Create Photobooks With Shutterfly

HOW TO: Choose a Photo Book Website and Still Have Time for Tea

So, you have scanned our photo tips and you’ve embraced our tiny reminders. You’ve joined our email list so you don’t have to keep comin’ to our website. So smart, Mom. What’s next? Finding the easiest to use photo book website. How can you do this? Look for features, of course. Ease of use. Flexibility. Storage capacity. Customer service. Longevity. PRICE! Look at that you ARE ONE AND DONE already because…we have done all this for you (you are so very welcome!) Our big conclusion: no one beats Shutterfly at the moment. No one. Promise. Check it out at for more info, but for now, take a quick scan at the benes we found with this site. And then go drink that cup of tea! What Busy Moms Love about Shutterfly: 

1.   Shutterfly is FREE and doesn’t require you to make purchases from their site. Your account is never deleted. Ever.

2.   New Shutterfly customers get 50 free 4×6 prints to get started. Love free stuff.

3.   Photo sharing galleries with your unique URL offer password protection. Cool. Shutterfly's share site FAQ.

4.  Unlimited “cloud” storage with no file size limits means you can access your photos online from ANY computer. This is HUGE. Their new “Custom Path” feature means more photo book creativity for you at no additional cost.

5.   Archive DVDs of your full resolution photos are available for purchase to back up images or just have on hand at home.

6.   Photos can be shared instantly—friends can see them without signing up. (I don’t quite understand this—seems close to the next bullet so can it be combined?) · You can share your photos, photo books or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Blogger.

7.   Any Facebook photos-yours, your friends’ or any photo where you are tagged-can easily become a photo book.

8.   Tons of personalized gifts transform your photos into more than just a pretty picture.

9.   Their app uploads your iPhone photos into your Shutterfly albums directly from your smart phone. Very smart, indeed.

10.  And let’s not forget about videos:

  • Busy moms can upload up to 10 videos in almost any format or even better, bribe someone else in the family to do it!
  • Post your videos directly to your Shutterfly personalized Share site.
  • Email your videos to family and friends.
  • Share your videos on Facebook and other social networking sites.
  • Upgrade to the Premium Video Plan for unlimited video storage, video downloads and HD-quality playback.
  • Find out more about Shutterfly's video solution.

Applause, Applause! Whether you choose their “simple path” system that arranges photos into a book in chronological order or their new “custom path” which offers more creativity but still requires only a tiny bit of effort, Shutterfly is the way to go. This could change. We live in a capitalistic society—companies come and go—but for now, Tiny Reminders says go to and get started busy Mom!


Photo Organization

Very Basic photo organization tips:

Check  out our blog for more photo organization tips.

STEP 1. Organize your desktop folder. Open the 'Pictures' folder that comes with your computer software. Not there? Create one. You gave birth. You can do this. Now click to open that folder. Within the pictures folder, create a new folder titled: 2011 (or whatever year you wish)

Click to open your new folder '2011' and create 12 new folders inside that folder. Title each folder as follows so that it stays in order: year-month number-month spelled out (example: 2011-01-January). That way it stays in order and you always know which month/year you're viewing.

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STEP 2. Keep only your best pictures. Here's how you do it. You are great at deleting those photos of yourself that aren't flattering, right? Now just pretend everyone in the shot is YOU and if they don't look great, then delete!!

STEP 3. Back up photos every month or quarter. You can use an external hard drive, a storage device like a DVD or sign up with some cloud-based techno server like Mozy.

STEP 4. Download photos off your camera and smart phone every month. This is helped tremendously by a glass of champagne and/or a box of celebratory chocolate.

Other things we've learned:

I installed the DropBox App on my iPhone and it automatically saves all photos. Once a month I download from the DropBox web version and save to my desktop. Then I delete the photos from DropBox to save space. It’s FREE!

Store your smart phone, SLR and video camera all in one convenient spot in the kitchen. Keep them together with all the cables. Keep it in reach and in site AT ALL TIMES. Read more on our blog about camera storage solutions.

We've also learned that if you have a cute camera bag you'll be more likely to tote it around with you. These are a few of our favorite camera bags.


{Organization} Where to Store Your Camera

“A place for everything and everything in its place." That’s how we sisters were raised.

If we had a penny for every hour we spend organizing our world, we’d be able to buy out Harpo Productions. But we’d be even RICHER if we had a dime for every hour we spent looking for all those ‘organized’ items. How do our children do it? They can make the remote disappear faster than a mint julep on Derby day, the little darlings. Argggh! There is no way to avoid this part of mommyhood but you can exert a tiny bit of control over your camera storage so let’s discuss.
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