Photo books: a great tool to reduce clutter & make sentimental gifts

This giveaway is now closed – but you can still go here for a free scrapbook until November 30.

Before we moved overseas, we created four photo books.  We wanted to keep our photo collection streamlined and lightweight, so this seemed like the logical solution.  And we get compliments on them all the time.

Today, Inkubook is treating Simple Mom readers!  Everyone can create their own free digital scrapbook online – all you have to pay for is shipping.  Yes, everyone includes you – so get started!

Here’s how to get yours:

1. Sign up with Inkubook and start making your free digital scrapbook.  You have from now until November 30.

2. If you want, use the “Invite Friends” feature, and invite someone to join Inkubook so they can submit a few photos or page designs to include in your book.  Inkubook will also send them a promotion code to use for a free digital scrapbook.

3. When you’re finished with your free digital scrapbook, enter this promotion code at checkout: PBK266.  You pay only shipping charges to receive your free book.  Basic shipping options are $6.99 for Media Mail and $8.99 for Standard Ground.

Want an even sweeter deal?

Inkubook is also giving away FIVE free books of any style and size to five Simple Mom readers. You can do photo books, art books, recipe collections, and more.  These would make wonderful Christmas gifts – just think of your kids’ grandparents drooling at the site of these.

To win, simply leave a comment on this post, answering this question – what are you reading these days?

To get a second entry, mention this giveaway on your blog and let me know about it.  Sorry, no third entry this time – I’m a bit wiped out organizing all the secret code entries from the last giveaway a few days ago.  I’m sure you all understand.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, November 16 at midnight CST – it’s just a few days, so be sure and spread the word right away.

I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. What a great idea. I would love to make books for the grandparents.


  2. I’m anxiously awaiting the review copy of the photo gift book I just got done. They not only make great gifts, but it’s so fun to review what we did over the last year.

    I hadn’t heard of Inkubook – I’ll definately check them out.

    Avlor´s last blog post…Dusk (photo catchup from the other day)

  3. “what are you reading these days?”
    Dave Ramsey’s book Financial Peace
    Just got done with Wintersmith my Terry Pratchett

    Avlor´s last blog post…Dusk (photo catchup from the other day)

  4. thanks for hooking us up with Inkubook…nice deal!

    what am i reading these days?
    morning: devotional of some sort with scripture
    with kids: Franklin Plays the Game (a riveting book about soccer and playing to play and not just to win!)
    without kids: fiction-twilight eyes by dean koontz (a guilty pleasure); non-fiction: The 12 Steps for Christians, The Purpose Driven Life and Nightlite for Parents (not all at once; I bounce around through the course of the week).

  5. I’m reading a book from my local library – Hand-Me-Down. It’s very funny!

  6. I just finished reading Eragon. It was great and I am looking for the second one in the series! Thanks so much!!!

  7. Thanks for this! I’m definitely going to create one!
    I’m reading two books now. “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funk and “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer.

    Mommabean´s last blog post…The Morning Snub

  8. I just finished reading My Heart in his Hands, a bio of Ann Judson, and hope to start Potok’s The Promise soon. I’d love to put it aside for a while though and work on a digital scrapbook though!

  9. I’m reading – Breathe – Finding Simplicity in a Hectic Life.

    Denise´s last blog post…I draw the line

  10. I’ve been busy Christmas shopping… and would love to win a photo book!

  11. I’m reading the wonderfully titled memoir, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Croslyey, and “Green Collar Economy” by Van Jones. I’m planning on giving quite a few photo books as Xmas presents this year!

    robin´s last blog post…The SADness

  12. My book club just finished reading “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. It was a very interesting read about the historical relationship between white men and Indians.

  13. I love photo books! What am I reading these days? The Berenstain Bears, over and over and OVER, all day.

  14. Thanks for the great Inkubook deal!

    Is there a deadline for when you have to use the code by? Just wondering how much time I have to make the book. Thanks!

    I don’t have much time to read these days…. mostly reading blogs online! But when I do have time to read, it’s almost always non-fiction: parenting books, cookbooks, frugal living.

    Christina´s last blog post…Be Careful What Cable Tells You…

  15. I just finished a Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum book. So no book at the moment….I need a new one!! Any ideas?

