One of the biggest items on my summer to-do list is to create a few family photo books of our travels. This is long overdue and I have been putting it off for quite some time because creating photo books can be very time consuming, especially if you’re like me and want them to be put together perfectly or if you have hundreds of photos to go through and are overwhelmed on where to even begin!
Start with getting organized
I recently started using This Life for photo organization and absolutely love it. MyPublisher is a sister company to This Life, as well as to Shutterfly, so clearly they know a thing or two about preserving memories and photos!
Before you begin making your photo book with MyPublisher, you will want to put all the photos you want to use in one folder on your desktop and title it — this will make your life so much easier when you start your book because you will know exactly how many photos you want to use, which will help determine the size of your book and number of pages. When you get to the step to upload your photos you only have to drag one folder into the MyPublisher BookMaker from your desktop making it so simple and easy.
Deciding between a Photo Book or Photo Album
When you start to create a photo book with MyPublisher you need to decide if you want a Photo Book or a Photo Album. Depending on what the event is, how many photos you have and your budget that will determine which one to choose — their Photo Books are typically smaller and more affordable, perfect for memories of a specific trip, whereas Photo Albums are larger and more of an investment, a good choice for an entire year of photos. Both have an endless amount of custom options to choose from, including a variety of sizes, colors and cover options.
Style options for photo books
When you’re designing your first Photo Book on MyPublisher, you’ll want to think ahead to whether you’ll be making more of these books and if you want to plan some consistency in their design. Perhaps you want them to all be the same size so they all fit evenly on a bookshelf or maybe you want a variety of sizes so they can look inviting stacked on a coffee table? You might also want to make them all the same color or choose different colors for different books depending on the contents of the books.
Installing MyPublisher BookMaker
If you decide to make a Photo Book, getting started with My Publisher is easy and as simple as installing the MyPublisher BookMaker to your desktop.
Designing your photo book
Once you choose your book style — I chose travel — your book will appear. To begin your book, you will need to add the photos you want to use into the photo BookMaker — this is where having them all ready in one folder on your desktop to drag and drop is very helpful! Once the photos are uploaded, you can begin to drag each individual photo into the album and put them in place onto the pages. If you do not like a certain pre-set layout on a page, you can simply click “Page Layout” and they will give you more options, allowing you to truly customize your book.
The Classic Hardcover Photo Book starts at just $29.99 for 20 pages and it is $0.99 per page to add additional pages. They also have these very cute Pocket Books and Mini Books that you can create as well. These make great gifts for the grandparents, teachers and even for your kids. A photo book of their birthday party or a year in review is a great keepsake your kids will appreciate later in life.
As moms, we have no problem capturing every moment of our family vacations or life events, but getting them off our phones and the computer is a little more challenging. Luckily, MyPublisher is making it easier for you to create quality photo books and photo albums that your family will cherish for years to come.
My photo book is ordered! What are you waiting for?
Disclosure: MyPublisher is a sponsor of the #AwayWeGo Summer Travel event and they have discounted my photo album for me to authentically use their website and experience the quality of the photo albums.
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