I have become a bit addicted to photobooks. It is like scrapbooking for the modern age and sure beats showing people photos on your laptop (boring!). I've been creating photobooks for our new twins - I'm determined to do a better job than I did for our eldest! She doesn't have a finished baby book yet (and she's 11!)
There are four services I've used for photobooks. I shop around based on price and coupons!
Fairly easy to use interface. Checkout does not work on safari so use Chrome if you're a mac person (like me!) Until March 23, 2015 use the code 1FREEBOOK and get an 8x8 20 page phonebook for $8! Keep an eye on your Safeway catalinas as they often print free coupons for a free phonebook from shutterfly. You can often also get free photobook coupons from the diaper companies (pampers etc) if you sign up for their info, target, motherhood maternity - keep an eye out! The best thing is that the projects don't seem to expire.
They often have groupons! Worth keeping an eye out for these as long as you use them before they expire. There is nothing worse than expired groupons - the credit for what you paid is usually not enough to do anything. The projects only save for 30 days and this has been a problem as it is amazing how fast 30 days go by when you have twins to look after!
This is probably my least favorite interface but they have good coupons from time to time. I find the interface crashes a lot on Mac but if I can find a deal I'll suffer through it.
Apple iPhoto has its own integrated service but it is very pricey and I've never seen a coupon for it. The books are nice quality though and it is easy to layout if you're used to iPhoto! Apple did drop their prices a year or so ago, so if you haven't checked out the service recently, it is worth reviewing again. An 8.5x11 with 20 gorgeous pages (bled to the edge if you so choose) is only $29.99 hardcover and 19.99 softcover, which compares pretty well to the other services above.
What photobook services do you use?
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