(Closed) DIY Photobook – pros/cons of different sites?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

MyPublisher, Picaboo and Shutterfly all offer the services.  I’ve used all three in the past.  My favorite has been Mpix, because they are a branch of their parent company, Miller’s, which is a professional photography album and prints company.  They use quality paper and you have the option of creating a custom print cover (as do the other sites).

I have not had any issues with the others, I just prefer my Mpix over the others.  All-in-all, even though the professional albums are expensive, they truly are worth every penny.  Hope this helps!

Post # 4
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I used artscow.com and shutterfly.com to create my engagement photo books, and I was really happy with both.  Artscow is much cheaper, but the paper and the cover is the exact same quality as shutterfly (and actually the colors are brighter with Artscow).  The only difference is the binding: artscow does a sewn binding and shutterfly does a glued binding.  The stiched binding lays flatter, but I don’t know which is more durable.  Hope this helps!

Post # 5
47 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Plantation Bay Country Club

My favorite is Blurb. I’ve used it several times and the imagewrap books with premium paper are excellent quality and the program you download to use it is pretty easy. Also, you can usually find a code somewhere on the internet for a discount on your book. I just recently did our guestbook through Blurb and we love it!

Post # 6
888 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i second miss.gator…  Blurb is the best.  I’ve made 3 blurb books in the last year of different friends weddings and given them as gifts… easy to use, great quality & books that will last forever!  good luck!

Post # 7
12 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I echo on Blurb!  The software was easy to download and it was quick to make the book.  It turned out great and I can’t wait to have it on our bookshelf or coffee table.  It even tells you if there might be an issue with the quality of your pictures in the printing process.  If you look online (probably for any of the sites you’re thinking of using) you can find coupons that make it even better!!!!!

Post # 8
14 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

If you want the thick pages, check out Kiss

Post # 9
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve made a couple of books through http://www.snapfish.com. The quality is good and the prices are reasonable.

Post # 10
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve made books through blurb and snapfish.  Now, I did order the upgraded pages (better paper?) for the blurb books….but I thought they were fantastic quality.  The snapfish books I’ve ordered have warped covers now.  Bummer. 

If I were to order another book, I’d use blurb again in a second.  I got a 60+ page book with the upgraded pages for $33 (I found a coupon code online – check for them b/c they’re always available).  

Post # 11
59 posts
Worker bee

i researched this topic extensively and for myself, narrowed it down to blurb and mypublisher. i downloaded both software programs and attempted to use them but for some reason blurb took too much memory and was really slow in loading each page.

so i ended up purchasing from mypublisher. the quality is pretty good with vibrant colors. ir ead that mypublisher paper is thicker than the standard blurb paper, and paper thickeness is important to me.  i used the buy1 get 1 free coupon with mypublisher (awesome deal) and gave 1 book to my inlaws and kept one for ourselves. we liked the quality so much that i just designed & ordered another book for my parents and ourselves too.

ultimately you have to go with what your priority is.. (price, quality, paper thickness, image quality, design creativity, etc..)  and go with your gut feeling! =D

Post # 12
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Great thread! We plan to make our photo book as well! 

Post # 13
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have a Mac and use iPhoto. I made a photobook of our pics from our Italy trip and they are gorgeous. It was a little bit more money than Shutterfly (which I’ve also used), but I think the quality is better.

Post # 14
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m going to use shutterfly for my engagement photobook which will double as our guestbook and then I’ll make another of the wedding and another for the honeymoon that way they will all be together, neat, pretty and just the way I want them.

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