ZoomAlbum Photo Book Kits

by Janice

Today, I made a pocket sized photo book — from start to finish, right here at home!

zoomalbum-boxA few months ago, when I was at Startup Princess, I met Ellen from ZoomAlbums. I fell in love with her pocket sized, print at home, photo books. They were just so cute!

Ellen was kind enough to send me some to sample and today I finally made a ZoomAlbum with photos from our trip to Disney World. It was super easy and quick — although I am sure the next one I make will go so much faster now that I know what I am doing.

Making My Zoom Album

To get started making my photo book, I headed over to www.zoomalbum.com to download the software. A strange glitch on their site made the download feature not work for me. But no worries, I called their support line, and they emailed me a direct link. (I love companies who have live, telephone support!)

After I got the software working, I began creating my album. First, I selected the twelve photos I wanted in my photo book.

zoomalbum-select-screen-shot

That was easy! Selecting and moving the photos is as simple as clicking and dragging.

After I selected the layout I wanted — I chose plain white borders with no frame — it was time to position my photos. Again, super easy.

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I didn’t want to add any text to my album pages, so I moved right past that step. I was ready to start printing…

zoomalbum-print-screen-shot

The print preview allows you to make sure everything is just as you want it. And of course there are help menus along the way for us newbies. I made sure to study up HOW to actually make this print correctly!

If you are wondering why some photos are upside down, that is because when you are finished printing, you will fold it up and ta da — a book with photos on each page.

The printing went perfectly for the album pages and I was ready to do the cover.

zoomalbum-cover-screen-shot

It was a bit harder to choose the perfect photo for the cover since I needed to have a shot that fit for both the back and front of the album. Once I had the photo selected, I positioned it, added a title and got ready to print.

But, printing the cover wasn’t as easy. My HP printer didn’t like the odd size. But ZoomAlbum warns us about HPs issues with their product and suggests that we tape the cover onto a legal size piece of paper and then feed it into the printer. The first time I did that it jammed, but the second time I added even more tape and it worked!

Then all I had to do was follow the very helpful instructions on the back of the photo sheets and fold up my book.

YES, it was as easy as that! And so much fun!

Here is a short YouTube video of me with my finished ZoomAlbum.

Perfect for any time of year — and especially Back to School

These handy little books are ideal any time of year. But since it is back to school time, what a perfect product to use to celebrate your summer!

A “What I Did This Summer” book for your children to take to school would be a great project to do together with your kids. Or you could make up a set of albums that cover all your summer vacations. Once you make one, I promise you won’t want to stop!

WIN a Set!

If you want to win a set of ZoomAlbum Pocket Sized Photo Books, enter to win here by leaving a comment telling us what kind of photo book you want to make first. Do you want to make one for your purse that shows off photos of your kids? Are your summer vacation photos the perfect shots? Or do you want to make a “What I Did This Summer” book for your kids?

This giveaway open to both US and Canadian shipping addresses, and is part of our 2009 Back To School Giveaway Event. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter (US and Canadian addresses) and, please, be sure to read our Back To School Giveaway rules.

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder, Janice



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Lollipopsandlipgloss August 27, 2009 at 7:48 am

What fun those books are!

2 crygibb August 27, 2009 at 8:56 am

How cute! I never saw these little books before. I think making one s for the purse would be a great gift for the grandparents, as they live out of state and dont see the kids very often. Be a great way to keep them close.

3 jessicabrammer August 27, 2009 at 9:18 am

Sounds like a cute idea. I would make one with all the extended family so my boys could look at it and put a face to all the “aunt….” “uncle…” etc.

4 chrissyrae August 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

Mmmm….yummo!!! Would love to make one for son and d-i-l to celebrate their one year anniversary…married on the beach…how cool to add phrases to their gorgeous pics!!!

5 Nancy August 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

How cute! And so cool that you can make these at home!
Thanks for the opportunity!

