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15 Girlfriend Photo Book Ideas She’ll Totally Love

June 30, 2020

Let your girlfriend know that you love and appreciate her with a timeless photo book. If you have an anniversary coming up, her birthday is around the corner, or you just want to surprise her with something special, Chatbooks has got you covered. Whether it’s an ongoing photo book series, a layflat book, or a personalized photo book of all of your adventures together, a printed collection of your precious moments is the perfect way to say “I love you.” You will get MAJOR points for this thoughtful gift. Check out these creative girlfriend photo book ideas for the next time you’re stumped on a gift... Photo Book Series Let your love live on and on with a Photo Book Series. Create a private IG account where you can share your most precious pictures, and connect the account to an Instagram Photo Book Series. Not only will you receive a book every time your Series hits 60 pages, but you’ll also be able to write about your photo ops in the captions so you can remember all the details. Luxe Layflat Photo Book Looking for a big, fancy book that’ll do your pics justice? Opt for a layflat photo book, which features super thick, beautifully saturated pages. A layflat book is great for special occasions like a birthday or Valentine’s Day. Our Love Story  Create your own standard photo book where you can share your love story from start to finish. Add in all the photos you have together from the beginning of your relationship until now. Use this as a journal of sorts of your relationship and how it has grown over time. A Year in Review What better way to reflect on your year than by reminiscing about all of the good things that happened in your relationship. Choose one of our adorable year in review covers and let your photos tell the story. This will be a treasure for years to come.  The Highlight Reel If you are an avid picture-taking couple or have been together for years and years, it may be hard to create a single book with all of your photos. Use this as an opportunity to highlight some of your greatest moments together. Use photos from the trips you’ve taken or pictures that showcase the goals you’ve reached as a couple.  The Daily Book You’ll always remember your first kiss or the day you got married, but what about the little, everyday moments that make your life so sweet? Think doing dishes, making dinner, going on walks around the neighborhood, watching movies, etc. Capture those moments and print them in a book. Selfies Looking for a no-fuss theme for your photo book of you and your girlfriend? Follow Kimmy K’s footsteps with a bound kook of selfies. Include selfies from your big trips, anniversary dinners, and just cute little moments spent at home. All of Your Travels Travel photos for spring? How groundbreaking. You’ve definitely thought of making a travel photo book featuring all of your fave trips, but have you actually gone ahead and made one?! Now is the time to relive your best travel moments with a cute book! Congratulations Book  What incredible things has she accomplished as of late? Maybe she graduated, started a new job, or ran a marathon. Whatever it is, use this book theme as a way to celebrate her and add photos of her hard work all along the way.  Her Favorite Things Show off how well you know her with a book of her fave things ever. Add photos of her family, friends, and loved ones with extra pictures of her at her favorite restaurants and watching her favorite movies.  Quote Book  Start a note on your phone of the funny things she says and create a photo book of moments together mixed in with text pages of all of her funny quotes. This will be such a great memory-keeper to relive those hilarious moments together. Inspirational Quotes  Create a book full of her favorite, most inspirational quotes. Maybe they are quotes that remind you of her, quotes that she lives by, or phrases that she repeats.This book will serve as a great pick-me-up whenever she’s feeling down. Date Nights  Don’t let yourself lose track of all of the fun date nights you’ve had! Collect all of your photos from your group dates and your one-on-one dinners, and put them all into one photo book. Dreams and Goals  What are the dreams and goals she constantly talks about? Make a list of those things and use this book as a way to motivate and inspire her to reach for those goals. Add photos of her work along the way and text pages to cheer her on. This will give her the confidence to keep reaching for the stars. Adventure Book  Keep track of all of the things you’ve done as a couple that were outside of your comfort zone. Did you go boating, 4-wheeling, or sing at a karaoke night? Make sure you document those moments and add them into a book full of fun adventures featuring just you two.

Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest Shares Photo Hacks That'll Elevate Your Pictures

June 30, 2020

If you love home decorating, then odds are you'll be obsessed with Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest (if you're not already). Her blog features photo after photo of dreamy interiors and her Instagram feed is a true visual feast. It's not only that Emery has a great eye for design — she also knows how to take a killer picture. And it turns out that she relies on some super neat photo hacks to get her pictures looking just right. Emery teamed up with Chatbooks to share her pro tips on how she nails the perfect shot, and she dished all about her go-to photo hacks to get those pro-level pics. Looking to take more creative photos of the family? Or maybe you want some extra special portraits to serve as covers for your Photo Book Series? Whatever the reason, these genius photo hacks are guaranteed to upgrade your snapshots... And watch Emery's photo hacks tutorial in action below! 1. Add rainbows. Looking to add some interest to your shots of the family on the couch or around the kitchen table? "Hang a prism in the window for magical rainbows," says Emery. The prism will scatter light and color around your setting for a little extra touch of magic. 2. Play with shadows. If you're shooting in an overexposed or sunny area, use shadows to your advantage. Emery likes to use shadows of trees and flowers to make her outdoor shots look extra artsy. She'll also use shadows of people to add another layer to sunny pictures. 3. Hold items close to the camera as you shoot from far away. Playing with depth is a surefire way to nail a more creative shot. One easy hack: "Hold florals close to the frame to create depth and frame the photo," Emery says. This is a nice way to bring natural elements indoors, and the blurred out, close-up flowers add a bit of extra dimension. 4. Put a disco ball in a sunny spot. You might have seen this pro blogger trick making its way around the Internet, but Emery vouches for this super easy photo hack. Just buy a small disco ball — this one is \u002410 on Amazon — and stick it in the corner of a light-filled room to scatter freckles of light all over your shot. 5. Shoot towards the sun. "Keep an eye out for sun flare to add atmosphere," says Emery. If the sun is bright overhead, don't fight against the light. Instead, shoot your pictures so that the flare can add a bit of distortion for extra dreamy pics.

