Sometimes I receive invitations to review products. Usually I politely decline. But when Snapfish asked if I would test their 11 x 14 lay flat book, I said,”Sure!” I’ve been thinking about putting some of my photos into a photo book. It seemed like the right thing at the right time. I also know some of you might be interested in preserving memories of people and projects in a book form.Photo books are a great way to create a hard copy of your photos. Whether you want to keep a record of your completed creative endeavors or memorable family vacation, a photo book gives you the satisfaction of something tangible to flip through, refer to and marvel at. I chose to put together photos of some of my quilted projects for my mother. She doesn’t use a computer and I don’t print my photos. Now she’ll have a brag book–a fancy one at that.
Having completed the 11 x14 book, I couldn’t resist a small 5 x 7 book filled with pictures of Stinka and Petey to give our neighbors. We get so much enjoyment out of those two cats, the least we can do is give their owners a photo book of what they get up to on this side of the fence. Although to be honest, none of them are action shots. Lots of laying about, but then you knew that already.
Here’s what I like about the process at Snapfish:
- Easy to use format–very user friendly
- Options for adding text
- Variety of layout choices for pages
And here’s what I would advise you to do before sitting down to put your own photo book together:
Go through your photos and select the images you want before you start adding them to a book. It will go much more quickly. Or if you have all the photos in Flickr, use the Flickr option.
I think the 5 x 7 size is perfect for cataloging. The size is more reasonably priced and convenient for viewing as well as storing. And I won’t lie, it’s fun to see your stuff in book form, even if it’s only a photo book.