If you’ve ever made a photobook with Shutterfly then you know it’s super fun, quick and easy. If you haven’t, now is your chance! I received this wonderful opportunity to make one for myself and then give you the same chance! While I received this free of charge, all opinions are my own. This DIY photobook only takes moments to make!
DIY Photobook using Free App from Shutterfly
What you need:
- iPad 2 or above OR iPad Mini with iOS6 installed
- Super fun photos
- You can upload DIRECTLY from your social media accounts in seconds!
- Or, import your own from your computer
What to do:
Capture your life’s favorite moments and share from anywhere at any time! If you’ve already got all your photos, you don’t even need an internet connection. You can design your book from the bench while your kids play at the park. You can even use voice recordings in your photo story! The actual book you receive has a QR code in it and links to the online book and the recordings. This online version can be shared easily via email or social media.
My kids love looking at our photobook every time they come across it. Chesney said to me, “Wow, mom, we’ve really had a lot of fun in the last couple years.”
Get Those Pics Off of Your Phone
I think it’s great for kids to have that chance to reflect and appreciate all the opportunities and events they’ve been given. It’s so easy for them to forget and complain that they never get to do ANYTHING. Now they are less likely to take these memories for granted because they are right on our coffee table! I know for me, since digital photos took over, I rarely get actual prints anymore. As a result, some of our best memories are out of sight–out of mind. I forgot how nice it is to have them within physical reach.
I used photos from Facebook and Instagram and I was concerned that their resolution would be too low for printing, especially the ones that I used to take up the whole page… but to my surprise all the pictures look great!
These days, it’s common to share all our images on social media and then call it a day. What about Grandma and Grandpa who don’t have a Facebook account? It’s important to show them the pictures, as well. A photobook is an excellent way to share your latest family vacation with everyone in the family.
It’s time to stop leaving digital pics in our phones. Make beautiful photobooks to keep on your coffee table. One day, you will appreciate having physical books to flip through as you sit on your comfy couch. It’s a more intimate experience to sit next to someone and page through a book than to swipe on a device.
As you check items off your bucket list, be sure to capture those moments. Create a photobook for each adventure to basically catalog your life!
Another alternative to online photo books is Mixbook. Check them out for your photo needs, as well.
Do you like to make photobooks with your digital images?
Friday 10th of January 2014
I make these all the time! Great gifts
Monday 16th of December 2013
I like what you showed of your photobook. You make it seem so simple that I feel like I could do this.