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Friday, April 3, 2009

My Beautiful FREE Photo Book!

I have an amazing husband! Thanks to him we have never really had any 'picture chaos'. I take pictures - lots of them. I have such adorable children - how can I not take their pictures?

Anyway, I take the pictures and once a month or so my wonderful, wonderful husband takes them and downloads them from the camera onto our server and puts them in the appropriate yearly folder. So the above is a print screen of what our photos look like. Within each folder is the photos for the year in the order they were taken. (We have only been married 3 years so that helps too. It's not like we have years to go back). Looks sparse I know but we have a lot of photos, trust me!

We also have a website. Where all the photos are uploaded and sorted into quarterly albums. I've debated on whether to share this or not because it does encompass all our photos and therefore me (or my home) look less than stellar in some but for a limited time I will put this link in here. How is that for online organization? I told you he was wonderful!

Anyway this is all fine and dandy for us to scroll through on the computer but what about a hard copy? I generally print out some photos by uploading them to Costco and picking them up the following day. But those photos are to give away to grandparents and such. I've been meaning to do something about photos for us but with a toddler, a baby, and a myriad of other tasks, where is time time?

Thanks to the Organizing Junkie's Roundup and a coupon from Shutterfly...I made a photobook of the highlights of 2008 for free...I just had to pay the shipping. It was very simple...the longest part was uploading the photos but I didn't have to sit there to do it so that didn't bother me. I want to go back and make a highlights of the year book for 2007 and a combination 2005/2006 (before we had littles we didn't have as many pictures), all I need to do is wait for another coupon.

Frugal Friday Tip?
If the idea of a photo book interests you at all, you should sign up for their newsletter. Though it can get annoying at times, a few times a year they send out a coupon for a free photobook, you just have to pay the shipping which from the USA to Canada was $6.99. My guess is that it is cheaper get a "free" photobook once or twice a year than it is to print out pictures. Right now they have 20% off using the code BOOKS20 but I am holding out for the free book coupon.
Once I get another coupon and go back and do our missing years, I will then use the additional coupons to create photobook gifts. What an amazing present for aunts, uncles, grandparents. They have all sorts of "themed" photobooks too. For 6.99 or less (shipping varies by location) you get an AWESOME personalized gift idea.

What are you waiting for? Go here to sign up! You don't want to miss the next free photobook do you?

Did anyone notice my frugal use of time here? Monthly Roundup and Frugal Friday combination post....
(Yes, I am impressed with my geniusness on occasion!)


  1. I keep saying I am going to do this, but it never gets done! They are really nice though!

  2. Oh, yes, I am thoroughly impressed with your "geniousness". Very good.


    This is one of those things that is on my to-do list that NEVER gets done. I have pictures on CDs, but I really, really want to get them organized into photo books.

    I'm hoping to get this done before baby number three. We'll see....

  3. Great job! Especially with all your frugality...

    When we finally go digital I'll be all over these, especially free.


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