16 Unique Engagement Photo Ideas You’ll Just Have To Try

June 29, 2020

Engagement photo shoots can be so fun, but they can also be a little daunting. You and your partner need to be on the same page about outfits, poses, locations and the overall vibe of the shoot. There’s a chance that you don’t even really know where to start. But have no fear! At Chatbooks, we know ALL about photos and holding onto what matters, and your engagement pictures are important!  These photos might appear on your wedding invitations, be used for your save the date, or they might even be displayed at your reception. On top of getting you both to keep your eyes open in the winning shot, you want to make sure all of the pictures reflect your relationship. These 16 unique engagement photo ideas will be the perfect fit for you and your significant other... Opt for a memorable location undefined Maybe there’s a beautiful hiking trail where you had your first kiss, or perhaps there’s a cute cafe where you first met. Whatever your place is, choose that as your backdrop for a beautiful and memorable engagement photo shoot. Include your kids undefined If you have children, they deserve to be included in this special moment. This is a great way to show everyone how important your little family is to you. Don’t be afraid to get silly undefined The thing that made you fall in love with them in the first place was their sense of humor, so be sure to show that in your photos. Don’t be afraid to take some goofy pictures that will make you and your S.O. smile, laugh and fall in love all over again. Go for a greenhouse undefined Natural greens and florals can serve as an amazing setting for photos. The natural light will bring out the shine in your blowout. And if you live somewhere cold or rainy, this is a great option for staying dry and warm during the photo session. Include your pet undefined You may have a third love in your relationship and that third member walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. Bring your pet in on the photoshoot for some adorable moments. Head to the mountains undefined Even if you have to drive to find the perfect backdrop, mountainous pictures will be a timeless addition to your photo selection. Get fancy undefined Choose your best and most *extra* outfits to celebrate. A photo shoot with you and your significant other dressing to the nines make for some super memorable pictures. Stay casual undefined If your personality is chill and low-key, then don’t do anything that makes you feel out of place. Go for something understated and let your love do all the talking. Take a close-up undefined Sometimes all you need is a simple photo of you and your love’s happy faces. Don’t worry about getting the perfect backdrop. Just choose the best picture that shows how happy the two of you are. Play by the water undefined There is nothing more romantic than a walk along a shoreline. Find a beach or a lake where you can snap some photos of the two of you walking barefoot. Take a moment to play and run through the water for some beautiful candids. Stay home undefined They say that home is where the heart is, so try a home photo shoot. Cuddle up on the couch or hang out around a backyard fire pit for cute, casual pics. Romantic snow photos undefined Nothing is more romantic than a light snowfall in the winter. If you live in a place where it snows (or even if you don’t), take some time for a winter snow photo shoot. You’ll love the romantic lighting and beautiful pictures. Coordinate your outfits with the scenery undefined For vibrant engagement photos, wear colors that coordinate with your scenery. Pro tip: Consider matching your engagement shoot colors with your wedding colors for on-point invitations. Go urban undefined Find some city backdrops for your urban photo shoot. Graffiti and a bit of grit make crisp, formal outfits look that much cooler. Find a field undefined Stumped on a setting? Go classic with a romantic field photo shoot. Channel your inner Jane Austen with a walk through tall grass, holding your love’s hand. Stick to a studio undefined Nothing is more classic than a studio photo shoot. The natural lighting and stark colors will create a classy, modern vibe.

16 Popular Wedding Flowers for Your Big Day

June 29, 2020

Roses are red, violets are blue, peonies are expensive, and dahlias in a bouquet are, too. Wedding flowers are an important part of the planning process, and quite frankly can be the most overwhelming part. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular and beautiful wedding flowers that are sure to make your bridal pictures pop. From alternatives for the expensive varieties to unique and understated bouquets, we’ve got you covered. These common wedding flowers will make you swoon... Standard Roses undefined A rose is a classic wedding flower, and for good reason! Roses symbolize love, passion and beauty. These romantic flowers are available year-round and come in all colors. Garden Roses undefined Garden roses have a dense petal count and appear more “fluffy” than the standard rose. These flowers are quite fragrant and are great for spring. Tulips undefined Tulips are becoming more and more popular as wedding flowers. These flowers are great for spring and can stand alone in a bouquet without any other arrangements, or pair great with chrysanthemums or daffodils. Tulips are quite inexpensive, come in many varieties and are available in almost every color. Peonies undefined Peonies look great in a bouquet and they come in multiple pink hues. These flowers are expensive, so save a little cash by opting for peonies in the bridal bouquet and baby's breath in the bridesmaid arrangements. Baby's Breath undefined Baby’s breath is a symbol of everlasting love and is a favorite garnish to many bouquets and corsages. This is an inexpensive adornment for everything from table displays to flower crowns. Dahlias undefined These large flowers are a great floral statement piece. The round petals with pointed ends give a certain elegance that can only be found in these flora. Dahlias come in many colors and are popular in the summer. Lilacs undefined One of the more fragrant flowers, lilacs are wonderful for a spring wedding. These are known for their signature color, but you can find shades of purple and white to add as perfect adornments to your centerpieces. Hydrangeas undefined For a very feminine and bold display, don’t forget to include hydrangeas. These flowers are full and delicate, so a little goes a long way. Common colors for hydrangeas are blue, purple, green, white and pink. Ranunculus undefined Ranunculus are full bloom flowers similar to the peony, but they come at a cheaper price. These flowers are perfect for a spring wedding and add texture to every bouquet. Sweet Pea undefined A lovely bridal flower, sweet peas are fragrant and delicate. These beauties pair well with other florals, or can stand alone. Sweet peas come in a variety of colors and are inexpensive when in season. Lily of the Valley undefined Known to symbolize the return of happiness, this flower is one of the more traditional wedding flowers. The spring bloom has been featured in some iconic bouquets — Princess Diana and Grace Kelly both had Lily of the Valley flowers included in their floral displays. This flower also pairs great with a lot of greens. Calla Lilies undefined Traditionally cream or dark purple in color, these florals are classy and elegant. The trumpet-shaped blossom looks great in a centerpiece or mixed into a bouquet with some garden roses. Orchids undefined This exotic flower is on the more expensive side, but it’s still a great floral focal point for a simple and elegant wedding. Orchids are lovely to display on a wedding cake, in a bouquet or peppered around your venue as wedding decor. Chrysanthemum undefined The chrysanthemum flower comes in what seems like a thousand varieties. It’s also available year-round and is a great addition to a bouquet. Daisies undefined Daisies are a flower that will bring brightness and joy into your display. These widely recognized flowers are beautiful for every setting and come in a bunch of pretty colors. Stock undefined These understated blooms are known for their spicy fragrance. Stock flowers are a great way to bring more garnish into your bouquet.

30 Happy Anniversary Quotes to Inspire Your Relationship for Years to Come

June 29, 2020

As the earth takes another trip around the sun, you grow older and (sometimes) a little wiser. By now, you’ve learned the importance of hang-drying your jeans and investing in a REALLY good pair of leggings to wear as your second skin. You also know that anniversaries are important to celebrate, but finding the right words can be tricky. This year, make it a little more special by choosing a quote or message that describes your love. From romantic to funny, these quotes are perfect writing on a card, using as a text page in your Monthly Mini or posting as an Instagram caption to your relationship tribute post. Whether your quote is for your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other, these 30 quotes will be sure to inspire your love for many more anniversaries to come. Romantic Anniversary Quotes “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.” –Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets "In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine." –Maya Angelou "You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement." –F. Scott Fitzgerald “Sitting next to you is like taking a sip of eternity. The sun, the stars, the sky never tasted so good.” –Christy Ann Martine "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then."  –Cassandra Clare “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” –When Harry Met Sally “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” –Vladimir Nabokov Inspiring Anniversary Quotes “Where there is love there is life.” –Mahatma Gandhi “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” –Mignon McLaughlin “When you meet the one who changes the way your heart beats, dance with them to that rhythm for as long as the song lasts.” –Kirk Diedrich “What really matters is that he will love you, that he will respect you, that he will honor you, that he will be absolutely true to you, that he will give you the freedom of expression and let you fly in the development of your own talents. He is not going to be perfect, but if he is kind and thoughtful, if he knows how to work and earn a living, if he is honest and full of faith, the chances are you will not go wrong, that you will be immensely happy.” –Gordon B. Hinckley "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." –Audrey Hepburn “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” –Robert A. Heinlein “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” –Aristotle Sweet Anniversary Quotes “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” –Alfred Tennyson “I would not wish any companion in the world but you.” –William Shakespeare, The Tempest “I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that was exactly like being found.” –Claire LeZebnik “Happiness is only real when shared” –Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild "The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time." –Julia Child "Our anniversary is just a momentary celebration, but our marriage is a timeless one." –Unknown "I'm much more me when I'm with you." –Unknown “A true love story never ends.” –Unknown “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” –Lao Tzu Funny Anniversary Quotes "A wedding band is the smallest handcuff ever made, I’m glad I chose my cellmate wisely." –Unknown “I love you more than I hate everything else.” –Rainbow Rowell, Landline “If you love ’em in the morning with their eyes full of crust; If you love ’em at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you’re in love.” –Miles Davis “She is the only evidence of God I have seen, with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock from the dryer every time I do my laundry.” –St. Elmo’s Fire “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” –Rita Rudner “Marriage is the bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them.” –Ogden Nash “Love is being stupid together.” –Paul Valery

