A project to fund 4 new titles in this surprising photo storybook series. If you can take photos, you can make these books!
Hello! My name is Emma. I am the creator, illustrator, author, and most-everything-else behind Snap Stories . I'm here on Kickstarter to raise the funds to print 4 new titles! (Wanna sneak peek at the new titles? Page down to just below my name.)
A happy accident. Snap Stories were the accidental answer. My goal was to share photos with my baby. Turns out that’s not so easy. With a baby, my online time became limited. So, what to do? I did the quickest, easiest thing I could think of: snapshots + an old board book + a roll of packing tape. The first pass looked less than pretty, but it was better than nothing. Surprisingly the ugly little book was one of her favorites, so I made more. I used random, unrelated photos that I liked or that I knew she would respond to. (No photo organizing required. Phew!) I even made and shared these tape-and-photo books as gifts. They were a hit! Many months later, the books looked better, more like the current Snap Stories.
Surprising little books. If you've watched the video above, then you've seen the surprising way Snap Stories are constructed (with tape INSIDE the pages). What you don't see in the video is the story. My aim was that a single book, like One Big Adventure, could be used for all sorts of photos, from visiting the zoo to discovering Disneyland to playing in the backyard sprinkler. I have illustrated and written the stories and they all have the same open-story model. I'm currently working with other creative writers and illustrators to contribute to the series, too. There are so many stories to tell! Of course printing those stories takes money, and that's why I'm here.
To be or not to be. Snap Stories are not photo albums. They are not scrapbooks. They are not award-winning literature (despite the Shakespeare quote in the heading). They are hands-on photo storybooks made with 10 printed photos that celebrate faces, places, and memories. The books frame an “everyday” story as captured through spontaneous snapshots. Snap Stories are meant to be toted on errands, brought to school for show & tell, and included in the bedtime routine. Also, they are often given as gifts because they are durable and will last for years as a keepsake. To be honest, without photos they are nothing special. But with photos, they are well-loved, uniquely-told stories of childhood that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Time stands still. As my daughter ---the baby I started taping photos into books for--- will start her first day of kindergarten on the close date of this project (not a coincidence!), the value of photos deepens for me. Photos and videos are my tools for capturing time, now they are also my tools for stopping time. She's growing up, and I take comfort in looking back at her happy baby face.
Win-win-win for kids. All kids love photos, but not all kids have access to photos. Moreover, many kids don't have access to a stable home life to reinforce a sense of value and positive connection. If this project is funded and you would like to give (any portion of) the books you earn from backing this project to a child who will benefit from seeing themselves at the heart of a happy story, Snap Stories has partnered with the local branch of CASA called Voices for Children (in St. Louis, MO) to distribute the books accordingly. I became a Court Appointed Child Advocate, or CASA, about a dozen years ago & believe strongly in it's mission to pair volunteers from the community to be the voice and the anchor for a child who has suffered abuse or neglect within his/her family.
Add camera-access. My goal is to find a sponsor (corporate or individual) to match donated books with a disposable camera. I haven't found a sponsor yet, but I'll update here. If I haven't found a sponsor by the time this project is funded --and you want to add a camera to your donated book-- just add $5 per camera. ALL kids like the control & independence of taking their own photos, but for some kids it is key to capturing their story.
Thanks! Thank you for your role in this project to print 4 new titles. I am grateful to each and every visitor to this page. If you can support this project by backing it or even just letting others know about it, you and I can spread the photo-induced 'happy dance' together, one story at a time!
Meet the new titles! The reward for this project means getting Snap Stories shipped right to your doorstep! If this project is funded, you'll be sent a survey where you can select the books you'd like. Unless I mention otherwise, the title below will work with girl or boy photos, any age.
- People Who Love Me, a lift-the-flap tour of Very Important Photos (people)
- Dirt & Sunshine, a color-rich tale that nurtures a love of nature
- She Sells Seashells, the perfect little-girl-meets-beach love story
- King of the Sand Castle, a tale where boys can conquer all they 'sea'
- My Baby Face, this best-selling title adorably features baby & toddler pics
- One Big Adventure, "life is one big adventure"
- Go Go Girlfriends, classic, sweet, and spirited sentiments for any age
- Hip Hooray It's your Birthday, after all it's "the layer-cake-for-lunch day!"
