Let’s start designing your book! It’s finally time to create our photo book from all of our phone photos! We’ve gone through the backing up your phone photos, culling and sorting your phone photos process and we’re now at the stage of designing and printing our photo books! Part of designing your book means you have a few decisions to make before you actually get it ordered. This is my favorite part, so grab a snack and let’s start thinking through the formatting and design process of creating your very own family photo books.
The first step in the printing your photo books process is pretty obvious. You need to find a company that you want to use to help you with designing your photo book! This should be a thought through process because some companies offer pre-made templates and don’t allow much wiggle room for designing while others are fully hands on. Let’s break down a few companies that I’d recommend.
Again, these are just a few options, there are so many photo book from phone photos companies out there. Do a little bit of research beforehand to save you a big headache. Find a system that works best, if you’re on your phone more than an actual computer, you might find that a company like Chatbooks might be a better fit for you. I live on my desktop computer and I prefer a simple clean layout style so for me, MPix is my option (besides the total custom route I’m using).
This part should be pretty easy of uploading your images from your phone into the photo book software. All of the companies I’ve mentioned above link with Google photos. Even if you’re an iPhone user you can still install and utilize the Google photos app (and I highly encourage you to do so!) Simply plug in your info and it should pull things right in. If you created an album within Google photos, you can select just that album and it’ll save you even more time trying to cull what you want pulled in.
This is where the software you choose makes the process easier or harder for designing your photo book. If you like a more simplistic design (like myself) then going the full designing on your own can work. Otherwise, it’s tough to find clean, minimal templates on sites like Shutterfly. I know that MPix has some fantastic basics and like I mentioned above, it’s pretty user friendly.
I’d recommend picking 3-4 template designs and using those throughout the entire book instead of creating too many layouts. This helps it stay simple and it won’t overwhelm you with the decision making. I do a max of nine pictures per page and try to lump holidays together on full layouts. If you enjoy writing or do little paragraphs about life updates, this is fun to sprinkle into your books. I prefer to keep mine super simple so I can stay consistent through the years. I have also in the past slipped in little mementos from vacations like tickets or brochures as well.
You did it! Your backed up those phone photos. You have culled and sorted those photos. You spent hours (yes, you know you have) designing that photo book. Now you’ve reached the FINAL step of the photo book from phone photos series. It’s now time to get that book that you’ve poured so much time into ordered. Before you hit order though, pay attention if they have any sales going on. I’ve had and used the internet extension Honey for years. Basically, it scans the internet for any current promo codes or coupons and applies them automatically to your cart. You can also earn credit to use towards giftcards. The only reason I’m adding this into the process is because it really does work. It’s actually created by PayPal so it’s a trustworthy extension.
I’m so happy you made it this far. I truly hope you learned a few tips or tricks along the way and would love for you to share with me how you’ve used this series to up get those photos off your phone and into printed books. The process may seem like a lot, but getting that book in the mail and flipping through the pages makes it all worth it. I have years worth of memories and I can attest that they get picked up and flipped through several times a year. I love sharing these with my family and it’s always fun to look back at how quickly everyone changes.