Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review and giveaway (closed) (10 winners!)- Shutterfly's new Photo Books

Congrats to my winners: noreen; from whine to juice box; Shae Johnson; Schkinner; skgaff; swedenesefamily; Christina; CindyWindy2003; Stephanie and  Mommy-Money
GIVEAWAY END DATE CHANGED ON 9/2

My kids have a new favorite activity- sitting and looking at photos of themselves. I often walk into the living room to find them surrounded by piles of photo albums and scrapbooks and photo books. I love telling them about the pictures and admiring how cute they always are in the pictures.  So, we're always happy to have the chance to receive another photo book, and recently I got that opportunity from Shutterfly.

I've made a lot of photos books over the past few years, with varying degrees of success and effort. In my opinion, Shutterfly has the most user-friendly system for making photo books, as compared to the other sites that I've tried.  For your photo book, you have a choice of sizes and of hard cover or soft cover. You also have two choices of method for making the photo book- custom path or simple path. Here's the scoop on these:

  Custom path-
  • Add, move and resize pictures and text anywhere
  • Extensive collection of new backgrounds, layouts & embellishments
  • 1-25 pictures per page (up to 1000 pictures)
  • Five sizes starting From $12.99

Simple path-

  • Pictures arranged for you. Then easily rearrange or add captions
  • More than 20 styles with preset backgrounds and layouts
  • 1-4 pictures per page (up to 400 pictures)
  • Five sizes starting From $12.99
Since my children were using me as a climbing structure while I was making my photo book, I opted to go with the fast and easy method of the simple path.  And it really was simple. I just chose the photos I wanted to include, chose a theme and pressed a button, and the computer did the rest.  I did rearrange a number of photos and moved some to different pages, but even that part of the process was very simple. In less than 30 minutes I had a nice, 20-page photo book put together and ordered.

The only minor complaint that I had was that it was difficult to preview the book in a large enough fashion for me to really check my captions, but this was just a minor issue, compared to all the pluses that this site offered. My book arrived just a few days after placing my order, packaged securely in a box.  I was very impressed by the quality of the book- all the colors are bright, the pictures look great and the text is nice.  For a book that I spent so little time making, the end result was very impressive! If you're in the market for a photo book, I'd definitely recommend checking out Shutterfly.


Shutterfly is a great place for all things related to photos, whether you're wanting to put together photo books for the grandparents, buy Christmas cards, or get ready for your child's birthday party with some cute birthday invitations. Shutterfly is also a great place to shop for photo prints, home decor items or a personalized photo gift.

And I have great news- I'm giving away TEN codes for a free photo book! Open to everyone (there are a few countries that Shutterfly doesn't ship to, for that list click here)


Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
What would you put in your photo book?

Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each one that you do):
1. Follow my blog publicly with Google Friend Connect
2. "Like" me on Facebook (let me know your user first name and last initial)
3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet this:  @gabreviews is giving away 10 free photo books from Shutterfly (@shutterfly)!  Visit http://bit.ly/pwqhpC to enter #giveaway
You can tweet this once per day- just leave a separate comment with link each time that you tweet.
4. Follow Shutterfly on Twitter
5. Subscribe to my blog via email (sign up on the right side of this page)
6. Enter any of my other currently ongoing giveaways- leave a separate comment for each one that you enter!
7. Put my button (code on the right side of this page) up on your blog and let me know where I can find it!

Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on September 7, 2011. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a free photo book for myself, as well as the opportunity to give away 10 to my lucky winners. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

175 comments:

James and Monica said...

I do a yearly book for our family! Most of the pictures end up being of our little girl.
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CindyWindy2003 said...

i'd put the summer beach photos!
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Jus and Kat said...

I would fill a photo book with a compilation of pics from our beach trips this summer.

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I would make a photobook of my daughter!
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Mami2jcn said...

I'd make a photo book with pictures of my daughter from birth until now (she's turning 2 this week).

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Christina said...

I would make a book with my kids pictures for my parents.

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Stephanie said...

I would do a photobook for our most recent vacation this summer to Sunriver, OR.

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The Fam said...

My kids!

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deanna said...

would photobook my euro summer trip 2011
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CindyWindy2003 said...

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Mommy-Money said...

I just want a book full of family memories!
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Melissa said...

I would make a "Day I was Born" photobook as a gift for a dear friend who is having her first baby in the next couple of months. I made one for each of my boys and they are so precious to me.

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Amateur Mommy said...

i have lots of photos from my sons preschool this past year, i would love to make him a little book to remember it!

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swedenesefamily said...

I would put our summer vacation pictures.

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jakiesmom said...

my son
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Shannon said...

We would do one from our summer trips!

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from whine to juice box said...

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i would put my boys photos in mine
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Malia said...

i would make a photobook of pictures of my daughters throught the year 2011. i'd do it at the end of the year. i make a photobook each year!


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Heather! said...

My stepdaughter is in her last year of school (before college, anyway), so I think it would be great to make a photo book of her and her friends and school-related functions (games, dances, etc.). It would make a fantastic graduation gift!

Thanks!
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Shae Johnson said...

I would make a book for my daughter, using pictures of her first year of life!

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skgaff said...

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Beau said...

my baby just turned one so i would make a photobook of her first year

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Schkinner said...

I need to catch up on my son's photos. He's 3 but I only have the first year done!
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Melissa said...

I would start a "When I was a Baby" photo book to go with the Shutterfly "Day I was Born" photo book that I made for my firstborn. Then, of course, I'll have to make another Shutterfly book for my second born. Can't leave them out, you know :-)

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celebrie2 said...

I would put pictures of my newborn granddaughter Zoe in it!

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noreen said...

My kids

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I would make a halloween book! I do one every year for my girls and this year would be no different!

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