Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shutterfly Photo Book Giveaway

Shutterfly was kind enough to offer me two free Photo Books to make and use however I wanted! I had so much fun creating these for my kids for Christmas!

Okay...actually I had a bit of a difficult time trying to create them when my kids weren't around to see what I was doing. Other than that, I had a fun time creating them. Everytime I uploaded a picture into the Shutterfly website...they'd come over and want to look at the picture and ask what I was doing. :)

The first photo book I created was an 8x8 inch Soft Cover Photo Book filled with pictures of all our boys...baby pictures up to big boy pictures. We'll give this book to them all for Christmas. That book makes me excited because it is the ultimate BROTHER book. I think they'll get a big kick out of it.

BUT...the second book I made...I'm even more excited about. I've mentioned before that our second son Justus LOVES cooking and wants to be a chef. Because I have so many pictures of food...and so many recipes...and so many pictures of Justus cooking, I put together a 5x7 inch personalized photo cookbook for Justus. It's filled with recipes and pictures of some of his favorite foods...all recipes that are easy enough for him to prepare with little or no help.

I think Justus is going to adore this Christmas gift.

Here are the things I loved about working on the Shutterfly website while building my photo books:
  • Once I had my pictures uploaded into the Shutterfly site...the books were simple to put together. I just had to drag and drop my picture into the page wherever I wanted it.

  • There were tons of page backgrounds and layouts to choose from. But...there were not so many that I was confused or overwhelmed. I liked that I could pick different ways to set up the pages...and that I could pick fun "manly" background designs.

  • Editing the photo books was easy. If there was a possible mis-spelling...Shutterfly gave a red flag. If I wanted to change the picture position or wording...all I had to do was click and I could change it without a problem.

  • Once I finished creating the books and ordered them...I received them in less than a week. Talk about instant gratification!

  • The quality of these books is outstanding. The pictures are clear. The pages are thick and nice. These books look very professional. My boys are gonna love 'em.


You can create ALL KINDS of photo books with Shutterfly and today they're offering to give TWO of my readers a free photo book of their own.

Leave a comment here for a chance to win either a 7x9 inch Soft Cover Photo Book or an 8x11 inch Hard Cover Photo Book. There is no limit to the kind of fun book you could create for your family or for a gift!

I will draw two random winners on Monday, October 5!

157 comments:

  1. Wow! I would love to have a photo book!

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  2. oohh, me too, me too! :) I love photo books.

    kjcase at gmail dot com

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  3. I would love to win this and it would be an awesome Christmas gift for grandparents!!

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  4. Oh what a totally wonderful prize! i would love to win one of these!

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  5. I've made these before and they are great. I would love to do some more.

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  6. these are great ideas for keepsakes for your kids! thanks for sharing the idea!!

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  7. My mom wants a scrapbook from me and my husband of our son Ethan. This would make things soooo much easier!!

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  8. wow! That would make an awesome keepsake gift. Thanks so much for the review.

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  9. Sounds like fun! I got married in Dec. 06 and STILL don't have an album...this would be a perfect motivation to get on the ball...FREE album! :D Wahoo! And if I don't win it...it's possible you've just reminded me to do it sooner than later...hehe!

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  10. I recently found your blog. I am also a homeschooling mom of four boys that loves to cook. I would love an opportunity to win this, the possibilities are endless. Thanks!

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  11. Such a great gift idea...I'd love to win!

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  12. I would love to create a book for my daughters, they both love books & photos so it would be fantastic to combine the 2!

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  13. Photobooks are awesome! I can't wait to get the rest of the baby pictures in albums!

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  14. Hope I win! Maybe my 2nd child will get that baby book after all;)
    Melinda McCormick
    melindamccormick@hotmail.com

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  15. Your books are so cool! Can't wait to give Shutterfly a try!
    Jenny Adler
    jla626@hotmail.com

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  16. I love photo books! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Amber L.
    dnalandeck@hotmail.com

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  17. I would love to make a book for my family. Your books look great.
    Lacy
    Micmoore5@hotmail.com

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  18. Wow! That is wonderful! I am looking for gifts I can create and pack this year, as we will possibly be moving 1800 miles in mid November to a very remote place. This would be a great addition to my "small gifts" stash!