    Bryssy´s last blog post…Free Chore Chart Download

  16. Right now I am reading America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money and some books about labor and breastfeeding to prepare for the birth of our first child in January!

    Andrea´s last blog post…Project Longies!

  17. I’m gobbling up Dave Ramsey, and enjoying Pilgrim Cat and The Very First Thanksgiving with the littles in our house.

  18. I’m reading “How to teach your Baby to Read”, hope it works!

  19. How fun all these free photo books! I just may get all my gifting done this year for only the price of shipping!

    As for what I am reading these days, I always have some mindless home magazines around for the occasional quiet moment and cup of coffee. I got the book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded” for my birthday and just started it.

  20. Stephanooch says:

    I would LOVE one of these. I’ve got about 2000 pics on the computer I keep meaning to print….
    These days I’m reading alot of historical fiction…..

  21. I just finished reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I started Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught last night.

    tabitha´s last blog post…Questions

  22. I just finished reading Sword in the Tree with my oldest daughter. My youngest daughter and I are working through Green Eggs and Ham. I am trying to get stated on my own book called Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas.

    Also, I mentioned your contest on my blog, Life is Not a Cereal.



    Jenny´s last blog post…GOing to Try One of thos Scrapping Photo Books

  23. Thank you so much. Those photo books are great! 🙂

    Since I’m a full-time student right now, my reading revolves around textbooks. When I have a free moment, I like to glance over a Backpacker mag to daydream about a time when I will not be stuck in a library. The last book I (re)read was probably Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult – I just love anything she’s written.

  24. I just started ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ and of course have lots of Christmasy magazines out! 🙂

    sherrieg´s last blog post…a peek into my pantry and Christmas ramblings

  25. These are fantastic and will make great gifts! Thanks!

  26. Love the photo books!! What am I reading? For Fun- The Hunt Club by Bret Lott. For Growth- A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson.

  27. super cute! Thanks for the deal – I need to make up one for my son’s 1st birthday coming up in December….

    I’m reading the Bible and blogs right now. What a great combo, huh?

    Leigh´s last blog post…This Week’s New Thing: Week 3

  28. I’d love a photo book – we live in China, so the grandparents don’t see too much of us. What am I reading? Simple Mom, of course. I’m also skimming some parenting books (The Price of Privilege and Best Friends, Worst Enemies) and trying to catch up on some magazine subscriptions. Not enough time!

    Email From The Embassy´s last blog post…Did You Miss Me?

  29. I love photobooks! they make such great girfts!
    Right now I am reading the young adult series
    “Ranger’s Apprintice” by Flanagan
    and an excellent religious book
    “Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith” by Rob Bell

    They are both wonderful!

    And head over here to see my post about your giveaway!

    Jen´s last blog post…An Image for Today – Wednesday

  30. I’ve been reading (listening to) the Alexander McCall Smith series, they are entertaining and fun.

    Thanks for the code and the great contest, I love photobooks! I wrote about your contest in my blog:

    MaryAnne´s last blog post…Free photo book for everyone plus giveaway from simplemom

  31. I just started reading the poetry of Stephen Dobyns in his Volume called Velocities. I am also reading How To Eat Supper by Lynne Rosetto Kasper an Ask SuperNanny, too.

    I love the eclectic mix!

  32. I just finished the memoir, “The Girl From Foreign”

    Melinda´s last blog post…Back by Popular Demand

  33. Sadly the majority of my reading is either for school work or just good ol’ blogs! Hopefully when the semester winds down I can enjoy Christmas break with a good book 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Leah´s last blog post…Mostly Good

  34. Great give away. Presently I am reading the latest Danielle Steel book, “A Good Woman,” but I am constantly reading a book, it is a fixture on my night table.


    Cheri´s last blog post…Am I a Nerd

  35. I sadly don’t get much time to read any real books (just blogs and emails!), but I managed some time over the weekend to read a book I’d picked up at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville a few weeks back. It was written by a man who had helped build the Saturn V rockets, so my rocket scientist self was intrigued, despite the rest of the booth making me suspicious about his religious leanings.

    Well, not only was it a thinly veiled advertisement for why the KJV was the only true Bible, it was also HORRIBLY edited. By far my favorite gaffe was when he was talking about after the rapture. Apparently non-believers should start practicing with harpoons because after the rapture, there will be lots of “whaling and gnashing of teeth.” Ha! Makes me kinda sorry I’m gonna miss it!

