Monday, August 17, 2015


I'm on a mommy Facebook group and I've been wanting to try to create a photo book for my family.

Unfortunately, I lack both time and energy to create a beautiful book. I was considering paying $50 to Artisan State and joining their pro plan. Apparently if you do that, if you send all your photos to them, they will create a photo book for you. Including laying out the pages and photos, touching them up, etc! Sounds perfect to me!

 But.. the other day on my mommy Facebook group, someone mentioned Chatbooks. They have a mobile only and will suck down the photos from your Instagram feed to create a 60 page photo book for only $6!!! SIX DOLLARS!

That is a steal. Unfortunately, I do not use Instagram because of privacy concerns (they track your location, read all your contacts, etc.)

BUT, I do have many, many photos on my Google Photo account. Chatbooks also offers a "Custom Book" option which lets you create a photo book from photos on your phone. So that's the route that I'm trying to go down.. currently with limited success.

Basically, I created a photo album of "2014 Faves" on Google photos. I created collages of many of my photos to reduce the number of pages I would require. Then, I downloaded the photos into a Dropbox folder. Then from the Dropbox web page (not the mobile app), I downloaded the photos onto my Nexus tablet. From there, I used RAR, which is an app to unzip *.zip files, to get the photos on my tablet.

 Sadly, when I imported the photos into the Chatbooks app, they all came in random order. I'm trying to manually sort the photos into order so I can order my book, but it's so tedious and I am ready to give up. Sigh. I will keep you posted on whether I eventually succeed at this task.