Have you heard about Persnickety Box? Persnickety Box is an app (from the company behind Persnickety Prints) for anyone who wants to get their photos printed and off their phones. The app allows you to select and order thirty 4×4 inch photos that are shipped to you monthly. I got an email in July that I received two free months of Persnickety Box as a beta tester. This is my review of my first Persnickety Box experience.
- app cost: free
- app platform: iOS and Android
- monthly box of 30 prints: $19.99 (includes shipping)
- more detailed info: Persnickety Box FAQ
Using The App
I do mostly digital scrapbooking so I wanted to use the two free months of Persnickety Box to create a snapshot of summer 2020 for my two children. I thought this would be perfect because the prints come in a box for storage. The first box I created was for my daughter Kara.
Before even opening the Persnicky Box app, I created a new album in the native Photos app on my iPhone labeled “Box – Kara”. I went through my camera roll and copied all the pictures I wanted to use into this album. There were two pictures that I didn’t have on my phone that I wanted to use so I emailed them to myself and then saved them to the “Box-Kara” album.
In the Persnickety Box app, I double-clicked on the box and renamed the box to “Kara’s Summer 2020”. I think the default name for the box was the month and year.
When I chose the “Box-Kara” album in the Persnickety Box app, the pictures in the album were shown in the reverse order of the date they were taken.
The pictures were not ordered that way in the “Box-Kara” album so this might be something the Persnickety Box app does. The order of the photos in the box were important to me since I wanted this to be a chronological memory of my daughter’s summer. I added the photos to the album with the earliest picture as the number 1 and the last picture as 30. When I came back into the app and looked over my box again, the order of some of the photos was changed. I emptied my box (you have to do this by removing one photo at a time) and put the photos in the order I wanted.
Look next to the title of the box in the screenshot above and you will see that I turned the “Borders” option on. This option is for a white border around all of my photos. This selection is for the entire box, not by individual photo.
Once I had all my photos in the box, it was time to crop the pictures square.
Note that the only editing you can do in the Persnickety Box app is to crop, rotate or flip the image. If you want to edit a photo, you should do it before putting the photo in the box.
The last action is to review the box and close it. After the box is closed, changes cannot be made to the box. I received a shipping email the day after I closed my box. You can also see the shipping information in the app if you view your box.
What’s In The Box
I received the Persnickety Box and a sticker in my shipment.
The box of prints is made of folded cardboard and not very sturdy. There are lines on the box for labeling. Since this box is a keepsake for my kids, I wish it had come in a stronger box. I did receive an email from Persnickety Box on August 26 that said they are in the process of getting new boxes manufactured that will be “similar to Apple packaging.”
The inside of the box slides out to reveal the prints.
Placed on top of the photographic prints is another print with my order information and a mini snapshot of all the prints in the box. This is where I could see that my photos were not in the order that I put them in the box when I closed it.
The thirty 4×4 photographic prints with the white border were gorgeous and my daughter loves this keepsake.
I love the idea behind the Persnickety Box app and the prints turned out great. The app was easy to use and I’m looking forward to creating my second Persnickety Box with photos from my son’s summer.
I do have a few things on my feature wish list:
- Add an “empty the box” feature that removes all photos from the box instead of deleting photos one by one
- Add the ability to re-order the photos within the box
- More photo editing capability
- Preserve the order the photos were put into the box
- A sturdier box for storage (this one is already in the works according to Persnickety Box email)