Thursday, April 8, 2010

Photo Books for Mother's Day

It's that time of year when you can make a photo book for a Mother's Day gift! There are several deals and discounts to encourage you to take on this project. Kodak Gallery is offering 40% OFF Autofill Photo Books with coupon code: MOMBOOK (expires 4/13). They're also offering 25% OFF with $25 purchase - coupon code: LOVE4MOM.

Personal note: I know from experience that moms really love to receive a photo book. I'm so glad I gave my mom a photo book when I did and didn't put it off until later.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Free Photo Book from Walgreens

For those of you who are on Facebook, you can get a FREE 5x7 photo book from if you become a Walgreens fan on Facebook by October 2nd.  You'll need to pay a small shipping fee, but it's still a great price.  What a perfect way to enjoy the photos you took on that last vacation during the summer!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How Much Time is Needed to Create a Photo Book?

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I often get asked how long it takes to make a photo book.  It's hard for me to answer that question.  When I get involved in a photo book project, it becomes an engrossing labor of love for me and I end up staying up late at night working on it.  I'm so energized that the time flies by.  I also slip into being a bit of a perfectionist and I check and double check and triple check a book before I order it.  I'm probably not a typical example of how long it really takes to make a photo book.

In a recent issue of Digital Scrapbooking, an article discusses how to make fast photo albums.  One example the article describes is a dad who is not a scrapbooker and had never made a photo book before. He made a 12x12 book with 20 pages in just 7.5 hours on Shutterfly.  The breakdown of his time was 2 hours for selecting photos, 1.5 hours for uploading photos, 2 hours for placing and cropping photos, and 2 hours for journaling.  He found that Shutterfly's drag-and-drop photo templates were easy to use for a novice.

The nice thing about making photo books is that you don't need a 7.5 hour stretch of uninterrupted time to make one.  If that was required, I would never finish any photo books.  All it takes is logging onto a computer for several short periods of time.  In just 15 minutes, you can get a few pages done.  I managed to make an 85 page photo book in 1 week.  I worked on my photo book for 15 or 30 minute segments all throughout the week.  I used less time uploading photos (I set my computer to upload overnight) and I didn't do a lot of journaling.  It's surprising how quickly you can make a photo book, which is great for those of us who don't have a lot of time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Get Free Prints AND Share All the End of School Year Photos

It's the end of the school year (I can't believe it's here already!) and it's a great time to collect all the great photos from the past year. Here's an easy and free way to combine everybody's photos from all the field trips, class parties, and performances and make them available: set up a share site at Shutterfly. I found it was easier than setting up a Facebook page. After you set it up, let the other parents know about it and they can upload their photos to it. Before you know it, you'll have a complete set of the year's photos and any of you can download your favorites to your computer or to your Shutterfly account. Right now, Shutterfly is offering a deal where you get free prints for creating a new Share site, for adding photos to a share site, or for adding a photo book to a share site. Enjoy the memories!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Great Time to Buy Cameras and Media Cards

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It is amazing how inexpensive digital cameras and media cards have been getting! Since I'm enjoying taking more short movies with my small, point and shoot digital camera that is always in my purse, I'm finding it would be nice to have a media card that can hold more.

I found an 8 gig media card that's selling for around 50% off right now.Transcend 8 GB SDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6

Here's a great little digital camera for a great price. It's perfect to tuck in your purse and always have with you.
Canon PowerShot SD1100IS 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Quickly Created Photo Book

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I only had an hour and a half to make a 20 page photo book before some great price discounts expired.  I already had the photos uploaded to Shutterfly.  I was motivated, focused and determined to make a birthday present for my daughter.  Here's the fastest photo book I've ever made -- not bad for ninety minutes of my time and a great price.

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