Thursday, September 15, 2016

Don't Keep Your Pictures in the Dark!

by Linda



Raise your hand if you scrapbook! Good for you! You are well schooled in the art of printing your pictures! Your hobby requires you to take it, print it, scrap it. I quite admire your creative talents and look with envy upon the pages you create! Such genius! Such imagination! Your books are amazing!

Sadly, I posses none of the talents that make a good scrapbooker.  I have always been pretty good at getting the pictures printed but then they were put in one of those generic nameless/faceless books. But I did (usually) put dates and events to each photo. (breaking my arm patting myself on the back here!)

But, oh you many scrapbookers, but what do you do with the pictures on your phone? Quick, go grab your phone and tell me how many pictures are in your camera roll. I'll wait.......
I currently have 2065.

what!

Yes, 2065 just in the past 2 years.

So, how many do you have? And how many have seen the light of day? Do they just reside quietly on your phone? Do you ever think "I should print that one"

Now, turning to Instagrammers, how many pictures are in your gallery? I have 1326. I started Instagramming in 2011. How many of your Instagram pictures have seen the light of day?

I am going to rock your world and tell you that you too can print ALL the photos hiding on your phone and/or Instagram. And you don't have to do anything! (well, not anything much)

One word- Chatbooks

It's an app, it's in the App Store and Google Play, and it's free. (my favorite thing!) Get it now! I'll wait...


You can set it up to create books from your photostream on your phone or Instagram. I choose Instagram. Each book has 60 pictures. I got 23 books, so far.



You can choose soft or hard cover. I chose hard cover for $2 more per book. My total for each book was $8.



Each spine will have the volume number with the date range. How fun is that!


But, Linda, I don't like EVERY picture in my stream! No problem! You can choose to skip any picture you don't like. Chatbooks keeps track up to 60 pictures and creates a book.


Each book is 6"x6" and your pictures are printed 4"x4". And BONUS! the date of each pictures is printed in the top left and if you added a description when you put it on Instagram, the description prints below the picture!

If you decide to print all your photostream/Instagram but don't feel like robbing a bank, Chatbooks will ship out however many you want at whatever interval you want. Once you are all caught up, Chatbooks will keep track of your pictures and when you hit the magic number-60-Chatbooks will ask you if you are ready for your next book. You can look at it and take out any photos you deem inappropriate.

If you take a vacay or go to an event and/or you have pictures from that, you can make a Chatbook with those pictures!

Chatbooks also offers beautiful 5"x5" prints on heavy cardstock.

Easy peasy! What are you waiting for? Get those pictures out of the dark! It's fun to look through the books!

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you're welcome!

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disclaimer: the people at Chatbooks don't know me from Adam. I'm just a happy camper and wanted to share

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13 comments:

Sandra said...

What a great idea!

AFishGirl said...

Looks great!

Carol said...

Wow Linda -that sounds like fun! I usually upload mine to Lightroom but this is so much cuter!

kelly said...

OH MY GOSH!

linda this is a game changer! thanks for sharing this awesome app!!

terriporter said...

Yes, yes, and yes! Yes to printing your photos for sure. I confess to being a scrapbooker since 1997 and although my scrapbooks are simpler now, I still print and preserve my photos in one form or another. Like Carol, I import my phone photos to Lightroom right along with my big camera photos and since I am doing Project Life, they are often printed as well. I clear off my phone every month when the photos are imported to LR and so I don't have a lot of photos on my phone at any one time. But these Chatbooks! I can hardly contain my excitement! I have heard of them but your ringing endorsement has me heading for my phone to get the app and start ordering books! Thanks for sharing this, Linda!

Rhadonda Sedgwick said...

I just started Chatbooks last month. Already have my second one on it's way. So far I am doing soft cover but the hard cover sure looks tempting though wouldn't it then be $10, adding the $2 to the $8? Anywho they are great to work with and super simple. I even manage mine through my desktop! Thanks for sharing about them!

Focusing on Life said...

Fun idea. My grand-daughter-in-law does this with all the pics she takes of her family and has them displayed. It's a great idea. Thanks for sharing the info!!

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

This looks so good even the shipping is pretty reasonable for the UK...

Dotti said...

This is a fantastic tip, Linda! Since I use regular photo books for trips and special memories, this will blend right in.

Adrienne said...

I love these guys! GREAT way to showcase pics!! Check out my blog today - I endorsed a company too...just cause I love them - I think it'd be right up your alley!! http://mymemoryart.blogspot.com/2016/09/one-of-my-new-favorite-things.html

heyjudephotography said...

Wow Linda, I can't wait to get this and get some books made!!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Fabulous idea - NEED to do this!!!
Camera Roll - 5,154
Instagram - 1107 and that is after going through a phase and deleting a lot of them.

Michele.NYC said...

I'm sold! Will start with my Instagram posts. Thanks for sharing.

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