Have you heard of Snapfish? I thought it was time to review one of my favorite products that I have been using since 2006. Using Picasa as my primary photo editor, I can easily download photos into my Snapfish account to organize albums, order prints, create a range of photo-inspired items, and share photo book drafts to be previewed by clients prior to placing their order. Using Snapfish, I’ve created 15 photo books to date. As I am not a scrapbook hobbyist, Snapfish is a wonderful option.
I also have made several gift books featuring some of my favorite photos. The most recent gift book is pictured below and entitled, My Book of Colors. I gave this to expectant parents last week, knowing that they were hoping for books for their little one. As an amateur photographer, I have an extensive digital photo collection from which I selected photos of objects, animals, flowers, food, and scenery. I introduced the concept of colors with a photo of a rainbow followed by a page each for yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, white, gray, brown, and black. There were additional pages with several colors represented, encouraging the young reader to find the colors and name their favorites. It is my hope that as the child grows and experiences his or her surroundings, they will be more apt to look for colors in the world around them.
I’ve made travel books such as, Scotland: 2010, a 120-page book of our two-week trip to Scotland pictured below. Because it was a heritage tour of my Scottish roots, I also included excerpts of my great-grandfather’s journal as well as scanned photos of past generations. One of my sister’s ordered a copy as well, thanks to the option of keeping a saved copy under my Snapfish account.
For a trip to Maine with friends, I made a travel book for them and us as a souvenir. Surprising people out of the blue gives me great enjoyment, such as the 50th birthday book for my sister! When an aunt passed away, I designed an “In Memorium” book for the family, which also featured old family photos that I scanned. In the back of the book, I included photos from the memorial folder, the service, and the gathering afterwards.
Snapfish is my go-to for invitations, Christmas cards, and souvenir calendars. I use it to order prints and enlargements, requesting the option to use my local Walgreen’s for processing. While I am very pleased with Snapfish, I’d be up for giving another company a try to explore the possibilities. In the meantime, you may want to check out the features of Snapfish at www.snapfish.com.
What type of print-on-demand, on-line service do you use for creating photo books? I’d appreciate any suggestions that you might have.