Further Rewards. The following images better illustrate the rewards of backing this project. The sticker below on the left comes with every book up to a $60 pledge; the sticker on the right with books at the $100+ levels. The next photo shows the quality and durability of the books. At the higher pledge levels, there is the option to pair books WITH disposable cameras, as seen. And finally, the last photo shows the small, luminescent bead that ties us together as a symbol of this project and a reminder to celebrate everyday moments.
Shipping. Books will ship when the order is complete. If the books you chose are all "available now," they will ship shortly after the project is funded. If there are new titles in your order, it will ship in early December. SHIPPING IS FREE within the continental US. A note to all the amazingly devoted international backers, please add $10 to your order up to 6 books, and $20 for all orders over 6 books. International orders will get an additional bonus surprise gift shipped with their books, as a thank you for covering the shipping expense.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Pledge $5 or moreYou selected
You'll receive a fun video THANK YOU featuring funny outtakes from Snap Stories footage. Plus a spirited high-FIVE that you can take to the karma bank!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or moreYou selected
GIVE ONE: 1 Snap Story will be donated to a child who could use a happy story. YOU will get the video thank-you (PLUS you'll be included as a "story-giver" in the scrolling credits).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $16 or moreYou selected
GET ONE: 1 Snap Story for YOU to enjoy with your family or share with others, shipped right to your doorstep. The book will come with a sticker that has been autographed specifically to commemorate this project! (And, yes, you'll get the video thank you, too!)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or moreYou selected
GIVE TWO: You give 2 Snap Stories. And, of course, the video thank you (which will list your name in the credits, if you like). You also get a lifetime of great photo-taking karma. Woo hoo two!!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $32 or moreYou selected
GET TWO: 2 (signed) Snap Stories mailed to you to share within your world. Plus a simple, otherwise-unavailable surprise gift from Snap Stories. (FUN!!!) --and-- the thank you video email.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $60 or moreYou selected
GIVE FOUR: 4 Snap Stories which means FOUR children will have a happy story to hold on to! You'll get to enjoy the video thank you, with a special high-light to you, as well as get a thank-you card in the mail with a few printed photos taken during the donation event.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $64 or moreYou selected
GET FOUR: 4 Snap Stories to keep, to enjoy, to gift (in time for the holidays!) and to delight in! Plus you'll get the simple, limited-release gift, and the thank you video with outtakes. Fantabulous four!!!!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
ALL SET: You get 3 "Baby Bundle" sets. Each set cradles 3 Snap Stories together as a new baby gift. PLUS, all the previously mentioned rewards AND you become Kickstarter Kin and get free shipping & gift wrap on all orders at www.snapstories.com through the end of 2012.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
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FOUR SEASONS: Refresh with photo-fun throughout each season! At this level, you get to choose 4 Snap Stories at the start of each natural season, starting with Winter 2012 and continuing through Autumn 2013. Also, enjoy KICKSTARTER KIN perks through the end of 2012. In addition, I will make you a special memento to remind you of your connection to this project. The cut-glass bead holds all the color and energy of summer (photo at left), and it has a great backstory. Wear it around your neck, or clasped to your beach tote, messenger bag, or camera case: attach anywhere you can glimpse it's inspiration!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
CREATIVE GENEROUS/GENIUS: For your generosity toward my creativity, you deserve genius-status! At this level, you'll get one of each signed Snap Stories title, to enjoy, to donate, or to gift, 3 Baby Bundle sets, and an exclusive invitation to choose the NEXT (ninth) title I create and produce (plus dedicate that book to someone or something of your choosing). You'll get the video thanks, the Kickstarter Kin benefits through the end of 2012, and $100 worth of my PHOTO DESIGN SERVICES (holiday card, party invitation, assistance creating a wall of framed photos, or Snap Stories "full service" --I select, print, assemble & mail you Snap Stories...) However I can best help you enjoy & share printed photos, I am at your service for several hours. Holy photo-happiness!Estimated delivery:
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