Capturing a Year of Memories with Shutterfly Photo Books + AmEx $25 Giveaway!

Anyone else have hundreds or thousands of photos that they’ve taken, but haven’t done anything with them aside posting the occasional photo on social media or flipping through photos on your phone. I absolutely treasure all the photos that we have taken, especially those that showcase our everyday lives and the milestones that our children keep reaching at an astonishing rate. I always have the intention of making a photo book with them, but just can’t seem to find the time.

I’ve thought about scrapbooking, but let’s be honest — I definitely don’t have time for that with two little ones to take care of. Online photo books seemed great but the thought of sorting through all my photos and picking which ones to feature was overwhelming, much less organizing them into a book and choosing the embellishments.

Until Now!


When I heard about the Shutterfly Make My Book Service, I knew that I had to give it a try and I’m so glad that I did! It was so easy and took all the stress out of it for me. The Make My Book Service is free to get started and you pay a small design fee ($9.99) if you decide to order the book. The design process was so easy.  It took less than an hour to  setup my book.  Within several days they emailed me a preview of my book to edit/approve (I changed nothing on mine — it was perfect) and I was done!



With the Make My Book service you get a professionally designed book made for you by one of their fabulous book creators. You can choose exactly what photos you want or allow them to select the best photos for you (that’s what I did to save myself time and the thought of having to pick favorites out of hundreds of photos). When it arrived in the mail, I was so impressed with the quality of the book. The photos are crisp, design is fabulous, heavyweight pages and simply an amazing way to capture all of your friends and families special moments.



I’ll definitely be using the Make My Book service in the future. The nominal design fee is worth every penny when it comes to a well designed, aesthetic book that I barely had to spend any time creating. I’m planning on creating books at least once a year to capture all the special moments in our lives (vacations, graduations, birthdays). I’ll definitely be keeping Shutterfly Make My Book in mind for unique and thoughtful wedding, birthday, anniversary or Christmas gifts.



Be sure to check out Shutterfly Make My Book and all their other great products too! I guarantee that you’ll be so happy with your book. I love this service so much that I’m running a giveaway for a $25 American Express Gift Card to go towards making your own Shutterfly photo book! Enter below. 🙂

$25 American Express Gift Card

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By | 2016-10-23T20:16:59+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|family, reviews|52 Comments


  1. Kaitlyn Milby October 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Shari October 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love Shutterfly books. I’m overdue for making new ones, though, because the last one I made was about S’ first 6 months of life and she’s 5 now!

  3. Erin Ruoff October 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Love love loveeeeee me some shutterfly!

  4. Jessica October 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I love Shutterfly! It’s my go to gift for grandparents.

  5. Rachel Dean October 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I want to make a calendar for myself and parents.

  6. Tami Elizabeth October 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    What a cute book! I love how easy it was to make too!

  7. Maria October 23, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    I love picture books but have never used this service. I’m going to look into it!

  8. Lexi October 24, 2016 at 12:05 am - Reply

    This is SO me! I must have thousands of photos just sitting on my computer. Love how easy these are to make!

  9. Fawn October 24, 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

    We love Shutterfly! Their books always turn out so great.

  10. Kristen October 24, 2016 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I’d like to gift a personalized calendar.

  11. Krista Nile October 24, 2016 at 1:50 am - Reply

    What a great idea!

  12. madi October 24, 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

    This is such a fabulous idea! Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Samantha Kuzyk October 24, 2016 at 3:18 am - Reply

    What a great photo book service! The perfect gift for loved ones!

  14. Taylor Pilkington October 24, 2016 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Awh, photo books are awesome! I bought a few when Penelope was a baby and we still enjoy thumbing through them!

  15. Edward October 24, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I like the “DESK CALENDARS”.

  16. Lisa Brown October 24, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I would give a personalized paperweight

  17. Janet W. October 24, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I would love to gift the Family Love Hugs Desktop Plaque to my daughter so she can put this on her desk at home.

