Raise your hand if you are one of those people out there who love to spend time sending in your digital photos, receiving them via mail or your local printing shop, and then coming home only to have to label them, and then spend even more time placing them in a photo album!? This is excruciating torture for me. I’m terrible at it. In fact, I do a good job if I get them printed at all. Currently, I have two drawers full of printed pictures with no permanent home. With my snail-slow internet speed, it takes hours to get them all sent in, not to mention all of the after-print work. Isn’t there an easier way we can do this? Yes. There is. It’s called a Photo Book.
For those of you out there who do not know what a photo book is, here is a brief explanation: a photo book is a book that you customize using your photos. While it does eliminate the the post-production work, it does add a little extra time during the pre-printing stage. For me, it cuts the work down because of many reasons: it comes in a cute little binding that you’ve chosen and customized, you type the captions in while you’re in the design mode, and you can choose a cutesy color-coordinated theme, kind of like a little scrapbook! Best of all, most hardcover books are printed with a spine label. Another plus for me is that I find myself being a little more picky about what I actually print, because I can store those unprinted, not-so-great photos on a disc and look at them again anytime I want.
Pricing isn’t cheap, but I wait for specials, so I usually don’t pay full-price, and they usually cost less for me to design and order a book that to print all of the pictures. I’m thinking that for all future picture orders, I will use this method, unless it is a print that I specifically plan to print. I just received one yesterday that I paid a total of $6.00 for! I only had to pay shipping! And it’s 20 pages long…I’m so excited about it!!
I have a friend who does a book at the end of each year. It takes a lot of time, but it’s the coolest project by the end, and she’s probably put less time into it than she would have if she did it the “old-fashioned” way.
Does this sound like a fun, organization project you might like to try? It’s easier than it sounds, so don’t be intimidated by the technology part, just follow the directions. There are tons of sites out there to try, but my favorite of the moment is Shutterfly, who is offering 30% savings right now. I might try a couple of others, based on specials. Picaboo has a couple of great specials right now: a free photo book for new members with a special code (1FBLGB-7W), and a buy one, get one free through 9/28.
I think this will be just one more wonderful step to my newly organized life!