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A Photo Book Keeps Your Stories Alive

Tell Your Story With A Photo Book

How many times during a given week do you pick up the phone or text to tell a friend or family member a cute story about your kids or a comical story about your pet or about something exciting that just happened? Your life is made up of many funny, interesting and sometimes life changing stories. Some stories are told once, while others are retold over and over, growing in relationship to everyone who hears them.  These everyday experiences, collectively, create a story of a life well lived.

Have you ever wished you could capture your stories in book form?

Today, it is easier than ever to create your own photo book that will capture the stories of your life.  You may want to create a photo book as an heirloom, a gift, or simply a one-of-a-kind volume that depicts a personalized story that you’ve constructed from your own photographs. Turn your stories into a beautiful photo book that you can share with family and friends so your story can be shared for years to come.  Whether it’s a holiday photo book or an everyday photo book filled with the everyday moments of your life, you can publish your photos in books (or in a book) to tell the stories you love best!

Creating a photo book is a creative journey.

Publish Your Story in a Photo BookPutting on your author’s cap is both exciting and fun.  Embarking on a photo book project will allow you to experience the writer’s journey from that initial idea to final publication.  Think of each story as simpl, something that happened in your life that you share with others.  It does not have to be complicated or even particularly significant. It is a story that you want to share.

Not a natural writer? Don’t worry. You can decide how much writing with which you are comfortable.  In a photo book you can use mainly photographs to tell your story!  Though some people like to include a page of text that sets the stage for their photo book, others like to annotate each photo with captions, while many let the photos tell the whole story. All of these approaches can result in beautifully crafted photo books.

Start by thinking of your audience.

Before navigating through your stacks of photos, think about the audience for your photo book.  Is this a story for family, friends, colleagues, a spouse, small children, others that share an interest, or simply for your own bookshelf? Thinking about the people you want to share your story with will help you shape the story itself.

Decide what story you want to tell.

You tell stories all of the time.  Intuitively, you know that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an ending.  When you are choosing the photos you want to include, think about how the story will be told from the beginning, what happens in the middle and how it ends.

The main idea of your story may be as simple as a family gathering or as complex as capturing a loved one’s life with carefully chosen photographs.  Which stories do you want to tell?

Consider the following story concepts.  They can inspire you to create your own special photo book story.

Happy Holidays

The holidays are approaching and photo books make very personal and memorable gifts. Again, think first about the people you will share your story with. If you have young children, you may want to capture special moments from each holiday season to create a book that will accompany them into adulthood. You may want to share the best moments from the previous holiday get-togethers with your extended family. If your audience is an aging parent, you may want to scan old photos of past holidays. Begin with a photo of Mom with her 1960s hairdo prepping the holiday meal. In the middle, show all of the events of the day; opening gifts, little Helen knocking down the tree when she tried to ride her new bike in the living room, Harry and John fighting over the chicken leg…well, you get the idea. End the story with a picture of Mom surrounded by her big, boisterous and loving family.

Think of the holiday stories you love best and allow your photos to retell them!

School Days

Most kids get yearbooks these days, but they are filled with lots of kids—not just your special student and the people he or she is close to.  School is just getting started for the year, so this is a great time to plan a photo book so you can capture all the significant moments throughout the year.

Consider a custom photo book as a truly unique graduation or year-end gift that your child will treasure, whether they are just entering the first grade or graduating from high school, college, or even kindergarten!

One idea, that captured our imagination for a school photo book, told the story of the changing interests of child from kindergarten through High School (cap or no cap on High School) by chronicling what was on his t-shirt. Photographs showed the child in kindergarten wearing a superhero shirt. Later he was wearing shirts with logos of his favorite sports teams. Later photos showed him showing off the logos of his favorite bands. Show the moments that have led up to this great finale—their graduation.  Present the book at their graduation party and try not to cry!

Everyday Moments Made SpecialTell A Story with a Custom Photo Book

Your photo book doesn’t have to reflect a major occasion, but it can make everyday moments extraordinarily special.  Consider the little moments you share with your partner that make up any ordinary day but also make every day special.  Consider a theme—holding hands: holding hands over morning coffee, strolling hand in hand at a local farmer’s market, holding the hands of your child, gripping hands on a roller coaster ride, entwining your hands on the front porch watching a great sunset.

You can transform any idea, occasion or everyday experiences into a singular photo book. Look through your own photographs for inspiration.  You’ll be surprised at how many stories your photos can tell when you begin to put them together.  Choose your favorite story and let Clearstory publish it for you in a professionally bound photo book that will showcase your memories and become a lasting treasure you’ll always cherish.

To get started creating your photo book, have your photos organized in the way that you want your story to flow. Then, simply download the Clearstory software and upload your photos.  The software will guide you through the process – even if you have no experience.

