By Tamara Sevigny
There are a lot of new, unique products out there for the photo and scrapbook enthusiast, but I was really impressed by SharedBook when I met them at last year’s Pet Show in Hartford. SharedBook has really taken photo albums and scrapbooking into the 21st century with their technologically created full-color books.
This unique memory book is created online from the comfort of your own computer. The user signs up, uploads their photos and stories and designs their own pages. Once the book is complete they get a finished product, with top-quality, beautiful full-color glossy pages sent to them in the mail.
So, I thought, I really have to give this a try. And I was surprised at how simple it is to set up. You simply sign up on the easy to use website. It is an easy, step-by-step process. As you add your photos and stories to each page you can save your work to finish it later, taking as much time as you need. You don’t pay until your book is complete. But one of the coolest features is that you can invite friends and family to sign on and add their own photos, comments and stories!
The step-by-step process is very simple, but for the not-so-computer-savvy there is lots of help, a toll free number if you get stuck and even a white glove service, where SharedBook staff will actually complete your book for you. Don’t have digital photos? That’s ok too. They are there to help every step of the way.
Another great feature is that you don’t have to be creative to get great looking pages. There are tons of page templates, colors and themes to choose from, including cat and dog themes, sports and activities, travel, family, baby and adoption, arts, holidays and more.
In order to use the SharedBook web site your computer must be a PC and have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher. There is currently not a Mac version, but the SharedBook staff is working on setting one up for Mac users in the near future. Your computer must also have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed for the review of your final book. Acrobat Reader is a free software program. If your computer does not have this program you will be prompted to download and install it.
After you approve your final book and pay, it will arrive in 7-10 days. Most books are available in your choice of hard or softcover and can be up to 120 pages (64 for hard cover). They start at a surprisingly low price of $25 and gift packs are available. The recipient of the gift kit will get everything they need to start their SharedBook MemoryBook at any time.
For more information visit www.sharedbook.com or call 888-212-3121.
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