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CVS Photobook Tips!

by Nicole on July 12, 2009

I had many questions this morning after seeing that the 6×8 photobooks at CVS are FREE after ECB’s this week (pay $7.99 and get $7.99 in ECB’s). I knew I wanted to do the deal but wasn’t sure exactly how! I went to 2 different CVS’ this morning and am proud to say that I now own a photobook! It turned out to be pretty easy and took about 20 minutes to create once I had a better idea of what was going on.

First, this deal is only good for the photo books you create in the store. You cannot make your photo book online. You can, however, plan your book at home so that your time spent in the store at the kiosk is minimal.

Decide what you want your book to be about. The deal is for a 10 page photo book. The first page can only have 1 photo but the other 9 can have up to 4 pictures. So you’ll need anywhere from 10-37 pictures for your book. The pictures print only on one side of the page and print on glossy paper. You can burn them onto a CD, bring in the card from your camera, or bring in a USB drive. I brought in a USB drive with the pictures on it that I wanted for the book. Make sure to clear your USB drive (or a CD) so only the pictures you want in the book are on it.

Go through the pictures you choose and edit them on your own computer. Crop, fix red eye, rotate, etc. Then figure out which pictures you want on which pages. I just did a piece of computer paper and rough sketched my pages on there. I then renamed the photos to correspond to the page number (i.e. for a photo on the third page, I named with a 3 in front of it). I also put on the piece of computer paper a short description of each picture for each page. This turned out to be a lifesaver in the store.

Luckily there wasn’t a line at my store but I was reading online that the stores ran out the last time the promotion ran. I put my USB into the appropriate drive and the process was rather intuitive. Make sure to choose “photo books” then 6×8 to take advantage of the special this week. The machine ends up putting your pictures wherever it wants on the pages. My rough sketch helped and I was able in a few minutes to rearrange the pictures to be on the correct pages how I wanted them.

You are able to choose a background (I chose several of the solid colors) and add text (and change fonts and colors of text) to the pages as well as increase/decrease the size of the pictures on the page. When you are done, it takes you through a confirmation process and my pages printed within a couple minutes. The lab tech will then put your photo book together.

The finished photo book is quite nice and would make a great gift for someone! The ad says limit of 1 per ExtraCare card but there are rumors online that the limit may actually be higher in which case I could roll my ECB’s and make some more photo books. I’ll keep you all posted if I find out that’s true.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kelly July 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I got mine this morning too! I was happy with the results.

2 peterpan July 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm

My daughter is going to put a photo book together with pictures from her week at camp. What a great memory keeper!

3 A Frugal Friend July 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Thanks …..this will add to a great birthday idea I have for my sister. I hadn't yet made one of these books, so I really appreciate the time you took to explain it. :-)

4 Lucia July 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Just came from CVS – limit is 5 books!

5 Nicole @ Nicole's Nickels July 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

My receipt says "offer limit reached 1" on the bottom of it – does yours say 5? Has anyone actually done the deal a second time and got the ECB's for it?

6 Michelle July 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm

You are awesome for going through the trouble and taking the time to write this post! I will be referring my readers to it. And I have to get a book for myself too!

7 Tracy July 14, 2009 at 9:43 am

Thanks! I linked your tutorial in my Deal of the Day section!

8 kristine July 15, 2009 at 12:11 am

for anyone who has not yet done this- i did one this afternoon and it did not say "limit reached" on my receipt. i did a second one and when the ECB printed out the cashier said something about the limit being 1 but that she guessed I was lucky because it printed out a second time. I then heard her say something to the manager, and decided they wouldn't likely let me run all five. I went to a second location and the manager there let me do the additional three. he even told the cashier to ring them in seperately so i would get them for free! after she rang through the first one (which was my third one total) they began ringing up at reg. price of 12.99 so he told the cashier to change the price down to the sale price. i got ECB printed with all 5, but just make sure your receipt doesnt say limit reached before you do additional books!

9 Leigh July 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

i'm the photo lab supervisor at a cvs, and the limit is 5, not 1. hope that helps!

10 Jamie July 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Thanks SO SO SO much for doing this! I wanted to make a book for my son who is 10 months old and trying to figure this all out in the store with him in tow would be IMPOSSIBLE! This is great.

11 jdaniel4smom July 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Thank you for the tips.

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