Have you remembered it’s Father’s Day a week on Sunday? Thanks to Snapfish, I’ve managed to be extra organised this year and ordered Marto a photo book full of photos of mainly him and Pip over the last two years.
Pip’s a little small to get around to organising her own present, so I thought this would be a great present – although we will make him a card together next week. I also had great fun going through photos (although, annoyingly, I seem to have misplaced months 1-5… I really must see what I backed up to my FIL’s computer) and creating this book. Some of the memories made me a little teary and I hope that Marto will enjoy the reminiscing and marvelling at how much Pip has changed in the last two years.
Want to have a look at some of the pages? (all screen shots from the software)
^^around six months old and lying on the bathmat at my BIL’s house, taken by a dear friend – this image sits behind a cutout in the linen cover so it also appears on the inner page with a note to her Dad from Pip
^^ first six months included two visits with 98 year old Great Grandmother, hanging out with Granddad and her cousin, out in the sling with Daddy, a trip to the rugby at Twickenham and hanging out with her Grandpa.
^^ Attempting a family portrait on a winter trip to Brighton – the orange glow comes from sunset at the beach.
^^ Family portrait in Copenhagen on NYE 2013 and stickers on the plane on the way home. The Tinkerbell costume she came home almost every day from nursery in for several weeks (and hasn’t been mentioned or seen since!)
This is actually the second photo book that I created this week – I made one for my friend’s hen party as well, using a different supplier, so I feel in a good place to talk about this as a present option.
First and foremost, Snapfish is reliable. The cards that I ordered for the Grandfathers arrived within 2 days, the book within 5 (I ordered on the evening of 30 May, the book arrived on 4 June). That is really good for a photo book. By contrast, the other supplier I used for the hen party book only arrived today despite being ordered on 26 May & I picked that one because it claimed to have speedy delivery times.
Software wise, I found the Snapfish software easy to use, although perhaps not quite as intuitive as I’d have hoped and it was a little annoying to have to upload every photo I wanted to use (rather than the other book where I downloaded the software and ordered straight from it, uploading as one at the end) but I’d take it with the reliable posting times any time.
I chose a linen bound hardback book and am really pleased with the quality. Some of the photos aren’t quite as good quality as I hoped as I had used what I thought were hi-res images but that’s a minor quibble. The cards aren’t super duper brilliant quality but the price was good and the speed of delivery fantastic. The prices for the photobooks are also really competitive and cheaper than the other company I used (and paid for) and the quality was just as good – these are not expensive archival quality but are excellent for what they are.
I also noticed that they have some great discounts on other products and cards. I have a friend who always gets her husband mugs every year with the kids photos on, which is lovely. If Marto drank anything other than coffee from an espresso cup I would have been tempted. There’s also free delivery and lots of other discounts here.
Be quick though – last date for orders is 10 June.