I've been making photo books. It makes me feel productive. When I discovered chatbooks, I felt like Queen of the family documentary world. It's SO EASY and SO CHEAP.
This is not a sponsored post. I swear. I just can't believe that a project that has been on my list forever (making photo books of all my Instagrams), took a couple of hours and a few bucks and now is done. And each time I fill up a new book's worth of current Instagrams, a new book will automatically come in the mail. Talk about filling a niche in the market!
Here's how it works:
Chatbooks is an app for your phone. Download the app, then sign up for an account. Link it to your Instagram and suddenly ALL your Instagrams appear, in 60-page photo books. If you're like me, that means there will be a LOT of books.
Name your series whatever you want. I think the default was "Laura's Instagrams" or something, but I changed it to The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You, because that's how I feel about phone photography.
You can choose between a few settings, such as whether or not you want to include the captions in your book. I debated about this, since some of the captions really "made" the photo, but ultimately decided it was cleaner just to do the photos.
Then you can go in and delete photos you don't want in the book, and change the covers. You should scroll back and start with book 1, because the books automatically fill to 60 pages, so as you delete photos and make changes, it shifts all the order throughout all the books. So if you start with book 1, you won't have any confusion later. (I know this seems self-evident, but I didn't totally understand how it was working at first and tried to make changes to the latest book instead of the earliest before I realized what the automatic filler was doing. Also, you definitely don't have to order all your Instagrams from all time, so if you're uninterested in starting from scratch, this advice doesn't apply to you. Start wherever you want.)
It's so simple and intuitive to delete, rearrange, and change the covers. I had 22 volumes, so it took me a few hours, but I sat and did it while watching tv and it flew by. You double check that everything looks, how you want, then order. The books are SIX DOLLARS EACH. $6. Each. I'm not even sure how that works, but I couldn't order fast enough. My entire order for all the Instagrams of my life was roughly $122 and they came in under a week. This is a pretty staggering deal.
The best part is that they'll keep coming as you fill up the books. I haven't reached capacity for my next book, but they say they'll email or alert me three days before it ships in case I want to go in and make changes. (And I most assuredly will, the covers are important to me.)
At the price, I was worried that the quality would be bad, but they're not! They're very similar to what I've gotten from all the other photo book places I've tried, a matte finish cover and nice weight to the pages.
Try it out, then come back and thank me later.