Project #2 Photo Books
I’ve tried several photo book companies over the past few years, and I’m going to recommend my favorite two companies at the end of this post. When using your Flip-Pal scanner for a book, you can create a folder full of photos or documents just for your special book project, and also add images you may have downloaded previously. Here are some fun examples of photo books I’ve created with scanned images.
Vacation Books: Scan
or download all your photos from a vacation 30 years ago, or one you took last
month. If you shared a vacation with
cousins or family, publishing an extra book is simple. If the vacation 20 years ago included
children who are now grown up with their own families, it would be fun to gift
one to the whole family to “remember when!”
|Scan and download photos, tickets, etc for vacation books|
Here is our trip to California last summer!
A Mother’s Book: This could also be a New Mother’s Book, or perhaps a Grandmother’s Book, or even a Godmother’s Book. In this case, I scanned images of all my mother’s maternal lineages, and also images of her as a young mother, and then her grandchildren. This book turned out so nice I made a version for my sister and for my mother-in-law, too. Someday I’ll make one for me!
|Every Father's Day we take a photo by the same tree|
This book for my husband contained 22 years of photos scanned together
|Some of my Blog Books|
Do you recognize the cover photo?
Genealogy Books: Most of these companies allow photos or PDF files to be used. If your genealogy program doesn’t export charts in PDF form, you can use one of the free online conversion websites such as www.zamzar.com or www.doc2pdf.net. These charts can be imported to books, just like photos, and text can be written or also exported from your genealogy program. I know that Family Tree Maker exports genealogy reports as text, you can check your favorite program for the same features.
There are many companies on the internet specializing in self published books and photo books. I’ve found that I prefer www.Blurb.com and www.Shutterfly.com Of these two companies, I prefer Blurb because the project is saved on a file at my own hard drive, and I can print whenever I’m ready. Other companies have you save the project at their own cloud on line, and have deadlines before erasing your project. I’ve been most happy with the quality of the paper and bindings at Blurb, too. However, Shutterfly often runs great specials and coupons. Blurb rarely has discounts.
|Step #1 Scan your favorite photos for your project and then|
download to your computer. You can edit the photos (repair spots, turn
them black and white, change ovals to rectangles, etc.) or leave as is.
|Step #2 This is the Blurb BookSmart software|
You upload your photos to BookSmart and they appear in the left column.
Drag and drop them into the pages on the right.
Add text (or in this case, it downloaded my blog posts)
All the companies have websites or downloadable software that requires you to download the photos chosen for your project. The blog books require you to enter your blog URL and then select the posts you want included in your book. Editing then includes moving the photos around in a pleasing way and adding text. Most of the software is simple to understand, but then again, I’ve only used a few of these companies listed below.
Cost ***** (very expensive, but some small paperbacks run under $10)
Difficulty *** (you need to be somewhat computer savvy)
Wow Factor ***** (the books look great, especially the larger format size!)
Caution! Be sure to order early, because printing slows down during holidays and you want your book by Christmas or Chanukah or Three Kings Day! During slow times your book can go into a queue and be ready in a week. During holidays such as Christmas or Mother’s Day, the queue can take several weeks from the day you submit your order. Start your projects soon, and get them into the printing queue!
Blurb is offering 15% off your total order on books ordered by 30 November 2011 with the promo code HOLIDAY at checkout. www.blurb.com Blog books, photo books, cookbooks, etc.
Shutterfly: check for coupons at the special offers page http://www.shutterfly.com/special-offers
LifePics : I learned about this option through the Flip-Pal website. www.lifepics.com offers printing of your photos and photo books at locations near you. Choose a location from the website, download your photos and pick up your project later. I saw that there was a location very near me at my local CVS store, but this location didn’t offer the book option. There was a second location at Ritz Camera in Derry that does offer books within an hour. Very cool!
Snapfish: check for special offers at this link http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/storepage/storePageId=Store_Offers_Page
My Publisher photo books has special offers at http://www.mypublisher.com/specialOffers
Lulu photo books, calendars, cookbooks, etc. at www.lulu.com
Blog2Print specializes in black and white books for blogs that are mainly text, starting at $10.95! Also colored books for blogs with photos, with easy to slurp applications for Blogger, TypePad and Wordpress. www.blog2print.com
Disclaimer- I was chosen by Flip-Pal to participate as a blogger in the Simple Gifts Genealogy Blog Hop event, and I received a Flip-Pal scanner to use and evaluate. I was not compensated by any of the book publishing companies listed above.
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo