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Understanding Storybook Templates

March 26, 2016

We often get the question, why do storybook templates have page one on the right side and not on the left to create a spread? Today, we’re going to explain a few things about storybook templates that we hope will help you as you create your storybooks, specifically the blank page and Copyright page you see in the Manage Pages section of Studio.

Manage Pages in Studio

When you are in Studio, on the right side of your workspace/screen, you’ll see a grey strip that contains thumbnail views of the template’s pages. It starts with the cover and shows every page through the copyright page. If you click on Manage Pages, it brings up a window that shows all the pages in your storybook, which allows you to add, move, copy, and delete pages.

Manage Pages Strip in Studio

This image shows the top portion of the Manage Pages section. You’ll see BC (back cover) and FC (front cover) are first, then a blank spot and the first page, which is on the right. Many people wonder why you can’t start with a two page spread. So I want you to think about a book that you buy from a store. When you open it, what is on the inside cover? Usually nothing, unless it is a paperback, which doesn’t count in this situation :). The first page of the book is on the right side. And often, there is a blank page, that is not the inside cover, before you get to the first page with print on it. That’s the same with storybooks. We do not print on the inside of the cover and we have a liner page at the beginning and end of books, as well as a vellum piece and then the first page of the book.


As you can see in this Disney book, on the left is the cover, then a blank black page, and then the vellum page with the first page of photos starting on the right. One other note, you get to choose whether the inside cover is black or white, so if you look at your storybook, you may find a white page, then the vellum page if you selected white for the inside cover.

Copyright page in storybooks

While we’re talking about pages in storybooks, have you noticed the information on the Copyright page? This page is very helpful and also a great advertising tool. It includes the Heritage Makers logo, but the really powerful items are below that logo.

Copyright page closeup

First, you’ll notice a website. That website can be customized to your Heritage Makers website through My Studio under My Business and Edit Website. Whatever you have in the Project Website field is what is printed on the Copyright page. This way when people look at storybooks you make, they’ll see your website and know where to go to get signed up.

Project Website

Second, there’s a number below the website. That number is the project number, which if you ever want to print this project again or you have any problems that need to be resolved, you’ll need the project ID. This number is automatically replaced with the actual project ID when you finalize the storybook.

I hope this information helps you as you work on your next storybook, as well as when you explain these options to people as you help them create their own storybooks.

Have fun creating!

– StacyC