A few weeks ago Kristin from Lacquerstyle posted a code on her Instagram (@kgrdnr) for Chatbooks, with a cute photo of her holding a little book that was made up of her nail photos. What is Chatbooks, you ask? IT’S AMAZING – a gorgeous little high-quality 6″x6″ book of photos that’s an easy, chic, modern-day photo album.
There are a few options for creating books – you can link your Instagram account or directly upload photos from your phone or computer. Once I saw Kristen’s post, I immediately headed over to the site and connected my Fancy Finger Guns account, then spent wayyy too long figuring out which photos to exclude (my beginning photos weren’t always great, of course), editing captions (sometimes they were too long for Chatbooks to fit it the text), and generally creating a perfect mini coffee table book of my nail photos. I ordered it the next day, and while my confirmation email said it would take about two and a half weeks, three days later I got a shipping confirmation! It took about 5 business days to get to me, and I was sooo excitedddd when I finally got my hands on it!
I’m not a huge or famous nail blogger, but I’m really proud of this little blog, and making this book – having something tangible, in print – is such an awesome way for me to sort of put my hobby on display in a chic way. I mean seriously, how cool is it to have a mini coffee table book of your own photos? (I’m definitely doing some of my personal IG account soon!)
I really wanted to put this review up because a quick search showed me practically nothing but mommy bloggers showing off Chatbooks filled with photos of their kids – which is great! It’s nice to have a super affordable, easy way to print your favorite family photos instead of making cheesy scrapbooks or shelling out $$$ at a printing store. But I wanted to show that Chatbooks are great for other things, too – if you have a blog or website with photos, I highly recommend you get a Chatbook (or three – each is up to 60 photos, and if you get a full 60-page book they print the dates and your title along the spine, which looks super profesh!) to display in your home or give as gifts, or even to use as a portfolio for jobs if you’re in a creative field.
I think Chatbooks would also be a fantastic idea for souvenir gifts of vacations, music festivals, family reunions, bachelor/ette parties – basically any special or fun event. I recently made one for my mom’s birthday of photos from her visit to see me when I was studying abroad in college, and she loved it – now she has a pretty, professional-looking book of our favorite photos from that trip and it’s so, so lovely to thumb through and remember our adventures! Everyone has those huge, ugly, old-school photo albums in their garage with pictures from decades ago, but I love the idea of having a little stack of these neat, slim, modern-looking photos books to replace those.
I’m definitely gushing here, but really, I’m so happy I found such an affordable way to print my favorite photos in a beautiful book! (I swear they’re not paying me to advertise, I just really love Chatbooks, you guys!) One catch is that if you do the method where you upload your own photos, it’s $6 for only 30 photos and $1/page after that (still up to 60), whereas the Instagram connect option is $6 for the full 60 pages, but even that isn’t a bad deal, especially considering you get to add captions, locations and dates, choose your cover, and basically customize it any way you want. In conclusion…hop over to Chatbooks and get one! I even have a code so your first book is free – enter LHUUAAKT at checkout. I guarantee you’ll love it!