First smile, first bite of food, first steps, first day of school. I have all these memories of my children drowning in a virtual sea of digital images. But the real problem is these images are sitting in oblivion on my iPhone or my hard drive.
But over the past year and a half I have printed over 23 albums from various sites. I spent a few weeks reviewing these websites to find the best books for price, quality, and time spent creating.
What I love about photo books is they occupy less space than the traditional photo albums we all used in the past. Plus they stack nicer on shelves!
So without further adieu here is my review!
The books I ordered from Mixbook had really good print quality with sharp images and accurate colors. The books were sturdy with decently thick pages. You also have the option of plenty of backgrounds, stickers, book sizes, paper options and templates. They’re a little steeper in pricing but the app was also very user friendly.
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
I’ve been using shutterfly for years. They’re always having incredible sales particularly around different holidays. Sign up for their email offers. And don’t wait for the sales to create a photo book. Take your time with your project, save it, and purchase it when you can use the best coupon codes possible. Trust me you’ll be having major savings.
Their photo books options are pretty too and they now have a service that for $9.99 will produce a photo book for you as long you provide the photos.
My complaint with shutterfly is the quality and coloring of the images are not consistent. But for my everyday photos they work fine. Also their website and app is not as efficient as other photo sites.
FOR AN HEIRLOOM (i.e. wedding album)
I recently learned about Zno (previously known as artisan state) by one of my girlfriends. She had these beautifully bound, high quality albums from her bridal shower and I was hooked. The print quality was outstanding in addition to their superb binding. Pricing wise slightly more expensive but worth the price for the quality you are receiving.
Other photo book sites I used but did not care for
- groove book : terrible quality of photos and poor coloring
- chatbooks : the colors of the album I printed were way off and the prices were steep for the quality I received
I hope this review inspires and helps you to create a phonebook that matches your needs! Would love to hear your thoughts below!