My biggest problem with printing photos is that I don't know how to organize all of them. Like, about once every three years I get determined to make this blog into a book and I try to download it into one of the services that are supposed to do that. And then the service says, "HELL NO, psycho woman--you take too many pictures!" And then I get frustrated and give up making any prints at all.
Because, of course, if you can't do everything you should do nothing, right? (No.)
But, as the Kid gets older, I've become more aware of the need to at least print some of our photos, if only to avoid having to hand him my iPhone to flip through old vacation shots. He doesn't care if I don't have every single moment of his childhood printed out complete with artistic journaling, he only wants to see the occasional picture of himself and his grandparents.
To that end, here are three services/devices I've been using to print more photos.
One of the main places I post photos with captions is Instagram. From funny things the Kid says to Little Miss's newest milestone, that's where our family news is most likely to end up.
Chatbooks is great because it lets you set up a subscription for your Instagram feed. Every time you hit 60 photos it sends you a new book, automagically.
Further, you can edit the book before it prints, so no need to include every single dinner you've taken a picture of or all the hashtags, etc., you may put in your captions. (I overgram my food. It's a sickness.) AND you can set it up to feed from several accounts--e.g., Sweet Husband and I can both get our pictures into the books.
Best part? Each book is only $6, and you can control how many books Chatbooks will send in a month. (So if you have a huge backlog, you can catch up slowly.) As you might expect for that price, the print quality is not awesome, but it's tolerable (depending on the type of camera you're using to post to Insta in the first place). Thus far, I'm really loving this one.
Number two option--Blurb.
I don't love Blurb for larger books--the software runs clunky-slow on my Mac--but for little books, it really shines!
Using Blurb's software to "slurp" my photos from Flickr, I can put together a small book that looks great in no time. This book, for example, was one I made so that the Kid could look at the photos of our St. Louis trip. It took 15 minutes from start to checkout. That's my kind of album making!
Blurb also has about a million options--hardcover, softcover, about any size you could want, all kinds of paper choices--which, in addition to giving you good creative options, also gives you a nice variety of pricing options. You can go all-out if you're making an heirloom book, or get away a little cheaper if you just want something for your sticky-handed four-year-old to tote around.
And three--an Instax printer.
This was a Christmas present from my Dad and I'm loving it. Neither the printer, nor the film is inexpensive, but the polaroid-style prints are such fun.
The Instax printer connects wirelessly with your phone, so you can take your shot and get it edited all pretty before you print. (Much better than the Instax cameras in that regard.) Then, you can tuck them in letters, tape them to the wall, prop them up on your desk at work. Truly, these little guys are adorable just about everywhere!
What do you use to print more of your photos?