5 Recipe Photo Book Ideas Perfect for The Cook In Your Life

June 25, 2020

Storing your favorite recipes just got easier with these creative recipe photo book ideas! Make a book that includes photos of your favorite moments spent gathered around the table, and include scanned recipe cards for the dishes featured throughout. Use these suggestions to guide your own recipe photo book creations, whether you’re looking for a way to organize your own recipes or you’re giving this photo book as a gift to the foodie in your life. And if you like to cook a lot, consider setting up a food Photo Book series! Just share all of your food pics and recipe card scans to a private Instagram account or save them to a folder on your phone to feed into photo books that you’ll receive on the regs.  Personal Favorites What better way to keep track of your favorite recipes in real time than with a private IG account where you can post your favorite recipes and how they turned out? This also gives you space to add in details like how long it took to bake those cookies in your oven and how much extra flour you had to add for the perfect dough. And be sure to check out our to-die-for designer covers that are a perfect addition to any food-focused Series book! Home Sweet Home Nothing beats a great meal that reminds you of home. There is no better gift for a bride- or groom-to-be than a recipe book that has all of their family favorite recipes that they can recreate with their new little family. This book theme also goes for the recent high school grad who is learning to live on their own for the first time or the family member or friend who is constantly traveling. This is a perfect bridal shower gift, graduation gift, or farewell present — you can even invite other relatives to send in their own favorite recipes for an extra personal touch. Foodie Scrapbook Whether you are always cooking at home or eating out most nights of the week, this photo book is for you. Hold onto photos of your family gathered together at your favorite restaurant or at home for a birthday party. This photo book is perfect for the food-lover who wants to scrapbook all of their fave foodie moments without having to break out the scissors and glue sticks. Food Journal Gift There’s no better way to encourage your spouse to cook more (hint, hint) than by creating a photo book of all of their best dishes. What are their favorite dishes to create and share with your family? Where do they get their cooking inspiration from? What are their best tips and tricks for perfecting burgers on the grill? This will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come and a fun gift for your kids as they start to explore the kitchen more and more. Favorite Quarantine Food  A lot of people are looking for ways to remember this very unique moment in time. There have been a lot of ups and downs and, tbh, a lot of them have probably happened around the kitchen table. Consider a quarantine food journal. Maybe most of what you highlight is take-out (that counts, too) or maybe it’s a lot of really easy meals that you had week after week. This is one way to catalogue the wild ride that has been 2020.

12 Creative Anniversary Photo Book Ideas

June 25, 2020

Anniversary gifts can be oddly tricky. You want something that feels romantic and personal without being cheesy. Of course, there are flowers (that die) and dinners (that you can’t exactly hold on to). That’s where an anniversary photo book comes in handy. When it comes to being married, capturing the wonderful, big, small, and in-between moments is all part of the fun. These 12 photo book ideas are sure to bring back some of the happiest memories of your life and will be keepsakes that you will cherish forever. Whether it’s an ongoing photo book series book, a standard photo book, or even some prints of the life you’ve created together, you will love looking back on your love and how it’s grown. Our Top 10 Moments  The birth of your first child, your first trip outside of the country, and your first move together will absolutely make this list. What a fun way to reflect on how far you've come while also looking forward to all of the fun moments and memories you have ahead of you.  Our Favorite Places Where do you most often vacation? Where do you dream of vacationing? Favorite apartment you lived in? This is the perfect place to capture all of those things. Keep track of your favorite places in one book. Then and Now Share your best moments of 2005 and how they compare to the biggest moments of 2020. Whether you were high school sweethearts or you didn’t meet until you were 35, you will treasure this keepsake.  A Year in Review Sometimes reflecting on 13 years of marriage can feel like a daunting task. Instead, what has happened in the last 365 days that has helped you grow closer, appreciate one another more, and give you hope for what is to come? This “year in review” photo book is perfect for that coffee table centerpiece.  What I Like About You Twenty years of marriage calls for a list of 20 things you love about your significant other. Use text pages to write out what you love most about their work ethic, how they help around the house or their creative tactics for making you laugh even when you're sad. This will serve as a constant reminder of all the good you are fostering within your relationship and how much good there is to come.  What Makes Me Happy  This book may be a little more time intensive, but it's so darn cute. Create a private IG account where you keep track of all of the great things that your spouse does for you and all of the things you appreciate about them. Maybe you look for something every day or every month that really sticks out as a reason for why you love each other. This will be such a fun book to reflect on.  Oh the Places We’ve Lived Seven moves in the last 10 years calls for some serious reflection. The places you have called home are a huge part of your story together. Print those pics! Thanks for Sticking with Me Perhaps a more sentimental and personal approach to a photo book is reflecting on all that you have helped one another with over the years. Perhaps it was a tough pregnancy, illness, or job loss where your partner really showed up for you. What about those moments made you grateful that you had each other? Share your thoughts throughout the pages.  Books of LOLs What better way to soak in all of the good times than with a photo book highlighting all of the photos you have of the two of you laughing together. Looking at those photos will make you smile that big over and over again.  How We Met Create a photo book detailing the story of how you met and how your relationship has grown. It’s a super fun way to keep your love alive. The Important Moments Creating a photo book of all of your memories over the years wouldn’t be the same without adding photos of your wedding invitation, Christmas cards, baby announcements, etc. Scan little bits and pieces of your life and let them live on forever in a beautiful Chatbook. Photo Prints Want your memories to be on display 24/7? Opt for photo prints! Print a photo from every year of your marriage and tape it on your fridge for the whole fam to see.

