON'T apply automatic corrections! VERY IMPORTANT for us scrapbookers!! 7. Next I go to the photobook tab on top, choose custom path, and then choose the size. My books are all 12x12 therefore thats generally my selection. This will get us to the photo book styles menu. Here, select All Styles and then look for the digiscrap style. [/URL][/IMG] Choose the digiscrap style and then select your cover preference. Mine is generally hard cover. Once you have selected your preference, click on 'select this photo book'. [/URL][/IMG] 8. Then, you will be taken to the photobook workspace. Here, first thing you do is click on add photos. Select the new album you created with all your layouts and add them all in. Then they have another screen where they ask whether we want to place photos ourselves or not. I select the option that allows me full control which means I place photos myself. Once all your pages are added in the photo area. Select this double page spread from layout options. (Mine are all double page spreads as I explained in step#4. Therefore this works best for me. Play around with the software to check if something else works better for you) [/URL][/IMG] Now, just drag your required layouts in the work area. After you get it in the work area, DO NOT forget to double click the picture and drag the selection box. Shutterfly has an automatic selection box, the default selection is only a portion of your layout. You want it to select your entire layout. Therefore this step is CRITICAL. [/URL][/IMG] Repeat this for all your layouts - add the photo and resize the bounding box. 9. Then we come to the covers. I do this last. Shutterfly has some great direction for cover and spine here - https://www.shutterfly.com/digitalscrapbook/books/specs.jsp I use the templates provided by Shutterfly and build from there. I do have to caution you about the spine though. I have to rework that a few times to get it to look right. 10. Finally....Preview, Order, wait impatiently for your beautiful photobook to arrive and scream as loud as you can when you get it!!