I was recently invited to participate in Snapfish’s “Your Creative Lens on Life” holiday campaign. I thought this may be the perfect solution for me and my files of photos so I was thrilled to be involved.
I also asked you to help me design a book. There were 10 bloggers participating in this campaign. The readers on each blog helped design a book. The 10 books will all be judged and a winning book will be chosen. The first 100 readers to comment on the design of winning blogs book will each get a $100 gift card credit from Snapfish! We are still waiting to hear who the winner is.
For the photo book, you can design a book online using your photos. You can do it all yourself if you have the time or, the part I liked, you can have Snapfish do it for you! So as part of the campaign, I had Snapfish do the design work for me.
You all had some terrific ideas on what to do for the photo book. I especially loved the idea from Nicole. She said: I am planning on making art books for each of my kids. Instead of saving all the paper that comes just scan each piece and add to a photo book for their own coffee table art books.
This was my favorite idea but with it being the Christmas season, I just didn’t have the time right now to scan in all of my kiddos stuff. So I went with the idea from Chalet who said: I just made a book of a trip that we took to Disneyland. With over 250 photos, it is a simple way to preserve those memories. And my daughter loves looking through it!
I had a file of photos hanging out on my computer from a Disneyland/Knott’s Berry Farm trip we took in 2006! So I uploaded the photos and selected the photo book I wanted. I selected an 8 x11 Classic photo book that starts at $24.99 and used their Modern Medley theme. That theme had 13 different backgrounds that included red, green, aqua and brown colors. I also chose the black linen cover.
Now this is the point where I handed off the design to Snapfish. It is $10 for their photo selection service. I sent them a bunch of photos and they picked the best ones to go in the book. Then it was $20 for them to design the book for me. I send off the stuff and they said they would have it ready for me to review in 3 business days.
Sure enough the book was ready for me to look at by the 3 days as stated. I looked it over and loved what they did. They even organized my jumbled mess of photos into the correct groupings too. All the things that were taken on one day where all grouped together in the book. It was like magic. I did even changed they way they did it. Only thing I added was some text. That was so easy.
Then I sent back the changes to Snapfish, they made them and sent it to me one more time for approval. It was ready to order. I had enough credit from Sanpfish that I could do another book so I decided to quickly throw one together of my daughter the year she was 4 based on the idea from Justin who said: My photobook design idea is to create a photobook for each year.
I went for the 8 x 11 book again and chose a purple linen cover. Then I found a cute Disney Princess theme. I went through page by page in the book adding the photos I wanted. I added some text too. It probably took me about an hour to lay it all out and it was ready to order. Now I just have to wait for both of the books to arrive in the mail. It was so easy.
Tonight I am also participating in a GNO Twitter party with Mom It Forward and Snapfish. We will be talking holiday photos and photo resolutions just in time to take those holiday photos! The party is tonight Tuesday, December 20 from 9 -11p.m. ET (8CT, 7MT, 6PT). There will also be a giveaway with the party! Stop by if you can and tell me Hi, it should be fun.