10 Awesome Photo Book Ideas for the Special Grandma In Your Life

June 23, 2020

You and grandma might love Tiktoking together, or maybe you bond over her best recipes as she tells you about her life as a young girl. Whatever role your grandmother takes on, you know you love her to pieces. Grandmas are the best babysitters, treat-givers and storytellers, and it's time they get a little extra love. Send a Chatbooks photo book over the river and through the woods so that you can show grandma how important she is to you. Not sure how best to curate and create a book that the grandma in your life will cherish forever? You’ll love these 10 photo book ideas for grandma almost as much as she loves online shopping for her grandkids. And for the gift that keeps on giving, set her up with a Photo Book Series. Personalized cookbook Even if the cooking skills in the family end with you, grandma deserves to have her recipes immortalized on paper. Upload her recipes and take pictures of her best dishes. As a bonus, scan some of her handwritten recipes to add a personalized touch. Grandkid spotlight While you might get frustrated with your mother’s grandchildren every once in a while, her love for those little ones never seems to end. Create a photo book with pages dedicated to the grandkids and their different accomplishments so that grandma can show off her pride and joy to all visitors in her home. Retro photo album If grandma used to rock an iconic '80s hairstyle or if she was a beauty queen back in the '60s, make her a photo book of her vintage pictures complete with all the big hair you can find. Grandma’s garden Does your grandmother have a beautiful garden that all the neighbors admire? Take some pictures of her pretty flowers and fill a photo book with brightly colored images of her work for her coffee table display. Family reunion Perhaps you have a big family and you get together every few years for a beach trip or a weekend at a cabin. Maybe your family is more intimate and you enjoy traveling together often. Whatever the case, put all those pictures to good use by creating an album to print and send to grandma of all your family activities. Quote book If your grandmother is the queen of “live - laugh - love” wall quotes or cross-stitched grandma-isms, a quote book might be what she needs to put a modern twist on her love for all things inspirational. Find or make some hand-lettered designs and upload them to a photo book. Love stories Share grandma’s stories of dating and romancing in a time before modern technology by printing old pictures from her early married years as an homage to her relationship. Friend photo book Grandmas need friends, too! And perhaps your grandma is the Blanche in her Golden Girl gang. Collect pictures of grandma and her ladies doing their fave things together and make a couple of books that they can each have to share and reminisce on their long-lasting friendship. Grandma’s favorite places If your grandmother loves to travel or even lives somewhere with beautiful landscapes and sights, collect images from her favorite places — whether it be the New York City skyline or a panorama of the Grand Canyon. Best-of book Get all the kids and grandkids in on this one and ask them to find pictures of their best moments with grandma. Ask them to write a little caption about why they loved these moments with grandma and what they think are her best qualities.

30 Bible Verses About Love That Are Perfect for Your Wedding Vows

June 22, 2020

While you’re on the hunt for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, we’ve got you covered with the perfect Bible verse about love and devotion to pay homage to your relationship. Whether you hang it on your wall as a family mantra or you recite it in your vows, one of these wedding Bible verses will surely inspire your love for years to come. Maybe you want a classically romantic Bible verse, or one a little less common and totally unique. Whatever it is, you’re bound to find a favorite in this list... 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." Ruth 1:16-17 “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” Ephesians 4:2-3 “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." 1 John 3:18  “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Jeremiah 31:3 “Love yesterday, today and forever.” 1 John 4:11-12 “If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Psalm 143:8 “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."  1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Esther 4:14 “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” Galatians 5:13 “Through love serve one another.” James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Jude 1:2 “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I think of you.” Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times.” Psalm 126:3 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Song of Solomon 3:4 “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”

This Free Father's Day Card Will Give You All the Feels

June 15, 2020

With working from home and a lot of places still under some level of quarantine, there's a chance that you have yet to pick up a Father's Day gift with your kids. Odds are that a DIY gift is the most convenient, but the idea of opening a bottle of glitter or doing some elaborate art project just seems like WAY too messy for life right now. That's why we designed a free Father's Day card with a super cute quote just for you! Just print out the card, have your kids color in the cute cover, fold it in half and include their message on the inside. Dad will definitely appreciate the hand-made effort and you'll love that there's zero clean-up involved with this little project. And we'd love to see what your finished card looks like (and how much Dad loves it)! Take a pic of your cute DIY card, post it on social media and tag us @chatbooks so we can admire your Father's Day gift. Print your coloring page here!

17 Best Friend Photo Album Ideas That’ll Make You Both Smile

June 11, 2020

Let’s face it, a picture is totally worth more than a thousand words. Couldn’t an entire novel be based on your funniest bachelorette weekend photo? And I’m sure there’s a picture of you and your best friend that feels like it explains a lifetime of late night chats and so many text messages. That’s why when you give a friend a photo book, you’re essentially saying, “Hey! I wrote a dictionary-sized tome about how awesome we are.” And you can format the story of your friendship in so many cool, creative ways. How about a year in review of all the things you helped each other get through in 2020 thus far? Or maybe a book that features all of the photos from your fave trip together? Whatever it is, Chatbooks is your one-stop-shop for the perfect photo book that you and your bestie will cherish forever. Oh, and if you two are truly inseparable, then set up a Photo Book Series from a private Instagram account so that your epic selfies together can stand the test of time. Here are some best friend photo album ideas you’re bound to love... Year in Review Highlight your best year yet with photos and memories of all the epic things you and your bestie accomplished in 365 days. Nothing will put a smile on both of your faces quite like flipping through a book full of all the happy memories you have created together. If you haven’t seen our Rifle Paper Co. Year In Review books yet, you're missing out. They are to die for and would be a perfect fit for this bestie book! Through the Years Whether you’ve been BFFs since birth or your friendship is relatively new, collect all of your memories to date and put them all in a Chatbook. Include photos of ticket stubs or funny pictures from your 8th grade sleepover. Whatever it is, it’s sure to be a hit for you and your bestie.  Girls’ Trip  Reliving your favorite trips with your BFF over and over again is half of the fun. Create a photo book with pics from all of your fun trips and relive your most memorable getaways. Your Favorite Places Where do you always shop? Favorite Korean restaurant in town? Best place to get an ice cream cone at midnight? This photo book is a perfect way to reminisce on all of your favorite places and give you ideas of places you can go and things you can do when you spend time together. Not only is it a memory-keeper, but it can also be a guide for your future adventures! More Than Friends BFF turned significant other? This is the perfect way to convey your lifetime of love. Compile your photos together from the very beginning of your friendship and let them tell your super cute love story. Best Friend Siblings  If you’re related to your best friend, you’re pretty darn lucky. Siblings may be hard to love sometimes, but you know that they always have your back. This photo book could include photos of both of you over the years. From bath time to high school graduation, this photo book will be full of precious memories. Best Friends on the Court/Field There are few things better than the bestie who played pee wee tennis with you and stuck around to play against you in intramural sports in college. Show off your friendship on the field or court with this fun, themed photo book. Be sure to include pictures of your iconic jerseys, trophies and major high fives after epic games. Mom BFF I don't know about you, but my mom has always been my best friend. What better way to celebrate her and your relationship than by a photo book that beautifully pieces together images of you two throughout the years. Celebrate mom with this memoir that will warm her heart and definitely earn a spot on the coffee table. Bachelorette Party  From bridal showers and bridesmaid dress shopping to crazy bachelorette parties, prepping for your best friend’s big day is an important job. Let her relive all of the fun leading up to the big day with a photo book recap of the festivities. This is a perfect wedding gift and a great way to show her that you care! High School BFF  Nothing beats a high school bestie who has been with you through it all. A perfect high school graduation gift or a college send-off present for their bookshelf: a book full of high school memories that will last a lifetime.  Road Trip Is it even a road trip without a few car selfies? Throw these into a photo book along with some shots from random rest stops and a few natural attractions and you will have a keepsake that you will cherish.  Animal Lover  Everyone knows that dogs are a human’s best friend. Why not pay tribute to your bestie pup with a photo book of your relationship together? Include pictures from the first day you picked them up, that time they ate your lipstick and everything in between. Don’t shy away from creating a book for any of your pets — cats and ducks can act as BFFs, too!  Favorite Memes These days, it’s hard to find a pair of friends who don’t have a running thread of their favorite and funniest memes. Why not keep them around for good? Upload images of your favorite memes into a photo book and keep the laughter going. Extended Family Connections Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents can all play a role as friends and best friends in your life. Let the fun from family reunions and yearly lake trips live on with photo books for all of your extended family members who are dear friends, as well.  Bucket List Book At one point or another, you and your best friend probably made a bucket list. Maybe you had a bucket list of summer accomplishments? Or perhaps your list featured all of the countries that you wanted to visit before you turned a certain age? Either way, making a photo book of all of your current bucket list items is a really fun way to have a visual to go along with your list. It’ll probably make you more excited to check the items off, too! All of Our Favorite Things Similar to all of your favorite places, use this book theme as a way to keep track of all of you and your bestie’s favorite things. What are your go-to coffee orders? Your classic car freshener scents? The perfumes you wore this summer? Use this photo book as a journal to keep track of all the things you both love. Most Embarrassing Moments It’s hard to celebrate all the normal stuff without making space for all of the crazy things that all best friends participate in. Use the text pages to write in all of your crazy and embarrassing moments mixed in with photos. You will love this fun and funny keepsake. 