    ~ Michelle joyfulmarme@gmail.com

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  19. Love to make one for a gift. Thanks Bonnie
    bjtra@yahoo.com

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  20. Ohhhh this would be wonderful! I have two or three of these in mind for Christmas!!! THanks for the review and the giveaway!! I'm going to have to go check them out!!!
    Lori
    clajgray@gmail.com

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  21. Your books look great! What a fun project :-)
    Thanks, Laura!

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  22. Please enter me. I would love to give one of these to my husband's grandfather for Christmas.
    Stephenie
    stephjem95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Oh I would LOVE to win one! We just adopted a little girl this past year and I've been wanting to put a book together for her!
    pattyottum at gmail dot com

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  24. So fun! I would love to win a photo book! Thanks! mandj14@charter.net

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  25. What an awesome gift for your children. I'd love to make one of my husband's time in NYC for a gift.

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  26. I love the recipe book idea as those would make such fun Christmas gifts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Teri
    selbher@gmail.com

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  27. I love the shutterfly photo books! Last year, we started making one for our parents for Christmas- gives them plenty of pictures of their grandkids. :) (And, if I can be picky, I'd love the 8x11 Hardcover Photo Book. ;)

    jessicakowalke@yahoo.com

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  28. Sounds like it was fun! I'd love to make a picture book for my two year old for Christmas.
    Jessica
    jjg022002@yahoo.com

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  29. Awesome! I've always wanted to do one of these. They are so neat. What a great idea. Maybe I'll win!

    Jennifer
    jall29@gmail.com

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  30. I've never made a photo book, just my own handmade scrapbooks. Would love to try this!

    Amy.Lillestrand@uscm.org

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  31. Neat deal! Thanks for the chance!!!
    nettacow at gmail dot com

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  32. I have been dying to make a few of these books!!! thanks for the offer!

    Katie
    katielovesdano@gmail.com

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  33. I love these books!
    russell17@att.net

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  34. That photo cook book is a great idea!

    brewcrew27 at comcast dot net

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  35. I LOVE these books!! We created one for my son's first year and it was 100 pages! switchlaser@gmail.com

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  36. I love the idea of using the photo book to make a recipe book. Shutterfly is awesome!

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  37. this would be fantastic!

    cookingupafamily@gmail.com

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  38. What a great Christmas gift!! So excited for this idea!

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  39. Oh, I'd love to create a cookbook too!! What a fun idea. I love their stuff.

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  40. Oooh, I'd love this! My new daughter's grandparents are always on my case for not sending enough pictures, and this would be an awesome brag book!

    sarabamanda@gmail.com

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  41. With our 3rd grandchild due at the end of October, this would make a great gift for me to share with my son and daughter-in-law and their growing family.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    claudiad@chorus.net

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  42. We do photo books for the grandparents and the family every year. I am also due to make a photo book of my youngest son's adoption story - his birthmother also wants a copy. It would definitely be a relief on the budget (my husband just got out of the Army and is looking for work) to be able to make at least one of the books for free. I haven't used shutterfly before, but would love to give it a try.

    Betsey Caballero - betscab@gmail.com

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  43. Oh, I would love to win a photo book. I love these and they would make an amazing Christmas gift for our family members as well.
    Thanks!

    Janna
    briggsfive@yahoo.com

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  44. Wow! It sounds so simple and easy and then you wind up with something to treasure for years to come! I'd love to have one!

    Sarah T. jumpingud[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  45. These books make the perfect gift! Thanks for the give away!

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  46. This would make a super Christmas gift for grandparents, as I had a daughter get married this summer! Thank you for your sight, I just love it and look forward to it everyday!
    Jackie
    spencer5mom@sbcglobal.net

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  47. Love the idea!! What a memory keeper!! Bonni
    greiner10 (at)dejazzd(dot)com

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  48. Those books look like too much fun!!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  49. Wow, that would be great, thanks! jeanz42 at hotmail dot com

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  50. Wow, I love love LOVE Shutterfly's photo books, and they make awesome Christmas gifts! :-)

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  51. Sounds like fun...a little limited by my creativity, but fun nonetheless. Thanks for the chance at winning!

    mejerrymouse at yahoo dot com

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  52. Beautiful! I am planning to do some of these as Christmas gifts, but with money tight right now (since I just stopped getting my mat leave pay, and am staying at home permanently), free would be awesome :)

    Thanks!
    Beth
    nitakupenda@gmail.com

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  53. I was just thinking of doing a cookbook with a photo book. I loVE this!!

