Disclosure: I received a Shutterfly Photo Book and compensation as thanks for reviewing the Shutterfly Photo Book iPad app. All opinions expressed are mine.
Alice turned two this April, and she did not have a baby book.
I, however, was carrying around a load of mom guilt that would fill an entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica.
You see, by age two my oldest child Charlie had two bursting scrapbook-style baby books, painstakingly handmade by me. When second child Eve was a baby, she did not have a finished baby book, but she did have big hatbox bursting with notes and photos and items that I intended to include in a baby book, once I found the time.
You know what happened. With two kids, I never found the time. Instead when Eve was two I spent several days creating for Eve a gorgeous, hardcover baby book digitally with Shutterfly. It arrived bound and beautiful and has become one of her most treasured possessions.
Third child Alice needed her own, but I was having a hard time carving out the time to digitally create a baby book. I was daunted by the fact that my digital images of her were in many places: our family computer, my personal laptop, external hard drives, clouds and of course, all those places where I gleefully shared her baby pictures on social media. Facebook. Instagram. Flickr. Shutterfuly albums so the grandparents could order hard copies.
Alice did not have a hatbox full of potential baby book items. She had massive virtual shoe boxes all over the place. There was too much to sort through; it was overwhelming.
Then I was asked to review Shutterfly’s new free iPad app, Shutterfly Photo Book. I put the review on my bloggy to-do list. Ho hum, a cool review and a giveaway for readers, I thought.
I had no idea that when I used the app the heavens would open up and hand me the easiest baby book in the history of parental guilt.
The Shutterfly Photo Book iPad app curates all your photos from Facebook, Istagram, your device storage and your Shutterfly galleries and allows you to simply swipe them into fabulous photo book templates. You then add text, choose formats, designs, even add audio messages. Then, fast as that, a printed copy photo book will be arriving in the mail in a few days and you also receive a digital version you can share with friends via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
I created the best baby book a child in our family has received during the time it took me to finish a glass of wine. And this is not because I was buzzed — it was because this awesome free app made it totally easy.
There are some bugs that Shutterfly is still ironing out. It took me a few attempts to be able to sync to Facebook. Since Shutterfly has acquired Kodak the checkout process seemed a bit unwieldy. Those kinks will probably be worked out in updates.
Please note that the app is only compatible with ipad 2 generations or later and iPad minis, so if you have an original iPad you are out of luck.
I totally recommend this new free app for iPad, and I will be using it to create lots of photo books for our family and for gifts this holiday season.
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