Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Gift for the Bride-to-Be

This post is not sponsored, I am just genuinely obsessed with photo albums.

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly


I love taking photos. I always have and I probably always will there's just something fun to me about documenting life with the people I love and the experiences we have that gets my blood pumping. 

For a long long time I was a hardcore scrapbooker. You know.. paper, scissors, stickers, the works. But life got busy, and my scrapbooks sit half-completed on bookshelf... Not to mention I didn't keep up with any current books at all. Sure, I managed to squeak out a couple pages when I was still single and if I had a three day weekend, but those crafting days were far and few between. So what's a memory making, scrapbook loving, busy girl to do? Go digital! Duh. 

So its been about 5 years since I made the switch to 100% digital scrapbooking. It just makes the most sense for this season of life where my crafting time is extremely limited. Besides, it's the most cost-effective option as well... I don't have to print the pictures I don't have to buy an album I don't have to buy paper, stickers... you get the idea. 

One of my favorite gifts to give over the last 5 years has been albums to my closest girlfriends. It started off with my best friend Leah and then trickled down to everyone else.

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly


Since I'm the paparazzi of the group, and I'm always taking photos, it seems only fitting that I document the journey of each of their weddings. I aptly named the albums "The journey to becoming Mr. and Mrs. _____".

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly


I took photos from their engagements all the way through the rehearsal dinners (with everything in between) and compiled them in a digital scrapbook. It made the perfect gift for the bride and groom on their one year anniversary. It took a little work and time to upload everything and do some journaling in the scrapbook, but it's nice that the photos have a home and they can be enjoyed rather than just being stored on my external hard drive. 

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly



I've tried several different websites for photo books and my favorite, by far, is Shutterfly.

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Here's why: the website is user friendly, the quality is exceptional, and they offer so many deals and coupons that the price can't be beat... Believe me I've done my research and I've tried.

A Gift For The Bride-to-Be from the maid of honor #engaged #wedding #Shutterfly


Shutterfly also has amazing customer service. On the rare occasion that something has been wrong with an item I ordered, Shutterfly has been quick to send a replacement at no additional charge. 

So, this year I working really hard on uploading photos and putting them in my 2015 book every Sunday (my own version of Scrapbook Sunday via A Beautiful Mess).

I am also making my own "Becoming Mr. and Mrs. Laney" album with all the details as we plan our summer wedding! Eeep!

If you're interested in making your own album, click here and take advantage of Shutterfly running a promotion for 50% off hard cover photobooks (and 30% off everything else) with the code "HAPPYFOURTH" through tomorrow, July 8, 2015.


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Now, if only I could win the lotto and have as much crafting time as my creative heart desires.

Hey, a girl can dream.


This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links which result in a small commission. All the opinions, scrapbooks and the paparazzi-status are all mine.

9 comments:

  1. Aww, this is really, really sweet! I'm sure your friends appreciate these gifts so much!

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  2. I love photo books! I'm getting married in September, and I agree. This would be a great gift to receive as a bride! :)

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  3. It was so fun to put together and to give to them.

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  4. Congrats on your engagement, Natalie!

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  5. What a great gift idea! Photo books are a wonderful way to be able to get photos off the computer. My mom made one of my brother's wedding, and it's such a great way to remember the day. I'm definitely planning to make one for my wedding later this year. You can't possibly display all the pictures in your house, but having them in a book to flip through is a great option.

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  6. I'm a bride to be and would love this gift!

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  7. Me too!!! hahaha. I will be making one for myself. :)

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  8. Thanks Jenna! I love flipping through photobooks (as long as they aren't magnetic... those make me want to cry)

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