To be perfectly honest, everyone who knows me knows how much I love Shutterfly. I made my first book four years ago and haven’t looked back since. I honestly can’t imagine slipping photos into a scrapbook; Shutterfly’s photo books make pictures look professional, and the layouts are way better than anything I could come up with. And they’re super easy to make.
Then I discovered photo cards, and my life changed. Previously I’d spent HOURS shoving holiday snaps into cards I’d buy at Target or Hallmark, wherever. The year my daughter was born changed that. We were in Washington with my family for Thanksgiving when I snapped that unbelievably cute picture above, and I knew instantly it would go on our cards for that year.
I used one of Shutterfly’s holiday cards and got tons of compliments. (Tons.) I’ve used their other cards for Valentine’s Day and just this morning got a thank you note from a friend on Shutterfly stationary (which I didn’t even know they had – wish list!).
But it’s really the photo books that keep me coming back for more. Two years ago my Gonzo husband and I went to Italy, and I had this idea of doing a simple book based on layouts I’d see in magazines – lots of pictures, cropped tight and cut small; fast sentences with a journalistic slant, that kind of thing. You can also let their program design the page layouts for you – how easy is that?!
Full disclosure: I’m getting 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly for this post, and I love it! My first paid promotion, as it were.