6 amyfinerthings August 27, 2009 at 9:43 am

How fun! These would be perfect to keep my 2yo busy (and quiet!) at church. I think I'd make a “summer fun” book first.

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9 Sarah at themommylogues August 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

What a perfect size! Those would be great Christmas gifts for Grandmas & Grandpas. I think that's maybe what I'd do.

10 Ellen C. August 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

I'd like to make a book about my son's first visit to Disney World. i think it would be perfect. Thanks for the chance.

11 Helen August 27, 2009 at 10:34 am

That looks so cool. I would like to make one too. I have not seen my family in over four years. And in September my husband & I (and also my husband's parents & brothers) are finally traveling to Belarus so they can meet my family. I am looking forward to taking lots of pictures with my family and my newly acquired family and friends I have not seen in years and my almost 80-year old grandma.

12 chyk August 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

how cute. i would love one to give as a gift to my in-laws.

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15 Karen August 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

This is so cute. I have never seen a photo book this small. I think I would choose to make one for each grandma in our family. They love to show off pictures of my kids and this is a nice, compact way to do that. Great idea!

16 adorablyconfused August 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I'd make a book with pictures of the kids for my parents.

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19 autumnmymoonbean August 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I would love a small one to carry around!

20 trista August 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm

omigosh! This is such a great idea! I love it! I love taking pictures of my little one and hate carrying around a photo album! Thanks for the chance to win!

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22 jfrye August 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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28 talonsmom731 August 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I would love to make a photo book filled with pictures of my son's years in school. I always take pictures the first day of school, get school pictures made and take pictures at class holiday parties.

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78 Lindsay August 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I would love to have this to make a book to carry in my purse of my hubby, my family, the pets, so i could just glance down while I'm out and be able to smile!

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I'd love to make a book of our summer for my little one. That way he could remember all the “adventures” we went on!

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89 osheima August 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm

This would be a perfect thing for my daughter to take to Kindergarten!

90 susanlanai August 28, 2009 at 3:49 am

A little take along book in my purse or grandma's purse sounds perfect for our first project!

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95 idahomom August 28, 2009 at 7:07 am

I would get pictures from my sisters and make a book for my dad.

96 jalapenomama August 28, 2009 at 8:01 am

I'd make a special Zoom Album of my granddaughters.
I'd take this everywhere with me to show off!
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I want to make a photo book with pictures of my granddaughter for my purse.

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116 Linda August 28, 2009 at 11:16 am

These little books look like so much fun!

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120 LindaKish August 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

My daughter in law loves photography. She would probably start with a book of her and my son then move on to the dogs, then the cats, then zoo animals. She would love these.

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This is so cute! What a great way to get the photos off the computer and into our kids hands! Love it!

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133 taowyn August 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

These would make a great quickie granparent's gift to show the babies' progress.

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I would love to make one with all my flower photos.

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I'd like to make one that features my daughter for my purse. Thanks for the giveaway!

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158 Smokeysmom August 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I've been promising my sister that I'd make a baby brag book for her of her first (and only) grandchild, but I haven't come across any small albums that I liked. This sounds perfect. I've never done digital scrapbooking before, but this sounds so easy. I'd love to try it out:)

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163 Casual Friday Every Day August 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Since I'm a photo nut, I'm pretty much drooling over here.

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164 kaywolter August 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I need to learn this I only have one Son and I am 5 years behind…wow would also be great to give Birth Mother for gifts

165 Urailak August 29, 2009 at 12:55 am

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169 mogrill August 29, 2009 at 1:01 am

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170 Erin August 31, 2009 at 1:48 am

These would make great gifts!

171 jillheller August 31, 2009 at 11:20 am

I'd love to make a purse sized “brag” book of my kids…sappy but true.

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174 Alyson September 1, 2009 at 5:28 am

I would like to mkae several. We have our new ddaughter so I have tons of cute pictures of her, plus our two granddaughters. But, what I will make our first one of is our daughter through her current pregnancy, showing her each month. Thanks!

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