Jul 5, 2011

Group Story Review and Discount Code

I love making photo books and scrapbooks online. I have no patience for the paper and scissors version. Every year I make my family digital calendars for Christmas and for special occasions and birthdays, I make photo books. I have used several sites to make my books including Shutterfly, Heritage Makers, and Snapfish.

So when I was offered the opportunity to try out Group Story I was excited to see if I liked their website better. Also I had a major problem with the last photo book that I made and the company refused to fix the problem, so I knew that I would never use that company again. And quite frankly, I was looking for a new company to use anyway.

Product Description

Here is how the company describes themselves. - How many people were in the last photo book you created? You probably had pictures of them, but did you have their story, their thoughts, their memories? And if you've never made a photo book, you've seen one - your high school yearbook. There might have been 1100 people in your school, but the yearbook didn't tell the story of your year with your friends. It told the Principal's story.Group Story is out to change the way we remember people and events in a photo book. Anyone can start a group by inviting people. It could be teammates, family members, friends on vacation, pre school parents, etc. Everyone can upload pictures to this private, shared area. Group members have access to all the photos and use them to build pages from templates. Just like the photos, the pages are shared among the group. Each group member can pick and choose from anyone's story (pages) to create their own customized book.


What I Think Makes Group Story Unique

Unlike other photo book sites, Group Story allows you to make your photo books with other people. You can create a book and invite friends to contribute to it. So now you can make books, without having to do all the work yourself. Plus, when you add your pictures you can tag them so you can find pictures of individuals much easier.

My Opinion

I really liked using Group Story. It was a very user friendly web-site and building the pages was very easy. I sent the link to some members of my family that are not exactly computer geniuses and they were able to make pages very easily. You can make your book using 4 easy steps.
  1. Upload your pictures and tag them.
  2. Choose the page layout.
  3. Choose a background page.
  4. Drop in photos and add text.
Yep it's really that easy! I was so excited when my book came in the mail. The pictures were really clear and it turned out great! I choose to do a family book about us going to Angel baseball games. I thought this would be a good family book. Here are some of the pictures of the book.
The front cover

I liked these pictures so much, I decided to use them as a whole page.

As you can see, there are different backgrounds and layouts. Since I was making a book about the Angels, I was only choosing red pages. But when you check out the website, you'll see that there are backgrounds in all different colors. 

Buy It!

Group Story has a national deal on Family Finds. The deal: $17 for an 8 x 8 hardcover book, shipping included. This deal is good through Friday July 8th. Here's the link. http://www.familyfinds.com/deal/group-story-hardcover-book The cool thing is that the voucher is good for an entire year. Whether it's to create a summer vacation photo book, family reunion, school year, etc. - there's bound to be an occasion where a photo book would extend the memories.

You can also buy the books directly from the web-site. An 8x8 soft cover book is $17.99 and an 8x8 hard cover book is $27.99.

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  1. thanks for the review, I also added reviews early this year on my blog.

    That's so cool. I love pictures

  2. Now following your wonderful blog from the Follow Me Wednesday blog hop!

  3. I love this idea. I was going to try to do one with the paper for my husbands birthday. I might try this instead.



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