    Princess Leia´s last blog post…JellyTelly

  36. I’ve been reading “Glenda’s Story.”

  37. Wow! Whatadeal! I’m reading the “Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World!” Here’s hoping for a Disney trip next year!

  38. I am reading a book by Dean Koontz, but it is in the other room and I can’t remember the title.

  39. I just started The Friday Night Knitting Club. I hope to win, so I can learn to be crafty with photos!

  40. I just started “Three Cups of Tea” today. Looks to be an interesting read.

    Stephanie B´s last blog post…Random Things

  41. Oh man, this would be perfect! I’ve been planning on making a small family scrapbook for my little man since he was born…uh, 2 years ago. Woops! Oh, I’m reading Calm My Anxious Heart. It is awesome and I’m only in the second chapter. It came highly recommended by friends. (I’m a born worrier working on stopping the cycle. 🙂

    Caitlin´s last blog post…Thinking Christmas

  42. This looks like a GREAT Christmas idea!!

    I’m finishing up The Shack – a great read!!

    And I blogged about your giveaway at

    Gretchen´s last blog post…Free Photo Books

  43. I absolutely LOVE photo books. What did we ever do without them?

    I’m reading a cute novel called Love Walked In. I highly recommend it.

    Half Assed Kitchen´s last blog post…Fingerlings with bacon

  44. I would love a photobook! I’m reading Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson in all my spare time (ha!)

    Melissa´s last blog post…good things to share…

  45. Great giveaway! Hadn’t heard of Inkubook before.

    I am currently reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey.

  46. Cool giveaway! I use Shutterfly for most print jobs and have been disappointed to see that things I printed 5 years ago are fading.

    These days I read our local newspaper, the big city paper, and
    “Finding your own North Star” by Martha Beck. Also lots and lots of blogs!

  47. I’ve always wanted to make one of these!!!

    I’m reading about three books right now – but the one I’m enjoying the most is “Nickel and Dimed”

    Cathy´s last blog post…Six days and counting…

  48. Hi Tsh!
    I am currently reading Coal River, a book about the fight against Mountain top Removal….a very interesting and infuriating read. I have to take it in doses! Also, for fun I’m reading/listening to the second book of the Twilight series….book candy;)

    BTW, I went on Inukbook and uploaded some pics, very easy and straightforward, but when I enter the promotion code, it says you need at least one member on the book for the coupon to apply. I went on Live Chat, very quick and helpful, and was told that you *have* to invite someone in order to redeem the code. Not a problem, but thought you might like to let your readers not that inviting is a requirement.

    Thanks for all the work you do on these giveaways! Can’t wait to give away some stuff myself!

  49. Excellent, new photobook company to try out! I still need to get around to making our wedding album (we only got married 3 years ago! hehe).

    Right now I’m reading the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. It’s a lot of fun. After that I’ve got some more challenging books waiting for me on my shelf.

    Nicole´s last blog post…November 13: Recycling Mail

  50. Those books are beautiful. What a great idea for compiling treasured recipes for family, or the kids when they are old enough to be on their own!

    I’m currently reading “Odd Girl Out, the hidden culture of aggression in girls” by Rachel Simmons.

  51. Great deal! I am loving this blog as you seem to be on the same type of home-management idea that I follow. I feel like an odd-ball sometimes so its nice to find this community of like-minded folks to learn from.

    Could you clarify what type of digital scrapbook the free offer is for? (i.e. hardback or softback, any certain size?)

    Add me to the contest. I’m always reading the Bible. I’m always reading blogs. 🙂 I just finished “The Secret History.”

  52. I’m reading “The Gentle Art of Domesticity” by Jane Brockett. It is inspiring, clever, funny and beautifully laid out and photographed. And because its short essays, I can pick it up and read a bit in the spare moments between washing dishes and getting juice and breaking up fights.

    jill´s last blog post…Look Who Decided to Come Calling Today . . .

  53. I love photobooks, I did one as a first birthday present for my daughter. I just finished On Strike for Christmas and Devil in the Junior League. Mindless entertainment.