10 Boyfriend Photo Book Ideas That Are Oh So Cute

June 11, 2020

Buying your boyfriend flowers or chocolates might not have the same effect on him as it does on you. If you’re looking for a sweet, personalized gift he’s bound to love, consider making him a photo book! You can include pictures from your first date, scan movie tickets and dinner receipts from memorable nights, and even add text pages with sweet poems that remind you of him for a super creative gift. And if you’ve already given him a custom book, consider starting a private Instagram account just for your joint adventures and you can print all your memories into an Instagram Photo Book Series. Here are 10 ideas for how you can make your photo book special and meaningful. Then and Now  If you have been dating for a while, this could be a fun way to compare your experiences together over a certain period of time. Where were you in July of 2015 compared to July of 2020? Set up your book so that each page shows the same date but years apart. This also lets you relive fun memories together.  A Year In Review An annual album is a fun way to reflect on the last 365 days together. Whether it’s January through December or Summer 2018 to Summer of 2019, this is a really fun way to think back on what this year has taught you both. Be sure to use text pages to add details to certain memories and to express your love. And check out our designer year in review books, too! Private IG Series This is a fun way to capture memories as they happen. Every time you do something together, take a photo and upload it to a private Instagram account. Create an Instagram Photo Book Series so that every 60 photos get printed into a book and sent right to your doorstep. This really is the gift that keeps on giving.  Birthday Book How old is he turning this year? 25? 32? 47? Use your photo book to write down 25 or 32 or 47 things that you love and admire about him. Be sure to add photos along with text pages for a fun picture book that commemorates his special day. Monthly Minis Instead of a year’s worth of photos in one book or a single book for his birthday, create a Monthly Mini series where you can add all of your best photos into a book each month. It’s the perfect way to show how much you care over and over again.  The Highlight Reel Whether you’ve been together for years or this is a new relationship, use this photo book as a way to capture your best moments together. Consider moments like the night he asked you out, the weekend he met your parents, and the first time you said I love you. If you don’t have photos of every single moment, then write out what you remember on a text page and include cute selfies of the two of you in a neighboring collage page. What I Like About You  Fill a book with all of your favorite things about him. Does he play with your hair when you’re tired or hold your hand when you get scared? Maybe he washes your car because he knows how much you hate doing it yourself? Whatever it is, what better way to tell him than in a photo book that will live on forever.  Significant Places Where did you go on your first road trip? First date? Where’d you have your first kiss? Compile photos of all of your favorite places — whether you are both in the picture or not — and create a keepsake out of them all in a book. DIY Yearbook Remember those pages in your yearbook about who is most likely to… succeed, be a billionaire, be best friends forever, etc.? What wonderful things is he most likely to do or accomplish? Write them all down on text pages along with some of his best headshots to create his own mini yearbook. The Bucket List What are some of your favorite activities to do together? Add photos and text pages of those memories, and be sure to add photos of some of the things that you have been dying to do together. This book can serve as inspiration to start saving up for that vacation or planning that backpacking trip.

10 Black-Owned Wedding Businesses to Support

June 11, 2020

Planning a wedding can be hectic. There’s the photographer, the dress, the venue, and let's not forget the details like the groom’s cake. We’ve compiled a list of some stellar Black-owned wedding businesses that will turn your special day into one you will never forget. Photographers After your wedding day, the photographs and videos taken are all you will have to remember that special moment in time. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite photographers. If these aren’t local to you, ask other brides in your area for recommendations.  Pharris Photos - Dallas, TX A husband and wife team specializing in wedding photography. Terri Baskin - Washington DC Photographer who’s works has been featured in Essence and Inside Weddings Sheronda SeaWright Photography - Philadelphia, PA Wedding and engagement photographer, specializing in capturing candid as well as portrait style images. Amy Anaiz - NYC Editorial Wedding photographer with accomplished prior career in advertising and commercial photography. Wedding Planners  A competent wedding planner can take much of the stress off of planning your big day so that you can enjoy the ride! Here are a few of our favs! Michelle Norwood Events - New Orleans, LA Understated elegance with a New Orleans personality. Joy Proctor - Seattle, WA Editorial design for socially conscious couples. Named top event designer by Harpers Bazaar Guerdy Designs - NYC / Miami One stop shop for all your wedding party planning. Floral Designer / Cakes Flowers complete the look and the cake is the cherry on top!  The Perfect Creation - Marietta, GA Floral artist specializing in large scale celebrations as well as uniquely personal floral design. Brooklyn Blooms - Brooklyn, NY LaParis Phillips’ startup floral shop mixing fashion and flowers to create floral masterpieces. Cakes by La’Meeka Custom wedding cakes, clients include Ne-Yo, Phaedra Parks.

