Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Photo Book Methodology

Do you ever get the notifications about free online photo book offers that expire in a day or two, and have to either scramble to throw something together or miss out on a great deal?

I do.

So I have two ideas to pass along to you today...

1- On Deck
I have a friend who always keeps a completed photo book “on deck” and ready to order when a “50% off” or “free” offer comes available.  I think that’s a great idea!  Of course, the photo book in queue would have to be one that you don’t mind waiting a bit to have in your hands.  Also, the deals often specify a certain size of photo book, and are (obviously) specific to each company; it would be a big ordeal to pre-make albums in each size for each online photo brand.  Personally, I have a photo book on deck with Shutterfly (since that is the company I use most often), and I try to keep some ideas up my sleeve for other pop-up offers…

2- Friends and Family Children’s Book
Knowing how much I love photos and photo books, my savings savvy sister gave me the heads up when Walgreen’s ran a promo code a few months ago for a free album.  I didn’t have an event in mind to document at the time, so I came up with the idea of using the deal to print a book for Reed with names and pictures of family members and some friends.  I love it and he loves it… and it was free!  Check it out:


Title Page:
I added "REED" stickers because I wanted him to see and learn his own name too!

Some of the Pages:

I was scrambling to beat the expiration on the deal, but I tried to add some other fun too—like “Can you clap your hands?” on the page with a picture where Reed is clapping, and inviting him to recognize the colors on a particularly bright picture page.

I made pages for all of Reed’s family, and then added a bunch of pictures of some of his favorite friends on the last page.  He loves to point them out :)

Some other ideas for quick photo books include a counting and/or colors book using pictures of your child’s favorite things.  Or maybe a version of the family book as a gift for a cousin?  Reed’s You Are Loved book could stand to be replaced with an updated version every couple of years, (especially if it is free!) …Just can’t forget to hold onto the previous versions as special keepsakes!

Hope these ideas help you take advantage the next big photo book deal that comes your way! :)


  1. OMG thank you so much for these ideas! Mason is getting his own book next time I see a deal!

  2. Yay! I will let you know if I hear of one :)