  18. anna October 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I love Shutterfly. They always make such good products and their prints are so clear. I also love how fast they ship.

  19. Julie Wood October 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    I would love to get Personalized Christmas Cards this year. They have a great selection!

  20. mami2jcn October 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I’d love a photo blanket.

  21. Michael October 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    This is why I love photo albums, I’ll need to look into getting that discount.

  22. chanel October 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    i love albums so much because they are so easy to store and i don’t have to worry about pictures being bent or scattered all over our house!

  23. Beth Newcomb October 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Really cool service they’re providing! $10 is totally worth the time it takes to lay photo books out. I know as I have now made a bunch for our family, but I’ve spent the first 6 months of baby girl’s life trying to just make one and with two kids that always need my attention, I think I need to be less controlling and let Shutterfly help me out! Lolol Thanks for sharing! ❤

  24. Katie Garday October 24, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    This is so much easier than the hassle and mess of scrap booking. I have used Shutterfly before and absolutely love them! Thank you for sharing!

  25. Elena October 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I would like to get a photo book

  26. Rosie October 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I love the Mittens Statement Glass Ornaments. It would be fun to have everyone’s name on their own ornament for the tree!

  27. Claudia October 24, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Love this!! I have a ton to make

  28. Kristeena October 24, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Such a cute book! Definitely need to make 1… or 3 of these!

  29. Eryka October 24, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Love shutterfly

  30. shelly peterson October 24, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I would love to do a Woven Photo Blanket for my Mom.

  31. Jessica October 25, 2016 at 1:12 am - Reply

    This is so me… guilty of never getting pictures developed! These books are a great idea!

  32. val October 25, 2016 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Such a fantastic idea – I’ve spent HOURS placing the photos in some of my books. Will totally have to try this!

  33. ashley houston October 25, 2016 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I love my shutterfly books! Such a wonderful way to keep memories

  34. lindsay October 25, 2016 at 4:02 am - Reply

    I haven’t made a Shutterfly book in way too long (since my wedding 5 years ago!), but I totally need to change that. I love them!

  35. Shahla October 25, 2016 at 4:50 am - Reply

    This has been my New Year’s Resolution for the past 4 years to make photo books for the past 4 years! I seriously need to come through on this lol!!

  36. Laurajj October 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh…they have a memory game!!!!!! Oh that would be so fun to put some of our families favorite pictures on to play the game! Oh I have to get this!

  37. Lee Mckeon October 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    I would love to get my daughter a pet bowl for her new puppy!

  38. Natalie October 26, 2016 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I would LOVE to give a photo blanket to my brother! I would put pictures of his dog on it.

  39. Cheryl B October 26, 2016 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I would like a photo mug for my dad.

  40. Linda October 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I love mugs with pictures on them.

  41. Leslie October 28, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I love this! Such a neat idea! 🙂

  42. Kim S October 29, 2016 at 12:53 am - Reply

    I love photo books, especially for grandparents gifts!

  43. Sarah Hayes October 29, 2016 at 3:44 am - Reply

    I love the photo book for myself

  44. Barbara Montag October 29, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

    A great gift for anyone – Classic Black And White Easel Calendar.
    thank you

  45. Amber Hensley October 30, 2016 at 4:25 am - Reply

    I would love to gift a photo book to my Mother!!

  46. maleficent October 31, 2016 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    i would love a photo book for my mom

  47. Steve Weber November 1, 2016 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Desk calendars or hanging calendars would be an amazing idea..

  48. Heather D November 1, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I like the photo blankets.

  49. Rachel November 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I would make a easel calendar for my parents and in-laws.

  50. Stephanie Albro November 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I love the rustic memory ornament. I would like one to commemorate my son’s 1st Christmas!

  51. Annamarie V November 7, 2016 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I love ordering coffee mugs from shutterfly with pictures from the year.

  52. Chrissy November 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I would love to make a memory game for my daughter! She’s just starting to get into games and I think it’d be so much fun to make one with a family picture!

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