As any woman will tell you part of the fun of taking a trip to cool places is purchasing souvenirs!! But once you get home its the age-old question of where do you put them and how many shot glasses and picture frames do you really need? On our trip to Europe we limited the souvenirs as we traveled and only purchased a few items at our last stop. This was good since we were traveling frequently and had to carry our purchases with us!
After we arrived home I decided that I wanted to make a photo album (or photobook) in place of the souvenirs that we could have purchased. After getting married, I researched websites that you could use to make a “professional” looking photo album but never tried it out. I thought that our trip would be a perfect chance to try it out!
I chose Inkubook to make the book and had a great experience! Inkubook makes it easy to upload pictures and place them into layouts that give you options for 1 – 6+ photos on a page. You can also upload text if you want more of a story-type book! I originally was using the “Travel Journal” theme with an “11 x 8.5 – The Classic Landscape Hardcover Book.” Along the way I realized that my pictures had better impact with just plain black backgrounds so changing it was really easy!
It took me a while to get the hang of Silverlight, the software that Inkubook uses to design the photobooks. Once I got used to it, I was able to finish my book quickly. The only downside is that you have to use the predesigned layouts that are offered for each of the pages, and so if they do not have a layout that you like then you’ll have to try something similar. Also, printing can take 2 -6 business days. When you are so excited to see your book printed 2 -6 days is a long time to wait!
Overall, it was a good experience. I ended up paying $45.95 for my 11.5 x 8.5 hardbound book with 43 pages! I think a pretty good deal. Plus, I would spent much more than $46 on knickknacks during our trip and this book can decorate our coffee table tastefully for far longer than a “Toadal Choas, Bermuda” shot glass.