My husband, Darren, went on an overseas trip to East Timor recently. It was a school trip for him and 4 other teachers from his high school. They support a small community in Viqueque and took lots of supplies for the school to use and especially to give out to the kids.
When he got home, he had about 800 photos from his 10 days there. He decided that he wanted a book! I was happy (insert kind of fake smile here) to make him a book, but was worried that it would be a very long process with loads of text matching the photos and time consuming if he wanted lavish, embellished pages (you know the sort!!!!!). Nope, none of that! He edited his photos and got rid of the ones not needed and ended up with about 640 photos. He wanted a book of just photos. Nothing else!
We did some calculations on having over 600 photos printed at a 6×4 size, which would then just get handed about for people to look at straight from their packages. Messy! Then we did some calculations on fitting that many photos into a book. Guess what? It turned out to be more cost effective, lighter and easier to carry around in a book!! None of the photos were to be a 6×4 size, but in a 12×12 book, all of the images were easily recognisable. Of course I used a p2P Blueprint for my pages and made sure it was one that would enable me to fit a maximum number of photos onto each page. I quickly set the book up of left and right pages and in no time at all that 64 page book of over 600 photos was full!!
Making books for other people can be hard, especially if there needs to be text or digital content that is going to ‘suit’ the other persons style. In this case, Darren was happy to have all of his photos in one book and he has been personally showing people, so he chose not to have any text to tell the stories. I didn’t mind doing it this way and even though it took a little longer than just printing single photos, it is much more convenient! Making books for myself, and our family, I get to add all sorts of designs and fun stuff to my pages, but I’d probably prefer not to make books for others – unless it was as quick and easy as this one was!
Here are some of the pages from the book. I used “The Courts” DPS from July 2015 for my standard photo set up for the book.