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  54. this would be a perfect gift for my in-laws, since they live overseas!
    emilywade784@yahoo.com

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  55. I love Shutterfly. If I don't win in which I hope I do. lol Need to really check these out.

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  56. i have neverheard of this.. ive been wanting to make a memory book because my grandmother passed away this year . what a great way to get all her photos and memories in one special place and be able to make one for each family member. i love this! brittainy wesdelchic07@aol.com

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  57. This sounds like more fun than scrap booking the cut and paste way. Way more fun!

    pianomom02 at gmail dot com

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  58. Wow great giveaway. I love shutterfly too! These are the best gifts!
    sethandtania at hotmail dot com

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  59. Great books! I would love a chance to win.

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  60. I would be thrilled to win these. I just hardly have time anymore to get busy on my own albums! davan5@juno.com

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  61. Your books are great! Would love to win one. Thanks!
    Deb
    dtoms@pa.net

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  62. This is so timely!!! My daughter and I would LOVE to publish our memories of a play we were in last year. She already has the pages designed. I hope we win so much!

    God Bless,
    Michelle
    cmahmhprz@aol.com

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  63. Ooooooh I would LOVE to try this out. I've heard of Heritage Makers, but never Shutterfly . . . after your great review, I'm seriously considering Shutterfly for Christmas gifts for Nana & Tata (grandma & grandpa). Thanks for offering this chance to win! :) Smiles, Lynn - rlynnflores@hotmail.com

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  64. I made a photo book for our family back home (we live overseas) when our son was born! They loved it! Michelle (jmhouk@gmail.com)

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  65. I would love to win this. kaci.slossatgmail.com

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  66. Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!

    This looks like so much fun! I have been needing to get photos off the computer and organized in a book for so long.

    melissa974@earthlink.net

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  67. I was planning on making these books of my husband and my wedding for my parents and in-laws for Christmas!

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  68. I love Shutterfly! I just started using their service about a month ago, but with all of their coupons, discounts, and giveaways, I was able to develop 317 pictures for only $17 and some change! Literally, that's around 5 cents per print even with the shipping costs included! Amazing! I would LOVE to try one of their picture books, especially since my husband and I are wanting to try these out as personalized Christmas gifts to the grandparents! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Danielle Bradbury at tonydanibradbury711@yahoo.com

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  69. Thanks for doing this giveaway. How fun! Your photo books look like a lot of fun to create. Thanks for entering me into the giveaway contest.

    hkalton@hotmail.com

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  70. Wow, you are so creative! I absolutely love the cookbook, and I know that Justus is going to be absolutely thrilled about it as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of my own!

    Email - megan@godlytalents.com

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  71. I love these! I gave them to all of our relatives for Christmas last year:)

    Meggan
    meggan.wehmeyer@gmail.com

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  72. Very cool, these would make awesome Christmas gifts for the far-away relatives.....
    wirefox1@cox.net

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  73. I am pregnant and due in December. I have already been thinking about doing a photobook for family (and myself of course)! Thanks for sharing!

    Shanna
    s.wandersee@verizon.net

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  74. Laura,
    Thanks for so kindly offering this opportunity to your readers! You certainly don't find that everyday. I just subscribed to your newsletter yesterday. I've been receiving Faithful Provisions (from Nashville) - and through Kelly, I learned of your information. Thanks for all you're doing.
    I love scrapbooking and hope to have the chance to try the photo book.
    Blessings!
    Diane

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  75. I love, love, love Shutterfly!! And I loooooovvvvveeeee your idea of making a picture cookbook for your son!! I might need to borrow that idea....if you don't mind!!??

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  76. Oh no, I forgot my name and email!

    Beth
    lexiemery@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!

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  77. Wow! What a great Christmas gift. I'd love to make one for the Grandparents!

