It Happened to Me: I Made a Photo Book in Less Than 15 Minutes

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Scrolling through your camera roll is cool and all, but leafing through the pages of a photo book is just more magical.

We’d make a photo book for every occasion, but who has the time?

Turns out, if you’ve got 15 minutes, you do!

Photojojo-er and all around great gal, Laurel, just got back from a trip to Thailand, and put together a photo book of her adventures in less than 15 minutes.

And, she’s here to tell you just how she did it.

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It’s true. I made a photo book of my trip to Thailand and I love it. I’ve already flipped though it roughly a bajillion times and made every friend who has come over in recent history flip through it too.

So, how did I make it so quickly? There’s one big secret … lean in close:



While I was in Thailand, each night I scrolled through the day’s photos, deciding which ones to ‘gram and which to text to Mom, and I smashed that little fave heart on my faves.

That’s it.

Make the Book from Your Phone


I made my book with Parabo Press. First, I downloaded the app.

(jk, I obviously already had the app. Did you know Photojojo invented Parabo Press? We did).

Then, I choose my book style – kept it cajzh with a 8” Softcover for this one.

Here’s the magic part: In the picture chooser screen, I tapped the carrot next to the “Camera Roll” up top and ask the app to only show me the photos in my “Favorites” album.

That way, the bulk of my decision making was already done by my past self. (Thanks past self)!

I tip-tapped my photos and headed to checkout in well under 15 minutes.

Happily Ever After


Here’s the real hard part: waiting for your book to arrive …

Parabo will print it up and ship it out asap. You just wait for the mail person.

Once you have your beautiful book, cherish it forever.

Taking it Further

  • THIS WEEK ONLY: Take 50% off all Photo Books and Zines from Parabo Press. Use the code HALFB by 3/25/17.
  • You can have the Parabo photo chooser show you only your Instagrams, so you can quickly make a book from just those shots.
  • Have travel buddies put their photos into a shared dropbox folder. Yup, you can access those from the Parabo photo chooser screen too.
  • Travel tip: If you find yourself in Bangkok. Book yourself a food tour! Highly recommend.
Laurel Link

Editor of Parabo.Press and! I either wrote this up myself, or resurrected a post from a Photojojo-er of the past. I think YOU should submit an article. I'd love to approve it!

You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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