Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WFMW: Preserving Memories with Photo Books

I have always loved photos for preserving and sharing memories.  When I was a teenager, I organized over ten years of my family's photos, and I was very into scrapbooking as a hobby.  Then I had kids.

When you have three children and your oldest is 4-1/2 and you still haven't finished her first year album, you know that it's time to make a change!  I have come to realize that for me, scrapbooking is no longer a viable hobby.  It can be very expensive and time-consuming, and, although I enjoyed the creativity, I'd rather have current and past photos of my children available to enjoy.

That's why lately I have turned to photos books.  I have now created several digital photo books from a few different sites, and I have been very pleased with the results.  While you probably could spend several hours creating a book, I have spent no more than an hour on each.  I usually use the option where the site fills in the photos for me, and then I can move them and edit if necessary. 

The photo books are attractive and sleek, and they can range from pocket sized to large and hardcover.  I can include any number of photos and text I wish.  Best of all, it is easy to find deals on them!

Even if you pick one photo-sharing site to use and one size book to have uniform albums, you can regularly find deals around 30% off.  To save even more, you can do what I do: I'll jump on the best deals, even if all my albums will be different sizes and shapes.  You can find deals for free books (for only the price of shipping) on a semi-regular basis on the money-saving blogs.
Here are some deals that I see today:

Buy one,Get Two: Buy a 12x12 Photo book receive a free 5x7 & 2x3 Mini Book Code: B1G2PB Exp: 2/01
Free Shipping on Photobooks plus 75 Free Prints Code:FSCPFP 1/1-1/31
Save 15-30% on Photobooks
50% Off All Photobooks! Hurry, this is a limited time offer! Order today, receive in as few as 3 days.
Clark Color:
After Holiday Clearance! 40% off anything! Includes prints! Enter Code: RINGIN2011 at check out. S&H not included. Exp. 2011-01-31

In this age of digital photos, I like to make sure that I always have at least some physical photos of my family to enjoy together.

How do you handle creating photo albums?  Have you used photo books?

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