    Lisa

    i_m_spared@hotmail.com

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  78. Wow! How awesoem for you (and your boys) and 2 lucky winners! I would love to be one. :-)
    Kori

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  79. I love the cookbook for your son! I would love to make a "Daddy and his boys" book. I have so many pics of them together! :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Tiffany
    tiffany@mtpilot.com

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  80. I'd love to win, thanks!

    Jill Roper

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  81. Wow, we just got back from our first family vacation. My kids got to see the ocean for the first time. I took a ton of pictures and would love to win this!
    Thanks
    kpretot@yahoo.com

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  82. What great heirloom gifts!

    heure(at)hertford(dot)k12(dot)nc(dot)us

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  83. Love Shutterfly books! And I LOVE the cookbook you made for Justus! What an awesome gift.

    jkkyker@gmail.com

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  84. I would love to win a photo book. Thanks for the chance.

    tamorasue@yahoo.com

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  86. That would be awesome to win one of these!!!

    benterod@gmail.com

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  87. I did one of these before and just love it! I really want to do one for my daughter's recent adoption!
    flamingo.mama@hotmail.com

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  88. I'd love to make a cookbook for my kiddos!

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  89. This would be a perfect way for me to share our wedding pictures with my parents and in laws this Christmas! Thanks for sharing such a great Christmas idea!

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  90. Have wanted to do this for my boys also!

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  91. great giveaway!!!
    Angie
    shopaholic0603@hotmail.com

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  92. I am new to Shutterfly. I just ordered a photo collage from them and it was very nice. Would love to win a photo book. Great idea for a Christmas gift for grandparents, or a memory book for us. Decisions, decisions...

    Denise W.
    stonemedic76@hotmail.com

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  93. This is so neat. I really would love to try this. I need a few brag books for grandparents and I'd love to record Clara's first year. Thanks!

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  94. Great idea for Christmas. Hope I win =)

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  95. What a precious gift for your sons! Thank you for the opportunity to win a couple for my little ones.

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  96. Ooh! I would love to win this! It would make a great gift for my kids who love to look at photo albums of their baby pics.

    Tara
    taya31@yahoo.com

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  97. Gorgeous books and they will be truly treasured forever by your boys. Awesome gifts:)

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  98. I'd love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. What a wonderful idea! My sons would love a book like this too! It sounds fun to make as well!

    Angela

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  100. I would love to win. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration you always give.
    -Lisa

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  101. My friends all get these photo books for their coffee tables. I would love to be able to make one of my own.

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  102. Laura! You always have the FUNNEST drawings! Thanks for offering such great products! ~Diana Krell

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  103. I would love to try this. add me to the list

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  104. My mom and aunts made one of these for my gma's 80th bday party. It was a BIG hit! I would love to have one for my family!!

    Kevin_hamm@sbcglobal.net
    :) Michele

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  105. Oooh I recently saw one of these and we'd love to make one.

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  106. I would love to put my children's drawings in a book! That would clear up the clutter and preserve them in a very nice way!

    Thanks! mystrix(at)kc.rr.com

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  107. Great giveaway! Would love to win this one!

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  108. I've been wanting to make a photo book of our wedding pictures. What a wonderful giveaway!

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  109. I think I might have better luck finishing one of these than I've had finishing a paper scrapbook. My boys would love to actually have a finished album to sit and look through. My almost-6yo (on Thursday) is really into "me when I was a baby." What fun he would think this was. jesmcq@hotmail.com

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  110. Wow! What great gift for your kiddos!
    I'd love to win one of these!!

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  111. Count me in! I would love to share one of these as a Christmas gift.

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  112. ooo- pick me! That would be so so so awesome!

    taryn (dot) johnson (at) gmail (dot) com

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  113. I would love to make a memory book for my 2 year old!Thanks for the opportunity.
    wdrwoman11@comcast.net

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  114. A year ago I was the matron of honor in a friends wedding, my kids were the flower girls and ring bearers and my husband was a groomsman, and it was several states away. Needless to say, it was pricey! And we didn't have a lot left for a gift, but really wanted something special...unique...perfect! We made a recipe book using Shutterfly that included pictures of my friend with our kids as they grew, along with our favorite recipes and ones we had made with her when she came to visit. She said it was by far their favorite present! I still need to order myself a copy of that!
    Becki (becki@4us.org)

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  115. Wow, I would love to have one!!! Hope I win!