42 Dad and Daughter Quotes That’ll Make You Smile

June 9, 2020

With Father’s Day fast approaching, finding or creating the perfect Father’s Day card is probably near the top of your to-do list. But nailing a sentimental, non-cheesy card can be a tall order. We did the dirty work for you so that you can sit back and relax, making sure to spend your energy celebrating dad. Here are 40+ of the best father-daughter quotes that are sure to make your card a hit. Whether you’re looking for sweet, funny or inspiring father-daughter sayings, we’ve got you covered. Also, keep these quotes in mind the next time you make a Photo Book Series for dad — you can use cute quotes as chapter pages to break up your memories over the years! Funny Quotes “If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly.” —Cathy Ladman “A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.” —Ben Sirach “A little girl giggles when she is denied an ice-cream by her mother. She knows daddy will get her some later.” —Unknown “It doesn’t matter how manly you are, when your little girl wants to have a fairy tea party, you have to join!” —Unknown  “My fingers may be small, but I’ve got my daddy wrapped around them” —Unknown  “My daughter got me a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug. So we know she’s sarcastic."—Bob Odenkirk “Remember: What dad really wants is a nap. Really." —Dave Barry “Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks." —Jim Gaffigan “Men should always change diapers. It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.” —Chris Martin  “My sisters and I can still recite Dad's grilling rules: Rule No. 1: Dad is in charge. Rule No. 2: Repeat Rule No. 1.”  —Conner Schultz “I gave my father \u0024100 and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother.” —Rita Rudner "One of the greatest things about daughters is how they adored you when they were little; how they rushed into your arms with electric delight and demanded that you watch everything they do and listen to everything they say." —Michael Josephson “It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” —John Sinor “Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half — especially if he has a teenage daughter.” —Guy Lombardo “When fathers struggle with being authentic, they leave muddy footprints on little girls’ hearts.” —Tina Samples Tender Quotes  “Dad. He can play like a kid, give advice like a friend, and protect like a bodyguard.”  —Unknown “When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.” —Hugh Jackman “There’s a girl who stole my heart and she calls me daddy.” —Unknown  “The love between father and daughter knows no distance.” —Unknown  “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” —Euripides  “Daddy, no matter how big these hands grow, I’ll always be your little girl.” —Unknown  “Dad. A son’s first hero. A daughter’s first love.” —Unknown  “Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” —Marinela Reka “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” —Michael Ratnadeepak “A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.” —Dr. James Dobson "You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero." —Stanley T. Banks "There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself." —John Gregory Brown  "Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian and simply being there every time I need a hug." —Agatha Stephanie Lin "Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter." —Joseph Addison  "The happiest moment of my life was probably when my daughter was born." -David Duchovny  “It was my father who taught me to value myself.” —Dawn French Inspirational Quotes “Fathers, be your daughter’s first love and she’ll never settle for anything less.” —Unknown “A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.” —Unknown “In the darkest days, when I feel inadequate, unloved and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown.” –—Unknown “Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad.” —Unknown “Dads hold our hands for a little while and hold our hearts forever.” —Unknown “When I’m at my best, I am my father’s daughter.” —Unknown “The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.” —Elaine S. Dalton “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it. —Clarence Budington Kelland “To her the name of father was another name for love.” —Fanny Fern "I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart." —Terri Guillemets “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”—Enid Bagnold

24 Totally Unique Photo Book Ideas For Mom

June 9, 2020

If you’re looking for a totally creative way to celebrate mom (and maybe make her shed just a few happy tears), then hold on to your hat. Photo books are great for showing mom how much you care while also getting to revisit your favorite memories with her. Stumped on how to create the best book just for mom? We’ve got you covered with some great ways to curate the perfect photo book that will make mom laugh, cry and reminisce on this walk down memory lane. And if she gets hooked, start sending her some copies of your own Monthly Minis for just \u00245 extra. Here are cute photo book ideas mothers are bound to love... Use your sibling as a contributor Get your siblings in on the fun with a collaborative photo book. Start a shared album of photos and pick and choose the best pictures that you think will make mom smile the most. Get your other parent in on the fun If you want to surprise mom with a birthday book or you’re hoping to give an anniversary gift for your parents, ask your other parent to help you by collecting or taking pictures to make the gift even more personal. Create a favorite things photo book Whether her favorite things are “raindrops on roses” or “whiskers on kittens,” make a book full of all the little moments that bring mom joy. You can organize your book into chapters with title pages or just have all of the photos live together for a sweet surprise every time she turns the page. Make a personalized cookbook If the mother figure in your life is an excellent cook, be sure to create a cookbook full of her homemade recipes. To make it more personal, scan all of her handwritten recipes (even the ones that have been passed down to her from grandma) and upload them to the book as pictures, along with snapshots of mom cooking with her family and her finished products. Start a series You likely have so many pictures to share with mom that one photo book isn’t enough. Not to worry! Get mom started on a photo book series with Chatbooks where you can link your Instagram account and get a new book for every 60 images you post. Highlight the grandkids If your mom is also a grandma, a photo book highlighting each of the grandchildren is a great gift that she can display on her coffee table or bookshelf. Design a family yearbook Especially for those with large families, this gift is perfect for documenting the busy school year. Set up this photo book like an IRL yearbook and include superlative text pages like “most likely to become famous” and have the family vote on who gets what title. Collect notes from the heart This one involves all the special people in mom's life — we’re talkin’ siblings, children, grandchildren, friends and beyond. Ask everyone to write a heartfelt note to mom, and then scan them onto your computer or snap pics of them and save the pictures to your camera roll. Upload each handwritten note with a picture of its author for a super special volume. Make an adventure book For the mom who loves an adventure, gather some old photos from her past travels and ask her to share her stories as she flips through the pages. Highlight your family pet Sometimes mom’s favorite child is the family pet and, let’s face it, sometimes they are your favorite sibling. Collect all of the cutest photos of your pet and turn them into a book for mom. Design a time capsule book If your family gets their group photo professionally taken every year, create a book dedicated solely to family portraits. Watch mom laugh at some of her old hairstyles as she flips through fam pictures of the past. Make a family vacation scrapbook Did your family plan a once-in-a-lifetime cruise or European vacation? You probably have plenty of photos from that trip, and a scrapbook of those pics would be a great gift for mom. Opt for a holiday-themed book No one does the holidays quite like mom. Maybe she decks the halls for Christmas, or perhaps her Fourth of July game is super on-point. If you have pictures of mom’s holiday decor, create a photo book for her so she can show off her creative talent all year long. Showcase her design skills If your mom has a flare for interior decorating, she’ll definitely love a coffee table book full of her favorite spaces. Find some beautiful photos from websites like Pexels — where you can collect photos for free of art and architecture — for a glamorous volume. Include some of her beautiful home decor Instagram pictures and she’ll feel like a magazine cover star! Write out the reasons why you love mom Create a book full of the reasons why your mother is so special to you. Pictures of her laughing, candid moments where she was taking care of others, or even just her beautiful smile can all make an appearance in this book. Try a photo-a-day challenge This one might take a little planning, but take a picture every day for a year so that you can create a photo book for mom. You can snap portraits of mom over the year along and capture family events big and small. Fill in extra pages with pics that remind you of mama. Make a silly album You may have attained your next-level sense of humor from dear old mom, and it’s time you show her just how funny she is. Find all her goofy photos and print them for a gift that will make her laugh every time she cracks the spine of her book. Put together a nature book Perhaps your mother is a horticulturist and her garden is the most beautiful one on the block. A book full of her favorite plants would make a great coffee table book that she can display all year round. Showcase landscape images Does mom love long drives and pictures of sunsets? If so, find her favorite vistas from mountain tops and beaches and snap some photos just for her. Capture her style Did you get your sense of style from mom? If so, find pictures of mom in her best outfits and create a lookbook so she can remember all of her most fashionable moments through the years. Re-do their wedding album If your parents have been married for a while, odds are they have some classic old wedding photos complete with puffy white sleeves and retro hair. There’s also a good chance their wedding album is falling apart. You don’t want to lose those precious pictures! Ask around for some of their old wedding photos and recreate their old wedding album as a special gift to mom. Remember a loved one or a departed pet Now this one will really make mom cry. If your mother has recently lost a loved one, create a photo book with beautiful photos of all of her best memories with that person. Draw up a talent book If you have a mom who’s also a dancer, singer or has another incredible talent, find some old pictures of her in her glory days for a book. Make a guest book For the mom who holds many events and meets lots of new people, create a photo book that can double as a guest book. Use photos with light backgrounds so people can write in the book about their experiences at her events.