You can choose Clearstory’s Everyday Photo Book, which gives you a beautiful hard cover with special die-cuts, 20 pages for photos and a story page at the beginning. Or, you can choose the Clearbooks Photo Book which will give you options for different covers, layouts and will allow for as much copy and creativity as you want to put into your story.  Have fun and tell your story so it will be remembered – in a photo book.

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Everyday Photo Books for Back to School Phtotos

Back to School Photo Books

Get your cameras ready, the kids are going back to school. Here are some photo ideas for capturing all those back to school moments. Make the memories last with a fast, easy, affordable and beautiful Back to School Photo Book.

Back to School Phtotos

Fall is in the air and the kids are heading back to school. Packed lunches, yellow school buses and piles of homework are ahead!  These are special moments in your children’s lives, whether they’re entering the first grade or their senior year in high school. Capture these moments in a Back to School Photo Book, so that you can reminisce, for years to come, about these once-in-a-lifetime memories.

A photo book that is fast, easy and affordable to create will help you to make sure that your back to school photos don’t end up in a dusty bin of long-forgotten photos or in the never looked at files on your computer. You can document the whole process of going back to school with your child’s help!

Don’t Forget a Single Moment

Back to School Photo Book
Going back to school is about much more than that first morning of school. Your child starts getting excited about heading back to school long before the big day. Capture all of the moments that lead up to going back to school.

  • Take your camera along when shopping for new school supplies and clothing.
  • Document the “fashion shows” your kids put on when they try on their back-to-school outfits.
  • Have a family member take a photo of you helping your daughter with her hair or tying the shoelaces on your son’s new skate shoes.
  • Have your camera ready as your family sits down to breakfast on that first day of school and as you pack the lunches.
  • Photograph your kids loading up their new backpacks with school supplies and books.
  • Get a shot of your child walking to school or the bus stop.
  • If you take your child to school, capture the reunion with friends, standing in line to enter the classroom, and when your child first meets his or her teacher.
  • Other moments might include photos at the end of the day when they come home to tell you all about their first day at school over cookies and milk.

Keep a Camera on Hand to Capture Special Moments Every Day.
You never know when a photo opportunity will present itself, so make sure you always keep a camera at hand. For instance, your child might bring home a new friend. Capture their playtime in the yard, bonding over snacks, or let them have the camera to document each other’s adventures.

Everyday Photo Book Software Helps to Make Preserving Your Every Day Moments Fast and Easy.
Remember the days when you had to take your roll of film in for developing, then sort through the photos and put them into photo albums? For many of us, those photos stayed in their envelopes, never to be organized into a photo album. Those that did make it into an album are now yellowed or permantly stuck to the protective plastic.

Everyday Photo Books for Back to School PhtotosClearstory Everyday Photo Books make it easier and faster than ever to quickly create a photo book for all of your special moments. Simply select your best photos to fill 20 pages. You have flexibility to make your photo book just the way you want, with a large photo on a single page and/or groups of photos on a page.  You can even start your photo book with a text page to tell your story about the First Day of School.  Simply download the software and upload your photos. The software is Windows and Mac-friendly, and will walk you through the entire process.

Everyday Photo Books Are Treasured Gifts.
When your children are older and reminisce about their childhood, you will easily be able to pull out their Back to School Photo Book and talk about their memories of early school days. Imagine the feeling of talking to your child about the first day of Kindergarten when she is about to head off to college for the first time!

Everyday Photo Books are a great way to capture the memories of the school year and share them with friends and family for years to come. Whether you want to preserve the memories of your child’s first-ever day of school or any other milestone in your child’s life, Everyday Photo Books make it fast, easy and affordable. Clearstory Everyday Photo Books are beautiful hard cover books with 20 pages and can be created for just $19.95.

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Top Tips For Creating Your Summer Vacation Photo Book

Vacation Photo Book by MyClearStory.com

You had a great vacation, took memorable vacation photos and have the best intentions of organizing them and sharing them with family and friends. But once you’re home from your vacation, unpacked and getting back to your daily life, it’s easy to let those vacation photos fall way down on the priority list.

Don’t let your pictures sit idly in your camera or on your computer hard drive. Share them with your friends and family by creating a Vacation Photo Book.

Getting started is the hardest part – but we’d like to give you some tips and inspiration to turn your memorable moments into a memorable Vacation Photo Book that you will treasure for years to come. Here are some tips for creating the perfect vacation photo book.

Tip #1 – Outline Your Vacation Story

Write an outline for the story you want to tell about your vacation.  Once you have thought about what the highlights were, suddenly, deciding which photos you want to use and how you want to organize them becomes easy. It will also help you think about any text you want to include in your vacation photo book.

Many like to tell their vacation story in chronological order, beginning with the travel to their destination, arriving at the hotel or gathering for dinner on the first night. Others will want to highlight their most extreme adventures or the funniest moments. Whether you organize images together in chronological order, or by the type of activity, think about the highlights of your vacation, and the story you want to tell.

