Do you find that you take hundreds of photos on your holidays, only to find that you don’t really look at them often once you’re back home?  This year after our first family trip to Europe I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen and so decided to make our best pics into a photobook that we would want to look at regularly and also be able to show friends and family.

Holiday Photobook Cover

One of the most important things to consider when picking a company to create your photobook is making sure that their software is easy to use.  I quickly realised (after a few wasted hours trying to upload photos to websites that crashed) that not all sites are created equal. After a couple of failed attempts I decided to check TinyPrints, which was the company that I had used to create Miss 2’s birth announcements to see if they made photobooks.  When I was creating the announcement cards, I had been really impressed by the design options, ease of use, quality of the prints and pricing – even considering they had to be shipped from the US.  So I was excited to discover that they have a sister company called Shutterfly where you can create custom photobooks.  After some much more successful experimentation, I found I loved using their website and was even more impressed by the printed photobook I created.

Using Shutterfly to create your holiday photobook

The software on the Shutterfly website is so easy to use. There is so much guidance available with awesome premade designs to use, but it also has all the flexibility that you need to create a really personal story.

There are lots of cute styles to choose from which you use to create the overall look and feel of your book.  For our European holiday book I used the “Happiness Is” style, which I like because it is simple and lets the images stand out.  I also love the customisable quotes which have some gorgeous ideas for adding messages and comments to your book.

Happiness Is photobook Shutterfly

For kids’ holidays there are some great styles to choose from.  I love this Disney style with cute characters popping out of the pages.  I think older kids would have a ball helping to design these pages.

Disney Photobook Shutterfly

Photobook creation

The Shutterfly process is really simple and guides you through step by step how to make each page.

You have a huge number of photo layouts to select from, depending on how many photos you want to display on each page.  The background colours and styles are also customisable across each page.

World Travel Photobook Shutterfly

You just drag and drop your pics where ever you want them to go and you can change layouts after the images are in place and play around to find a look you like.

Under the Embellishments section, you can add little images, words, and borders to your pages to really personalise them.  How cute are these Disney character additions!

Disney Embellishments Photobooks Shutterfly

Before you order, you can choose lots of upgrades to your book like premium paper types, covers and flat lay styles depending on how much you are wanting to spend.

I would say the only downside I found to using Shutterfly was that the delivery time from the US was much longer than i had expected.  It took nearly a month for our book to arrive, but the result was so lovely, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.  I am so happy with how our book turned out – I love looking at it and revisiting our images displayed in such a professional way.  I also love how easy it was to make.

Holiday Photobook Pages

Have you made a photobook of your holiday pics?  Which company did you find to create gorgeous photobooks?


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