30 Fourth of July Quotes to Help You Celebrate This Year

June 9, 2020

Summer is a way of life. It’s eating cool watermelon on a hot day. It’s rolling the windows down as you drive through open roads. It’s jumping into a chilly pool even though you complain about feeling cold 90% of the time. As you look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, odds are you’ll want to post a selfie on the beach or share a photo of your squad around the BBQ. That’s where these great quotes about America and patriotism come in. These Independence Day quotes are perfect for your photos of fireworks and cookouts. They’re also great to include as title names of your Chatbooks or as text pages in your Photo Book Series. Read on for a bunch of funny and inspiring quotes all about America... Funny Fourth of July Quotes “Thanksgiving without turkey is like Fourth of July with no apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.” –Joey from Friends “He makes me melt like a popsicle on the Fourth of July.” –Darla from The Little Rascals “Laughter is America’s most important export.” –Walt Disney “I'm just like my country—I'm young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.” – Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton “Baby, you're a firework.” – Katy Perry Inspiring Fourth of July Quotes “How important is it to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” –Maya Angelou “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” –Gerald Stanley Lee “America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” –Harry S. Truman “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” –Elmer Davis “Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” –Benjamin Franklin “Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer.”– Dorothy Fuldheim “America is not just a country, but a way of life.” –Anonymous “America is another name for opportunity.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson “Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us.” –Barack Obama “If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.” –Geraldine Ferraro “Dreams can grow wild born inside an American child.” –Phil Vassar “What we need are critical lovers of America — patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.” –Hubert Humphrey "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."  –Franklin D. Roosevelt "Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."  –Calvin Coolidge "Freedom lies in being bold." –Robert Frost "America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor." –Paul Tsongas "In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you." –Amy Tan "America — it is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time." –Thomas Wolfe "I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.” —Martin Luther King Jr. “I believe in America because we have great dreams - and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” –Wendell L. Wilkie “Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.” –Sinclair Lewis “Freedom is never granted, it is earned by each generation.” – Hillary Clinton “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” – Barack Obama “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

25 Loving Father-Daughter Dance Songs For Your Wedding

June 9, 2020

Finding the perfect father daughter dance song is usually on a bride’s list of to-do’s, and the process can be a bit daunting. First, you want a song that speaks to you and your dad’s unique relationship, but it also needs to be something easy to dance to. Ideally, it’s a song that wedding guests will recognize, but you also don’t want it to feel cheesy and played out. Let us relieve some of that pre-wedding stress with this list of the 25 best father daughter first dance songs. We even pulled out the sweetest line from each bop so that you can get a better sense of whether it’s the right tune for you and pops. And while you’re at it, you can kill 2 birds with one stone and order your invites and guest book from Chatbooks — we’ve got designs that you'll LOVE. Pro tip: Set up a Photo Book Series when you get engaged so that you can document every moment from the proposal to the “I do” and beyond! 1. My Wish - Rascal Flatts “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to, Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small, You never need to carry more than you can hold” 2. Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman  “Oh, I will dance with Cinderella, I don't wanna miss even one song, Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight, And she'll be gone” 3. Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder “I can't believe what God has doneThrough us, He's given life to one, But isn't she lovely made from love?” 4. I’ll Be There - Jackson 5 “Whenever you need me, I'll be there (I'll be there), I'll be there to protect you (yeah baby), With unselfish love that respects you, Just call my name and I'll be there (I'll be there)” 5. I Loved Her First - Heartland  “When she first smiled at me, I knew the love of a father runs deep, And I prayed that she'd find you someday, But it's still hard to give her away, I loved her first” 6. How Sweet It Is - James Taylor “I close my eyes at night, Wondering where would I be without you in my life… But you brighten up for me all of my days, With a love so sweet in so many ways” 7. The Best Day - Taylor Swift “And, I didn't know if you knew, So I'm taking this chance to say, That I had the best day with you today” 8. Wildflowers - Tom Petty “You belong among the wildflowers, You belong in a boat out at sea, You belong with your love on your arm, You belong somewhere you feel free” 9. Unforgettable - Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole  “That's why, darling, it's incredible, That someone so unforgettable, Thinks that I am unforgettable too” 10. Daddy’s Little Girl - The Shires “Used to wrap my hands around his little finger, Turns out he was wrapped around mine” 11. My Little Girl - Tim Mcgraw “Go on, take on this old world but to me, You know you'll always be my little girl” 12. There Goes My Life - Kenny Chesney  “He smiles, There goes my life, There goes my future my everything, I love you, daddy goodnight, There goes my life” 13. Daughters - John Mayer “I know a girl, She puts the color inside of my world” 14. My Girl - The Temptations  “I've got all the riches baby one man can claim (oh yes I do), I guess you'd say, What can make me feel this way? My girl (my girl, my girl)” 15. Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison “Laughing and a running hey, hey, Skipping and a jumping, In the misty morning fog with, Our hearts a thumpin' and you, My brown-eyed girl” 16. They Can't Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald “The way you changed my life, No, they can't take that away from me” 17. Sweet Pea - Amos Lee “You're the only reason I keep on coming home, Sweet pea” 18. Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel “And this I promise from the heart, I could not love you any better, I love you just the way you are” 19. Daddy’s Little Girl - Michael Bolton “You're sugar, you're spice, you're everything nice,And you're daddy's little girl” 20. God Gave Me You - Blake Shelton “There are no words here left to say, it's true, God gave me you, gave me you” 21. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra “There is nothing for me but to love you, And the way you look tonight” 22. What a Wonderful World - by Louis Armstrong “I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, They'll learn much more, Than I'll ever know, And I think to myself, What a wonderful world” 23. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac “Well, I've been 'fraid of changin', 'Cause I've built my life around you, But time makes you bolder” 24. I Lived - OneRepublic “And I hope that you don't suffer, But take the pain, Hope when the moment comes, You'll say, I, I did it all” 25. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding “How long will I love you, As long as stars are above you”

How To Get Free Photo Books with Chatbooks

June 4, 2020

It has been said that nothing worth having comes easy. It has also been said that the best things in life are free. Well, now there is a way to have both of those statements live in harmony because getting free photo books from Chatbooks can be both easy and free! With these tips, you will find two very easy ways to get free photo books so you can keep documenting your life and creating wonderful books for your home and family. Wanting to test out Chatbooks to see if they’ll become your new ride-or-die photo book company? Or maybe you’re just hoping for a little extra freebie because… why not? Read on to learn all about how you can get a free photo book sent straight to your front door. We're confident you'll LOVE our books (especially our beyond easy and automatic Photo Book Series!). Sign up for monthly minis When you sign up for a monthly subscription, the first photo book is free! Monthly minis have been customer favorites for awhile now. Why? Because the books are intended for kids to use and play with. They’re only \u00245 each, feature a soft cover (so you don’t have to worry about baby biting on sharp edges) and come with free shipping. How it works: Start a subscription of the 5x5 monthly mini photo books; each month you will be notified to choose 30 photos directly from your phone and send your book to print as soon as you’re ready. Download the Chatbooks app to start your subscription now.  Set up a Chatbooks account If you are subscribed to our email list, you will get notifications in your inbox regarding contests and promos to help you score a freebie. Click this link to start an account (where you can enter your email address and start receiving freebie and promo emails from us even before you order a book!). Share your purchase link with friends Don’t forget that you can also get Chatbooks credit by sharing your Chatbooks link with friends. Your friends will get \u002410 off their purchase when they use your unique link, and you will get \u002410 in credit for every purchase your friends make (up to \u0024100). Spread the word and you’ll be getting free photo books in no time!