Tip #2 – Organize Your Vacation Photos

Before you choose a photo book company or a template, choose the best photos from your vacation. Decide which photos capture the moments you most want to share. Organize them according to the outline you created in Tip# 1.

Which photos do you want to feature as a full page? Perhaps you have some particularly great scenic shots that represent the most spectacular locations from your vacation. Group shots are also great to feature on a full page.

Which photos should be grouped?  Once you set the scene, you may want to group shots that show your group at that location. Group the best of any time-lapse shots, perhaps, shooting the rapids or bungee jumping. You may have individual shots of people within your group enjoying the same activity that enhance the story by being grouped. Remember that the more photos you include on a page, the smaller they will be so you still want to be selective.

Once you have your photos selected and organized in a way that shows off the highlights of your vacation, the rest is easy.

Tip #3 – Decide Where You Want Type

Vacation Photo Book Captions

Since you have already come up with an outline for your vacation photo book, it will be easy to decide where you want to annotate your photos. We suggest that you keep photo captions to one line – since it is really the photos you really want to highlight.  If you want to include type in your photo book, make sure you choose a template that gives you that option and select the option to have type when you download the template.

If you want to include more information about your Vacation Photo Book, consider starting the book with a “Story Page”  Write a fun intro to your Vacation Photo Book that summarizes the highlights – wether it revolves around the people you were with, the places you visited or the extreme adventures you had.

Tip #4 – Choose a Template

There are many photo book companies and many different types of templates to create your books. Our tip is to keep it simple. Some templates offer thematic graphics that may seem cute but can get in the way when you start to lay out your photos. The template should not dictate how you tell your story. A simple template will be the easiest to work with since you will not have to layout your photos around extraneous artwork. We also find that a simple and clean layout also gives you the most professional looking finished product.

Tip #5 – Vary the Number of Photos on Your Pages

Even simple templates will allow you to vary pages within the photo book. By varying the number and location of photos on the pages, you will create visual interest. Use your single image pages to display large group shots, or particularly beautiful scenic shots or other important milestones from your summer vacation. If you have pictures that naturally go together in a quick series, group them in order on their own page.

For instance, you may want to start your vacation photo book by showcasing one large image of your destination followed by a page that includes 3 shots of your group enjoying activities on the first day of your vacation. Variety in your photo book pages makes the book much more fun to read and showcase on your coffee table.

Tip #6 – Think About Production

Premium paper stock, and state-of-the-art printing equipment will affect how your vacation book turns out.  With a quality cover and thick paper stock, your images have a solid foundation that protects your pages from smearing, fading, or being easily torn. You want to seek out a printing company that uses these high quality production materials so that your book will last for many years.

A Summer Vacation Photo Book is the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories from your time together with family and friends. Digital images can be emailed back and forth or added to a website, but your tangible photo album is a way to pass your memories down through generations and have a constant reminder in your living room of your family or friends cherished time together.

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Quality Photo Book Printing

How to Choose a Photo Book Printing Company

Quality Photo Book Printing

To Get a Quality Photo Book, You Need to Select a Quality Photo Book Printing Company

Since the advent of the digital camera, you might realize that you don’t have as many family albums as you used to. Many people keep their photos on a computer drive or saved to a disc, but this doesn’t present the same opportunity for sharing your photos as bringing out an actual album. The solution to this problem is quite simple – create a photo book that you can proudly display in your home.

Photo book publishing is a creative and simple way to bring your digital images to life.  With so many choices, how do you decide which photo book publishing company to go with?

Tips for Choosing Your Photo Book Printing Company

Paper Stock

Most photo book publishers will give you a choice between glossy or matte finish, but give little indication about the weight or quality of the paper stock they will print on. Selecting a photo book printing company that utilizes premium grade paper stock for your photo book is crucial to giving your photos the best finish.  A thicker paper stock not only translates to clearer images, it will not be easily ripped or soiled with frequent use.   Lighter weight paper may compromise the ink used to print your book and is less likely to withstand being handled by children or just many hands over time.

Gloss or Matte Finish

For most photo books, we recommend a matte finish. Since matte finish is non-reflective, you will not have problems with dust, fingerprints, nor reflection from sun or other light sources. But matte finishes do absorb more ink into the paper, which can affect image sharpness. If you want to highlight fine details, you may want to select a glossy paper.

Glossy paper will create a vibrant and crisp image, but is generally selected for photos that will be framed to protect them from dust and fingerprints and when the photo will be displayed where light will not impact viewing.  If you are not worried about reflection or fingerprints and want the brightest image, you may want to select a gloss paper.

