Picaboo, Snapfish, My Publisher… ??

5 Mar

I thank my God every time I remember you.
 Philippians 1:3


Hours and hours. Frustration and aggravation. The finished product just arrived in the mail yesterday … and it looks great, but the journey to get there was long and arduous. If I hadn’t already invested so much time in choosing pictures and designing several pages, I would’ve just simply quit and chocked it up for a bad experience. But every ounce of my effort and time was driven by love, so I plodded on.

I’m a big fan of family traditions, and compiling a bunch of photos each year for my mother-in-law is one of those. I used to sit for hours sifting through digital photos in my somewhat organized folders on my computer, making long lists of jpg numbers, which would eventually get uploaded to the nearest Walgreens. Those 4 x 6 prints of our family’s memories of the past year would be chronologically placed in a 100 page album and then gifted to Grandma Van Hook … and received with joy.

Inspired by my two nieces-in-law (is that a word??), I wanted to try my hand at creating my own photo book. Not knowing anything about the various companies that do this sort of thing, I randomly chose Picaboo because of a deal I found on Groupon. I remember sitting down and spending a couple days in one weekend to compile this project, then within a few short days, the 8 x 10 album arrived in our mailbox … and it turned out beautifully!

The SPRING page ...

The SPRING page …

That was a year ago. Just a few months ago now, back in October, I bought another deal, this time on Living Social. A great deal! For $25, I bought $100 worth of product from Picaboo. I knew that this would not only cover the traditional book of memories for my dear mother-in-law, but I would probably get a couple other projects out of the bundle of goodness! With an expiration date of February 28, I had procrastinated long enough, so mid month, I began to work on the year 2012. How exciting it was as I sat down with my computer and began to sort through photos of the last year, reminding me of the many, many wonderful memories our family had made! The expectation and arrival of Miss Lillianne made my task more daunting, as the volume of photos to choose from multiplied exponentially from the previous year! After several hours of gathering, I began the actual process of creating the book. What fun as I chose different backgrounds, text fonts and colors, and then added my pictures to each page! But it didn’t take but just a few of those pages before I began to realize that this adventure was quickly, but slowly turning into a challenge. The ability to move a photo, to tuck it behind another, or to rotate it into position, was not happening with ease. Error messages kept popping up, and occasional crashes occurred, sometimes totally losing an entire 2 page spread and several hours of work. By the time I was working on July and our family vacation to Seattle, I was about ready to throw in the towel. Out of frustration, I tried to contact Customer Service only to find that they do not list a phone number to call, and their ‘live chat’ would not even work. So I trudged on.

Thanksgiving Page

Thanksgiving Page

By the end of the day on February 28, I had completed my big memory book for 2012, plus a couple other smaller creations that accumulated to my purchased deal of $100, plus shipping. After placing the order for each individual project, a survey was provided, so I vented. I told them how unhappy I was with their ‘updated and improved’ web-based program. I also told them, because they asked, if I would use them again. I clicked on the button ‘I don’t know.’

That’s where you come in. Please give me some feed back on who you use. What company do you prefer when you create your photo memory books? Recommendations from experienced users is what I need, because I love my family. I love taking pictures. I love family traditions.

Through this journey we call life, won’t you join me in preserving the important things?   Relationships, family memories, and our walk with God …

  He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Psalm 90:1

Thanks, kindly, for responding!

Until next time,

One Response to “Picaboo, Snapfish, My Publisher… ??”

  1. Becca pacini March 5, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I use snapfish. I have had some small issues with them over the years. So when shutterfly became available, I checked them out. At that time I decided that since I have all (yes, ALL) my pictures automatically sent to snapfish, it wasn’t worth the time uploading them to yet another site. The major problem I had with snapfish was when I had a groupon and it took a very long time to get the code to work. Other than the only major complaint is that the site is slow. Hope it helps! Becca

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