Answers to all your questions about how to create a photo book of family memories

Frequently Asked Questions


How long will it take to complete my photo book?

On our Contact Us form please indicate the approximate number of pictures, any deadlines you have, and what book style you think you would like.  We will give your an estimate.  Once we receive your data, review your pictures  and determine any editing needs we will be able to give you a completion estimate.  Most books of 50 pages or less take a week to complete the first draft.  Revisions can usually be made within a day.

How does text get added to my pages?

If you have lots of text (perhaps information on your travels for your travel book) please indicate this in the Comments Section of our Contact Us page.  Text can be sent separately via e-mail with an indication of where it should be placed (first page, last page, at the start of pictures for that particular city etc.).  When doing the layout we will work with you regarding the placement of text or captions, and changes are fairly easy to make.

Why are there editing costs?

The first hour of editing is included in the basic design cost.  Most pictures benefit from a colour touch up or cropping.  Photo books are only as good as the pictures used to create them.  Some pictures may require editing to be included successfully.  Not all pictures can be used as a full page photo (depending on the resolution and sharpness of the picture).  We will do everything possible to ensure that your best pictures are selected and that they are edited to look their best.

What if I am not satisfied with the design of my photo book?

At Out of the Shoebox we are committed to customer satisfaction.  We want to involve you in the design process and wherever possible we will get input from you.  You will be given online samples of pages as they are designed to ensure that what we are creating meets your needs.  Once your first draft is completed you will be sent a virtual copy to view and together we will work on your changes until you are completely satisfied with your finished design.

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About the Books

There are many styles and designs to choose from ranging from 5x7, 7x9, 8x8, 8x11 and 12x12. Most books sizes are available in soft cover, hard cover, fabric (suede, satin, cloth) or leather. The minimum book size is 20 pages (10 double sided pages). The maximum book size is 100 pages


Once your virtual photo book is finalized and you are satisfied with the design you will be directed to the Shutterfly website to order the printed copy of your photo book.
Please click on our Shutterfly link for more information on their photo book products and ordering instructions


Q: How long will it take you to complete my photo book?

A: On our Contact Us form please indicate the approximate number of pictures, any deadlines you have, and what book style you think you would like. We will give you an estimate