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  116. Please enter me!!Thanks Laura!!!

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  117. Wow! I can think of several people on my Christmas list who would love one of these. Thanks for the opportunity!
    design_lady05 at yahoo dot com

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  118. Yours look great and I would love the opp to create some of our own! Thanks!
    rebeccaholzman@hotmail.com

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  119. I love the Shutterfly photobooks! I've been making one for each child after their birthday - that has pics of them from the previous year. And also a yearly one for our family. I used to scrapbook but now I "photobook" :)

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  120. I would love to win a photo book...it would make a great Christmas gift. :-) Thank you for hosting!

    ~ Carrie ~

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  121. Trying again...yesterday's comment didn't post. Here's hoping for the best!!
    Blessings! Pamela (from Florida)
    dan pam hawk @ gmail. com (minus spaces)

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  122. What awesome books! I'm sure your boys will love them! I'd love to make one too. :-)

    Thanks for the great review and the product giveaway!

    Pam
    www.journeyingwithjoy.blogspot.com

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  123. My mom gives us a family shutterfly book every year for Christmas and I love them! The quality is so nice... I'd love to win one of thse!
    Lindsay
    webblets@juno.com

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  124. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter...

    God bless you!

    Laura
    the_peanut_patch at yahoo dot come

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  125. What beautiful ideas! These would be great for those of us who are "scrapbooking challenged!"

    Heather
    hhampton223@aol.com

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  126. so so cute. i'd love to make one of these. thanks!

    -lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  127. I love the personalized cookbook you made--a very special gift. I would love to make something similar for my sisters this Christmas.
    Thanks,
    Katie
    k_egging AT yahoo DOT com

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  128. Photo books are such a great thing and great gifts. I would really enjoy the chance to win one!

    Lindsay
    TMRomania@yahoo.com

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  129. I would make a book with a day for each month....31 days of prayer for my children..
    thanks

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  130. The cookbook is really neat! What a great gift! I would love to make a *free* photo book. I want to start digi-scrapping and this would be a great way to get my feet wet. :-)

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  131. I love these books! My mom has already said she wanted one for Christmas. abcdefg88piano@yahoo.com

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  132. What a wonderful giveaway! I'm new to your blog. Love it! I've got my fingers crossed that I will be one of the lucky winners.

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  133. What a wonderful way to "scrapbook"!
    Mrs. Shriver
    shriveronline@yahoo.com

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  134. OH how neat!I would love to have one.

    Maparadis@aol.com

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  135. Pick me!
    Shannon
    booths25@yahoo.com

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  136. I would love to win!!

    Laurell
    laurellb1@gmail.com

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  137. I would love to win one of these books. I've been considering making one for years, but haven't done it yet.

    ronswife@live.com

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  138. enter me please!

    where.is.our.sheep@gmail.com

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  139. I received a book like this as a pre-wedding gift, from my maid of honor. It's a precious memento of those days of dress fittings, shopping, and all that fun stuff. I'd love the chance to give a photo book in return. Thanks for entering me!

    kmloud@yahoo.com

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  140. How fun! I'd love to make a book for my girls. christy.vw AT gmail DOT com Thanks!

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  141. i would love to win this!! thanks for the giveaway!
    kelcoled@aol.com

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  142. I can only afford the free kind, but these books are seriously great. Thanks for sharing! :) kitchenstew at gmail.com

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  143. I did one last year and it was awesome!
    Krystle Hummer
    krystlehummer@gmail.com

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  144. I love thes books!!! They are great!
    Tiffany Tamez
    tiftz@hotmail.com

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  145. I created a photobook on Shutterfly to document this year's Family Vacation to Yellowstone. It turned out AWESOME! Everyone loves it... especially me, a scrapbook lover & BUSY mom/wife. I love the simplicity & the finished product! A free one would be absolutely fanatastic! The Lord knows I have enough pictures. :)

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  146. I love the photo books but have never made one before. Now that I have my daughter I am hoping to make one for her first christmas.
    Lindsey
    Lindsey02211984@yahoo.com

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