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Finishing up your 365 book

So, many of us now have 2010 365 books that are just about ready for printing.  Hurray!  We’ll be helping you to celebrate this accomplishment by giving you some freebies at the end of this post.

First, though, let’s talk about some finishing touches for the front and back of your books.

There are all sorts of pages you might want to include as front matter and back matter inside your books.  Here are some ideas.

Introductory title page. Introduce yourself, your project, and your motivation for creating this book.  Explain to your readers that you really did take a photo every day for a whole year.  Indicate your motivation for creating this project by including some wordart with phrases and ideas that inspired you. Don’t forget to put your name all over it!  This is an amazing project that you should be proud to claim.

Colophon. Credit your technology and your design.  Give information about how you made this book.   Friends and family members who will want to read this might not know what “digiscrapping” is.   It can be useful and interesting to explain what what kind of camera you used to take your photos, what kind of computer program you used to make your pages, and where you got your digital materials.

Table of Contents Give your readers the key to how the book is organized.

Summary: point out the most important things that happened through the year.  Outline useful information or recap the major events and trends.  Give your reader the big picture of the year.  Set your 365 individual photos in context.

Conclusion: Wrap up your project and give it some closure.  Here’s a place to record your parting thoughts about accomplishing this project.  Let your emotions about the project linger and resonate a bit.

Combine any of the above. A wonderful variety of pages can come out of making a hybrid of the ideas listed above.

For example, the first page of my book cover this year is a combination of a title page and a colophon. I title my project, give my name, and credit Gina’s Sweet and Simple LIFE collection as the materials I used throughout the book.

You may have seen the fantastic summary page our friend Carol has made.   She created a LO  with facts and figures and top ten lists and all sorts of other great information that will help put 2010 in context when her book gets read in the future.  Check this out!

A photo page can also make for a great summary.  I just love what LynnZant did on this page (click on the image to take a better look)

For the back cover of the 365 book I made last year, I summarized where we were all year by listing our location for each day.  We were studying abroad and I wanted to highlight that travelling was an extra special part of our year that year.

This year, for the back cover of my book, I made a monthly summary by framing a special photo from each month.

I’m going to share a QP of this page with you today.  I hope you like it! The download link is HERE.

It’s really your lucky day today, Weedsters!  As a treat, Carol is also sharing her summary page with you.  It’s a .pdf so you can customize it to your interests and region– she figures that you might not care as much about the Iowa Hawkeyes scores for the year or the governor of Washington state is as much as she does.   The download link is HERE or you can click on this image.  Enjoy!

Want to see more ideas?  Check out what Weedsters did to finish up their 2009 books by clicking on THIS 2009 THREAD. And I’m sure that can speak for everyone by saying that we would LOVE to see your introductory and conclusion pages– you can share them in in THIS NEW THREAD for 2010 books.

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