Cue a Facebook post asking my nearest and dearest for Instagram bookmaking recommendations. Cue me heading over to Artifact Uprising and going "YES, YES, YESSSSSS!" Cue squealing one week later when this package hit my doorstep.
And then more squealing when I ripped open the box and met this little lovely.
|Please excuse the iPhone photos in this post. I meant to get real pictures with the real camera, but I also meant to post this like two days ago, and it was kind of an 'iPhone or never' situation at this point, know what I'm sayin'?|
So, the details, before the FakeTwins start fighting over the blocks they're miraculously sharing right now (should be about three more minutes before hell breaks loose).
I went with the 'Instagram Friendly' 8.5x8.5 softcover book (found under the Shop tab). These start at $27.99. Mine, with 400-ish photos, came to just under $50 shipped.
The only initial disappointment I had with Artifact Uprising was that they're not currently set up to import directly from Instagram. But after following these simple directions from their FAQs, it wasn't that hard to do it myself:
"To use your Instagram images – the files must be present on your tablet, computer or Facebook account. We are not directly integrated with Instagram at this time. If you are looking to use your Instagram files - consider trying instaport.me to download a complete zip file of your Instagram images to select from to upload to our online system. They upload very quickly as the files are not very large."
One big tip I have is this: after using the instaport.me site to download the complete zip file of your pics, take some time to organize those Instagram pics into monthly folders on your desktop before uploading the images onto the Artifact Uprising site. This way you should have separate galleries for each month (or season, or whatever) and not one huge 400+ image gallery like I ended up with on my first go'round. Why this matters? I found that when I was designing my book, I'd go to the 'page layout' tab to choose a new layout for my next page, then go back to my image gallery, the gallery would slide all the way back to my first photos - so then I'd have to scroll through to get back to the photo(s) I wanted. No biggie at the beginning of my book, but a little cumbersome when I was toward the end. Does that make any sense? I emailed Artifact Uprising to ask whether there was an option to hide the photos I'd already used or have my gallery stay put as I moved along and received this prompt and super nice message from one of their reps:
"Oh stink! That is a huge bummer I am sure. Unfortunately we do not have these options... :( Your best bet would be to upload separate galleries based on time. Perhaps by month, event etc? I know this is a pain... I am so sorry! I will forward this suggestion along to our development team for optimization ideas going forward."
So nice, right?
The editor was super easy to use, otherwise. Lots of layout options, easy to move pics around. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to finish up my book before naptime was over.
There are also options to add text to your pages and color to your backgrounds, I didn't do this. I just preferred a clean, white background. And I love how that turned out against my many, often busy, Instagram photos.
Oh! Another tip. One I'm sure most of you are well aware of, but just in case. You've probably got some keeper photos on your phone that you didn't upload to Instagram, right? So set your iPhone to airplane mode, Instagram those puppies, and a copy will be saved to your phone's photo album but not actually published to Instagram. I did this with a bunch of photos from MG's birth day and am so glad I have those to include in my book, now.
I don't work for Artifact Uprising. I don't know anybody who does (but apparently they're Coloradans, so HEY-YO!) I'm not one of those hardcore mommy bloggers schilling crappy products to other mommy bloggers because I got one for free. I'm just kind of obsessed with my Instagram pictures and based on the reaction to the pics I posted on Instagram when I got my book, I figured more than a few of you might want some help making books of your own. AND I'M JUST VERY NICE LIKE THAT. Go! Make one! Show me yours when you get it! I'm hooked, I tell you. I'm working backwards and have my late 2012 book on the way, early 2012 book made up, and 2011 underway. Safe to say I'm grinding my teeth 1/3 less at night, now. Except yesterday, Anderson came home from preschool and told me he has a GIRLFRIEND. So, you know, griiiiind. (A GIRLFRIEND. HE'S 4.)
Let me know if you have questions. Not like I'm some book creating genius, but I'm happy to help if I a) know how and b) have time between keeping the FakeTwins from trying to kill each other. xoxo!