A few online sites I've used for photo books have caused much frustration. I either can't get the templates to load quickly or the whole process is long and complicated. I recently created a photo book through SmileBooks and was pleased with the development of creating a photo book with my pictures.
I wanted to create a photo book for my teenage daughter who will be moving away and attending college in a few months. I wanted a book that she could look upon and remember the good times and special people in her life. I chose not to download the free software but rather use the Online Photo Book option to create the book in less than an hour. I then selected the book size and cover type. I went with an 11x8 Classic book with a hardbound cover. After choosing the theme and layout, I was able to add my photos. I had the option of placing multiple photos on one page but I preferred to have one photo per page. I chose a polka dot theme but changed some of the pages later in the design process to have a different variety of page colors and designs. I was able to add clipart as well. The only snafu I had was when I tried to enter text on the pages. It took me a short bit to find out how to place the text where I wanted. Other than that, I was able to create the book in a reasonable amount of time.
Once I ordered my book, I received an email confirmation. I also received emails of when the book was finished and when it was shipped. If I choose to do so, I can reorder any photo books that I've ordered within the last six weeks. Once the book arrived, I presented it to Shelby. It brought tears to her eyes. She and I both think the photo book is professionally made and the pictures are clear, quality images. The different backgrounds and clipart on the book go with the personality and scenes of the pictures. Shelby said she'll take the book with her to college and will look through it often to remember the special people and days in her life.
In addition to photo books, SmileBooks offers greeting cards and calendars. SmileBooks is offering a free photo book to new customers, minus shipping and handling fees. You will receive a coupon via email to redeem immediately for a free 8"x8" 26-page soft cover mini SmileBooks photo book.
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