Action: Round It Up with Katie the Scrapbooklady

This set of actions and templates was created to help you “round up” your month of memories. In a few clicks, you can create a collage of your favorite images of the month for a layout or for posting on your favorite blog or photo sharing site. Choose from 6-pix, 9-pix, 16-pix, 25-pix, 36-pix and 49-pix. You choose the photos and crop them as the action runs.It also comes with actions for scrapping a layout about the monthly collage and journaling your round up. The questions supplied are based on Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s famous Round Ups found on her blog. Be sure to check out Katie’s class at Big Picture Classes too!Video tutorial included on using the actions.

YOU GET:
6 Collage Actions (Adds photos and lets you position them.)
2 Scrap Actions (One layout using collage, one journaling)
6 PSD/TIF Collage templates with a variety of photo options
2 PDF Tutorials (Installation, Action Walkthrough)
Video Tutorial (On using the Round It Up Actions, .mov/.wmv)

Personal use and scrap-4-hire use okay. Tested in PSCS2-5.5, English & German; PSE 6-9.

ACTION: Blurb Double-Page Toolkit

Convert 24×12 layouts to a Blurb-ready double-page layout. One version adjusts the entire spread (CS only); the other adjusts the left and right sides separately (CS and PSE). Small and Large Square sizes. Page templates included.

In addition, you get Photoshop PSD/TIF layered templates for their premium and standard covers.

INCLUDES:
Small Square Double-Page Resize Action (entire spread) CS Only
Large Square Double-Page Resize Action (entire spread) CS Only
Small Square Double-Page Resize Action (separate sides)
Large Square Double-Page Resize Action (separate sides)
Page templates (PSD & TIF format)
Cover templates (premium and standard options)
Video Tutorial (mov/wmv format)

TESTED IN PSE6-10 and PSCS2-5.5 ONLY. (Actions may work in other versions, but they have not been tested.) Mac & PC Personal Use/Scrap-4-Hire only.

(Specs taken from Blurb’s website. Photobooks not included.)

TOOLKIT: Blurb

Everything you need to add bleed for Blurb’s Large Square and Small Square Photobooks. You get the resize actions and templates for the left and right side pages. (Blurb has extra margin built into the spine side of the page.) In addition, you get Photoshop PSD/TIF layered templates for their premium and standard covers.

INCLUDES:
Small Square Left Page Resize Action
Small Square Right Page Resize Action
Large Square Left Page Resize Action
Large Square Right Page Resize Action
Page templates (PSD & TIF format)
Cover templates (premium and standard options)
Video Tutorial (mov/wmv format)

TESTED IN PSE6-10 and PSCS2-5.5 ONLY. (Actions may work in other versions, but they have not been tested.) Mac & PC Personal Use/Scrap-4-Hire only.
(Specs taken from Blurb’s website. Photobooks not included.)

Special thanks to the Studio Girls for use of “Twilight Brew” in the video tutorial.

Action: Scrap It Album 1

Scrap a complete photobook album quickly with this complete set of actions! Use any kits and photos you want. Just like my other Scrap It actions, this set will lead you through making each page, step by step. There are 20 page actions and 3 alternate designs. In addition, you get a cover and back cover actions, add 2- and add 4- element actions, resize and crop actions, save jpg with and without sharpen actions. Video Tutorial, PDF Tutorial, and Supply Cheat Sheet also included. You can scrap an entire album as simply or as embellished as you want. Just prepare your photos and get started!

Plus, most actions allow for a lot of flexibility. Move things around as the action runs in some cases. Or, make adjustments later. All layers are left intact!

Lovely Miss Kait said, “Thank you for the action. I wouldn’t have made this album if it hadn’t been for you. Not this quick anyway.”

INCLUDES:
18 different layout actions
Add 2- and Add 4- Element actions
Resize and Crop actions
Rasterize Action
Save JPG (w/ and w/o sharpen) actions
18 Layered PSD/TIF templates
Video Tutorial
PDF Tutorial
Supply Cheat Sheet
Installing Actions Tutorial

This action set is for personal and S4H use only. Photographer use is permitted under the S4H license. Create stunning albums for your client quickly.

Tested in PSE6-9, PSCS2-5. Kit not included. (Special thanks to the Studio Girls for use of “I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside” and to LovelyMissKait for her sample pages.)

Toolkit: Shutterfly 8×11

A while back, Shutterfly changed their 8×11 (Classic) book size to add more bleed. I finally found time to update my toolkit and it’s been re-released. It’s on sale for one week for just $2 to allow anyone who wants to upgrade to get it at the special pricing. There is just one caveat. And that is Shutterfly cannot tell me how the changes affect their “peek-a-boo” window for this book size. I did my best and added the extra bleed the same way I did it on the other pages. However, please know that this is my best guess and not official. I do not claim it is accurate. It’s always a good idea to take special care looking at your proofs when creating your books. And, if possible, leave some extra room in your design for any discrepancies.

If you have any questions, let me know! Here’s what’s included in the 8×11 Toolkit:

Version 2b: NEWLY UPDATED 09-11. This 8×11 size book was changed by Shutterlfy in 06-11. This download includes new 8×11 templates. (See note on Peek-a-boo template below.)
Version 2.0: NEWLY UPDATED 10-09 TO INCLUDE NEW HARDCOVER OPTION.

These innovative products by Wendyzine Scraps have been designed to help you design and prepare your 8×11 (formerly Classic) Shutterfly Photo Books according to Shutterfly’s specificatons.

INCLUDES:
Blank layered 11×8.5 page templates in PSD and TIF format
Blank layered template for new hardcover option in PSD and TIF format
8×11 (Classic) Action for resizing your 11×8.5 layered Photoshop file to Shutterfly’s specs
Square Action for placing square layouts onto a Classic photo book page, with credits or journaling
Peek-a-boo template (shows through optional Die Cut Window) in PSD and TIF format (NOTE: This template is my best guess. Shutterfly could not supply the actual specs. “As for the die cut cover specs, we do not have those at this time. Our All New Custom Path is a new product for us and we are working on focusing the slight variations that may occur with our new method to be sure that your image would appear in the window of the book cover.”)

NOTE: These products have been tested on PSCS2-5, PSE6-9. This product is available in a Personal/Scrap-4-Hire Use version as well as a Professional/Designer Use version. If you purchase the Professional/Designer Use version, you may use these items in the creation of products you sell. You may NOT sell this product AS IS, or as a kit containing only these items. A Professional/Designer Use TOU will be emailed to you, so be sure your profile is up to date.

PHOTOBOOK NOT INCLUDED, BUT CAN BE ORDERED FROM SHUTTERFLY.COM.

 

Shutterfly’s New Photobook Interface

 

Shutterfly recently changed it’s Photobook software interface. How does the new “All NEW Custom Path” affect digital scrapbookers? I put together a little video that shows exactly how you can use the new interface to drag and drop your digital scrapbooking layouts. If you’ve used the new interface and have tips to share, leave them in the comments. We’d love to hear them! I might even hand out some prizes for extra helpful tips!

QUICK NOTE: I emailed Shutterfly to request specifications for the 8×11 peek-a-boo page (the page that shows through the optional die cut window). Here’s their response. “As for the die cut cover specs, we do not have those at this time. Our All New Custom Path is a new product for us and we are working on focusing the slight variations that may occur with our new method to be sure that your image would appear in the window of the book cover.” I’ve adjusted my peek-a-boo pages to add additional bleed per their regular page specs; however, it is my best guess and not an official measurement.

 

Click the link below to download videos in Mac and PC format.

NOTE: Video had been updated again as of 6/28/11 to reflect the method suggested on the Shutterfly blog.