High End CoversQuality Photo Book Covers

You CAN tell a book by its cover. You want a photo book cover that will be as beautiful as the images within your photo book. There are many different types of photo book covers in either softcover, using cover weight photo paper, or hardcover that can be finished in fabric, leather, canvas, photo wrap, or mat board with specialty die cut. To protect your most cherished photos, we recommend a hard cover to keep the pages inside from bending and becoming damaged.

Photo Book TemplatesCrisp Templates

The template for your photo book publishing project is the way that you organize the layout of your pictures within the book. On some pages, you might want to feature just one striking photo, while on other pages it makes sense to include two or three pictures. Many photo book publishing companies offer templates that are cluttered with theme related graphics.

You want your photos to be the stars of your book, not someone else’s graphics. You also want the flexibility to organize your photos in a way that clearly tells your story.  With a clean, crisp template, you will have a much easier time laying out your photos and creating a more professional looking photo book. Our recommendation: Don’t waste your time with complicated templates or one that is cluttered with extraneous graphics.

State-of-the-art Printing Equipment

State of the Art Photo Book Printing EquipmentHigh-end printing equipment will give you consistent color across all of your images and produce clear images.  Clearstory uses state-of-the-art digital printing equipment, including the HP Indigo 5500 Digital Press, which delivers unmatched photo print quality.

Your photo book project is a creative and fun way to display all of your favorite pictures. Whether you want to commemorate an important event like a wedding, or if you just want to document all of your family moments, take the time to find a photo book publishing company that uses the right materials and delivers the highest quality. By using the best inks and paper in the publishing industry, your book will be something truly impressive that you can show off to family and friends.

Clearstory is committed to providing the industry’s highest quality paper, inks, printing processes, finishing, bookbinding and innovation to every person with a passion for telling their story with sophistication.

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Create a Family Reunion Book

Share Your Family Reunion Photography with a Beautifully Crafted Hardcover Photo Book

family reunion photography, family reunion book, family reunion photos, hardcover photo book, photo bookSummer is a time when extended families gather. Capture the spirit of these special occasions with a Photo Book of your Family Reunion Photos.

Today, many of our families are spread across the country or even the world. When family members travel to be with loved ones, these are occasions to commemorate. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your family reunion photography with everyone in your family. Create a keepsake photo book of your family reunion photos this summer.

Your Family Reunion Photography Will Make Perfect Photo Book Gifts

Present each member of your family with a photo book at the end of your reunion. Or give them as special holiday gifts. Creating a beautiful hardcover photo book that captures the spirit and special moments of your reunion is easier than ever and will be a gift that will be cherished by everyone in your family.

How to Get Started With Your Family Reunion Book

Before you sign on to a photo book site, you will want to organize your photos. Trust us when we say that it feels a little like juggling to try to sort through hundreds of photos while laying out your book. Below are some simple steps to help you get started with your Family Reunion Photography Book.

  1. Compile all of the photos from your reunion. Have relatives send their best photos. Be careful about using photo-sharing sites. The digital quality of the photos may degrade which will affect print quality. Instead, have your relatives send you their best photos directly from their computer or share them from a Drop Box or other cloud storage.
  2. Decide what story you want to tell. Do you want to present the reunion chronologically? Do you want to group photos by family? Do you want to show how each member of your family has changed from one reunion to the next? Collect and organize your photos in folders according to how you would like your family story to flow.

Create Your Family Reunion Photo Book with Clearstory

This is the easy part. You will be surprised how simple it is to build your book with Clearbooks. Below are the simple steps to creating an awesome Family Reunion Photography Book.

  1. Download the free software from Clearstory and open a new project.
  2. Choose the type of product you want to create from the options presented. Note: if you want to have text in your photo book, click on the right scroll bar to find and select that option now.
  3. Choose the size and cover options. Don’t worry, you can change your mind later.
  4. Name your project, perhaps, “Family Name” Reunion 2013.
  5. Next you will use the main layout panel, which enables you to view, select and change your layout.
  6. Upload your photos simply by clicking the + symbol. You can add individual photos or folders. Your photos will appear on the left side of the page.
  7. Click on the Pages Panel to see layout options. Now you can manually place your photos in the layout or simply hit “Autoflow” which automatically inserts page styles and photos. Want to add or rearrange photos? Just drag your photo to where you want it to go. Want to change layout styles for a particular page? Simply drag the layout you want over the one you already have on your screen and the software will automatically arrange your photos for the new layout.  Want to add text?  Select a layout with text box and add text.
  8. Review your pages. Want to change a photo size, position or enhance the color? Want to alter text styles? Simply double click on the photo or text and use the simple picture/text tools to make your changes.
  9. Preview your completed photo book. If you decide you want to upgrade your book cover you can easily switch styles directly from the tool bar and your work will automatically transfer.
  10. Place your order for the quantities you would like to print for all the members of your family.

It is fast and simple to create a stunning Family Reunion Book that each member of your family will cherish forever.

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