Photo Books For My Friends

by Rachel B Posted on December 15, 2010

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Everyone I know is on Facebook, including several close friends, and every time I see their photos in my news feed I want to tell them, “put those in a photo book, they’ll look so much better!”

Now that the holidays are here, I’ve got an excuse to practice what I preach. Here’s what I’m going to do: create a photo book for 3 of my good friends, using the photos they’ve posted to their Facebook accounts.

You can do that? Really?

Really. And it’s easier than I could have imagined. Here’s how.

1. Go to the Simple Path photo book page and choose a photo book size. Personally, I like the 5×7 and 7x9s because the images take up more of the page space, but you can use any size you like. They all work well

2. A dialogue box will appear asking you to add pictures to your book. Click on it

3. Another dialogue box will appear giving you a choice of where to get your pictures. Choose the Facebook option

4. The Facebook option includes a field that says ‘search friends photos on Facebook’. Click on that field. You’ll now have access to your friends’ pictures. Choose the ones you like and click the ‘add to photo book’ button

5. Your images will now populate into your photo book. Repeat this process until you’ve collected the images you want

6. Now you can arrange the images, choose another book style if you like, add text, and you’re done!

It took me 30 minutes to whip up a great looking photo book for my good friends, and I know they are going to LOVE it.


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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    I have wanted to do this too. I would great to surprise friends with photos from the past like highschool, that we have shared back and forth on Facebook.

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    I wish I had thought of this, what a wonderful idea. I would love to go back several years and use some older pictures also. Great article.

  3. Joey Says:

    I think this is a fabulous idea!! In fact I did this for my hairdresser. I am always at a loss at what to get her. Last year I made her a 7×9 book of flowers i had taken over the summer. This year I wanted to try the Fb thing, so I went to her pictures and she only had 2. The rest people must have tagged her which i don’t have access to since i’m not their friend. So i went to another girl who also works at the salon and she had all the pictures. So I clicked on their Christmas work party from last year – and waaa-laaa I have a book! I’ll give it to her Tuesday. She’ll say, oh my gosh – how did you do THIS?? I can’t wait!

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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