Friday, January 28, 2011

Shutterfly Review

Yay! It has finally arrived and I am pretty thrilled! You know how I mentioned that I needed to do our 2010 scrapbook? Well I did. Well it's not really a scrapbook - it's more of a photobook. Shutterfly was doing a special promotion that if you ordered by a certain time, you got 20% off of your order. I was in luck because of Best Buy, I was able to get a free 8X8 twenty page photobook, so I combined them together. I was able to make a seventy page photobook for a little more than $40 (free shipping after $40 too!).

I was a little disappointed with the size, but I guess I didn't think of what an 8X8 would look like. The title of our photobook is from a Dave Matthew's Band song titled, "You and Me" {even though apparently, I still got the words mixed up, ha}. 

I really liked Shutterfly but I wanted more of an appearance of a scrapbook. With Shutterfly you have to choose their layouts which only allowed a certain amount of backgrounds and little area to place text where you would want it. So many of my pages were left without text, which I really wanted more of. I didn't really love that part of Shutterfly. 

These colors look a lot more vibrant in person.

So I decided to give my photobook a personalized look, because that's more of what I was looking for. I really like stickers, so I had to add my own, which made it more customized. It might look a little trashy (does it make my photobook look trashy?), but it holds a lot more meaning. For example, for our Valentines Day, I trimmed down a heart sticky that I placed all over Trav's room. And on the next page, I put some 3D snowflakes to add some texture so the page wouldn't be so blah. 

I bought this sticker ("Our New Home") right when I found out that Trav bought a house. I couldn't of been happier when I realized that the sticker would fit perfectly on the page. Again, I was going for more of a customized look, and Shutterfly doesn't really have that. I tried not to go overboard on the stickers, because I'm not really sure how Trav will react, nor do I know if I will like them in the future, so I tried not to go too crazy, plus who knows if my stickers will fall off in the future.

Another thing that I am excited about is that with some personalized touches, I am able to add some of the paint samples and some little flowers that I put on my parent's invitation for their surprise 25th party. I would have shown you these pages (maybe I will later) but I couldn't find a dang glue stick.

I would recommend Shutterfly if you want something fast and easy.


1.) It's easier than putting together a whole scrapbook
2.) Less time consuming 
3.) Decent coupons and deals that seem to happen all the time.


1.) Not able to customize the pages as much as you'd like.
2.) Only a limited amount of text that can be added.

Update: If you're looking for a more customized look, check into Mixbook, it has great reviews. I like it better than Shutterfly. It's pretty easy, even though the tutorial is really short and doesn't explain everything. Mixbook is much more scrapbook friendly which allows you to put a huge selection of stickers, backgrounds, layouts and text wherever you'd like. This appeals to me more even though it is a little more costly and I don't really see any deals on it unlike Shutterfly. I'm pretty excited to see how our 2011 photobook will turn out. :) 

In no way did Shutterfly ask me to do a review. 
This is my personal experience with them 
and my own personal thoughts.


  1. what a super cute idea, love it! :)

  2. This is cool! I agree that it would be neat if it was more "scrapbookish", but you know, you can always add your own touches. It's a book, but it's your book, haha. I dare you; add a sticker. =]

  3. so cute...and a great idea!!! those will be so fun to have years from now! :)

  4. I love that so much! I really like the personal touches you added to it...definitely makes for a more special photo book! What a wonderful idea...maybe I should do something like that soon :)

  5. I love the embellishments you used. I've used shutterfly before and as easy it was, i really wanted more control over the picture placements, as well as the captions and stuff. I've been working on our wedding album for several months, and after doing a ton of research, I've found that Blurb let me do the most that I wanted. I remember looking into mixbook, but cant remember why I didnt go with it...

    let us know how the mixbook works for ya! i really love the blurb format, because you download the software and can do it all offline.

    good luck!

  6. I love the photobook - and your sticker touches! I'm excited to see how your 2011 one turns out, too - Mixbook looks fantastic. I finally ordered my shutterfly book yesterday and am anxious to see how it turned out. You're right - it was pretty easy. I didn't like the backgrounds much either - I would have preferred solid color backgrounds to the patterns they had.

  7. This is really cool! I've been looking into doing a similar book and you have helped further inspire me!


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