January 15, 2012

Preserving Disney Memories

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Many of you know I have what some would call an unnatural love of Disney. I own it! Which is why CycleGuy and I have chosen to call Family Disney Photo Book by Snapfish - ARRDisney World our premier family vacation destination for the past five years. For over 50 days we’ve created so many memories and have had amazing family experiences.

Coming back from vacation is often bittersweet. All the fun is over and we’re left with a handful of photos to help preserve those memories. And this being the digital age, we know where all those photos are – on the computer. In talking with friends, it’s rare that we take the time to edit and print off those images. No longer do we drop off those rolls of film at the drug store, wait a week and hope there are a few decent ones we can put in an album or possibly even frame. Nope! They’re on our computer and possibly loaded in to our screen saver so we’ll catch a few of them every once in awhile.

But, I’m a bit different. I’m one of those people who prints off her photos. Not all of them, but quite a few. And I make enlargements and put them in pretty frames or send them to Bubbe (my grandma) and Grandmommy (CycleGuy’s grandma). I’ve had people tell me my house looks like it’s from the 1970s – you know, your grandma’s house with eighty-two million photos of every person from birth. It’s not that bad, but I do love having photos to share. For me, there’s just something about sitting on the couch with a photo book or photo album flipping through the pages and sharing memories.

Since BabyGirl was born I’ve created over 20 photo books and albums. In the past it often required hours of my time. Now, it’s super easy! In just 9 years technology has advanced to the point where it’s really just drag and drop and within 20 minutes I’ve got a personal momento. But when it came to Disney, there weren’t all that many options. Disney’s Photopass service is awesome, but it would be nice to have another option to create Disney-inspired photo memories.

In November, my Twitter stream was filled with 24/7 Disney for the 10 days the family was at Walt Disney World. During that time, Snapfish by HP noticed and asked me if I’d like to check out their new line of Disney-themed photo creations. Recently, Snapfish by HP  launched Snapfish Disney Photo Bordersa new partnership with Disney that gives us a choice of Cars, Princess, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey & Friends, or Toy Story themed photo books, calendars, posters and photo borders.

I was so excited and I went to iPhoto and picked out about 50 photos I’d want in a Disney Princess photo book. Yes, we’re an all-pink, Disney princess lovin’ family! Since I’ve created photo books before I figured it would take me at least an hour to set up, arrange, modify and customize the photo book. I surprised when I was clicking the submit button about 30-minutes later.

Because I had already sorted my photos (go ahead, roll your eyes!) it was easy to pick out about 70 photos I’d want. The base photo book comes with 20 pages, but you can add more. I just chose 70 photos but I could have easily had over 100. There are four different sizes and several different cover options. I chose an 8×10 hardcover photo book with a custom cover because I had a photo that really summed up our trip. After uploading the photos, which I didn’t think took very long, I was ready to arrange my photos. Drag and drop, slight resize on a few and adding text and before I knew it I was done.

Each page had a slightly different Disney princess theme and photo layout. There was also the option to customize the layout and add or remove photos. And for those pages where I didn’t want or need as much caption space I was able to delete the text boxes.

Snapfish Disney Photo BookHaving created photo books before, I was expecting this to be a more arduous process. Snapfish by HP has a great interface for their photo products and now that there is a Disney-themed section, preserving my family’s Disney memories will be as easy as Bippity Boppity Boo!

Even if you aren’t just home from a Disney trip, it’s nice to have the Disney-themed photo options. If you have a Disney-themed party or a child that just loves Cars, Toy Story, Mickey, Winnie the Pooh or the Princesses you can now create personalized Disney memories in the comfort of your own home. I look back on my first trip to Disneyland when I was 7. I think there are two photos. There’s something magical about Disney.

Over the years I’ve used a number of different online photo sources and Snapfish by HP is one of my favorite. I have about 3 that I use, but when it comes to Disney vacation memories or adding Disney Photo Borders there’s only one, Snapfish. You may recall that I got my Hanukkah Cards from Snapfish. That’s how much I like what they have to offer.

Preserving Disney memories is now easier than ever! What is your favorite Disney memory?

Snapfish Disney Princess Photo Book

Disclosure: Snapfish provided me with complimentary Disney-themed photobook. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sara

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