Post # 1
All year, I’ve been planning on giving my parents and in-laws Shutterfly albums from our wedding day. But I’m running into a huge problem. We don’t have very much money to spend on our parents (or anyone) this Christmas, so a Shutterfly album is already pushing our budget. I am already to my 20-page limit before each extra page costs $0.75 and I am only about 1/5 of the way done putting photos in! Ugh!
I am seriously contemplating buying a nice photo album, getting prints made, and making the album myself. There might even be enough money leftover to ALSO get a smaller Shutterfly book with just a few of the BEST pictures in it.
Thoughts? I don’t want to come across as a cheapo, but neither of our families are very materialistic and I would hope they would be fine with having SOME kind of album, even if it’s a collection of prints…
Don’t know what to do!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
We were gifted a bunch of these albums after our wedding…and we love them! I was planning on making a shutterfly and have decided there is no point ha. I think you will be fine…my mom loves the prints. She can take them out and frame them if she wants.
Post # 4
@TogetherThroughLife: I think it’s a wonderful idea to make the album yourself. I don’t know about your parents and in-laws but I know my mother, for example, would find it even more special, actually.
Post # 5
Are you able to add more photos per page? Also, keep an eye out for Groupon or LivingSocial codes. I’ve done a bunch of those through Snapfish.
Post # 6
Honestly, I would love a handmade album a LOT more than a printed one. I know scrapbooking stuff can get expensive, but those printed photobooks seem impersonal to me. I’m a photographer though so I’m kind of emotional and ridiculous about little stuff like this. I LOVE personal details, the manufactured stuff is just… I don’t know. I always want to have a good friendly relationship with everyone I work with and from the time I do their E-pics to when I show up at the wedding, I try to do something personal as a gift for them. I’m a Sap.
Post # 7
I’m going ‘old school’ with our albumn – there’s nothing like turning pages of actual photographs!
Post # 8
@TogetherThroughLife: That’s a bit like asking is it ok to serve ordinary wine at my wedding instead of the most expensive.
Of course it is! Heck my own wedding album is an ordinary album! No, you don’t have to give everyone a shutterfly book. Perhaps the wedding industry tells you that you need to spend $$$ on beautiful photo albums for everyone, but you don’t.
Post # 9
I say go for it! Who cares?
Post # 10
@lckishy: +1 I love all things handmade, but if you’re going scrapbook style, watch out because you could end up spending more than the shutterfly book easily. Also, I don’t particularly like shutterfly printed albums anyway, so it’s not like you’re deciding between real and fake jewelry, more like fake jewelry and handmade jewelry – handmade all the way!
Post # 11
Of course it’s fine!
If you want a printed book I’m sure you could find one cheaply. I got mine printed on MyPublisher for $12 each. Plus, they offered a duplicate book for a very low price.
Post # 12
@TogetherThroughLife: I think it would be a lovely gift. If you get 12×12 album and pick a half dozen or so really special pictures, make them 5×7 and put them on a page by themselves with a lot of embellishments and print the rest of the pictures the regular 4×6 and put 3 or 4 on each page. Most scrapbooking stores will let you use use their die cutting machines and stuff for a fairly reasonable fee if you don’t have the equipment a home to do it. Hope this helps!