I was recently introduced to a fun way to create a photo album that looks like a scrapbook without the mess of scrapbooking or the time it takes. The trick?
A PhotoBook from HP (Hewlitt Packard)!
What's super cool is that the HP PhotoBook comes with the software needed. It's fun to work with, and really easy. I do wish the program provided even more templates (it comes with about 20), but on the other hand, because of its simplicity and limited choices, you can create a photobook quickly.
Also included in the kit along with the software: a hardbound PhotoBook cover (sizes available: 8-1/2"x11" and 5"x7"), directions and 12 sheets of photo paper. In other words, you'll get everything you need except the computer and the printer (you can't expect that, too, can you?).
I'm making one for Christmas for Tim's grandmother, who is 94 years old, so I've been playing around with the program for the past few days.
To make a PhotoBook, you open the program (provided) in your computer, then simply choose a template, choose which photos to use, and write some text if you'd like.
Then, you simply print out the pages on the provided paper, or you have a print service do the printing, and then...insert the printed pages into the PhotoBook! That's it!
If you don't feel like you're a creative person, this is really great for you. You'll look like a Creative Queen!
If you are someone who loves creativity and always wants to do more to every project (I totally understand), you'll like knowing that the photobook expands beyond the 12 provided pages, so you can also insert traditional scrapbook pages into the hardbound covers.
I think Tim's Grandma is going to be so pleased! And I'm pleased to have a gift for her that is so meaningful yet quick to make.
Soon, I will blog my final product to you. I'm pretty sure Grandma doesn't get on the Internet. She doesn't even own a computer (why bother, when you're 94?!).
One of you will be pleased as well, because I have a
spare PhotoBook to give away!
You'll get a 5"x7" pink or green photobook, mailed to you, for free!
Put a comment below by Friday midnight (December 7th). On Saturday, I'll put your names in a sock and have our 4yo pick one out. She won't have a clue how to cheat!
Please be sure that I know how to contact you. You don't have to put your email address in the comment box, if your comment links back to your blog or another place where I can email you.
I can't wait to see who wins!
by Lori Seaborg 2007