It’s October. You don’t need to tell me, I am aware. In fact, I just finished round one of Thanksgiving grocery shopping, in which I calmly purchase all the trimmings (round two is where I run around madly trying to find the turkey I should have ordered weeks ago). So why, then, am I writing a post encouraging you to get started on holiday Photobooks?
Four reasons, really:
(1) The more time you put into them, the better they will look. As we’ve said before, Photobooks are completely customizable. As such, they are a reflection of your taste and your design skills. So give yourself time to contemplate the cover, the page layout, whether to add text and what you should say…. Not to mention the fact that your photo collection is probably huge and it will take time to browse through them all to find the best ones to include. It’s all in your hands.
(2) You’ll also have time to create multiple versions, customized for each recipient. Family and friends love getting Photobooks, and when they receive one with images and even a theme chosen specially for them, they appreciate them all the more. Trust me, it’s the kind of thing that will anoint you as a Holiday Living Legend.
(3) Avoid a mad panic. Photobooks are generally ready for pickup from the Photolab in 5-7 business days. Still, do you really want the stress of waiting for it to be ready so it can be picked up or shipped in time? Of course you don’t. (Refer to my earlier turkey parable for proof.) When it comes to this kind of thing, you’re either early or you’re late. Be early.
(4) It’s fun. When you’re not in a mad panic, it’s fun to go back through your photos and reminisce. Building a special Photobook for someone lets you do that. But when you wait until the last minute and then you have to bang something together in a rush, you rob yourself of that opportunity.
Sure, you may have read a thing or two here on the Photoblog about how easy it is to use the Photolab Home Edition software, and as this post demonstrates, it is just that easy. But don’t let this be a reason to become all complacent about it. Start today! Or at least get your wheels turning. Think about the recipients, and possible themes. Think about the albums you’re going to pick from, and what pics might look good on the cover. Swing by your local Photolab and check out some samples to get a sense of what your hard copy might look like. By getting on it now, you’ll be able to give it the two things that make any gift a keeper: thought and time.