(This is an unpaid review of My Publisher, by the way!)
In the last six months or so, several My Publisher photo book daily deals have popped up, and I’ve snagged them almost every time.
Before this, I’d never made a photo book except by scrapbooking, and now I’ve done five. So, I thought I’d let you all know what I think so far.
The My Publisher software, which is free to download, is pretty easy to use, and it allows for quite a bit of customization. I’ve gotten a little better at using it as time has gone along, so my later books look better than my first.
There are lots of different templates and page layouts, so even if you haven’t got a good sense of how to arrange photos on a page, you could definitely do this.
You can get pretty fancy, but so far, I’ve been leaning toward a more minimalist look.
This is definitely faster than traditional scrapbooking, and the books take up a lot less space than scrapbooks, so that’s a plus.
I do feel like I have more creative control when I’m scrapbooking, but on the other hand, it’s not like I was getting any scrapbooking done recently.
So, by choosing to do these books, I’m not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Once you make your book, you’ll get hit with a lot of upgrade options during the checkout process.
You can get regular pages, which curl like this:
Or you can get lay-flat pages, which are awfully nice, I must admit.
Another choice you’ll make is between regular paper or super glossy paper. I’ve ordered one of my five with regular paper, and I regret it. The pictures are not nearly as sharp and clear on the regular paper, so I’d recommend springing for the glossy paper.
The lay-flat pages and glossy paper cost about $10 apiece, but when I was paying for my books, I found that if I kept on clicking “no”, eventually a pop-up screen appeared, offering me lay-flat pages and glossy paper for a discount. I have no idea if that happens all the time, but if you get that pop-up, take it! It’s a great deal, and those are two upgrades that are very worth it.
You’ve also got several cover choices. The linen cover, which I’ve done for four of my books, is available at no extra charge, and you can also choose a dust jacket cover, a leather cover (which is WAY expensive), or a photo cover. One of my daily deals included the photo cover at no extra change, and I really like it.
I’m not sure I’d pay a ton extra for it, but for no extra fee, I was all in.
The nice thing about the photo cover is that you can put the title on the spine, and that makes it easy to pull out the book you’re looking for.
This is faster than scrapbooking, but is it cheaper?
Well, if you get a daily deal, I’d definitely say yes. I paid around $10 or so for my books through the deal, and then I spent another $10 on upgrades, and I know I couldn’t put together a 20-page scrapbook for that little.
And really, even if I paid full price for the photo book, it would probably still be cheaper than a scrapbook because there are lots of costs even with cheap scrapbooking (at the very least, you need an album, paper, and photos.)
I don’t know that I’ll officially give up scrapbooking, but My Publisher is definitely helping me to work through my backlog of unscrapbooked photos, and for that, I’m grateful.
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