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The Easiest Way to Make Photo Books

Let me tell you a little story. Back in the day, I used to make (or, uh, try to make) an annual photo book of our family. After the holidays I’d sort through the thousands of poorly organized photos we’d snapped all year, pick my favorites, edit them, and put together a pretty book for us to get the memories off the computer and into our real lives. The idea is great, but the reality is nobody has time to do stuff like that! In all our years of marriage I’ve made ONE annual book and carried the weight of guilt of not finishing the others for far too long.

So, when I discovered Chatbooks I was pretty primed to say “yes!” to super easy, effortless books. Bonus: they’re pretty! They market their product with a big focus on printing out your Instagram photos, but the thing a lot of people don’t realize is that you can also use your “Favorites” album on your iPhone. For someone like me who uses Instagram for professional reasons and doesn’t show my kid’s face, this is a life-saver.

During our summer trip to Massachusetts when we took a bajillion gorgeous photos, I decided it was time to get started and take advantage of the easiest way ever to preserve memories. Since I always have my phone with me (and take most of our day-to-day family photos on my phone) I’ve gotten into a habit of weekly doing a quick edit of my favorite photos using VSCO (my editing app of choice), then just adding those to the “Favorites” album. Since I’ve connected that album to Chatbooks, they automatically will sync to my books through the app on my phone, and then I can take a peek at the book before it’s final, approve it, and it ships right to me. IT IS SO EASY!!

Anyway, from one busy gal to another, I can honestly say this is the easiest way to make a pretty photo book. If you have no time but love to have memories off your device, I can’t recommend it enough.

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  • Marie
    November 16, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Very interested in doing this!! Do you find the Chatbooks to be a bit small? 6×6 seems small. How would you compare it to Artifact Uprising books? Thanks!

    • Natalie Borton
      November 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      They are for sure smaller than Artifact Uprising and the photos aren’t a full bleed, but I absolutely think they’re worth what you pay for them. The AU books are a little pricey for me for all of the photos I like to print out, haha.

  • jamie
    November 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I LOVE chatbooks. I always had a guilty feeling about how bad I was with making family albums. They make it so easy and have the caption printed right on them, I feel like my kids (and my husband and I) will enjoy looking back on them someday.