Creating Recipe Memories with Shutterfly (Review and Giveaway)
So maybe I am dating myself, but remember the days of film cameras? When my son was born (almost 16 years ago now!) I went camera crazy, documenting each moment. When he was clean. When he was dirty. Did he blow a bubble? Yep, I took a picture of it… When I used up a roll, I would toss it into a bucket. As we could afford to, we would bring pictures in to be processed. Oh, the trepidation and excitement of opening the envelope! Would any of the cute pictures I remember taking actually have turned out? Did he wiggle and turn into a cute blur? How many usable pictures did I really end up with? The good thing about having film for me was that I had photos to stick in memory books right away.
When my second daughter was born 7 years later, we were using a digital camera. I have to tell you, I love being able to tell if a shot I took of squirmy kids actually worked or if someone was busy looking off somewhere else. It’s instant gratification if you like to share photos of the grandkids in an email, or like to show friends the pictures of a trip. Love it! The only thing I don’t like about digital, is that now I don’t seem to have photos laying around to scrapbook. When I do have time to sit down and work on a scrapbook, it is usually a spur of the moment thing, a stolen moment in a day. If I don’t have pictures already printed off, then no scrapbooking happens. Again… I think that Shutterfly just might have the solution for me, blending my love of digital picture taking and scrapbooking.
I recently had a chance to check out Shutterfly’s website. I really liked their new “Custom Path” photo book section. It gives you the ability to build you photo book to match your style and personality. The custom path books include a variety of photo layouts, unique backgrounds, text boxes, and plenty of embellishments. My favorite element are all the idea pages. Sometimes looking at so many options can be overwhelming, so using an idea page and simply insert your photos. It is a great jumping off point for your own creativity! Even though all the idea pages, embellishments and backgrounds are sorted by themes (baby, travels, family, seasons, etc.) be sure to look into other theme areas for possible embellishments to use. I was really thrilled to find a theme called “My Recipes.” I am using it to pull together all the wonderful recipes my Grandma Edith made and my adaptions to them (now that we have food allergies). Don’t tell my mom, but I am putting it together for her as a gift. :) I can’t wait for her to have her mother’s recipes all made over so she can safely eat them.
The thing that took the longest was for me to scan in my Grandma’s recipes and crop them neatly in my photo program. However, once that was finished it was really easy to import photos into Shutterfly’s program, them drag and drop the photo’s where I wanted them. It was really easy to make changes, simply clicking to change background colors, or to move text boxes.
But after just a few clicks and a photo of Grandma, I ended up with this:
Not a great speller? Photo resolution poor? Shutterfly will let you know if there are potential problems with your text or photo by putting in a yellow warning triangle. Don’t worry, it won’t print, but it gives you a good indication what you should check. Apparently, the Swedish dinner prayer of my grandpa and grandma wan’t recognized. :)
There are several different layouts already set in the “My Recipes” book, so it was easy to find ones that fit my odd sized recipe scans. The pages look really professional. In the embellishments I founds “Family Favorite” sticker to mark the recipes everyone must have at all holiday gatherings.
Overall, I am really pleased with the tools that Shutterfly has to offer. There is a lot of flexibility if you want to put together something unusual, yet a lot of really attractive preset photo books if you only have time to download pictures, in a really easy to use format.
I am working on a family recipe book, but at Shutterfly.com your photo options don’t stop at photo books. They can also provide beautiful and unique announcements for a new baby, wedding or move. When birthdays roll around, Shutterfly can also assist with birthday invitations. I am really excited about the options they have for Christmas Cards. I think a memory photo book for my Boy Scout or my Girl Scouts or for graduation would be a wonderful gift to give. Really, the only way for you to see all the great items Shutterfly can personalize with your photos is to click here and browse their site.
Shutterfly wants to help you get started on your scrapbooking Christmas projects too! We are giving away 10 8×8 Shutterfly books (like seen above) to 10 lucky readers. All you have to do is enter to win. Here is how you enter to win (remember to leave separate comments for each entry):
1. Leave a Comment telling me what you would create with your FREE Shutterfly Custom Path Photo Book.
Additional ways to enter:
2. Tweet or Facebook this contest – use @onceamonthmom & @shutterfly. (Maybe something like: I can FINALLY get my pictures together if I win an @shutterfly photo book from @onceamonthmom http://ow.ly/5ORJj) And don’t forget to leave a comment below stating you have done so.
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This giveaway ends Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:00 PM (EST).
Disclosure: Shutterfly provided me with a photo book and 10 photo books for giving to readers. All the opinions in this post are mine, want to know more about how I facilitate reviews, view my full disclosure policy!