15 Creative Photo Book Cover Ideas You’ll Want To Try ASAP

June 4, 2020

The only thing more fun than posting your fave photos to Instagram is getting those pics curated into a Chatbooks photo book. Our books are wonderful to display on your bookshelf, in your child’s room or stacked up on your coffee table. With so many books to make and photos to choose from, figuring out the perfect cover might feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve got you covered (see what we did there?!) with a bunch of creative cover ideas that’ll do your memories justice. Read on and get inspired for how you can style your next Photo Book Series! 1. Children’s artwork If you have a little Picasso at home, scan their best artwork onto your computer or just snap a pic of their work on your phone and upload it as a cover for your photo book. This book can feature all of your kid’s creative endeavors — it’ll be a great way to hold on to all of their work. 2. Moment from a road trip For the family that's full of wanderlust, fill a book with all of your adventures and make sure the cover features your family on one of your greatest road trips. Now is a great time to revisit old photos from your many expeditions. The cover image can be a funny moment that happened in the car, a selfie from a day trip or, if you have a cool car, just shoot a pic of your ride on a stretch of highway and use that as the cover. 3. Favorite quotes One of the best things about the Chatbooks photo book is that it makes a great coffee table book. Finish off your living room aesthetic by creating a photo book with your favorite designed quote on the cover. 4. Wedding photo Gone are the days when you would receive your film from your wedding photographer and print those photos for a cut-and-paste photo album that weighed as much as your firstborn child. Round up some pics from your special day and print a photo book with the world’s cutest couple on the cover (this book also makes a great anniversary gift!). 5. Halloween costumes If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then this book cover idea is for you. Create a book dedicated to your family’s’ best Halloween costumes from over the years. Use a pic featuring your favorite, award-winning costume as the cover image. 6. Your favorite city Perhaps you’re living out your dream in the city of love (bonjour, Paris!), or you spent a few years in the city that never sleeps (let’s hear it for New York). Either way, a great way to pay homage to your city of choice would be a collection of all your favorite photos from that place bound into one book. Make sure to get a stunning photo of the skyline for the cover. 7. Best birthday photos You know your baby is cuter than anyone else’s, which is why you have so many kid photos on your phone. Put those photos to good use by creating a birthday book of your little one so you can document ALL the moments, and be sure to snap a picture of them on their birthday for the cover. 8. Meme book If your camera roll is full of screenshots of the best memes the Internet has to offer, consider creating a meme book to entertain you and your family. Bonus: You can cut back on screen time but still enjoy those online comics! 9. Teacher moments Teachers need to be celebrated for all the work they do. Find your favorite photo of them in their element, and use it as the cover photo for a book filled with pictures and notes from their students. 10. Selfies There are two kinds of people in this world: those who take selfies and... those who take selfies. Find your favorite selfie with a friend or family member and use it as an organic cover photo. 11. Favorite meals (recipe book) Whether you're a well-seasoned chef or a TikTok novice, you can create a recipe book complete with pictures of your own creations. Put your best meal on the cover and show this book off in your kitchen. 12. Album covers Music fanatics everywhere will love this idea. Use your favorite album cover (or a collage of your favorites) as the cover of your photo book full of pictures of you at your favorite concerts, rocking your go-to band tee, playing the guitar or any other great musical memories. 13. Pet pics Those furry friends are just as much a part of the family as anyone else, and they deserve a book dedicated to all their “good boy” moments. 14. Throwbacks Nothing brings a smile to your face more than the nostalgia of the good old days. Find all your old photos that you can show to your children, scan them or snap them and include them in a #tbtb book. Use a particularly fond throwback pic for the cover. 15. OOTD Documenting your outfits can be a great time capsule and a fun way to express your style. Take photos of your “outfit of the day” and save those photos to create a “year in review” book of all your fashion endeavors. Include your best ensemble on the cover.

10 Collaborative Photo Book Ideas That Make For a Perfect Group Project

May 29, 2020

Making photo books just got more fun. Rather than sifting through your own memories to make a book come to life, get friends and family members to contribute their favorite photos for an epic group photo book! Have you ever noticed the plus icon in the bottom right hand corner of your Chatbooks app? If so, you probably also know that you can add multiple contributors to your photo books. If not, you’re in for a treat. This feature is a game-changer for rounding up pictures to put in your Father’s Day album or that birthday book you’ve been working on for mom this year. It's also an easy way to fill up your Instagram Photo Book Series REAL fast. Don’t harass your sister to finally text you that Sunday fam dinner pic — just have her add it to the book herself (if only everything involving your sister were that easy). Here are collaborative photo book ideas perfect for a group gift... Collab on a book for mom Everyone loves mom and can’t imagine life without her, but she never gets thanked enough (if I do say so myself). Creating a Chatbook with your siblings to express gratitude for your mother and all that she has done for you allows you each to add in your favorite pictures with mom and share personalized messages on text pages.  Make wall tiles Put your love on display. Our wall tiles come in 2 sizes so that you can customize them to fit your gallery wall. Use contributors on this project so everyone can weigh in on the best family photos that you want to print. Join forces for a gift the grandparents will love Collaborate with your cousins on creating a book just for grandma or grandpa. You can all add your favorite memories and photos. This is a great idea for a family reunion gift or an anniversary present — they will cherish it forever! Create a private IG account for your squad Create an ongoing book series with an Instagram account that only you and those you love have access to. Start an account for a special girl’s trip that the squad can post to or make one for your son’s 2nd grade class and all the parents can share their photos from the school year. Design a birthday book from the gang Ring in the big 4-0 or any other big day with memories and photos from college roommates, co-workers, siblings, parents, and kids. Make sure to print this book with captions so that everyone can add their messages to the book! Share a prompt Perhaps your word for 2020 is gratitude. Create a private IG account that your whole family can post to and share all of the ways you feel grateful this year. Be sure that you set up your Instagram Series book so that it sends copies to everyone who is contributing to the Instagram account. Capture every day for a month Missing a friend or family member who lives far away? Set up a Monthly Mini book series with them and commit to having each other contribute one photo every other day. Document your lives side-by-side and have 30 of your favorite photos printed and sent each month. Adding a contributor to your monthly mini book allows you to make sure you get 30 photos, and for just \u00245 more you can send them a copy, as well. Remember a bachelorette weekend forever I know what you’re thinking: As if you could even forget a bachelorette weekend! But let’s face it: The worst part about getting home from a trip (besides 18 loads of laundry) is trying to get photos from everyone. Rather than texting your friends 6 times over the next week for their photos, add them as contributors on a Chatbook so you can all get photos with minimal hassle.  Collaborate on wedding photo albums Receiving wedding photos from your photographer is a very happy day, but there are so many pictures that Aunt Mary and Grandpa Steve took that you probably also want to see. Create a wedding book with a mix of photos from your photographer as well as some candid shots from your loved ones. Add those family members as contributors to your book and make the process even more seamless. Go on a memory tour with prints Wanna print photos of your kids playing outside this summer? Add your spouse as a contributor. Hoping to print off pics from your vacation last year? Add your friends who came with. Use others as a resource to make sure you’re getting all of the best photos of you and your family. 

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