Travel with Shutterfly’s Wink Photostrips App
*Note: this product is no longer available. Bummer!*
Who doesn’t love cool things? Well here’s something super cool, Shutterfly’s Wink photostrips™. ( opens in a new windowShutterfly is an online photo sharing and printing site and offers a free membership, similar to Kodak, Flickr and Picassa but not quite.)
Fashioned after those fun photostrips taken in a photobooth (this is a photostrip sample from the company opens in a new windowPlumb Fun, taken in 2007), Wink now lets users create their own photostrips by uploading photos from their computer, Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly or iPhone to create a three, four or five-image pohtostrip. For $2.50, create the strip and have it mailed to anyone, anywhere.
I can see using this during my travels to create and send personalized messages and images straight from the road. Rather than spending time combing through a postcard rack and finding the appropriate postage to send a postcard, I can snap photos with my iPhone, upload them to the free “Wink from Shutterfly” iPhone app, add special effects if I wish (vivid – which I love, makes colors pop; black and white; sepia; or no effects) and send. Wink uses PayPal for payment making it easy to pay. I ordered several strips last week and they arrived within the week in a pretty slick mailer. (Image at top.)
When sending a photostrip to someone, you can also send an electronic strip so they know what to expect and it can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Have I mentioned how I love this product?
I recommend preloading addresses in your Shutterfly account before hitting the road and using Wink with your iPhone. The only issue I had was Flickr acted a little hinky and had to log in twice but was eventually able to upload images. And here’s something extra special, your first photostrip is FREE! You don’t pay a dime, krona, or euro to try it out. If you’re like me, you’ll be hooked.
Thanks to Heather over at “Freebies 4 Moms” for posting about these super cool Wink photostrips. And no, I’m not a mom but absolutely love her blog!