My $6 photo book secret…

Only $6 for a 60 page 6x6 photo book, + free shipping! From

I'm BAAAACK! Did you miss me? I sure missed you. Europe was AMAZING. Don't worry, I took extensive notes throughout the whole trip to give you an entire post series on traveling Europe A) on a budget and B) with a baby, so get excited for that.

Today I'm going to share with you how I will print all our incredible Europe photos into photo books that are only $6 each, without having to do anything manually! Trust me, you need to read this. But first – a little background (of course).

The other day on Instagam a follower left a comment asking what I do with all my photos – do I make photo books? Journal? Print them out and make photo albums? Just keep them on my computer? She expressed feeling guilty about not doing anything with her pictures because she hasn't found a good system. Hearing that comment made me realize I've never shared my photo book secret with you all! (And no, this post isn't sponsored.)

I have a personal Instagram account that does all the work for me! True story.

I use a company called Chatbooks. It's simple – you download their free app on your phone, and it connects to your instagram account. It's $6 (**UPDATE! Pricing is now $8, which is still a steal!) for a 60 page 6×6 color photo book (with free shipping) that automatically prints and ships to you as soon as you have enough photos. It notifies you when your book is full and gives you 3 days to edit the book (change the cover photo, remove photos you don't want in the book, etc). Then it ships it to you and you get it within 3-5 business days. It's all automatic.

That's. It.

Only $6 for a 60 page 6x6 photo book, + free shipping! From

(Psst: I contacted them about a discount, so use the code funch145 to get your first Instagram series book free!)

Don't have IG? Or don't want the world to see your personal pictures? No biggie, just open a second IG account! I started hesitating when posting family pictures to my regular IG account because I didn't want people to get sick of pics of my kids. So I opened my separate personal instagram account that's now used for Chatbooks (and grandparents). I dump pictures to my heart's content, and don't worry about overgramming anyone. The pictures are automatically dated in the books, and it prints the photo captions so I don't have to worry about remembering where and when the pictures in the book were taken.

Only $6 for a 60 page 6x6 photo book, + free shipping! From

Another handy tip?

Have a Chatbook series for your kids' schoolwork!

Instead of saving stacks of your kids' schoolwork, snap a photo of the picture or project with your phone, and have a separate IG account for their schoolwork so it gets printed into Chatbooks as well! Clean, easy, organized, and a fun way to document your kids' progression in school throughout the years.

Nope – again, this post is not sponsored (not that it should matter, but I know people get curious). I just really love this company because now I have an entire shelf full of photo books that took me ZERO effort to complete.

Only $6 for a 60 page 6x6 photo book, + free shipping! From

(since I'm sure you're curious, this print is from Fancy Pants Designs. It was a freebie from a conference I went to. Isn't it cute? I plan to put it in a white frame one of these years…)


Again, use the code FUNCH145 to get your first Instagram series book free!

My kids absolutely love looking through them. If they are bored or I just need to get something done, I'll pull down the stack and they will be entertained for no shorter than 30 mins to 1 hour (which is AMAZING in toddler time). It will be fun when they can read and can read about themselves throughout the years.

Only $6 for a 60 page 6x6 photo book, + free shipping! From

In going to their website for this post, I discovered they have other book options as well:

Only $6 for a 60 page 6x6 photo book!

I met the creators (an ADORABLE husband/wife team from Utah) through a business thing my husband brought me to. I've been obsessed ever since. It's genius, plus I love supporting local businesses. Definitely a win-win!

So there you go! There's my journaling secret.

What are your fool-proof journaling methods? Leave a comment and share!



  1. AvatarJessica says

    Love love love this idea! I’m a photo book fanatic but it is so timely and expensive, this new way is perfect for me! One question though: are you able to order multiples of the same book? Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Avatarmelisa says

    Love this idea, wondering how the quality of the photos turn out once printed since IG compresses the pictures and basically strips some data from the image.

    Also, can you go back and order one of the books in the event it gets worn out or destroyed?

    Great idea for sure, similar problem with not printing things out or not wanting to take endless hours to create from scratch or even edit a digital book.

    thank you, melisa

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      The quality is pretty good, but nothing like a real photo book where you upload photos directly to the company’s website. They are a tiny bit “noisy” since IG photos aren’t very high quality to begin with, but it doesn’t bother me much. You’ll have to contact the company about ordering one of the books, because I don’t know personally – but that’s a fabulous question!!

  3. AvatarYvonne says

    I received my first Chapbook 2 weeks ago and loved it! Can’t wait for the next one! Question for you: is it easy to open up a 2nd instagram account? Cant you used the same email address? I like the idea of using it for my kids artwork.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Yay! Glad you like it! Yes, it’s super easy to open a second account – all you need is a second email address! So no, you can’t use the same email.

  4. AvatarStephanie says

    How do you create multiple instagram accounts? I’ve been trying to figure it out but can’t! I love your idea of having one just for you for your chatbooks stuff. I was planning on just doing custom books, but that can get spendy over time! $6 with free shipping sounds better to me! lol

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      You just have to have 2 different email addresses. I have several – one for junk mail, one for personal emails, one for blog stuff…so it was easy for me. You might have to create an email address (they are free, I recommend Gmail) in order to open an IG account.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Ugh NO! It’s so frustrating. There’s no way to toggle, you just have to sign out of one, and sign in to the other. It’s not too bad, just an annoying extra step.

  5. AvatarGiuanna says

    This is a wonderful idea!!! But i think it doesn’t exist an equal app for europe, or do they also sent the books to europe? Expecially switzerland? I’m a swiss reader

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Great question! I’m not sure if they ship to Europe. Check their FAQ’s on their website or contact them with your questions. They have great customer service!

  6. AvatarHayley says

    What a great find. I can’t wait to try this out. Wondering about how many pics it takes to fill a book. I see you mentioned they are 60 pages

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      It depends on the captions. Some of my pictures have really really really long captions, so it takes 2 pages. But most is 1 photo + caption = 1 page.

  7. AvatarCrystal Schmitt says

    Its a cool concept but the app keeps crashing. I added in the discount code and it told me my total was $0.00 I pushed order and it crashed then charged me the $11.95. :-/

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Oh no! Maybe they got too much traffic today? They are the NICEST people ever. Seriously. Just email them about your troubles and they’ll make sure to take care of you. If they don’t, let me know and I’ll make sure of it 🙂

  8. Avatarmelissa says

    I’d just like to say thank you. I came across your website last week and I’ve bookmarked you. I think your posts are really well written and applicable. I just submitted my order for my free first photo book and it only cost $2 for shipping to Canada 🙂 keep up the good work, you’re very inspirational

  9. AvatarRebecca says

    Hi. Chatbooks sound great! Can you also do pictures from facebook, your camera and or your phone? I’m also trying to find out if I have to pay a monthly subscription fee??


  10. AvatarMichelle says

    Hello, very intrigued with this process, sadly I am not to savvy when it comes to technology. I’m trying to compile pictures of my grandsons first year, what I have to work with is: I have my photos saved on my tablet which is a kindle fire! I know, low tech. But can I make this work?? If so can you explain it to me, and please explain it like I’m a five year old!! And I’m not joking!! Would really love your help most are photos that have been sent to me on Facebook messenger and I saved them to my device( kindle fire tablet) and have taken pictures with tablet and saved them! What can I do? This had been a dream of mine, since the fday he was born!!! Was horrible at photo books for my kids and regret it every day!! By the way can I make a book using actual photos of my kids? I mean can I take a picture of picture??????

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