A.F. asks from Utica, MI on September 29, 2008
Using Online Scrapbooking Sites
I'm hopelessly uncreative and not "crafy" at all, but I'd still like to make my kids a "baby book". Has anyone used online scrapbook sites like Blurb.com or shutterfly? I'm not looking to spend tons, but I'm reasonably good w/ computer stuff, so maybe this will work? Has anyone ordered products from any sites like this and had good or bad results?? I want to photo quality be good...
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J.D. answers from Saginaw on September 30, 2008
I used snapfish to make my daughter's 1-year book. I liked it and the quality was good, but for the 12x12 size book, Shutterfly had a better selection of background papers. My friend that is a professional photographer uses mypublisher.com and has gorgous photo books. They really aren't that much more expensive than snapfish.
M.B. answers from Detroit on September 30, 2008
My daughter-in-law has made me 2 books from shutterfly I absolutely love them!!!! I keep them out and look at them all the time.
L.W. answers from Lansing on September 29, 2008
My hubby's aunt made memory books for my children after a trip they took to Florida while I was in the hospital w/our DD#2. They turned out really well. They were bound, printed, and really nice. She got to decide how and where to place photos, what captions to insert, what borders/etc to use, etc. I don't think they were all that expensive. She used shutterfly.com and I was considering using it to make some books too. HTH
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L.K. answers from Detroit on September 30, 2008
Just to give a couple sites no one else mentioned...
Picaboo.com & Scrapbookflair.com are other options. Scrapbook Flair has tons of awesome backgrounds available. I hope you find one that you'll absolutely love!
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E.M. answers from Detroit on September 30, 2008
Many of the sites for scrapbooking are simple - snapfish, shuterfly, etc. The biggest difference between those and say Heritage Makers and Creative Memories is quality. They make a good book if you are looking for inexpensive books. I say this from experience. I made my son's baby book on snapfish and it is nice - but not great. I later discovered Heritage Makers and made a book and the quality is excellent. I will be honest they are a bit more expensive, but the quality is hands down the best. No software to download or purchase. Just go to the site and sign up, and make your book. I loved it so much I became a consultant.
I will say though if you have a tight budget snapfish, etc will be your best bet. Good books, just not as high quality.
One thing to keep in mind - find out if you have to pay per page - at $4 a page it can get costly. Some sites are by page and not by book.
Good luck and most of all have fun sharing your story!
S.B. answers from Detroit on September 30, 2008
I have used My Publisher, Kodak and Snapfish. Currently, I like Snapfish for a couple of reasons...it's so easy and it tells you if the quality of your photo will work in the space you are placing the photo. Secondly, I have also been able to get some books for just the shippng cost through mycokerewards.com. Here's how I have done it, I save the caps from sodas, fridge packs and Poweraid Drinks which have a point value and then I redeem them for the Snapfish Book vouchers online. I think I have about four or so that I have done that way. I have found that it is really easy for me to do. I have made them as gifts - - perfect end of the year gift for a teacher!
M.W. answers from Kalamazoo on September 30, 2008
My sister is a shutterfly and snapfish addict. :) She's made tons of books this way and says the sites are very easy to navigate through. I don't like these sites as I don't want to take the time for it to load each time I want to work on the book, so I've used a few downloadable programs instead. I like blurb the best so far, as it has more layout options. I'm still looking for one that I can create my own template instead of using theirs...but that may not be an option for a while. :) They're very easy and user friendly. We printed my pregnancy journal this way and it has been so nice as a coffee table book. I"m currently working on books for the grand and great grandparents for Christmas presents.
K.O. answers from Grand Rapids on September 30, 2008
Scrapblog is a great site too. They even have "stickers" and neat tricks you can do. I think it has an affiliate that you can print your pages too.
D.H. answers from Detroit on September 30, 2008
I had taken some very old family pictures that I had, scanned them and uploaded them to Kodakgallery.com. I then made a photo book with some of my favorites and it turned out beautiful! It's a great way for me to be able to keep the photos out and share with visitors without worrying about the originals being destroyed. I don't know about the other sites, but Kodak turned out great.
L.J. answers from Grand Rapids on September 30, 2008
I haven't tried any of these sites yet, but here are a few online scrapbooking sites that were mentioned in Parents magazine. I think they're all free or relatively inexpensive.