Blog friends, I finally finished our first Blurb book. Yay! Blurb is the digital photo album software I decided to go with after spending way too much time researching photo book companies. And now, the hard part… waiting for my first ever annual family photo album to arrive. Eeek!!!!
You might remember me agonizing over photo album decisions here and on facebook. Well, I decided to switch from traditional scrapbooking to digital photo albums, and I’m SO happy I did. Here are 7 reasons that I think I might be in love with digital photo albums.
No setup/ clean up
Because all it requires is opening my computer, I can work on the album even if I only have 30 minutes. No more pulling all those scrapbooking supplies out and cleaning it all up. I can work on it when I travel too, because all I need is my computer.
The supplies (your computer) for a digital book take up less space than all that scrapbooking stuff. paper cutters, punches, and stickers, oh my. And the albums. Let’s not forget the albums. They are SO large. So pretty. And so fun. But, so large! If you know me well, you know I HATE clutter. So the idea of tossing all my scrapbooking stuff in exchange for a thin, hardcover photo book that has way more pages anyway… well, let’s just say to call that exciting would be an understatement.
Trial and error
You can arrange and rearrange your pages and photos as you go. For this first book I did, I started making a 2013 book at the very end of 2013. Once I had already done most of it, I stumbled across a photo folder that I had accidentally forgotten about. It was so easy to go back and insert those photos in and rearrange other ones accordingly.
I’m sure no one else will want all 130 pages of my 2013 family photo album. But, if they did, I could easily send them a copy. Or I could make a more 30 page photo album of a family vacation and gift it to everyone who was on the trip. Or gift a mini album of our girls to all the grandparents. (I love saying that… our girls… it melts my mommy heart to mush.)
Price & Time
Blurb is slightly more expensive than some options. I was willing to pay for the customization and quality. Even using a higher end photo album company like Blurb, creating and ordering a digital album is still cheaper than printing all the photos & buying all the supplies for a traditional scrapbook. And once you get the hang of it, a digital photo album is definitely faster to make.
Plus, if you don’t want to invest as much, there are a ton of other cheaper digital photo album companies that do a great job for less moola- Shutterfly and Mixbook are very popular. (Update Nov 2016: I’ve written an extensive review of how much I love Mixbook for easy and inexpensive photo albums. Mixbook is great for drag and drop albums that are pre-designed whereas Blurb is better for simple white backgrounds.)
I think it’s easier to organize and keep track of digital photos than printed ones. (Here’s my method for organizing digital photos.) You have to print all those photos for a scrapbook and then keep track of them until you are actually ready to make a page. I consider myself a fairly organized person and it was still hard for me to figure out how to organize printed photos. I would always end up losing some of the first ones I printed, reprinting them, and then stumbling on the first ones later.
Trips to Walgreens
Speaking of printing photos, doing a digital album saves you a trip to Walgreens! Or multiple trips if you are like me and would go to the wrong Walgreens. [Gotta love that photo-department employee who looks at you like you are nuts as you insist you ordered photos 2 hours ago… and they would be correct. Because you ordered them at one of the other Walgreens in town. Ay ay ay. Am I the only one?!!?!?]
As far as cons go….
Honestly, the only con to making digital photo albums that I can think of is that some people prefer the hard printed photo. I can totally relate. I love flipping through a stack of photos hot off the press. Or staring at all the pretty ones in frames on your wall. But, I think thumbing through a digital book is equally as fun. The fun part is the pictures! In fact, a lot of people are starting to scan old photos and album pages and have them printed digitally anyway. Digital albums are better for long-term preservation and a major space saver.
So, have I convinced you to try digital photo albums?
So there you have it. I’m officially pro-digital. Neither my formerly-loved scrapbooking stuff nor my never-been-used-Project-Life-Album will be making the 1500 mile trek back to Nebraska with us.
I’m waiting to order my album until after our impending cross country move, but once it’s here, I’ll snap some pictures of it, and share the beauty!
[Update: Here are a few shots of my first ever Blurb book from 2013.]
The image wrap quality is amazing, and I love the title on the binding.
I love the way the text page turned out, so I plan to add more text in my next albums.
In real life, the pictures on the pages feel BIG. Next time, I’ll likely have smaller or more pictures per page.
I like the way the layouts below turned out better than the above layouts. The white border helps with the visual aesthetic a lot.
The picture on the right is a BIG image from instagram. Again, the quality is impressive!