  54. i just finished Kitchen Confidential and am about to start Pillars of the Earth.

    one other note: years ago i used to make scrapbook pages for all the grandparents. then i got smart and started doing photo books as a “year-in-review”. i spend the time making one great book and then print it five times. it is always a favorite.

    make art every day´s last blog post…Margret’s Christmas list.

  55. Wow what a great give away, and I love that everyone can get a gift this time! How awesome!

    What have I been reading? Well, it’s finals time, so please try to hold in your lunch at the mere mention of these awful, terrible books: Basic Income Taxation, International Law and World Order, Immigration Law, and Ethical Problems of Lawyers.

    Barf. I know. The last fun book I read was probably Dave Ramsey a few months back, but I do have a lot of books on my wishlist for Christmas!

    Lucie @ Unconventional Origins´s last blog post…November 4th, 2008

  56. i just finished Kitchen Confidential and am about to start Pillars of the Earth.

    one other note: years ago i used to make scrapbook pages for all the grandparents. then i got smart and started doing photo books as a “year-in-review”. i spend the time making one great book and then print it five times. it is always a favorite.

  57. I’m reading a few different things right now. I am in the middle of the “Twilight”, and I started “Christmas with Anne”, and the cookbook “Rachel Ray’s Yum-O”…. I like a variety! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I am making the free one right now!

    Monica Bertone´s last blog post…Thrusday Thirteen

  58. Thank you for this offer! They look great. I have a question for you, though. Do we have to make a specific style/size book in order to get it for free? Just wondering! Thank you.

  59. I am reading Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

    I am reading Caddie Woodlawn with my children.

    Thanks for the link to the photobook company! Can’t wait to try it.

  60. those photo books look fantastic! right now I’m reading “Pilgrim’s Progress”– not my usual type of book now that I have four little ones running around, but it really is fantastic.

  61. I am reading Kabul Beauty School, by Deborah Rodriguez.

    Thank you!

  62. I just finished reading “Serve God, Save the Planet” & would highly recommend it. Its a great book about living simply and being a good steward of our resources and family. I just started “What We Keep” by Elizabeth Berg.

  63. Just the gift idea I needed!

    What I’m reading: ‘Nourishing Traditions,’ by Sally Fallon (a cookbook+) and ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,’ by Barbara Kingsolver (one of my favorites!)

  64. I just read Storm Thief. It was pretty good. Now my 11 yr old is reading it. I had to stop reading a few years ago because I was reading addictively and ignoring my responsibilities. (yes really) This book was a test. I had to make it last a whole week- it was hard.

  65. Making a book for gifts….what an awesome idea!! I am reading “The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck.

    Annette´s last blog post…Playing House

  66. What fun! Lately, I confess, I find myself reading only children’s books and literature, and blogs. Alas. To everything there is a season!

  67. I am trying to catch up on my New Yorkers.

  68. Currently, I have mostly been reading a textbook for my MBA class. I hope to start the first Twilight book soon though… I have heard so many great reviews of it.

  69. I just started making photobooks (with Blurb) and I’m totally addicted. I was never into scrapbooking, but this is just techy enough to keep me interested. And there’s no paper scraps to clean up. lol. I’ve even made some for friends too (using photographs I’ve taken).

    Crystal´s last blog post…Portraits: Newborn

  70. Oh, oops! I got so excited about the photo books I forgot to tell you what I’m reading. Ummm… right now I have a book on photography that I’ve checked out from the library. Can you tell what my passion is right now?

    Crystal´s last blog post…Portraits: Newborn

  71. This is great! I am making these already for the grandparents…

    I am currently reading the Twilight Series

    And I would love for you to give a tutorial where are these secret codes you keep talking about….I have subscribed IN EVERY format… which is NOT the best, and see no secret codes anywhere…would love some help! Thanks….

    Julie´s last blog post…Parenting thoughts… long one…

  72. I was thinking this week about doing these are grandparent gifts! This is awesome!

    Amy @ Milk Breath & Margaritas´s last blog post…Willpower, Starbucks, and Me

  73. I just finished Mr. Darcy’s Diaries. A fun read.

  74. Blogs! There is so much festivity in “blogland” right now and as an amateur writer, I enjoy investigating the other writing styles out there. I have a 6-week old, so getting through a novel is just not in the cards for me at the moment. Plus, since I don’t get out of the house a whole lot right now, perusing my Google Reader every morning is a nice trip out-of-doors for me. While nursing, I’m also reading the book of John to her – His word never returns to Him void, amen?

