Sample Project | Skillshare Projects

Caleb Sylvest

Designer, Developer, Maker of Things



Sample Project

Well, if you watched the videos then you know just about everything about my book already. But when making my book I decided to feature my Instagram photos from my Alaska trip.

A year ago, in August 2014, I went on an Alaskan cruise with my wife and her family. We flew into Vancouver and boarded a cruise ship that sailed up the coast of Alaska making several stops along the way. It was very relaxing, and I highly suggest visiting Alaska and traveling by cruise ship because it makes getting from city to city very easy.

I'm not a super great photographer but have been working on my skills in the past year. I shoot with my iPhone 4S because it's always on me, and you can get surprisingly great photos with a mobile device.

I selected 10 of my favorite photos and printed them at 4" x 4". The photo quality was a bit disappointing as I printed them at Walgreens and while you can get quick prints in a pinch, you don't get great prints.

Book Sizes:

  • Photos: 4" x 4"
  • Page: 7" x 8" (1/2" spacing on left, top, and right of the photo)
  • Textblock strips: 21 3/4" x 8" (that's 3 pages per strip with a 3/4" tab)
  • Cover: 7 1/4" x 8 1/4" (this leaves a 1/8" overhang around the textblock)
  • Cover paper: the same size as the Cover, but with 3/4" tabs added


  • I used a laid paper that came in super large sheets for the textblock. Check the last photo below and you can see the ridges in the backlit paper.
  • Chipboard for my book covers.
  • A chevron pattern natural paper for the cover paper.
  • PVA glue from Hollander's
  • Awesome Instagram photos!






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