Archive for the ‘making books’ category

Free Image Processing Software

January 11th, 2011

If you’re putting children’s pictures in your personalized books, often you will need to crop a picture before making the book.  Since the pictures go inside a picture frame, the child’s picture needs to have the same aspect ratio as the frame – otherwise the picture may appear to be stretched or squashed.  All it takes is a photo editing program that will let you crop a picture and save it in the correct proportion.  There are many software programs you could use for this.  Fortunately, there is a very good free download called Serif Photo Plus.  You can download it at

Staples versus binding machine for personalized books

January 25th, 2010

Personalized books can be bound several ways. Two popular ways involve either heavy-duty staples or a binding machine. Both methods produce a solidly-bound book. My opinion is that a binding machine that costs $125 or more is an unnecessary expense, plus it is a large item that is not convenient to carry when making books on location.

A heavy-duty stapler can be purchased at any office supply store for under $30 and it takes up very little space.