    Michelle´s last blog post…any day now…

  75. Oops, what I SHOULD be reading is the book for this month’s book club meeting, “Eat, Pray, Love” – but actually what I AM reading is In Touch magazine………

  76. I’m reading Martin Dressler, by Steven Millhauser.

    Amy @ Milk Breath & Margaritas´s last blog post…Willpower, Starbucks, and Me

  77. Hanna DeMaster says:

    I’m reading too many books right now. My main focus is on “How Much is Enough” (non-fiction) and “The Sparrow” (fiction).

  78. I’ve been wanting to get one of these done! I can’t wait to check it out.

    I’ve just finished reading The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne, What a wonderful book just before the holidays. Check out my review here:

    Christi´s last blog post…Works For Me Wednesday: The phone that saved me!

  79. I’m reading two books these days: “Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact with God Through Meditation” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and “Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season” by by Jennifer Basye Sander, Peter Sander and Anne Basye.

    I’d really love to win one of these, because I have waaay too many dgital photos that I’ve never bothered to print. This would be an awesome family keepsake.

    Jennae @ Green Your Decor´s last blog post…Pure, Natural Style: Silver Smoke Organic Bedding Collection

  80. More than anything, I’m reading the Bible and am track to finish it by the end of this year. I’m amazed each time I do this how new things stand out – it’s continually fresh and I’ll start reading it again on January 1.

    Mary´s last blog post…Cooking (and eating healthy) for one

  81. I make photobooks all the time and love them. I would love to win five of them!! They do make great gifts! Right now I am reading The Shack by William P. Young. I will mention this on my blog and let you know when I do.

    Mommy2Twinkies´s last blog post…To Smoke or Not to Smoke?

  82. I’m reading Laying Down the Rails from Simply Charlotte Mason. It’s about training your children in good habits. Really interesting! Also, Yoga Journal magazine.

  83. Thanks! I’m about to start reading ‘Twilight’. My daughter wants to read it and I’m not sure how I feel about that, so I’m reading it first before I give the go ahead.

    Angie´s last blog post…A Fresh Take on an Old Hobby

  84. I am reading New Moon in the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, it’s helping me get through finishing all 7 Harry Potters. 🙂

  85. i am currently reading a wonderful parenting book called “don’t make me count to three!” (LOVE LOVE LOVE making foto books!)

  86. I was also wondering how long this coupon code is good for as it seems like it will take a bit of time to put together the book and doing it today would be impossible for me.

    I am currently reading “Feminine Appeal” – a book about the Titus 2 qualities of a mother and wife.

    Shannon´s last blog post…From the kitchen: millet

  87. I hadn’t heard of this site either. I will definately check it out. I just picked up Nora Roberts Northern Lights. I needed something light this time. So far, a pretty good book.

  88. Hmm, reading. That would probably reqire more than my only two brain cells that haven’t gone on strike because Lane doesn’t sleep! So mostly I read blogs and magazines.

  89. What a neat gift idea (or even to keep for yourself!) Thanks for another great giveaway.

  90. Blogs! I finished the Jodi Picoulet book 19 Minutes while I was away last week. Don’t really get a chance to read much…unfortunately.

    Jen@OurDailyBigTop´s last blog post…Bloggy Love

  91. I’m reading “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman. Interesting stuff.

  92. what a great giveaway. right now I’m just reading blogs…nothing else.

  93. hey, just wanted to be entered again! i put a link on my site to this giveaway. :o) thanks for the chance to win!

  94. I’m reading Skinny Bitch and Twilight. Thanks for the tip on Inkubook. Can’t wait to check it out!

  95. Reading The Uncommon Woman by Susie Larson…. very challenging!

  96. Thanks for the heads up! I am currently reading The Reason for God, by Tim Keller…which is challenging and worship-inspiring.

  97. OH! I would love to win. I am currently reading The Year of Living Biblically as well as The Survival Guide for Stay At Home Moms!

  98. Photo books are awesome! I’ve been planning one for a Christmas gift, so this would be perfect. As to what I’m reading, A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers.

  99. I’m reading two books right now. Emma by Jane Austen and As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me by Nanci Kincaid.