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Attention all Hive Members who have made DIY wedding photo books:
Shutterfly vs. Blurb.
I’m looking to keep it relatively inexpensive (as “inexpensive” as these types of books can go!) and I don’t care if it’s a “lay-flat” book. I tend to get overhwhelmed with design choices, so I’m searching for either a program that comes with ready-made templates that I can edit here and there – it will take me 5 years if I design the whole thing from scratch.
NOTE – I have bad experience with Picaboo.
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I’ve used shutterfly for Christmas photos and to make books after our vacations. I really like it a lot. My old boss got me hooked…she literally has 20 books made.
One thing to note is sometimes you’ll get a funny comment saying the photo sized doesn’t work or an error message. Just play around with different photo sizes on your computer first. I’ve actually sent away for them with the error message before as well and it works everytime regardless.
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I was going to recommend the same review as AnamCara! Totally worth the read!
Blurb and Shutterfly seem to be pretty comperable by his review but I feel like overall, I’ve heard better things about Shutterfly. Although for the price range you appear to be shooting for, I’d take a look at MPix or AdoramaPix. I believe they are priced pretty similarly to Shutterfly and Blurb but I’ve heard really good things about their photobooks.
I personally LOVE AdoramaPix (its who I used for my guestbook made with our e-pics). It turned out amazing and the design program was really easy to use. They have templates you can use (although I chose to design myself and it still took just 2 days to put it all together).
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I have never used blurb but I have made several photobooks with shutterfly. There are always discount codes and I got my main wedding album for 60% off. Extremely happy with how it turned out.
I did a review here.
Shutterfly photobook review. With pics!
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@AnamCara: Holy Cow! That article was very helpful! Thanks for posting.
As for me, we used Shutterfly to create our Guestbook and the price and overall quality is great. Exactly as the guy in the link above wrote about. We are also considering Blurb, so would love to see others’ opinion on this topic.
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I just got a coupon for a free book from Shutterfly (at the grocery store checkout lane, haha), and plan on making our parents books of our engagement pics for Christmas. I will definitely post on the ‘bee how they come out!
You might want to do some searches of past posts or browse through the photo board–people have posted lots of reviews of these sites and others in the past.
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I will be using Adorama for our wedding book. We used them to make our wedding guestbook with our engagement pictures. The top selling points of Adorama is the easy online editor (it’s pretty smart and also lets you know if the picture resolution doesn’t work for that size), ability to have a picture wrap around the spine (think about those panoramics!), spine printing and lay-flat pages. The Lay-flat pages are my favorite. Since it’s our guest book, it will allow our guest to write their message across the page easily, and worked really well with a few pictures that we made to span across two pages.
I absolutely adore it!
The drawbacks may be the page limit – I think the highest number is 72 pages. It does come in many different sizes and shapes. AND it’s super affordable for what it offers.
Post # 10
I’m using AdoramaPix as well based on good reviews and lay-flat pages. They’re a little pricier but they had good reviews and I don’t want to skimp on our album.
I recently saw a Blurb book in person (one of my coworkers made one). I thought the quality was “eh” – the printing was a bit dark and the pages seemed thin. I was considering using them for my parents books but after seeing that one I think I’ll use a different option.
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Another vote for AdoramaPix. We used them for our photobook as well as our family’s copies and were very happy with how they turned out! Great quality!
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I’m using Adoramapix as well. I’m graphically challenged so EASY is the keyword for me, and so far have been finding their design tools idiot proof. It still takes me three times as long as a normal person but slowly getting there. I’m actually happy with the sizes they offer. I have 300 photos and going for the largest book at 12×12 76 pages.
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I’ve used them both, and I don’t really think one is better then the other.
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we used adoramapix and i have been really impressed with them… i think it’s a great deal and love the pages that lay flat. totally user friendly too– the site really helps you edit pictures.