Happy Friday, Readers!
Today's our first Phone-A-Friend in 2012! It comes from our dear friend Dana, who recently married the sweetest guy ever, Noah. They basically make the cutest duo on the planet:
See what we mean? Anyway, here's her email to us:
Hello my lovely friends!
As you are both well-aware, I was
married a mere two months ago and my apartment is still recovering from
the in-flux of gifts, crafts, and other odds and ends that fill your
life when you are planning a wedding. We finally received all 1200
photos from our wonderful photographers and my next project is creating
albums for both sets of parents. I had originally planned to get pretty
hand-made albums, buys prints and put everything together myself. I'm
now rethinking this plan as I am a little weddinged-out and don't want
to spend months creating these albums that I will surely obsess over.
My mom actually suggested the idea of doing a Snapfish album. I'm
sure you've seen these where you upload all your pics into a template
and they send you a hard cover book. It certainly takes out a lot of the
work on my end and they are very moderately priced. I looked through
and the ones on the Snapfish website are a little cheesy. I also heard
about this website Blurb, which does the same thing and it's a bit
Have either of you had any experience with printing these photo
albums? Would you recommend one over the others or do you have other
ideas about how to send my loved ones wedding pix in a nice format? Or
do I just suck it up and do it myself?
I know your awesomely creative heads have some gem of info that I have not heard yet!
To Dana we say: "I know, riiiiiight!?" Neither of us have yet to complete our wedding albums for our Spring 2010 weddings! The horror. (Deweese's Mom is literally about to disown her if she doesn't produce some pictures very soon.) It's on the never-ending list of 2012 to-dos, so this email is perfect timing! Even though we are crafty ladies, we say do it online. Easier, and it will last longer! Here are our ideas and our experiences:
1. Fancier route. Blythe used Photobook America to complete albums for both sets of parents. It was a tedious process and would have been expensive had it not been for a groupon. However, the result is great:
Snapfish/Shutterfly/iphoto. With the right amount of minimizing, these can actually be good options for a casual look. The key is to take away aaaalllll the pre-designed pages and just stick to white plain pages. Using Shutterfly, Blythe made an album for Nick using pictures of their honeymoon that was pretty simple, but definitely casual. Check it out:
Snapfish also makes a nicer linen hardcover book (Lori is a pro at those!)
And now, drumroll please...
3. OUR PICK: Pinhole Press. 100%. Their look is super modern, streamlined and well, classy. Blythe completed a family calendar this year via the site and was very impressed with the design. They might be a tad pricier than snapfish, but no where near the cost of a professional photo album. And, you don't have to download any software to your computer, which is a big plus.
If since your email you totally changed you mind and want to make one your self...here is a really cool homemade album.
Hope this helps. Would love to see the final product!
Happy weekend everyone!
PS: Just in case anyone is wondering, no one paid or buttered us up to pick Pinhole Press. We just honestly like them the best!