I love everything about photography: the composition of photos, telling a story, looking back at memories. Unfortunately, in this digital age, so many people take photos and just sweep through them on their phones!
Scrapbooking is my go-to hobby, along with card-making. There’s nothing better than giving someone a handmade card or album that you personalized just for them – and with cards running $5-9 a pop, sometimes card making can be cost effective in the long run (depending on how many papercrafting supplies you purchase!)… I could talk about craft supplies for days.
Anyway, back to the point. Scrapbooking isn’t digital. It’s physical evidence, with printed photos, flipping through pages, designed however I desire. In order to scrapbook, I need to actually PRINT photos. Even with backup USB’s and backup websites, I still want a guarantee I’ll have those photos forever – and the only way to do that, is to print them!
Printing can be pricy. But, of course, I save up my photos until there’s a great coupon. Right now on shutterfly, they are offering $20 off of a $20 purchase (on basically anything – prints, cards, address labels, photo books, photo gifts)! I made sure my total hit just at the $20 mark. With tax and shipping, I paid under $10 total for 147 4×6″ photos. This ended up being cheaper than going to a drug store or big box chain to print them – plus I don’t need to leave my house, and they’re delivered right to my mailbox. Use code FIRSTGIFT until October 14th at checkout. Plus, If you spend over $39, there is also free shipping with code SHIP39.
Don’t have a shutterfly account yet? Go sign up. You’ll automatically get 101 free prints just for signing up. They offer free, unlimited photo storage, which works as a great back-up system to your phone or computer.
So, next time you are showing photos to your friends and family, don’t hand them your phone, hand them actual photos!