Why I use Chatbooks

How I use chatbooks to retain our memories

Life moves fast.  Many people go from one thing to the next without taking a moment to live in the moment.  Chatbooks is, hands down, my favorite way to tell the story of our lives... and to live in that moment a little longer.  Several years ago I was feeling like I wasn't the family storyteller I once took pride in.  Moments were passing by and I wanted to do more to document our life.  I was sharing on social media but rarely printing images for my children to look back on.   I then decided that if I didn't start somewhere, the feeling of being behind would just get worse.  So I began by printing years of images with Chatbooks via my Instagram account.  I wrapped the series of books and placed under our Christmas tree.  I think it will forever be one of my favorite tangible gifts I've ever given.

Here are the top 5 reasons why I use Chatbooks:

Retains our memories.  This is the most important factor for me.  We all take so many images, but how often do we look back on our memories?  Especially tangibly in print?  I have witnessed through my own life that the more our family looks back on the photos of our life, the more the memories will be preserved.  Growing up, we always had family albums around.  There is a strong correlation for me of the memories that are most clear in my mind and the memories that were printed photographs to look back on.  This is the reason I keep my chatbooks in reach of even the smallest hands in our home.

simple.  Your book basically creates itself.  Each time you post a photo on social media or favorite one on your phone the app adds that image to your book.  The book has a timeless feel with its simple design.  

Affordable.  $8 including shipping (if you choose the snail mail option).  Seriously!  

Includes date and location.  Recently one of our children was recalling a road trip from a while back and I couldn't remember the exact details of our stops along the way.  Then we grabbed our nearby stack of chatbooks (kept on our mantle) and went down memory lane with the date and location recorded on each photograph.  The best part is I did nothing for that information to be there.  Again, basically creates itself.

Private and customizable.  I personally use Instagram to link the photos that go into my Chatbooks.  Then I customize from there to include more private details and additional photos.  I often use Chatbooks as a more personal journal of all the adorable things my children say.  If it's something I don't mind sharing publicly I will add the quote and an image to Instagram and this will automatically be added to my Chatbook app.  However, most of the time I'd like to keep these personal things personal.  To do this I immediately open my Chatbook app and add the photo and my kid's quote directly to the app.  When you reach 60 images you'll get an email telling you that you have two days before it goes to print.  This is when I review and delete any images I don't want and add all the images I do want.  

For a limited time, you can get your first 60-page Chatbook free!!!

This post contains affiliate links.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

This post contains affiliate links.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.